I should preface all of this by saying I didn’t get to watch hardly any football this weekend due to a few factors. First, I had to take Kristine to the doctor, where we found out she has pleurisy. Then, not long after that, we were off to New Richmond to see some family at a memorial for my cousin Jay, a recent cancer victim. So, I didn’t see any college football that day, nor am I really complaining. Just so everybody knows where I’m coming from. Sunday wasn’t any better. I spent the day helping my mom put in new carpet in her living room, which let me watch the last ninety seconds or so of the Colts. Though, frankly, that seems like the only part I really needed to see.
So, now, circumstances laid out, this weekend sucked. Wabash lost 20-17 in overtime. As I detailed on Friday, this game should not have even been close. I had a feeling seventh was overrated for this team, and they went out and put a pretty fine point on it. This put on a ten-position fall to seventeenth. As our second biggest rival, it pains me to say this, but I have no idea how Wittenberg is not ranked, and furthermore, not ranked ahead of us. Next week is homecoming against Carnegie-Mellon. I know the “Law of Common Opponents” isn’t so much a law as a fanciful delusion, but that is the team that made Allegheny look like a (not-particularly-good) high school team. I don’t know the last time Wabash lost on homecoming, but I’m willing to wager it’s been an awful long time. It would be a shame if they lose on their 100th one. But, I’m worried about it.
The Colts, on the other hand, was a disappointment of a different sort. I’m not shocked that the Colts lost. That’s going to happen a lot this season. Heck, I probably should have even seen this coming, because the Colts have always seemed to have an inordinate amount of trouble with the Jaguars, even in the Manning years. It was more in the way they lost. How do you let a team break out an 80-yard play in that situation? Don’t you have your safeties back playing centerfield for just this sort of emergency? My goodness, I know these sorts of plays happen, but there is no way that play should happen in that situation. They break that out earlier in the fourth quarter? Fine, it happens. With a (slim) lead and less than a minute left? Inexcusable. I know our defense is bad, but my goodness, it’s still an NFL defense. I thought, anyway. I’m told the defense even looked pretty good up until that point. That was just a good shot to the gut.
The only bright spot in the Colts letting the receiver run wild was that receiver was Cecil Shorts, a (presumably) proud product of Mount Union. I don’t necessarily like how Mount Union runs its football program,* but it’s always awfully nice to see D3 athletes succeeding in the pros.
*Maybe it isn’t deserved, but it definitely has a reputation for having pretty low standards for its students. And football players in particular. Reading up on Pierre Garcon’s path to the school seems to add fodder for this argument.
It has to get better next week, right?