This season is a struggle.
It is not hopeless. But it is not going well. I was in attendance last week as Georgia politely handed us our ass. We were pretty bad, having breakdowns in all phases of the game. However, I still think that our defense is good, and I believe that our special teams can be good and that our offense can be not-horrible. Improbable? Absolutely. But still possible.
Expectations soared this year. We won our first bowl game in a billion years last year. We had lots of returning players and a highly ranked recruiting class. And we. have. sucked.
We're 2-5, and we'll be expected to lose all the rest of our games. By a decent margin. This will be us:
Well, maybe that's unfair. We're not always totally ridiculous. Sometimes we start off strong and then sort of meander our way along, sputtering out at the end:
So. What do we do? How do we respond? Good question. Tough question. It's hard to know. I'm kinda stuck in inertia-land with regards to my Vandy fandom. I'm definitely in inertia-land in my real life.
But we have to believe. Right? Surely believing is good, even though it often causes us pain.
Chuck Klosterman has a new book. You can read an excerpt about football here. An excerpt of the excerpt:
I don't know what I see when I watch football. It must be something insane, because I should not enjoy it as much as I do. I must be seeing something so personal and so universal that understanding this question would tell me everything I need to know about who I am, and maybe I don't want that to happen. But perhaps it's simply this: Football allows the intellectual part of my brain to evolve, but it allows the emotional part to remain unchanged. It has a liberal cerebellum and a reactionary heart. And this is all I want from everything, all the time, always.
I believe we can win tomorrow. It may not be smart, but I believe. I have a reactionary heart for Vandy football. And if we lose? (and we likely will.) I'll continue believing in Vandy football. It's helpful for me to do so. In the same way that I believe I'm going to reverse the trend of gaining 40 pounds in the last 4 months. In the same way that I believe I'm going to reverse the trend of ignoring my to-do lists. In the same way that I believe I'm going to be happy one day. Why not believe in Vandy football? Believing only in likelihoods is boring, it doesn't interest me, and it sure doesn't relate to the things that I really and truly care about. So bring on the long shots!
We might be on the outside looking in right now:
ps - Vandy/South Carolina is on ESPNU tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Central. Go Dores!