27.Jan.2013 Losses that Still Bother Me
There are certain losses that don't bother me. For example, losing to Oregon (I know that's blasphemy in this circle, but Oregon had the better team, system, and coach). A win versus Oregon would have been shocking; a loss was understandable.
There are other losses that bother me weeks, months after the fact. Two from this past season were Stanford and Texas. Part of the reason being the Beavs matched up well with those teams and held 10 point leads late in the games, so as a fan you could taste the big-game-victory (versus a team not named USC). But I think the bigger reason is that the team let up once they had the lead. To me, this is the disturbing aspect of both losses. I don't have any tangible evidence, just my observations. For example, in the Stanford game, most think it was over when Vaz fumbled. But I noticed momentum shift after the Romaine FG. What happened? Riley fist pump and shit-eating grin. People will say, "You're upset with him for cheering a FG?" No, not at all. Want to know why I'm upset? You know that saying "he wears his heart on his sleeve"? That's Riley. So when that kick went through, his heart/gut was all over his face. Faces tell stories. There are scientific studies that explain this. Just Google it if you're interested. But anyway, I am really sensitive/perceptive to these things, and what I picked up on was a coach who thought he won the game there. And from that moment on it was all down hill. Did they players pick up on what I did? Same thing happened after Storm Woods TD run in the Alamo Bowl. Riley showed relief/glee. Heart on the sleeve. He should have rallied the guys and explained that finishing the game would now be even harder because Texas was running out of time, and thus would be more desperate and focused than ever.
This isn't a "pick on Riley because it's January and we're bored" thread (if anything he's having a great January, recruiting looks fantastic except for the LBs).
It's a thread with two goals:
1. Vent my anger over playing three quarters in these games so I can hopefully move on.
2. Make others aware of Riley's facial/emotional cues so they can look for this trend in the future and decide for themselves.
Of course, the Washington loss bothers me, too. But that was just a bad decision…sticking with a guy too long. That's more understandable than a coach getting emotionally ahead of himself in the third quarter of big games.
You can go off topic and discuss other things.