19.Dec.2014 State of the AngryBeavs Address
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” — Max Planck
It’s fascinating that on Blitz, Pure Orange, etc, it is suddenly considered Kosher to rip on Mike Riley. Now that he’s gone, now that we don’t have to protect Corvallis’ prodigal son, now that he’s bailed twice, now that it seems we have a coach with more upside…only now is it okay to admit Riley wasn’t the best we could do. Now the Pollyannas rip Riley. On blitz they are making fun of the Nebraska weather, making fun of Riley riding his bike in that weather, etc. We would never see this just months ago even when Riley was stinking up the joint, and we certainly wouldn’t see it had he stayed on as coach. There would be grumblings, but not outright mockery. The paradigm has changed.
What I’d like to know: why now? Why is it okay now that he’s gone? This alone is worth discussing for days. It’s fascinating. Nobody has once showed up here to say, “ABs, you guys were right.” yet they all act jubilant and arrogant to the point of mocking the old coach. Pent up aggression much?
Regarding angrybeavs, we had a Max Planck moment. Truth triumphed. We never convinced the opponents to see the light (at least not that we know of), they either died or saw it on their own. The new generation has high expectations. This is essentially the mechanism of a paradigm shift. Now the media needs to wake up to the facts.
So people are wondering, what will we discuss now that Riley is gone, all programs appear on course, etc.
Well, nothing is ever perfect, and if it is, we need to maintain it. In short, we’ll be discussing anything that is a non-truth, that is performing below standards, could be done better, etc. Yes, Riley provided great material for a blog like this, but if there’s less to nitpick then that’s good. It means we did our job, and we’ll now refine our art with a blade rather than take a wrecking ball to it like we did in the past. Now there’s always the chance Tinkle is a fraud and Andersen stinks up the joint, at which point we’ll get all over that, but right now things seem about as good as they can be at this juncture (I joked we’re all in therapy over it, but every joke is half true…I think we’re all rearranging our minds and expectations over the past few weeks). After all this settles we’ll know what needs to be discussed and harped on. Right now it’s the stale media narrative. So keep eyes peeled for articles like that. Email them to me. I will rip them and their ignorant authors to shreds.