As all of you know, our Cyclones
finished this year's campaign with a final record of 7-5. 7-5 is ok, but it's no
10-2. Two years ago if I were to go through this season as a fan, I probably
would have sounded like a 7th grade girl crying about all of the
things that went wrong. The fumbles by a freshman, the bad calls at
That was two years ago. I've learned a lot in those years and the biggest thing that I've learned is that no matter what happens in sports, there's always next year and it never huts to keep things positive.
Now I realize that we are all very passionate fans. Trust me; I care about Cyclone athletics about as much as Steve Alford cares about his hair gel.
The major thing that I've realized is how much work that was put into this season. A lot of times, we as fans and journalists say things out of pure emotion. I've done it, and most of us probably have. It's what makes being a fan being a fan. If nobody cared, it wouldn't be any fun.
When people look at this past
season, many will think about what could have been. Well that works both ways.
All that sounds great but us as fans always want more. If your team finishes #2, you want them to be #1. Who wouldn't? It's human nature.
The fact of the matter is that our beloved Clones did finish 7-5. They did lose a bowl game, they did blow a chance to play in a championship game for the second year in a row and it was a disappointing season. There's no point in being negative about it. We need to be proud of what our guys did do, and not focus on what they didn't do. The fact of the matter is that no matter how passionate our fans our and how bad we all hurt after losses, those players and coaches hurt even more.
I know for a fact how much time those players put into one season. It's unthinkable. It's pretty much like having two full-time jobs and not to mention classes and being in the public eye 24/7.
Now I don't know about the rest of
the fans but after the loss to TCU, to me it didn't sting nearly as bad as the
My main point is to keep your passion Cyclone fans. Recover from this season at your own pace, but we all owe it to our players to be fully recovered to be thinking Big 12 Championship come next September. That's what the players want and that's what they deserve.
Here's a quick story about the Houston Bowl. Scott Stephenson called me a couple hours after the game and we got to talking. I told him that he played hard and TCU was a solid team. He said that he didn't want to talk about TCU anymore. He simply said this.
That's the attitude that we all
need to have. Bring on
Next year instead of looking at
the schedule and thinking, "dang we have to play at
Call me unrealistic. Call me
pathetic. But I know what I'm thinking right now. I'm not thinking about DeAndre
Jackson not picking up the fumble and running at