This is going to be a little different format because if I am gauging the Trojansphere correctly, people are reacting poorly to this loss. A lot of heat coming towards coach Lane Kiffin, coming towards our “arrogance” and penalties, our lack of discipline and our repeated playing down to opponents.
I want to be clear with everyone what the point of all of this is. First, the game.
I hate losing as much as the next bourbon drinking web legend, but I’ll admit it is easier to lose in Maui when you are drinking tiki mixtures designed to confuse alcohol for fruit juice. Of course, as I tweeted, the game was not the only disaster of the day. That night, the earthquake off B.C. apparently created a green tsunami laser headed straight for Maui and they literally cut water to the Four Seasons, evacuations went nuts and worst of all, our Trojan (and non Trojan) brothers and sisters were prepping for Sandy back east. The universe is so pissed the Oregon v USC game lost some luster.
Literally, look at that. Earthquake in Canada. Green death laser direct to Maui. Chip Kelly was behind this.
The tsunami was a fauxnami, we all lived and then I was left to think about this loss. Bottomline, you never win a football game when you cough the ball up five times. It’s so many points left on the board, field position given up and momentum swinging the wrong way. I care about the penalties, but in the end, I’ve seen us win games where we were penalty monsters. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a team win after coughing it up five times.
What’s killing me, Arrogant Nation, is that we’re confusing the meaning of arrogance. People are blaming arrogance for the reason we lost. Turning the ball over five times is the reason we lost. I know I like to have fun on here, but at the core sports level, I fear we’re missing the point. My point. The reason I started this feature on the blog.
The purpose of Arrogant Nation was to learn to enjoy the games no matter what. Yes, that started when everyone felt sick over sanctions, but it is the same thing when people are sick over a lost national title shot. This team was in the exact same position last year. A two loss team heading into an Oregon game no one thought we were going to win.
The season ended and we were back in the AP top 10 and everyone was freaking out. Some even said the need for this blog was gone. Need I remind you all we get to play undefeated Oregon next week. We get to play undefeated Notre Dame soon. We get to play UCLA. We’re going to a bowl game. How quickly you forget the beauty of college football. Every game is a championship. That was the point of this. Even without the reward of a bowl game, last year was one of the best USC seasons I can remember. I am calling my brothers and sisters out. Don’t let the “title” ruin what can still be an epic conclusion.
We’re Trojans. The point was to fight even past the point of us being ruled dead. The point is to tip our hat to Arizona knowing full well (as they do) we’ll beat them more often than they beat us… forever.
That’s what Oregon hates about us. They hate that it will take decades and decades of dominance for their culture to transition from flash to tradition. Maybe it will. But we get the opportunity to say the road still goes through our house. Saturday in fact.
The arrogance is that no matter what we know the sun never sets on the Trojan family. Not in the 90s. Not ever. The media spends too much time hyping things up that don’t need hype. Oregon has to play USC this weekend. We get a chance to royally screw Notre Dame. We still have bears to kill.
Anyone who isn’t jacked up still needs to check the name of the school on their diploma. Worry about a loss to Arizona? I’ll have another mai tai, please.
People. Hats off to Zona. We cut off enough fingers and toes to give them a chance to sneak one out. It happens to everyone. Even us. But we’re Trojans which means that now we bring hell to Oregon. It’s easy to question a coach after a bad loss. It’s easy to get down on a team when you built them up. What’s hard is ignoring the bullshit and propelling your team to win the Pac 12 South and find that way into the Rose Bowl, our home.
Last year we were a 2 loss team that won the game on the schedule people thought we’d lose. No reason we can’t do that again. Playing like a champion starts with believing you are one. We owe Matty Trojan and Robert Woods and TJ and Marqise and Khaled and Predator Drone to remember being a Trojan means if your right arm gets cut off, fight with your left.
That’s all for today. I have a big news this week. I’ll talk to you for the AGP of a game everyone has written us off in. Are you going to sit around and blame penalties and coaching or are you going to sharpen your swords and create the mood for battle.
I’d spend the week thinking of how we get in the Ducks’ heads and flip their “disappointment that a win over us doesn’t look as good now” into a feeling of “shit, we ended up on their sword two years in a row”.
That’s the bearfighter’s advice.