I’m just devastated by this loss… I mean, I couldn’t be at a lower point in my life. I haven’t slept since. I daydream about us stopping the 2 point conversion, or the kickoff not going out-of-bounds (which in my opinion were the 2 BIGGEST plays of the game). BUT, I want to pump up and revigorate some of us who are so crushed by what happened this past weekend.
Jeez – look at what we’ve let Minnesota do to us. I can pinpoint some of you out there, who till two weeks ago very being optimistic about a USC-Purdue national championship showdown. And now you’re talking about selling your season tickets off, or moving to Canada, or watching golf instead (yeah I’m exaggerating)… We have to keep the faith guys - we have to keep the faith. A lot of things happened in that game, a lot of momentum swings, and we were cautiously optimistic till the end. Our defense, which was just so freaking tired, eventually gave (not that they did that good a job of containing the rush in the beginning, but Minnesota knew what they could exploit, and they did it really damned well)
We HAVE TO STOP DWELLING ON THIS LOSS… Its like a bad breakup – we just have to rip the bandaid and keep moving. There’s a lot of anger amongst us, a lot of us are going “why me”, and “why wasn’t I born a trojan” and whatever else. But we have to let this one go, and look ahead to Notre Dame.
Can you stop for a minute, and put yourself in Tiller’s shoes? Or even Spack’s? What do you think they’re feeling? Do you think they wanted to lose their Big-10 opener? Do you think they’d appreciate the fact their fans are calling for their heads, or that we’ve given up hope on them? Is that what they want at this point in time? Is that what we want? Can you imagine what would’ve happened if we’d stopped them on that 4th down? What if that kickoff hadn’t gone out-of-bounds? One play either which way, and this game would’ve been ours! We’d be celebrating our win, instead of thinking about sacking Tiller or Spack or Chaney. And, for those of you who think we were playing conservative, or that we’re ok with being 2nd or 3rd best in the big 10, PLEASE – do you realize how a gutsy a call that was on 4th down, when we went long with Davis? I mean, who saw that coming?? That was just sheer genius on Chaney’s part and brilliant execution by BK and Davis. Every time we lose one, most of what I see are comments from people talking about how we don’t recruit as well, or why Chaney’s a fat-ass… If this is the best we got, then we need to know how to play them to the best of their abilities. I don’t want to be a part of the (2003–04) Laker team, I want to be a part of the (03–05) Pistons team – no Kobes, no Shaqs, just a buncha guys who really know how to play with each other really well. Teamwork with excellent leadership.
There were no losers in this game. I know, I’d rather take a ‘W’ too, but this was just too damned close. And don’t forget we were playing them on their home turf, and we came pretty damned close to beating a really good Minnesota team. There was a reason Tiller looked the way he did after the game, and why Mason hugged Tiller. This physically hurt the entire team.
We need to support our team now. We need to rally behind them in every which way, and communicate that we respect them as heroes who went down fighting. And that we want them to go out there and fight again on Saturday. So, please, lets try to turn this around.
Here’s what I want to see on Saturday against ND…
Offense : I want to see the ND defense get confused and I want to see them dazed. I want to hit them with something offensively that they’ve never seen before. Weis might’ve been an awesome O-coordinator for the Pats, but lets welcome him to some Big-10 bball on grass. Lets hit’em with something like what KO and the Boilers hit the Badgers with a couple of years ago in Madison.
Defense : This ND offense is going to be all about passing this Saturday.
So, why do I want to move on – why do I still want to keep the faith? Do you remember the 31–3 loss we suffered at Michigan a couple of years ago? You realized what we’d done back then? We’d folded. We looked like helpless gazelles being chased by leopards. That game went no where and was one of the most frustraing losses. KO looked helpless and Tiller and Chaney looked like they’d lost the game before it’d even started. But that is NOT what I saw against Minnesota on Saturday. This team didn’t quit. They were outplayed, but they kept fighting. I know this team has what it takes. I can feel it.
“AI”PS: You need to realize that this is quite a bit therapeutic for me, because I’m mostly talking to myself as I’m typing this.