21.Jan.2010 "Stars Mean Nothing"
We’ve heard this argument a million times: stars mean nothing because Riley turns over a rock and converts the hidden quartz into a diamond.
What’s interesting is that on message boards I’ve seen the same people (a) say stars don’t matter (b) act the most excited when guys like Owa show any interest and (c) inform everyone when a 3 star player gets bumped to 4 stars.
Just looking over at blitz, there’s a thread on the first page about Will Story. It has 287 views and 0 replies. On the same page there are two threads about Owa totaling 1804 views and 19 replies. So don’t tell me stars don’t matter and then have the nerve to click on an Owa thread and put him #1 on your “wish list.” What is the counterargument, that you’d be just as excited about Owa if he were a 2 star? Sure. Good luck backing that up.
This is my creed:
1. I accept the fact that I crave 4 and 5 star recruits
2. I will not let our program’s moderate success convolute me into thinking I prefer 2 star recruits.
3. Failure to land 4 and 5 star recruits will not result in my calling them prima donas and pretending I don’t want them.
What is fantastic about this creed is that it accepts our human nature. The worst thing about Beaver fans is that, after being kicked for 28 years, they don’t know how to expect more than what they get. In short, they’re content with low to moderate expectations and a pipe dream. They don’t want to crave the 4 or 5 star too much, because when he says, “no”, they’ll be crushed. They resort to pretending they never wanted him to begin with because he has academic issues, is a prima dona, or some other nonsense that is limpid as a pond. Recite the creed with me boys. We all want Owa, we all want Thomas, we are all happy Manion was bumped to a 4th star. It’s about prestige, respect, and unbounded potential; if you say anything different you’re lying to me, and more importantly, to yourself.