Schwartz: Ten Sentences – A Lifetime Ago Edition

December 1, 2019

Written by David Schwartz

Hawkeye Nation

The sports world shifts on a dime. One minute you’re atop the Big Eight, your legendary coach on his way to meritorious election to the U.S. House of Representatives, the next you’re the Maryland of the Big Ten West, losers of five straight to an Iowa program you regularly belittled – and still belittle.

Because fortunes could again shift, because – who knows – Nebraska could legitimately take down the Hawkeyes in 2020 – let’s pause a moment to consider how much has changed since the Huskers last defeated Iowa in November 2014. Here are 10 things that weren’t part of our culture or have changed since the last time Nebraska won:

1. Hoverboards: Today they’re on most kids’ Christmas wish lists, but they didn’t hit the mainstream market until 2015.

2. The Huskers have had not one, not two, not three but FOUR head coaches since they last won a game in the series: Bo Pelini (for about two days), Barney Cotton, Mike Riley, and Scott Frost.

3. Marvel Studios has released 13 of the 23 total (to date) movies in its hugely successful cinematic universe; there wasn’t even a cinematic Ant-Man the last time Nebraska won.

4. The University of Central Florida was coached by George O’Leary (remember him?), but after a rough 2015 campaign he was replaced by a coach who would become the hottest college football coaching prospect in America: Scott Frost.

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5. The nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States in 2016: forget the stonewalling, forget the two people who have been seated since Garland’s nomination expired – back in 2014, almost no one had heard Garland’s name.

6. Since the start of 2015, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa State, and Illinois are a combined 0-20 against the Hawkeyes.

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7. And if you want to throw Ohio State into that formula, Iowa is 21-0 against those teams since the start of 2015 (hey, gotta enjoy it while it lasts, right?)

8. Five original Star Wars movies, including an entire new trilogy (with the last coming out later this month), have debuted.

9. Nobody knew what “Brexit” meant.

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10. The last time Nebraska beat Iowa, current Hawkeye running back Tyler Goodson, who rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown in Iowa’s win Friday over the Huskers, had just turned 14 years old and was still in junior high.

* Talk with David Schwartz on Twitter @daveschwartz.

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