Winning does funny things to a man (or men). Now that the Bears are experiencing success, guys who once sucked it up, puking and dropping 10lbs in a sweaty afternoon session of double days, have now become the bitchy, cranky housewives we never wanted to marry.
Nothing is good enough for us anymore. Why is that?
We find ourselves watching games (to wit: Louisiana State-Tech-A & M or whatever they were called) and little joy comes from a resounding win.
We can’t flap our jaws without moaning about the ineptitude of young 19 year olds, or the mistakes of perhaps the finest coaching staff in the country.
I’m the worst offender.
The bottle is always half full (Ok, not the one in our hands. That one is empty and we are frantically looking for a re-fill).
We question the Bears’ focus. Desean’s hands. The Coaches’ calls. Why Best doesn’t touch the ball more. Why Longshore is missing on long ones. Why we don’t go deep more to Desean. The D backs’ lack of open field tackling. The questionable pass rush. Why we didn’t go for it on 4th and short. Why we don’t run more. Why we don’t pass more.
Poor Tedford. He’s become Dagwood to 60,000 howling Blondie’s each Saturday.
His crime? Bringing success to a group of alumni who are used to chronic failure.
Being true Bear fans we are certain that the bubble is going to pop. Like an orphan who’s been adopted by the crown prince, we can’t believe that we are deserving of this fairy tale existence, so we focus only on the negative, that we might not be too hurt when the clock strikes 12 and that Golden coach reverts to its proverbial pumpkin status.
Our fears are not entirely baseless. When the Rose Bowl was finally ours (after almost 50 years) who knew that a clever Mac Brown could whine on TV, make a few phone calls and gip us out of our birthright? He was simply smarter than we were.
Or who knew that SC would lose to UCLA, meaning that if a receiver hadn’t stumled on the one yard line; or a ref hadn’t called a bogus P.I. penalty in the endzone; or replay hadn’t been invented (so Desean’s foot could be called on the line), that we would have been in the Rose Bowl last year as well?
We know the Gods like to toy with us.
They send us
No doubt the open sores are on their way.
To torture the women they send plastic, ordorific porta potties with urinals about face high. (On the internet, “executive”, clean ones can be ordered for $1,000 per). Wouldn’t 10 of those be nice—now that the stadium is close to capacity with paying customers).
Opps. See. We bitch about everything.
Anyway, getting home to the Rose Bowl, or the Game in New Orleans (looks like nothing short of a National Championship will suffice), is going to be like Odysseus’ Odyssey.
There will be lots of baptisms by fire, and many tempting sirens which will attempt to lure our ships of hope between Scylla and Charybdis—that those monsters may once again, dash our dreams to pieces.
My guess is that the football Gods are going to continue to test us until we prove ourselves worthy—and the first step in that direction is to drop the bitchy gambit.
Strategy is fair game—hey, we are fans after all, and no one is smarter than we are.
Constructive criticisms are fine as are basic differences of opinion.
But to make the grade, all this has to be tempered with loyalty, propriety, and a sense of gratefulness for what has been put on our plate.
We’ve been given a glimpse of what we’ve always wanted, and at some point we’re going to have to grow up and earn the right to be as classy as our program appears to be.
It ain’t gonna be all wins, all perfect, all the time.
See you tomorrow in the parking lot, and if my glass appears half full, please fill it up so I can ease my pain if things don’t go right.
Per the blog below, the injuries to the defensive lineman now do not appear to be as serious as originally feared...............The Bears are a 16-point favorite over the Wildcats this Saturday, in what the USA Today is claiming to be "redemption game no. 2".......... article below from the Daily Cal on the stadium hearing, which starts today and is scheduled to last two days.
"Sign of Relief" - CC Times CAL Blog by on
It looks like the injuries to defensive lineman Matt Malele and Rulon Davis aren't as serious as originally feared. Malele has a strained muscle in his foot while
From the Cal Grid of Sacramento Eric Bachman sent this piece from The New York Times.
Sandy Barbour letter:
> Subject: letter from Sandy Barbour and Nathan Brostrom
> Dear Friends,
> For the first time in recent memory, a group of people...that would be
> you...came together to do the hard work it takes to support the
> University and stand up for what you believe. Usually, people are too
> busy, too overworked or overbooked, to step up when needed. You did so
> and you have our everlasting gratitude.
> In early August, this was a one sided battle, with
> controlling the airwaves, news pages and websites. By last week, we
> had at least brought the City of
> recognize the enormous outpouring of support
> community. We believe it was a wakeup call for the City. And we hope
> it will serve to improve the relationship between the City of
> and the University in the future.
> There will undoubtedly be more opportunities for all of you to come
> forward and support
> you again. The good news is we know we have your support and can
> count on it in the future..
> To all of you who wrote letters, sent emails, displayed signs, talked
> to friends and neighbors and city council members, came to meetings,
> helped at Fan Appreciation Day, the Tennessee game and the City
> Council meeting, thanks for all you've done in the last six weeks to
> support Cal and our student athletes. We couldn't ask for better
> Go Bears!
> Sandy Barbour and Nathan Brostrom
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