The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Nov. 12, 2000
A terribly disappointing defeat. I have an almost overwhelming
feeling of depression. I take all losses hard, but this one is as bad as
Miami in '84 and Texas in '96. We will first address the game itself and then talk
about being a fan.
We failed to control the line on defense for the entire game.
We were getting no pass rush at all. It took three quarters to get our offense going. The
play-calling wasn't great, but the problem was the line. Our passing
game was awful. Crouch looked like he had no idea where the ball was
the receivers acted confused. The way he has passed lately, I wonder
Crouch isn't hurt. Alexander ran better than I have seen him in the
quarter. If he keeps running like that, let's get him the ball 30
last two games. I thought that the defense hung in there especially
couldn't generate a pass rush. We needed to rattle Beasly to win
couldn't. When they pick up third and forever from their own 2,
Frank has a huge task to make sure that his team
on him, as the '90 team did on Tom. This team has had something
year. I believe that it is a combination of heart and leadership.
play with any emotion and are missing our swagger.
This game could have long term negative ramifications that we
last week. People will start to question Frank, particularly the
fan. But Frank is our man and we must rally behind him. Sure, he
do better and he will. The last thing we should do is start
coaches. It is easy to be a fan when the team is winning. This is a
when the true fan must support the team. The team needs you
than when it is winning.
If you are not a zealot fan, then you need not read on. As fans we
constantly struck by the irrationality of it, because you can't make
win or lose. But if you are a true fan you feel as though you are
the team. It is this sick feeling I get after a loss that reminds
remember to enjoy the victories. They will come again soon. I
don't know what
people who are not passionate about things do with their lives. But
have passion for things, you will have disappointment. As I first
read in '72
after the crushing UCLA loss, it is better to have been #1 and lost
never have been #1 at all.