Steve Sipple and Sam McKewon are back for another episode of the Sip ‘n Sam Showdown to share their favorite NU-OU childhood memories, discuss why the Sooners have improved since the teams paused the series while the Huskers… haven’t, and debate how important this week’s game is to Adrian Martinez’s future on the gridiron.
Steve Glenn was, for about a decade, one of Oklahoma’s most prominent season-ticket holders.
The former Husker offensive tackle who owns Lincoln-based Executive Travel didn’t get the tickets because he’d suddenly converted into a Sooner supporter. He needed the ducats for business -- to anchor the travel packages he offered each time Nebraska traveled to Norman to play Oklahoma.
“One year, they wouldn’t sell me any tickets to the game individually,” Glenn said. “So I bought 50 season tickets. For 10 years, I was one of the biggest season ticket holders at Oklahoma.”
Holding all those tickets also made Glenn one of the Oklahoma’s biggest ticket scalpers, or resellers, especially after 1996.
“When we were in the Big 12, we’d play every other year,” Glenn said. “I didn’t need them on the off years, so I'd sell them, either as season tickets or for individual games. Oklahoma always had two or three games each year that would be in high demand. Usually by selling three (individual game) tickets, I'd break even on all the season tickets.”
Glenn began putting together Nebraska road game travel packages when he started Executive Travel 35 years ago and took some very large Husker contingents to the most memorable games of the '80s, '90s and early 2000s.
“We’ve done all the big 1990s games,” he said. “We had 800 people travel to the Rose Bowl, 500 go to Notre Dame. We used to have 300 people go to Kansas, because it was so easy.”
Kansas wasn’t the only quick trip when Nebraska was in the Big 8 and Big 12. Conference games outside of those with Texas schools were all in comfortable proximity to Lincoln.
“The Big 12 was much easier to get to. Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and even Missouri were close enough to get down and back in a day,” Glenn said. “And Colorado was a nice trip. Even Oklahoma and Oklahoma State weren’t that bad, six or seven hours. Now with the Big Ten, you’ve just about got to fly.”
The move to the Big Ten put a damper on Husker group travel. A decade in the doldrums on the field largely put an end to it.
“That hurt a lot,” Glenn said of the Big Ten move. “And having a (so-so) 20-year run, especially the last seven or eight years, has hurt traveling. There just wasn’t the excitement or interest.”
So Glenn, who gave up his Oklahoma tickets when Nebraska moved to the Big Ten, hasn’t put together a package for the Sept. 18 clash in Norman or for any other game this season.
That, however, doesn’t mean there won’t be some Husker fans in Norman, East Lansing, Minneapolis and Madison this season. But it's about half of what you might have seen in the old days.
“There are still people that travel,” Glenn said. “They used to have to travel on the tours, to get tickets, hotels, everything. Now they can pretty much walk up to the game and get a ticket."
Celebrating Husker fans through the years
Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy poses with Kiss impersonators Steve Hernandez (from left), Brett Kay, Brett Gotch and Calvin Kramer, all from South Sioux City, on Oct. 31, 2009, at a game against Baylor in Waco, Texas.
A group of Husker fans let loose during the Big 12 Championship Game at Cowboys Stadium on Dec. 4, 2010.
JUST COOL IT
Nebraska fans Cody Siefker (left) and Corey Craig take a moment to cool down, take a break and vent some frustration at halftime during a game against Texas with Nebraska trailing 17-3 on Oct. 16, 2010, at Memorial Stadium.
Fan in balloons
Nebraska freshman Brad Merritt makes his way though Memorial Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011, with balloons to sell to the Husker faithful.
The kill signs were out in force as Nebraska's Gina Mancuso got another one against Penn State at the NU Coliseum on Sept. 21, 2011.
NU sophomore Scott Mulholland gazes over Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011.
Nebraska fans try to fire up the team during the first quarter against Virginia Tech on Sept. 19, 2009, in Blacksburg, Va.
