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Call It The Inevitable

December 8, 2013 - Al Stephenson
The college football games yesterday gave me pause. Yes I know, it is hard for me to stop talking long enough to analyze any thoughts that might pop into my head. I did pause last night however, as I watched the dreams of Buckeye Nation fall completely apart. Let me share those thoughts with you and we can start by saying it was inevitable.

1) It was inevitable that Urban Meyer was going to lose a game as the head coach of the Buckeyes. A 24-1 start is pretty darn good though.

2) It was inevitable that SEC fans would have the opportunity to say "I told you so" in regards to the Buckeyes being ranked ahead of their best team. I just hope they don't harp on the Buckeyes defense. It seems the Auburn defense gave up a few points yesterday as well.

3) It is, as Jesse Palmer indicated last night, impossible for a team to bring it's A game each and every week. He was referring to the Buckeyes not playing the best game of the season against a pretty talented Michigan State team. It is inevitable for any team to have what can possibly be called an off day. It happens folks. Many times it happens because the opponent played better. Unfortunately most fans don't want to hear that. They want perfection and will settle for less than that only if a W is still put on the board.

Somewhere along the way we have made these young athletes into superheroes. When they fail we want an explanation or someone's head to roll. We are not very tolerant of failure. And that is our biggest failure!

I am reminded of the comment attributed to the late Pittsburgh Pirate manager Danny Murtaugh. It is worth mentioning here.

"Sure I'd love to have a pitcher who struck out all the opposing batters. Sure I would love to have a hitter who reached base every time he came to the plate. Sure I would love to have a fielder who catches every ball hit to him. The problem is I can't get that fan in the stands to put down his beer, come out on the field and do all those things!" We need to sit back and enjoy the game of college football and the thrills it provides to us. Our team doesn't have to, nor will it, win every game played.

The view from my seat suggests that the national championship game between Florida State and Auburn has the makings of a great game to watch. It may not be, if one or both teams don't bring it's A game. That could happen you know. You might even say it's inevitable.


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