It's Only a Game
I won't lie. Even though I work in the media, I still get caught up in the heat of the game. I get caught up in the rivalry and it's still fun to me. I wanted the ‘Clones to win that game on Saturday as much, if not more, than anybody else. It's great to see your team win, and even better when you can shut Jon Miller up at the same time. (Just kidding buddy)
Watching Mike Klinkenborg after the game, made me realize how miniscule that this game actually is in life's grand scheme. Klinkenborg just buried his father three days ago, and he was on the field gutting it out and playing for a lot more than bragging rights or any trophy.
Klinkenborg was playing for his father. And he played with more heart than most of us can imagine. ESPN, in a somewhat Busch-league move, stuck the mic in Klinkenborg's face immediately following the game. Though I didn't really agree with how ESPN went about doing it, I still thank them for doing it.
Why? Because one player and his father showed the entire country watching the game that life is about a lot more than what happens on one Saturday out of the year. Life is precious, life is short, and most of all, life is priceless.
At the end of the day, it comes
down to this. I love the Cyclones. I love everything about
Thank you Mike Klinkenborg for teaching myself, and hopefully many other people in the Cyclone Nation, that very same lesson. Our hopes and prayers go out to you and your classy family.
The Game Itself
Now let's get down to the game
They had to run the football. – The Clones rushed for 171 yards while Stevie Hicks averaged five yards a carry.
They had to get off to a good start. – Before yesterday, in the last 16 match-ups of these schools, 14 times did the team leading after the first quarter go on to win the game, not on Saturday.
So what in the heck happened?
For the second week in a row,
"I don't see guys gassed, I don't see them quitting, I don't see them with their heads down," McCarney told the media after the game on Saturday.
That's a true statement. Effort
isn't the problem. The problem I see is simple:
The Right Move?
If you didn't watch any ESPN on Saturday night, then you missed Mark May and Lou Holtz give Coach McCarney a black eye for his call to go for it on 4th and 10 with around five minutes to go in the game.
I don't see why some are making a
big deal about this call. Let's say that
McCarney made the right, non-conservative call.
I love that mentality in that situation. Lou Holtz doesn't know this team's tendencies. Nobody knows this team better than McCarney. If he believed his team would convert, then at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
Isn't that what fans want? I read message boards, I listen to talk shows. Fans want aggressiveness. That was extremely aggressive.
Fans always want McCarney to "step on the opponent's throat." Essentially, in a different way that's what McCarney did on this call. He realized that there was a gamble no matter what decision he made. Either punt the ball away and rely on your young, inexperienced defense on the road, or he could put the ball in the hands of his proven QB and let him try and win the game.
What would you do? I would have done the exact same thing.
Use This Loss
Let's be honest, there aren't many positives that you can ever take from losing a football game. Sure, you can build on good things that you saw during the game, but at the end of the day a loss is a loss, no matter who it's against.
But hear me out on this one. Let's
learn a lesson from our neighbors in
Last year's loss for
Why can't the ‘Clones do the same thing? The Big 12 is terrible, we've yet to see the offense even scratch the surface and the young defense is getting better and better every single week.
The point is this. Every year,
The Big 12 North is wide open.
I know you hate to hear it, but
let's learn from what