On any given workday, any little thing might send Steve Smith s thoughts spinning back to Saturday last Saturday, Saturday two weeks ago, Saturday two years ago, back into the thrilling minutiae of game day until reality reminds him: this is not how well-adjusted adults act. Steve Smith is not a well-adjusted adult. He s a Nebraska football fan, and this is his rollicking account of what it s like to be one of those legendary enthusiasts whose passion for the Cornhuskers is at once irresistible and hilarious.
A journey into an obsessed Nebraska fan s soul, "Forever Red" immerses readers in the mad, mad world of Husker football fandom where wearing the scarlet-and-cream Huskers gear has its own peculiar rules; where displaced followers act as the program s ambassadors, finding Husker subculture beyond the pale; and where the team s performance can barely keep pace with its followers expectations but sometimes exceeds their wildest dreams.
Revised, updated, and expanded from the 2005 edition, Smith s story of thirty-plus years following the team takes readers back to memorable game moments from 1980 up through the roller-coaster ride of recent years. Blending wit and insight, Smith offers a window on the world to the uninitiated and the fellow fanatic alike where fantasy and football meet, where dreams of glory and gritty gridiron realities forever join."