T.J. Simers

Northern Illinois in Orange Bowl? Eat Huskies' dust, Herbstreit!

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit is outraged that Northern Illinois landed a BCS bowl bid — which only makes it that much sweeter for Huskies, and one alum in particular.


All together now:

Come on you Huskies,

Fight you Huskies

And win for NIU

Or, as fellow Northern Illinois University alumnus Ned Colletti put it Monday morning, "Long overdue."

The Huskies didn't need to change uniform numbers to pull a fast one on the opposition, didn't deflate footballs, or inspire their players by belittling one of the school's sports information directors, as friend Frank Pace pointed out.

But here we are in a BCS game, and where are USC and UCLA?

They couldn't even find a team with a winning record to play USC, and UCLA gagged on the chance to go to the Rose Bowl.

Yet I hear from the yahoos who support these losers all the time like they have something to brag about, but "Hail to thee our Alma Mater, ever shall we praise your name," NIU.

We're in the Orange Bowl and ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit is crying on the BCS selection show like he's never known such injustice.

"To put Northern Illinois in the BCS is an absolute joke," Herbstreit said.

So I wonder what the college football expert calls his preseason prediction of Florida State beating USC for the BCS title?

It's a "sad state of college football," Herbstreit continued, apparently big on things that are sad.

Last week Herbstreit called Page 2 pathetic for trying to push Jim Mora and UCLA to go all out and reach the lofty football standards that I know as a Huskies fan.

Now Herbstreit is apoplectic because the BCS has NIU playing against Florida State.

Since when is it un-American not to champion the underdog? It's often the highlight of March Madness.

Huskies, come on you Huskies

And make a score or two

Huskies, you're Northern Huskies