The hardest part about having a sports blog that is dedicated to one team is writing these types of posts: Re-hashing a game that was such a disappointing loss — while also trying to come up with solutions. All of this while being totally bummed that your favorite team lost. I know that in the grand scheme of things, the frowny face of Peter Osborne over a game is not the end of the world. Even in the face of supreme duck-dom that I face in Eugene.
The worst part, though, is something that is heightened by the current state of the two programs. It is apathy. Here is a statement that no Beaver fan would ever say, yet, comes from the lips of almost all duck fans:
“I usually root for the Beavers, except when they are playing the ducks.”
I want to punch faces when I hear that. Not because I care who they root for, but because that’s what you say about people or teams who are no threat to you. It is what I say about FCS teams with the same condescending tone. Watching the game this weekend, I saw the same apathy and disinterest within Beaver Nation.
So while there were some good things that happened in the game, as with all losses, there were more bad than good. I felt that the offensive line did a great job, with two players making their first and second starts ever. Jordan Villamin continues to improve, and the running backs are running hard and making quick decisions. The plays are getting in quicker and quicker and there seemed to be some flow to the offense in the second half.
These are good signs going into probably the easiest game on the schedule. Hopefully, the Beavers can find a way to win and some of their injured players will be ready. Getting Andrews back at guard could end up being a very good thing for the Beavers.
After this weekend, I am not expecting them to win out. I am not sure what I expect, but the games will not play themselves and I would just as soon the Beavers win. Changes, whatever they may be, can wait until after the season, but right now I just want to see guys like Dylan Wynn, Connor Hamlett, Michael Doctor, and Sean Mannion go out with a better finish than just a four or five win season. So as always, I will say Go Beavers!