Saturday I got home in time to watch the game, only to find out that our power was out. No game, no DVR of game, no dice. Fortunately I had my smart phone with me and was able to get the game via an ESPN app. Unfortunately, I had about 18% charge on my phone, and again, no way to charge it.
Now many a fan would hit the road and find a bar or another place to watch the game. They would not have my daughters, nor the fortune of finally getting one of them asleep, so I was landlocked.
Normally, this would make me feel miserable, but within the 18% charge of my phone, i was able to watch about a quarter and a half, and that was about enough.
While the sound of broken bandwagon ankles is almost as deafening as the “I Told You So’s” who have ever disliked Riley, Mannion, Banker, Read, this version of this team or whatever myriad of things to be tired of with this team, I have one thought.
Flush it. Not the program, not the coaches, not the players, but the game. Sometimes, you have a game so bad that there is no reason to spend a lot of time on it because it only represents a bad game. Now, this year we have had two flushers. USC and Stanford. Colorado and Utah were good games with great effort spoiled by a few mistakes. This game was one of those where it looked like OSU prepared for the wrong team. Stanford is not as good on offense as we mad them look and honestly not as good on defense as we made them look. There were a lot of missed opportunities and a lot to be upset about.
But I am not ready to give up on a great QB or a good defense. Two flushers is two too many, but the season is not ending because we had a crapper of a game. There are five more and OSU better find some answers or some answers will be found for them. It is that simple, so I am going to suit up in my stupid shirts and jerseys all week, take the truck load of grief the duck faithful I work with will heap on me and hope for the best.
But after I write the Candy Report this week, I will give this last game zero thought because it is not worth it. I recommend the players do the same. Just like a DB turns their back on getting burned and lines up to try and get the stop again, the Beavers as a team need to turn the page on this and move on.
The coaches on the other hand, need to figure it out because they are going to see a whole lot of that the rest of the season. Outside of WSU, every team they play from here on out will run a hurry up spread offense so they better find a way to get pressure, to contain the perimeter and how to not lose receivers in the middle so that they are wide open. On offense we need to make sure we work to get first downs until they turn into touchdowns, not try and get touchdowns ever play. 3rd and 1 is a perfect time to work for just a first down.
Rough game and like the unmentionable disaster last year against the suck faces from Montlake or like John Canzano on Pure-Orange this game needs to never be mentioned. Unless it happens again next week. Then serious conversations need to be had, because this team and this school can be a contender and the current methods are not working for that. It can still be a decent year, but I am not sure I can see a championship from this regime until we go through a season with zero flushers.