29.Sep.2014 Survival Skills — Denying Denial

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I was reading this article and came across a sentence, highlighted with bold, that I believe applies to the Beaver fanbase:

Deny Denial

It is in our nature to believe that the weather will improve, that we’ll find our way again, or that night won’t fall on schedule. Denial, which psychologists call the “incredulity response,” is almost universal, even among individuals with excellent training. David Klinger, a retired Los Angeles police officer, describes in his book Into the Kill Zone that while moonlighting as a bank guard he saw “three masked figures with assault rifles run through the foyer of the bank.” His first thought was that the local SWAT team was practicing. His second was that they were dressed up for Halloween. Klinger later said, “[I thought] maybe they were trick-or-treaters. It was just disbelief.” (He did recover from denial to shoot the criminals.) One of the most common acts of denial is ignoring a fire alarm. When my daughters were little, I taught them that the sound of a fire alarm means that we must go outside. Standing in front of a hotel at about two o’clock one cold Manhattan morning, I explained to them that it was nicer to be on the street wishing we were inside rather than inside wishing we were on the street. Denial plays a large role in many wilderness accidents. Take getting lost. A hiker in denial will continue walking even after losing the trail, assuming he’ll regain it eventually. He’ll press on—and become increasingly lost—even as doubt slowly creeps in. Learn to recognize your tendency to see things not as they are but how you wish them to be and you’ll be better able to avoid such crises.

It seems like reality is slowly setting in. This weekend I saw Mamma Machado getting snarky and questioning decisions on Twitter. Also the Pollys over at pure-orange took their heads out of their collective asses and out into the fresh air. Angrybeavs remains the site for intelligent Beaver fans, and like Isaiah we’ll begrudgingly lead the dimwits of PO and BB from darkness into light. Amen!

 

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  • angry angry says:
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    #9 is good, too. Beaver fans do this.

    Risk and Reward

    The more you sacrifice to reach a goal—and the more you invest in it—the harder it becomes to change direction, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that you should alter your course.

  • Timber! says:
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    Very true. All of it.

    The other side of this… and the main inhibitor of progress is… abuse of power.

  • Timber! says:
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    #8 –– Take note Riley/Banker…”Living in a low-risk environment dulls our abilities.”

  • FireBDCNow says:
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    Posted a comment on OLive that Goe was wrong and we don’t need to focus on finding a passing game but rather finding the run game by being willing to use it and not going away from it when it us working.

    He plain doesn’t get it. He is OK with OSU being pass heavy even though this will directly lead to more losses. Stated firmly that OSU in fact should run even more then it throws it if it wants to win the majority of the games left. Goe like Riley couldn’t handle the truth that OSU needs more commitment to running hard and deleted the comment even though it simply pointed out the facts.

    Think Goe too is in love with those almost if passes that lose games but boy we sure almost completed a couple. Such a fallacy that Riley falls for with far too much frequency.

    • angry angry says:
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      Ah the old ‘Horseshoes and hand grenades’ passes. Such a sucker’s bet, and Riley sure is a sucker.

    • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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      Goe is a douche and a duck honk. Nothing he writes or says no one should put any stock in. Asshat even said before the SDSU game he does not attend practices. His opinion means less than nothing concerning OSU football

  • FireBDCNow says:
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    Actually think Ed Orgeron is the type OSU needs right now. As interim HC at USC he returned them to their bread and butter of good hard running, ball control, sustained drives and using that to supplement with timely strikes for some easier scores mixed in with the ones more hard worked for. The attitude and identity was spot on though and what OSU could use alot more of.

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      Orgeron brought an attitude badly needed but seldom, if ever, seen at OSU.

    • ObjCritic says:
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      And he got HIS team to dance to “Crank it like a chainsaw,” something Riley was never able to do….

  • TP Beavs says:
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    Sometimes its hard to tell which is worse, the players/coaches/on field product or the media that covers it. Goe is clueless, Canzano is a sensationalism whore, LeTourno is almost as bad an ass sniffer as Hunt was (and that’s saying a lot) then they traded Fatty McGee for Fatty Whompus, and that’s about it. There is minimal coverage of this team and athletic dept in general, and what is covered and who covers it is typically awful. Of course, reading and writing about losses all the time gets old quick. All I can say is holy shit, its going to be (another) long season of our boys getting their tails whipped, and complaining about it on this site while we go through the motions of another mediocre season. I saw where ESPN no longer projects the Beavs in a bowl game. It’s like, what happened? The SDSU high feels so long ago. I’m hoping that win will just be our signature non conference win the voters can look at, and the USC game is our only loss but we will see because we will probably need more than 10 points and 90 yards passing per game going forward.

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      Actually, I find it pretty easy to tell which is worse. It is the coaching.

      As for Connor and Gina, I disagree with your assessment; Connor has repeatedly pointed out Mannions poor TD/Int ratio against Conference opponents and Gina has added several objective features to the coverage as well as asking more difficult questions than we’ve seen in the past.

    • helmsley says:
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      I do believe all the aforementioned reporters read AB although I suspect they wouldn’t readily admit it.

  • Jack says:
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    Incredulity response?

    What happened to cognitive dissonance?

    And here I was just staring to bask in Festinger’s reflective glory.

    Dammit!

  • Calibeav03 says:
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    I’m still in shock not a single media person has asked authored a response from Riley or Garret on why they abandoned the run game so early?? That is the glaring question that begs asking the second you look at that Box Score.

  • Calibeav03 says:
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    Haaaahaha ..Ok Shocked could be a poor word choice.. Surprised is more like it…

    They could even word the question in a softball style fashion to not offend Riles.

    ” Did you give any consideration consideration to running the ball more than 15 times considering your backs averaged over 5 yards per carry?”

  • PDXBeav says:
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    Living in Portland, I listen to 1080 primetime on my daily bus ride home. Issac was talking to Brock Huard on Tuesday and Issac brought up how the fan base is getting tired of Riley and may want a change. Their answer was “..and you’re going to replace him with what exactly?”

    I’m not surprised at the status-quo answer they gave but they could AT LEAST try a little to see the bigger picture here instead of mailing it in and assuming we will never find someone better than Riley. It’s baffling to me that people believe this is the best we can get.

    • MoreChainsaw says:
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      YES! Getting so tired of this narrative spewed about by the local media. They contend (again today) that Riley is so great, after all, NFL coaches call him in the offseason, that we should be grateful. PUH-LEASE

      Ropp specifically keeps saying ‘careful what you wish for Beaver fan’. He even said Oregon State is ‘relevant’ because of MR. Is he FKM?? If relevant is zero titles in 14 years, one 10-win season, and many pre-new years day bowls, then yes Ropp, you’re right.

      I for one think the Beavers CAN and SHOULD do better~!

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