Must Wins and Moral Victories - A Beatdown Story
But here’s what I don’t get.
Was there some sort of “signature win” that I missed over the last couple of years? I only ask that, because I was under the impression that “moral victories” don’t mean a whole hell of a lot to a program that (allegedly) has won five national titles. (Three split). OK, you beat Colorado when they went on a complete and total slide that saw them get outscored 154-3 in their final three games. OK, you beat a 5 loss Michigan team a couple of years ago. I may have been mistaken, but aren’t they quite a mess right now? Didn’t Kirk Herbstreet call that game the “worst officiated game I’ve ever seen”?
So that leaves WHAT big win? A&M on the road? Missouri last year at home? Unranked Wake Forest this year with a third-string QB and his single-digit QB rating along imposing throng of 2000 strong? Seriously, THAT’s what you base all this on? Was it the way you turtled up and played opossum against USC last year? Was it the horrible play calling against Oklahoma that couldn’t even net you 8 points with 900 drives starting in OU territory? Is a last second fumble against Texas at home an “unfortunate incident” or a complete and total choke?
These are the things that I’m struggling to understand, especially in lieu of a complete and total beatdown biblical proportions coming up on Saturday. Don’t get me wrong..I understand you WANT to be back. I understand you NEED to be back…but hyping up something that isn’t really there is something that is only going to get you hurt as a fan in the long run.
So is this a “make or break” game for the Hick nation? Let’s say you play it safe again this weekend and end up losing by 10-14. (In other words, not a win, but a respectable showing). Are you simply happy to stay with the #1 team in the country at home? Didn’t you used to actually BEAT top 5 teams at home back in the day? And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the whole big damn thing a waste anyway if you don’t beat Missouri (ie – win the North) on the road in 22 days?
If you ask me, you people know the answer to this great big question, but are too afraid to admit it. You’re nowhere close to being “back”. However, NONE of you want to admit the fact that if you aren’t “back” by now…when is it going to happen? Didn’t you fire a guy for going 9-3? Now, after 4 years what do you have? A home win over Missouri last year? A road win against unranked Wake? What the hell do you have to show for it.
This game this weekend for you certainly IS a must-win game for you in every way shape or form. Not because it stops you from possibly winning the North (snicker), but it will show 15 million people that you are no more closer to being “back” than you were in late 2005. This is exactly the reason the GRF © played it safe last year. You simply can not afford a bad showing. You may not need a win to survive, but anything short than a good effort will spell absolute disaster for your entire program in terms of national perception. This wouldn’t be THAT big of a deal to most former powers, but as we already know…NOTHING is more important to you than what the rest of the nation thinks about you.
So what do I think is gonna happen?
Nothing really would shock me here. Again, I’m a big believer in home-field advantage, and let’s face it…you did have a guy kick a ball over his head from the two yard line with :00 left on the clock to win a game once. However, I think it’s pretty damn obvious that you don’t have the horses to hang with USC. (or Texas, or Oklahoma or Missouri or A&M or even Colorado for that matter) However, the GRF© is just wiley enough to play it close and pull out whatever he can. If anything, he has proven to be the master of the moral victory, which let’s face it: Moral victory is just about all you can really hope for right now.
I will say this however. If God forbid, the hicks shock the world and Lincoln burns in wake of a monumental upset, the buildup, both on this blog and in cyberspace, will be unlike anything we have ever seen for the next 21 days. The true “measuring stick” lies on a shaggy patch of turf in central Missouri in three weeks, and even a beatdown to a group of NFL prospects isn’t going to change that.
I’d wish you all good luck…but I really hate your guts and I wouldn’t mean it anyway.
USC by 24