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By BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Modified: November 7, 2009 at 9:19 am •  Published: November 7, 2009
Visitors to Lincoln have been singing the praises of Nebraska fans for decades. Here are two examples, an excerpt of a 913-word blog by Louisiana-Lafayette radio announcer Jay Walker, whose team played at Nebraska in September, and a 118-word letter written by Florida State coach Bobby Bowden after the Seminoles’ 18-14 victory in 1980.

→Jay Walker, Sept. 2009

"I’ve been to College Football Nirvana. It’s located in Lincoln. From the time we touched down ("Welcome to Lincoln,” the police officers doing the escort said) to the time we left the stadium ("Thanks so much for coming. Have a safe trip home. We hope you’ll come back again”), every Cajun fan felt like a guest.

"For the first time ever in my years covering the Cajuns, I did not hear a single boo when the Cajuns came out of their tunnel onto their sidelines; in fact, I heard a smattering of applause.

"In the fourth quarter there were STILL over 80,000 in the stands ... and when it ended, the fans stayed for another Cornhusker tradition: They applauded the Cajuns as they left the field.

"Then it was over. And, as the buses left for the airport, the fans that were still there waved and applauded.


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