My initial thoughts.
Wow. Ok, that hurt a bit. I can tell you that just absolutely nothing worked today, and there is something we can learn from that. I really don't think that this loss says much about us as a team. I reject what Herbstreit said, that "this says something about Tech down in the trenches". Here is a fact. Sometimes you just hit a streak where absolutely nothing goes well or right for you. I mean, these guys didn't even look like our Red Raiders. They were stumbling around on the field, falling down, running into eachother. I can tell you, back when I was an athelete, I had days like that. Days when absolutely nothing could go wrong, when everything you touched turned to gold, where you could see the end before the beginning, when everything was easy and nobody could stop you. And I have had days where it seemed like my shoes didn't fit, and like one leg was longer than the other, or like the ground was tilted. I had practices on the basketball court where I could have shot free throws for 24 hours and I wouldn't have made 20%, and I was a 94% free throw shooter. If you ever played any game at any level, you know those days.
Don't get me wrong. We just played the best team in the nation in my opinion, and they smacked us right in the mouth. They get all necessary kudos from me. But I have to think that something was deeply wrong with the team tonight. Some glitch in the matrix or some miss in the corealis effect or something. I've known those days. Anyways, if I were the coaches or the team, I wouldn't try to overthink this thing. I wouldn't sink into a "Tin Cup" period of self reflection, wondering if we were hypernating when we should have been pronating, and buying a lot of self-help gadgets and psychology books. I loved that Leach went for the Touchdown at the end, and then went for the onside kick. Loved it. It reminded me of Tin Cup hitting ball after ball into the lake. Sometimes you have a bad day and you just have to be yourself and get through it.
I want to also say that I am very well pleased with the Tech fans, and I really hope to not see much of the crap we have seen from some other teams fans after a loss (or a sucky season)...
I don't want to read anyone pouting or bad-talking other teams we have played or will play; or pontificating that us losing the game was actually a good thing, because that leaves us room to improve... like aggie.
I don't want to read any crybaby excuses (like longhorn). We didn't get beat by the refs, and this was not the result of being the fourth game in our "gauntlet". We weren't tired, beat up, hormonal, or PMS'ing. It wasn't the OU fans, and I am mostly sure the city of Norman didn't conspire to gas the bus. I'm not saying that we shouldn't take whatever restaurant fed the team off the "approved" list, but I'm saying those aren't the reasons we lost.
I hope (and I know) that most Tech fans are glad to be where we are, we are happy to have such an excellent team, such an awesome coach, and we are pleased us punch for a beautiful season of incredible football. I can't wait to see how it ends.
Y'all remember, wherever you go, and wherever you talk football, to give the great Oklahoma Sooners their props. What a game, and what a performance. I tip my cap to them, and congratulate them on a great win.
I look forward to the Baylor Game, and to see how things unwind.
What a year.
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