Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Fan In Press Row – Gophers Big Ten Opener

Now, most of the time I don’t like to write after having a few drinks, but screw it.

Hey, I know it’s Tuesday, but the Girlfriend has a friend over and I really don’t want to listen to them bicker back and forth; so let the beer (Summit) flow and the thoughts hit Microsoft Word.

The Gophers started the B1G season on the road against a newly unranked Fighting Illini. A place, mind you, that the Gophers haven’t won a lot. In fact, they have been flat out brutal.

On top of that, they haven’t won a B1G season opener on the road since 1994. So, to say the deck was stacked against them would be a great understatement.

Our lovable rodents are now sitting at 12-2 after the 81-72 loss they suffered in the first game of the conference season. To be honest, I’m not upset. Hell, the Illini are 23-2 against the Gophers in the last 25 meetings. And, if you’re the “moral victory” type, they took them to double overtime.

So how could I be upset? I figured they would lose.

I’m not going to look at stats. Who do you think I am? Yahoo Sports? No chance. This is STOF’ing B!! We like to give biased opinions, screw the facts.

Sure, I could talk about how Julian Welch missed the front end of a 1 & 1 that would, most likely, have won the game with 6 seconds to go. Oh and I could rip Ralph for being lazy in the 2nd overtime, but that isn’t fun.

Ok, it’s a little fun, but I’m buzzed; and when I’m buzzed, I’m in a good mood, unlike those crazy fools on the hit Fox show - Cops. Man those people are crazy. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, Gopher Basketball.

Like I said, which most people thought would happen, they lost. I’m just glad they put up a fight. This is the first, of possible many, games not won after the departure, because of injury, not jail, of Trevor. There are a lot of people out there who aren’t giving the Gophers a chance in the B1G season. I’m not one of them.

I actually think this team has the “balls” to play/beat any team in the conference. I think this set back has the potential to be a huge learning experience for our young Gophers. They had a team on the ropes and would have won if only a few more shots would have fallen.

Now, I know those glass half empty people are going to say, “They should have won! How can you say this could be good in anyway shape or form?” To them, I say, fill up that glass my friend, life will be alright. Also, this team was down 10 at the half and made one hell of a game out of it. You thought they were going to get their ass kicked, so just be happy that they didn’t embarrass themselves.

I actually hate saying it’s okay that they lost. I do, desperately, want them to win each and every game; no matter which team they are playing. But, for some reason, I’m willing to give our guys a pass on this game.

Maybe it’s the cold brews I’ve been pounding; or maybe it’s that I figured they wouldn’t win anyway. Either way, I actually came away feeling just fine with the result.

However, don’t come here expecting all, if there are any, loses to be this “accepted”. This might very well be a one time occurrence.

Michigan is up next on Sunday. Now, I don’t think they are all that great, but I do think this will be another mark in the L column. Why? Because all Michigan does is shoot the 3. And, if you have followed the Tubby Era at all, the Gophers don’t defend the 3 well.

Now, my pint glass will be half full, of beer – ok, throw some optimism in there as well.

Doesn’t seem to be a good mix though, I usually prefer my beer with a shot of tears. Just seems the optimism loses its flavor about halfway through the game.


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