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cbertsch
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Jesus H. Cruz
I'm sort of glad that LSU pulled out their game against Florida, because otherwise my nerves would have been even more frayed. Things are bad enough already. I mean, the likelihood of any team -- aside, perhaps, from LSU -- going undefeated this year seems remote, given how insane college football has been this year. And we have road games left at UCLA, which is either good or terrible; Arizona State, which has looked solid; Washington, which played Ohio State pretty tough; and Stanford, which beat USC. Not to mention that we have to play the angry Trojans at home, too. Still, it's important to stop the flowers, even if their blossoms will soon be frost-brittled:

When it's your highest ranking since 1951, you have to celebrate regardless of how ephemeral it promises to be. Shit, we could lose to Oregon State on Saturday. I think I got more sleep when we went 1-11.

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kolakoski From: kolakoski Date: October 8th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Your post makes me wonder if the path to peace, i.e absence of anxiety, begins with renouncing the excitement of sports. Can it be done?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 8th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know. My friend Sean renounced sports, more or less. But he still seems pretty anxious. And lord knows my sports-disliking wife is anxious as hell. If it's not one thing, it's another. Sigh. . .
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: October 8th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've been thinking lately that there's no rational excuse for why I waste such massive amounts of time and emotional involvement on -- and why I'm so anxious about -- teams full of people I don't know from a city I don't live in. I don't think I can give up on the Phils and Eagles (because I'm afraid they'd go and win a championship), but I do almost wish they were bad again. It's more fun rooting for bad teams than mediocre ones.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 9th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And more painful still rooting for good teams that are bound to fall short. I'm already dreading Call's fall more than I dreaded the bottom of their pre-Tedford fallenness.
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: October 9th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Part of me wonders whether you're doing the old reverse-curse. It must be the Stanford part.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 9th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, it's not so much an attempt to curse as general superstition. I know that Cal could win out. But I know that their chances of doing so are pretty remote. If we had more of the tough games in Berkeley, things would look a little more promising. USC is there, of course. But then we have to go to Washington and, for the Big Game, Palo Alto.

BTW, while I think Cal will lose before that last game and am, indeed, pretty certain of it, especially now that USC is angry, I hereby pledge to kill myself if we win all our games only to lose to Stanfurd. That would be enough to drive me over the brink.
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: October 9th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I doubt young Tavita Pritchard, dragonslayer though he may be, has it in him to do it again. This is heresy, but if the Bears beat SC and it comes to that, I'd rather see Cal win and play for a title than have to hear (again) how the Pac-10 is full of pretenders.
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