Maybe we are just getting sick of the last 50 years of losing. I was not expecting big wins this year, but I expected them to be better than last year, and right now, well they are worse, much much worse.
You know what? If you or anyone else thinks this is too tough to wait out, don't have patience to stomach the ugliness while Pollard, Chizik & Co. get this ship righted, if this process is too difficult or too painful for you to handle while Chizik tries to work with what he was left with and clean out the closet at the same time, then I have the ticket for your way out of this mess, and the link is provided below.
So this year is turning out to be the same kind of disappointment that the last 50 years have been. Cry me a freakin' river. Greatness doesn't come without its share of heartaches. So we've experienced more heartaches than most everyone else. That should only make the vanquishing of the demons coming 3-5 years from now all the more sweeter. Pardon the cliche, but Rome was built over hundreds of years, and traditions at programs such as USC, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, and even Iowa were built with decades of work. Yet we expect Chizik to turn decades of losing and mental conditioning of how to react in his first season without a full recruiting class and create a winner in year one. Chizik is obviously still dealing with the lack of talent at critical positions, talent that's not suited to the system that he runs, and the mentality of "mediocre is good enough" that just may not be done away with until all of the players that McCarney brought into the system are gone.
This thread has not only thrown Chizik and all the work that he's done in the last 10 months under the bus, but you've also gone and thrown Pollard under there as well for exhibiting the very attitude that he is deemed is a cancer in the fanbase and is working his *** off to change it. What the hell is wrong with us?
Chuck Lidell: I paint my toenails with pink and black polish. Problem is, I get more paint on my toes and on the carpet than on my nails. Any advice? Maria Sharapova: Don't you beat up other guys for a living? I don't know how to answer this.
Competition in both years, about the same. I would say Toledo was better last year, and Kent St is about on par with UNLV.
Looks much much worse to me.
I guess I look at it from the point of view as a game as a whole rather than just what the score indicates to determine if we are a better team than last year or not. Like I said 13 plays that were caused by mental errors are the fine line between being 4-0 and 1-3. Overall the team is playing well, but eliminate the mental errors (see iowa game) and we are a pretty decent team. Yes I know wins and losses are what counts but when you are judging whether or not the team is better as a whole you need to look deeper than that.
You could make the argument that ISU hasn't necessarily been that far from being a good team in the past. Just think how many games have been blown by this football program over the years. Just imagine if ISU had won only half of these winnable games.
1. 1984 - ISU - OU. ISU leads the entire way and then loses in the last minute 12-10.
2. 1989 - ISU - Iowa. ISU leads 21-7 at half. A muffed punt out of the endzone begins a Hawkeye rally. ISU loses 31-21.
3. 1989 - ISU - OU. ISU scores 40 points but loses 43-40. Jeff Shudak is suspended for disciplinary reasons forcing ISU to go for 2 on every TD.
4. 1996 - Wyoming. An 18 point lead is blown in the fourth quarter and the game goes to OT. ISU loses by 3.
5. 1997 - ISU - Minnesota. Tutu Atwell returns 2 kickoffs to propel the Gophers to the win.
6. 1998 - ISU - OU. ISU is up by four late in the fourth quarter. Dustin Avey drops an INT. OU scores a TD to win.
7. 1999 - ISU - KSU. ISU leads 28-7 at half. A kick return for a TD by David Allen begins a KSU comeback.
8. 2000 - ISU - NU. ISU leads at the beginning of the fourth quarter. NU intercepts a pass and ends up with a 22 point win.
9. 2001 - ISU - A&M. ISU dominates in College Station. Several missed FGs later, ISU loses by 3.
10. 2001 - ISU - Alabama. ISU dominates statistically. Alabama scores a late TD and ISU misses a FG to win.
11. 2002 - ISU - UConn. After dominating the first half, UConn in its third year of D-1 football pounds ISU in the second half.
12. 2004 - ISU - Mizzou. The North on the line. A missed FG into the wind.
13. 2005 - ISU - Neb. A dropped INT and NU pulls out the OT win.
14. 2005 - ISU - Baylor. A sure TD is dropped by Greg Coleman on the goal line. Baylor wins its first road game in conference history.
15. 2005 - ISU - Missouri. A 14 point lead in the fourth quarter is not enough. Chase Daniel leads ISU to two fourth quarter TDs. ISU loses in OT.
16. 2005 - ISU - Kansas. A 10 point lead in the fourth quarter is not enough. ISU loses in OT by a FG.
17. 2007 - ISU - Toledo. Enough said.
Patience???? This has been the same highlight reel of bloopers for the last 30 years. When does tomorrow arrive? How many times have special teams blown games for ISU?
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