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Here is why some say Olympics have ‘officially screwed the University of Nebraska’

Nebraska football fans want Twitter to drop the British flag from their tweets.
Nebraska football fans want Twitter to drop the British flag from their tweets. The Associated Press

Some sports fans are very particular about the hashtags of their favorite teams.

Case in point: Some Nebraska supporters are none too happy to see their #GBR (Go Big Red) hashtag now includes an image of Great Britain’s flag. It’s been that way since the start of the Winter Olympics as fans tweeting about athletes can add hashtags like #USA, #TeamCanada and #GER and see a flag.

So, #GBR is being used by fans in Great Britain, and some Cornhuskers fans don’t like it.

One Twitter user wrote: “I see now that the Olympics have arrived, I once again can no longer use the GBR hashtag in support of our #Huskers without the twitter dot com adding a picture of the British flag. Super awesome........ #GBR”

Another’s take: “Heads up, #Huskers fans. The Olympics are coming up which means Britain has once again hijacked the GBR hashtag.”

This Cornhuskers fan wrote: “The Olympics have officially screwed the University of Nebraska, just as the NFL screwed the Connecticut Whale. #GBR #FinsUp”

One woman asked politely: “@Twitter, I know the #Olympics are important and I’ll always be a supporter for the UK Olympics team, but #GBR will always stand for the #Huskers GO BIG RED! Could we maybe remove the UK flag from the hashtag?”

Here are a few more of the tweets from upset Nebraska fans, and there are even more out there:

I did find one Cornhuskers fan who was ready to welcome Great Britain to the fold:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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