Chance Vadnas seems to enjoy getting his belly button painted by Pat Lane (left) as they prepare themselves for some serious fan support of the Huskers for their game against Texas Tech on Oct. 17, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. Nick Deeds paints the back side of Vadnas.
A fan with a lone corn head cheers on the Huskers at Michigan Stadium on Nov. 19, 2011.
Husker fans Noah Stieren (from left), Liz Schwanke, Ryan Stieren, Greg Schwanke and Nate Schultz walk from Cowboys Stadium to their hotel after showing up Dec. 3, 2010, for the Big 12 Championship Game in Dallas.
One Husker fan had all the right moves, just no one to watch him, as he danced up a storm during a first-half timeout at the Nebraska women's basketball game against Creighton on Nov. 17, 2008.
Randy Johnson of Northville, Mich., has everything he needs as he prepares for Nebraska vs. Michigan at Michigan Stadium on Nov. 19, 2011.
Nine-year-old Ryan Cooksley of Anselmo, Payden Borders, 10, from Broken Bow, and Griffin Wright, 8, also of Broken Bow, carry a message into Cowboys Stadium before the Big 12 Championship Game with Texas on Dec. 5, 2009, in Dallas.
Nebraska fans filled more than half of the east grandstand at Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium on Oct. 31, 2009, in Waco, Texas.
Ohio State vs. Nebraska, 1.21.2012
Red Zone fans show their displeasure at a call against the Huskers during a game against Ohio State at the Devaney Sports Center on Jan. 21, 2012.
Waiting for tickets
David Hollingsworth of Omaha waits for his tickets to the Big 12 Championship Game at Cowboys Stadium on Dec. 4, 2010.
A fan throws up the bones in the student section in the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium on Nov. 21, 2009.
NU Fan Day, 8.18.18
A large inflatable of Herbie Husker dwarfs the large crowd on hand on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, during Fan Day at Memorial Stadium.
2017 SPORTS YEAR END
Nebraska fan Aloise Ferris (left) of South Sioux City, Neb. got up out of her wheelchair and danced with Herbie Husker as the Cornhusker Marching Band played as they awaited the team's arrival at the East Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Memorial Stadium.
Go Big Red
There were Husker fans in attendance at the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, San Diego, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
Husker fans Alec Hogan and Kyle Krowder cheer during the second quarter against Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Memorial Stadium.
Natilly dressed fans
Josh Van Dyke (left), Zach Beiermann and Dusty Cejka at Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.
Nebraska vs. Illinois, 9/29/17
Nebraska fan Corey Nelson of Des Moines, Iowa, didn't last very long on a mechanical bull at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
Husker Fans, 10/05/2013
The athletic department will spend $12.3 million to improve the sound system and Wi-Fi connectivity inside Memorial Stadium.
HUSKER FAN DAY, 8.1
LINCOLN, NEB. - 08/01/2019 - Feeling bashful, four-year-old Kendal Walton of Lincoln hides under his father, Jermaine's shirt as he gets an autograph from Nebraska running back Brody Belt on Wednesday, August 1, 2019, during the annual Husker Fan Day at Memorial Stadium. FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star
Nebraska at Maryland, 11.23
Transplanted Nebraska fans gather to tailgate before the game against the Maryland on Saturday in College Park, Md. Ron White (center), formerly of Sargent and now living in New Hampshire, sports a jacket listing the Huskers' national championships. He's joined by former Scottsbluff residents (left to right) Shawn Jackson, Jim Newton, Maggie Jackson and Kim Freouf.
Iowa vs. Nebraska, 11.29
A fan holds up a sign that reads, "I survived the season," on Friday during Nebraska's game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium.
College GameDay, 9.28
Gabrielle Union throws the bones in response to Lee Corso (right, wearing the Ohio State mascot's head) choosing the Buckeyes over the Huskers on Sept. 28, 2019, during "College GameDay" outside of Memorial Stadium. Union is an Omaha native.
Nebraska vs. Colorado, 9.7
Nebraska fans in the west side of the stadium celebrate after Maurice Washington's fourth-quarter touchdown against Colorado on Sept. 7, 2019, at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo.
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