As I watch the stock market skyrocket over a 30 minute populist speech, it makes me wonder if we fans, too, are getting ahead of ourselves. Why are stocks at all time highs? There are many irrational reasons, but the largest seems to be a promise of prosperity sometime in the future. And Nationalistic prosperity at that, just like the good ol’ days. I guess the idea is that people will spend their newfound coal wages on products U.S. corporations make (in China). What the stock buyers aren’t realizing is U.S. Dollars won’t have much value to buy a whole lot of Chinese goods and even fewer American goods, and no single man is going to change that. So for sure the market has gotten ahead of itself.
It made me wonder: are we Beaver fans getting ahead of ourselves? It is almost accepted as fact that Gary Andersen will win 7 or so games next year. The logic being they finished strong, he has his players, they’re all bigger and stronger, won the Civil War, etc. The CW victory was great, but it’s lead to many assumptions that border on expectations. In hiring Gary Andersen, we were promised a winning team some time in the future, and fans seem ready to buy the story that this is that year.
A good question would be: what is a fair and reasonable expectation for year 3? And, did the way the Beavs finish last year put fan expectations ahead of where the team actually is? I know a lot depends on the offensive line and all the obvious issues, but I’m talking in broader strokes here. As a fan, is this the year you expect return on investment?
Great time of the year: Baseball plays 4 beginning Thursday, FB practice continues, WBB with a BIG game Friday, and……MBB coming off a win to face Tree tonight!
The last thread was a good one, speak up if a baseball only thread is wanted before conference play begins. Meanwhile lets use this one like the last…general.
The last thread was getting a bit stale, but there is lots worth discussing here. FB pratice starts, Baseball plays two, and WBB heads to Colorado, all on Friday. Oh yeah, MBB up 1 at the half vs Bisons at Gill. Lets treat this as a general thread, no need for a baseball series thread at this stage of the season (?).
ALERT: Baseball schedule change, double header Friday: radio only 9am and 1pm (pacific)
The Beavs landed a former Wisconsin 3 star safety today:
Seems like a mature guy who could be a leader and maybe a contributor. Florida and Wisconsin pedigree is nice. Apparently he had an offer from Georgia as a prep.
Gary Andersen will be on the radio at 12:15 and 2:30 today to discuss spring ball.
11 days until the season starts.
Question: do you guys want gameday threads for baseball? Seems like nobody cares and it’s just me, oldbeav, and whisky in those threads. Oldbeav, if people do want it, maybe you can put those up on weekends?
As far as the team, the biggest weakness is pitching. Heimlich and Fehmel will be the 1 and 2 starters. Jake Thompson will probably get the midweek games vs the Portland States of the world. For whatever reason, Pat Casey will always love the awful Jake Thompson. So who is the #3 starter? I’d give a freshman like Grant Gambrell or Dakota Donovan to get a shot over Thompson. I like Gambrell the best of that bunch. I’d make Donovan the long man and (begrudgingly) Thompson the mid-week guy. Casey seems to think Thompson will have a big year for whatever reason.
It’s been a decade now since the Beavs won the World Series. They need a big season (at least go deep in the CWS) before time/perception works against them, and they’re viewed as a fading power (e.g. the snub last year didn’t help).
Let’s hear your thoughts. Curious to hear thoughts on pitching, team speed, team power, and the catching situation.