Posted: 12:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012
By Arlinda Smith Broady
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About the reporter
Arlinda Smith Broady was born in Lincoln, Neb., and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has roots in Georgia. “My mother was born in Savannah and my grandparents grew up in Barnesville and Upson County.”
Growing up in Nebraska, there’s no question of whether you’re a fan, she said. On game days (home and away), you could drive from South Dakota to Kansas or Iowa to Colorado and barely encounter traffic — everyone was glued to the TV or the radio. In a state with no major league professional teams, the Cornhuskers are it.
Nebraksa holds the NCAA record for consecutive sold-out home games. And the fans have a reputation of traveling wherever Big Red is playing.
“If Nebraska was playing on the moon, you can bet a sea of red-clad fans will be rooting them on,” she often tells those who don’t understand the attraction.
The loyalty runs deep in her family. Arlinda has an aunt who is convinced that her mental energy helps the Huskers win.
“She doesn’t let other people watch the game with her, because her concentration can’t be interrupted,” she said.
She also has an uncle who once bet his car on a Nebraska game. To this day, he’s still transportation-challenged.
When asked who she’ll be rooting for on New Year’s Day, she decided to be diplomatic.
“Let’s just say I’ll be wearing red.”