Um. So. Huh. Really? What? Interesting. Typical. That was basically my thought process during the Iowa game. I’m honestly at a loss for words right now. I feel like that game set football back 25 years. Unfortunately I’ve had to say that more than once the past couple years. Seriously, what is there to say at this point?
If I’m being completely honest, I feel like a fool for actually believing in this team coming into the season. I don’t want to be all doom and gloom. There’s a lot of season left with a string of supposed winnable games. But I’m having a difficult time coming up with anything positive after that game. Coming into the season we all thought the PSU and Iowa games were pivotal for how the season was going to play out. We all figured they had to at least split the games to be in the West title discussion. We also said the worst case scenario, which would be inexcusable, was to lose both. Yet in typical Gopher fashion the worst case scenario once again played out.
Sorry friends, I really don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, I really don’t, but that was bad, bad football. I mean, that was Brewster level incompetance we witnessed. All I know is that offensive game plan was offensive. Tracy Claeys, Jay Johnson and the entire offense should apologize for the way they played and called the game. This was a freaking rivalry game! How do you not get up for it? How do you come out looking that incompetant? How do you continue to call pass after pass after pass when your QB is obviously struggling? How do you continute to call pass after pass after pass when the only offensive production you had the entire day was on the ground? How do you go away from the run? Honestly, how do you go completely away from the run with these running backs?!?
I don’t know. I just don’t know what to think anymore. I was mad after the PSU game because they only had themselves to blame for the loss. They only have themselves to blame for the Iowa loss as well but I’m not mad. I gave my daughter her hug this morning and all is well with the world. There’s a lot of season left and they’ll most likely end up with a winning record. They’ll end up in a decent bowl game and all of us will continue to tune in. It’s hard being a Gopher football fan but I knew this was part of the deal when I signed my fan card. Heck, they could get rolling during this coming stretch and end up back in the West title discussion. They just don’t have a margin of error any longer.
That said, I’m frustrated. I feel like that loss may have been the beginning of the end for Claeys and this staff. I feel like this season was another missed opportunity in a long line of missed opportunites for the Gophers. Yet come Saturday, I will be tuning in to watch my favorite football team play Maryland because I still love this team and program. I knew what I was getting into when I signed my fan card. Take the good with the bad and rah, rah SkiUMah.
Onto what really matters and that is the Stroll Through Twitterland:
I’m only going to use one tweet this week for a couple of reasons. The mainreason quite frankly was because Gopher Twitterland was an ugly, ugly place during and after the game. I couldn’t use most of what was put out there anyway since this is a family show.
@KevinZintheTC completely summarizes the Gopher football program over the past 50 years.