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 ...
Looking back on the 2009 regular season, if you could trade one loss for a win and one win for a loss, what would be your trade?
Well, it's the Christmas season already, Rebs. Time to gather together with friends and family, purge Thanksgiving turkey for Christmas ham, and trade "41-27's" and "bowl games" between yourself and your Mississippi State acquaintances and fans of TSAM (special bonus Tuesday question: what alliteration am I trying to popularize there?). Of course, there's also the place for the Indian giver (Insensitive? We don't care). In my stocking, I'm looking for an Ole Miss win that did not materialize. However, in this hypothetical delorean world, you have to give something back. Also, hypothetically, everything else works out the same.
I give away Memphis for Alabama. Imagine the roller coaster that would have ensued. An opening loss to the Bluff City Bengals means that for the rest of the season, we would have hovered near the Top 25, but nowhere near the Top 5 where we never belonged. Starting out 1-2 certainly would have destroyed my optimism temporarily, but can you imagine the high of roaring to 3-2 with a win over the Tide?
Coming in a close second would be Tennessee for Auburn. Beating the Vols was a sweet win, but having made the trip to Jordan-Hare, I would trade orange for orange for my own selfish reasons.
Tangentially, I know some folks just don't want to talk about football right now. I understand that. Talking about football almost got my ass kicked this weekend. But, I offer this question to highlight the fact that I had a damn good time this season. Even after the devastating losses to Auburn and State, I could not help remember how sweet it was to beat Arkansas and LSU. And, though it is, apparently, beneath me to be satisfied with eight victories (some of which came in thrilling fashion over heated rivals) and four losses (almost all of which seemed to be demoralizing and program-killing), I am still awfully excited to watch Shay Hodge and Dexter McCluster do their thing one more time.
To the point: no one win or one loss is enough to discount all that fun I had this season.