Generally, we are the "authors" of "content" around here - "here" being a blog and not a message board. Recognize, we do, that you've come here not to contribute, but to consume. Nevertheless, there is the sporadic occasion where, either for our benefit or for to exercise the thinkifiers of the masses, we ask you a question. Today's question is ...
Were we a little hard on ourselves?
After the general murdering of four Top Ten teams on Tuesday, I thought that maybe some hate would get spread around. And, if not hate, then at least one of our brethren losers would also be generally acknowledged to have exhibited some "fundamental flaw" or "finally shown that they actually weren't so good at [insert position here]." I just thought that with so many people to pick on - and, don't forget, an LSU team at which "overrated" and "unworthy" can be hurled for a solid week - the national media (if not Rick Cleveland) would not sound so much like, well, like us.
I’ll see y’all again in 2049. It’s probably gonna be that long till we’re worth a damn again.
As for pulling an upset, beating anyone in the SEC other than MSU, Vandy, or Tennessee would be an upset right now.
Get the [Whiskey language] out of my University, you weak sack of [Whiskey language].
If Kirk Herbstreit had said any of that stuff to or about Ole Miss or any of its component coaches or team members (looking right at you, Bradley Sowell), most of us would have come un - [Whiskey language] - glued. From my perspective, it took the hot coals of the self-righteous - and complicit - members of the press for the realists in the fan base to wake up and remember that we need not carry the burden of berating the Rebels when there are writers willing and able to shoulder our load, their load, and a little more just for fun.
Or, perhaps, it is just the realization setting in that no inflation of rhetoric or lack of ranking - however severe - really impacts our conference record. 0-1 is just as likely to turn into 7-1 whether Stewart Mandel is extolling our virtues or "I-told-ing" our "sos."
My answer to the question is: it really does not matter. As Coach Nutt deftly reminded us for four months - these are the same people who picked us fifth in the division in 2008. For better or for worse, we are to some degree those people. Whether or not people are listening, we are talking heads ... just like Gregg Doyel. And what does the best talking head do?
Talk about the next game.