Sometimes, as human beings, we attempt to mask our disappointment by feigning happiness over an unpleasant turn of events. It’s a method of coping that allows us to repress our true emotions and deal with the reality of the situation by creating a happier state in which to immerse ourselves. Frankly, I think it’s a bunch of crap.
I’m not one to run away from my true feelings, which is why I’m disappointed in the Husky basketball team. I am. I’m not willing to apologize for that, nor am I willing to fabricate satisfaction and congratulate the players or the coaching staff on a season well-done. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t horrible, not by any means. But clearly the end result of their work was a bit of a letdown and there’s simply no getting around that.
Look, if someone had told you back in November that the Dawgs were going to lose in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, how would you have felt? My guess is you would have been severely disappointed.
Rack your brains here for a minute. Think back to four months ago. Think about your view on the Washington Huskies back then. This was a team of destiny, a team that was considered by many to be the premier ballclub in the western United States. This team was going to go to Maui and knock off powerhouses, it was going to run away with the Pac-10 conference title, and ultimately it was going to contend for a National Championship. Instead, the season become one bitter disappointment after another, culminating in Sunday’s loss to North Carolina.
Yeah, it sucks. It absolutely sucks. So let’s not pretend it doesn’t.
I’ve seen and heard from too many purple-clad fans who are justifying this defeat by saying that the team had a “good season” in spite of the early exit. Really? If you call this a good season, then I’d hate to see your definition of mediocre. This season was above-average, but it was nowhere near what we hoped it would be. Why adjust your expectations after the fact? You start by settling on something like this and pretty soon you’ll be married to a deadbeat while raising future criminals. It’s a slippery slope.
Now come on. Let’s be honest with ourselves here. We wanted more. We wanted better. Can’t we just admit that? Don’t go all P.C. on me. Drop a few f-bombs if you have to, let your anger out, punch a Duck fan. Whatever it takes to release that frustration.
We’re all human. This is a human reaction. A genuine response. Nothing fake about it. I’m pissed. You’re pissed. We’re all a little pissed. Fair or unfair, our team failed to meet the bar that was set at the beginning of the season. Everyone involved has a right to be disappointed.
Will we get over this? Yes.
Will we hold a grudge forever? No.
Will we be just as optimistic next season? Very much so.
You don’t have to keep the blinders on to be a real fan. Don’t ever forget that.
We had an okay run that resulted in a poor finish. Better luck next year. Go Dawgs.