With the Gators handing UK its first loss of the season this past weekend, the armchair quarterbacks across the Big Blue Nation came out in droves. Let’s rehash some of those infamous lines that you have either heard or said:
“I’ve been patient long enough with Hartline. He sucks!”
“Our defense was terrible. How could we not contain Burton in the Red Zone?!”
“Joker obviously didn’t have a good game plan.”
“Why don’t we just run the Wild-Cobb every play?!”
Sound familiar? These and other more colorful lines have been widely circulating across the blogosphere today, and I’m sure they’ve made appearances around the old water cooler as well.
I’ve always been amazed when people throw the team, or specific individuals, under the bus when their exceedingly high and unrealistic expectations are not met. It was Florida for goodness’ sake. Let’s face it, we were beat fair and simple. There’s no need to make excuses or to create scapegoats for why we lost. We still have a ways to go before we are on the same level as programs like Florida, and until that time, we should take such losses, even if they are by 34 points, as learning experiences.
Let me also note that a large part of beating a team that you haven’t won against since 1986 is “luck.” All the other facts were not in favor on Saturday night, and a little luck would have made a huge difference, I think. However, I did think for a moment that luck was on our side when big ole Ridge Wilson intercepted Brantley’s pass early in the 2nd quarter; yet, another lost opportunity. Oh well.
Let’s not be discouraged, my friends. We will prevail over Ole Miss this weekend. If we don’t, well maybe then you armchair quarterbacks will actually have a little truth in your claims. But, until that time, stay on the couch and keep your mouths shut! Go Cats!
As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know. And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.” Cheers!