Except for the chiseled Dutch look and perfectly tousled hair, this is pretty much how I look right now. I’m trying to cry. Oh, how I’m trying to cry, but I just can’t. Now, in my case, it’s not because I’m a substandard actor. No, it’s because my tear ducts have been empty for weeks now.
The pain we felt 2 weeks ago was falling from the National Championship game to the Rose Bowl. The pain last week was falling from the Rose Bowl to the (maybe) Holiday Bowl. The pain last night was falling to the Poulon Weed Eater Bowl (does that even still exist?). I feel a lot more calm in the wake of last night’s debacle than the last few weeks’ debacles.
So, instead of throwing a temper tantrum about how this coach needs to be fired or that player needs to be benched, we are going to go position by position and take a look at how things are going. Are the players meeting the expectations from the start of the year? If not, why? Hopefully, we’ll try to stay reasonable and analytical.
Personally, I think there is a clear and easy way to fix ALL of Cal’s current problems. Move the team to Boston! This is a plan that can’t fail. Except in relation to the Cal Hockey Team, where it most assuredly will fail.
How does this sound? University of California at Boston Golden Bears! It’s got a nice ring to it. Here’s a quick .jpeg that I drew up. It took all my MS Paint skills to do this. Clearly, I need to stick to lawyering and leave the MS Paint to HydroTech.
Anyway, I think these days a lot of Cal fans are having their Cal puberty moment as Will noted below. The new fans who weren’t around for the Holmoecaust are finally remembering that being a Cal fan is like being Rocky. Apollo Creed just punches us over and over and over and over. And then we lose. After that, we become fools who get pitied by Mr. T.
But don’t get down yet. There is a lot of football left to be played and a lot of fun left. We still have 2 more home games (including USC) and the Big Game. If we beat USC, beat Stanford, and then win whatever bowl game Cal makes it to, it’ll certainly salve the pain. So, don’t forget to get out there the next two weeks and cheer on the team. No, we might not make the National Championship game. No, we aren’t even going to make the Holiday Bowl. But that doesn’t mean we just give up and go home.
So, keep it tuned here for mid-season review on the team. And, no matter what, GO BEARS!