Friday, January 8, 2010

Yeah, I Said It

Folks, I’m glad Texas lost to Alabama last night. For two reasons that fall under the umbrella of one reason. The first sub-reason is that you rarely have the opportunity to see anyone’s dreams being broken so publicly. It was quarterback Colt McCoy’s last game as a Texas Longhorn, and he was injured so quickly that he didn’t play most of the game. Not only that, during a post-game interview, he said (through a quavering, devastated voice) that his arm felt dead. This wasn’t just any game. It was the Rose Bowl, and since I’m not a fan of sports, the crazies tell me it’s a pretty big deal. The last big deal of Colt McCoy’s college career. So when I said I was glad that Texas lost, I didn’t mean I was glad that the whole team lost. I’m just glad that they lost, so that I could be a part of someone else’s expression utter despair. It’s a rarity to see such a passionate demonstration of emotion. Had Texas won, McCoy would have been all smiles for the cameras, but that would have been only slightly more enthusiastic than any other hard-won game. But this way, he didn’t get to play (probably a huge reason why they lost) and his future in futbol is uncertain with his dead arm. Do you think a superstar of college football gives a crap about his studies? That good ol’ boy is a shit-kickin’ ball player, and walking the graduation stage at the University of Texas is second to kissing a championship ring at the center of a stadium of screaming fans. Yesterday was a moment that will be burned into his mind as a major loss in his life, and I observed it. That’s the first reason. The second reason is that Austin is spilling with Longhorn fanatics. Have you ever been in a place where there was hope, hope, hope and then total disappointment. It’s amazing to see. Again, I’m not gloating at UT’s loss, I’m basking in the sociological phenomenon of mob-mentality. As someone without an opinion on either team, I have the luxury of indiscrimination. Had UT won, fans would have roared and hugged one another and continued their evening in good cheer. But since Texas lost, there were only dark murmurs and the quiet dispersal of each crowd across the city. That’s much more interesting as I am completely unaffected. It reminds me of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s short poem “Casey at the Bat.

14 comments:

Bash said...

You are a bastard my friend... a cold-hearted bastard.

Bash said...

I kid of course... I was just mentioning the same thing to Mike - it's a rarity to see someone's dreams dashed in real time... the rest of us get to have them dashed in private.

Mario said...

daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayummmmm!!!!!

I did not witness this, so I am even more unaffected... but not amused... my life is sad.

C. Andres Alderete said...

Exactly, Chris. It's like having your hands cut off and then someone immediately asking, "How do you feel now that you can't play the guitar ever again?"

Mario, OUR life is sad. Only, you're in a metal band, so at least yours is cool.

Chrissy said...

Wow, wish I was there, too, to share in the collective misery. Some people have all the fun.

f8hasit said...

I'm not a sprots fanatic either, but wasn't Ohio in the Rose Bowl. And we won. I would've watched it, but my arm was dead.
:-)

f8hasit said...

Uh.
That was 'sports'.
I actually AM a sprots fanatic...

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Wow.
Yep, I'm a UT grad. I only watch the Longhorns occasionally, but this was a fun one. 'Specially cause both my kids are Bama grads, so we had a fun family rivalry going. But it wasn't Colt I was sad for...he was just protecting his arm for a lucrative career in the pros. No, it was Gilbert who was the interesting one to watch. The first half was nearly unbearable, watching a completely ill-prepared boy step up center stage in front of millions of fans in the championship game, no less. My heart broke for him, he was so incapable of doing the job. But he kept on. He made play after miserable, incomplete play, and the look on his face was of fear and even shame. But he came back after the half and found his confidence. He still made mistakes, but he also had some great plays, and I found myself proud of him. Now that made for a good game. And by the way, one of those Bama players is a Rhodes Scholar, so while I know it's tempting for us English majors to think all football players are stoopid, not always so much. I may agree with you on the mood of the city though; losing the championship might be better than winning. It can get obnoxious. And god knows Mack does not need another raise.

Guilda said...

Wow! I must say at first I was utterly shocked by your comments...but that soon turned into loud laughter. Only you would have such a cynical point of view. I can not really sa I'm surprised. Although,I do believe your second point is valid. However having had my dreams crushed with pointed fingers pushing down on me, I can't help feeling empathy for both Colt and Gilbert.

JennAventures said...

Wow, I'll be honest, UT is the football team I root for (the alternative is Michigan State football-which, for those who know is bleak), so I was pretty bummed.

You would have been fascinated if you were a Michigan State fan during the basketball losses, over the past decade the students have nearly burned the campus to the ground no less than 4 times (still the basketball team of the dacade by SI though).

C. Andres Alderete said...

There's always room for one more miserable person, Chrissy.

Nancy, I'm a sprots fan too, but I keep getting arrested whenever I try playing in public.

Dreamfarm, I couldn't even enjoy Gilbert's misery. He's still a child without all that McCoy invested in the game. It's no fun seeing an unhappy child.

Jess, it's not cynicism. It's quite the opposite. I was merely appreciating humanity at its most vulnerable time.

JennAdventures, agreed. I would have enjoyed witnessing (from a comfortable sofa cushion) the razing of the Michigan State campus. People blow my mind.

Dreamfarm Girl said...

even your replies to comments have me laughing

JennAventures said...

That sofa you would have been watching on would have burned...

Julie Buz. said...

Dark murmurs and quiet dispersal pursuant to a staggering loss? WOW. (And Europeans have the guts to tell Americans that you're not civilised!)

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