Last night at Arizona I along with many others experienced a painful disappointment fueled by unusually high expectations of what might have been in 2010, which is deeply in doubt at the moment. The disappointment came not as much from the loss but from the fact that not one element of this talented team performed. Offense, defense, special teams, coaches, players all were fucking horrible. Any game that has a blocked punt resulting in a score, a kick off run back for a touchdown, a pick six, numerous dropped passes, a missed extra point and a game closing series of 4 straight sacks qualifies for cluster fuck status. Clearly at the end of this one the only thing we could do with the game ball would be to give it to Arizona or punt it. Worst of all the TV talking heads who have been looking over there glasses as they spew their "Iowa is over rated" crap were made to look like they all knew something we all did not.
Thus we find ourselves at a crossroads early in the 2010 season. From this incredible moment of failure reality the team will either crumbled into a pathetic 7-5 season and a trip to the Dog Shit bowl in early December or they will find the strength to rally into a solid team of capable players and make a run at the conference championship. If they are as disillusioned as I am right now that will be a tall task. We will find the answer to this question in a couple of weeks. I am hopefully that Kirk, his coaches and the senior leaders on this team will pull this back together.
The single positive I was able to glean from the Arizona game is this: On the outside chance that there is a young man somewhere out there considering both Iowa and Arizona as choices to continue his football playing days, we clearly won that one. That glassy eyed, visor wearing crazed fuck Mike Stoops sealed that one. Any player or parent of a player who watched this game would not want their kid anywhere near this sideline nut case. On the other side of the field, Kirk calmly pulls his "you fucked up" note pad from his pocket and makes a note for later discussion. However last night I am sure he ran out of paper.