There Was No Joy In Mudville…
Well, it didn’t end the way many hoped. However, plenty of excitement, sacrifice, grit, and glory came along the way.
The Broncos just could not match the overwhelming emotion and talent of the Washington Huskies. Losing the final Vegas Bowl to the Dawgs 38 to 7.
For some the universe is back in order; Pete lost one to Boise State and won one.
Back To Bach
Hank Bachmeier started in place of the guy who had a tremendous last third of the year, Jaylon Henderson. Reports surfaced Henderson was ill during the week of preparation. Likely Harsin felt more comfortable with starting the freshman phenom, Bachmeier.
Thus, starting Hank over Jaylon will be a subject discussed on barstools from Payette to Poky and from Bonners Ferry to Glenns Ferry. Look for beer consumption to spike this week.
The bottom line is this; Kellen Moore could have played his best game and lost to the spirited Huskeys. So there, spend your time with the family and let you’re ole high school buddy drink alone.
Another bottom line is this; the players respect the coaching staff’s decisions and fans must too.
Texting My Husky Friend
Late in the third quarter, I sent a text to a friend near Seattle, “Get your fat lady ready.” He texted back, “Mi mi mi mi mi mi mi. La la la la la la la la.”
I wanted so much to be able to text back, “Wrong fat lady, my frisky Husky friend; the one with the beard and Viking horns.”
He texted, “That’s our first win for next year.”
I texted, “That’s our first loss. Now that we have that out of the way…”
“Wait until next year” seems to be the expression most used after a heartbreaking loss for the final game of the year because all that remains is next year. Coaches and players will go over the tape and critique their performance but everyone must wait until the start of next season to show improvement.
Everyone Has At Least Two Armpits And Two Opinions —They Both Stink
Everyone will have their reasons for the loss: Bad calls. O-line didn’t do their job. Where was our pass rush? Should have started Henderson. D-backs played too soft. Linebackers played to shallow. Out-coached. Not mentally prepared.
Coaches and players are far more pragmatic about losses. Indeed, it may be some of the things mentioned but they are in the best position to determine the real cause and correct it.
Years ago a wise old coach said, “You can eat the loss or the loss can eat you.”
Waxing Poetic (Casey At The Bat, Sort Of)
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Boise eleven that day
As the score stood 24 to 7 with one more quarter to play
They thought if only Jaylon could mount that air attack
They’d even put up money now with Jaylon at quarterback
(A whole bunch of lines in between.)
Oh somewhere in a valley land, the sun is out of sight
Bands are playing somewhere, where it’s dark it’s really night
And somewhere children are laughing, somewhere men do cheer
But there is no joy in Boise, they’ll have to wait until next year.