USC vs. Hawaii Aftermath

If you like football then you've seen the Al Pacino speech. And you've seen Any Given Sunday. You know the adage and what it means, and maybe you've even recited it a time or two to inspire/impress someone. But until you've sat through it? Until you see the inches slipping away? I don't know if you can really get it.

If you like football then you've seen the Al Pacino speech. And you've seen Any Given Sunday. You know the adage and what it means, and maybe you've even recited it a time or two to inspire/impress someone. But until you've sat through it? Until you see the inches slipping away? I don't know if you can really get it. That's how I felt tonight. Man, football has been gone for so long (I've missed you football!!!) that I'd totally forgot what crushing disappointment felt like. Not that I should have rationally expected a win here but just to come so close…. Had they been blown out? Had USC just been THAT much better that we really didnt have a chance? That I can live with. I'd hate it. I'd probably get down on myself and our team's prospects for this season. But at least I'd understand it a little. Now I got nothin. I mean really. Off the top I can think of a few that I'd like to have had: Inches between a sure touchdown and Scott Harding's outstretched fingertips on a drive in the second quarter. Inches between the ball and the uprights on a 53 yard field goal by USC as time expired in the first half. Inches between Marcus Kemp securing a pass in the middle, and tipping it to the USC defender who scored a touchdown as a result. Inches again between Marcus Kemp catching a bomb down the sidelines in the 4th and it bouncing off his one outstretched hand (with no PI call. yeah. SERIOUSLY??) There were a ton more that I'm not listing, because these are the ones that I keep going over and over in my head. The ones that we could have, (SHOULD HAVE) had. And so while I'm super hopeful for next week, and really impressed with the way our young talent kept getting up in the face of indomitable pressure, I still feel a little at a loss. Can anyone spare some inches?

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