Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bear vs. Landgrabber: A Televised Mess

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Psalm 13:2


First, let us take stock of the good news from last night's game: Blyzzle Szyzzle broke Shawn Bell's single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns. The defense performed honorably in the first half (as they have in most conference games). The offensive line continues to soldier on in spite of the gloom and doom of our fate looming over the field. Brandon Whitaker played like the Crown Prince of Oklahoma, refusing to give in, give up or give an inch. His character and honor, in addition to his amazing performance, were awe-inspiring. [All photos courtesy of WacoTrib Photo Gallery]

#2: "This is my own, my native land!"

Of course, it wasn't all wine and roses. Our special teams, our offense, and our coaching was atrocious. This game and the next will be so full of pathos that it will be difficult for us to report on them. Too many memories of the Last Days of Kevin Steele. The saddest part about GuyMo's inevitable departure is that for two seasons (2005 & 2006) put together two teams who were legitimate bowl contenders. He came the closest a Baylor team has ever come to beating OU in 2005 with a 2OT loss, and was one 4th & 20 breakdown away from knocking off A&M two years in a row. GuyMo helped raise the expectations for performance that eventually precluded his further employment at Baylor.

Lo, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Death

Perhaps it was importing that West Texas A&M offense that we didn't have the talent for. Or perhaps it was the flight of good assistants in the off season. Perhaps it was the dreadful recruiting . Perhaps it was the lack of decisiveness about the most crucial position on the field. No 5 QB rotation has ever led to a bowl game. If the coach is unsure about who the QB is until the season opener, the rest of the team then knows the coach lacks confidence in the field generals he has and the team as a whole. Regardless, the coaches set the tone and call the plays. Whether or not the administration has been fully supportive of GuyMo is a subject of legitimate debate. Whether Sloan, Lilley and/or the Board of Regents hung him out to dry will be a subject of much speculation for years to come. What we do know is that he was able to achieve moderate success with Steele's recruits, but not his own. He couldn't close out the majority of close games and couldn't prevent a full-blown tailspin this season. GuyMo did much to bring back a fighting, competitive spirit to Baylor and for that we are truly thankful. He did deliver our first win over hated A&M since Reagan was president. He did bring us two season of multiple conference wins. These are important steps in teh right direction. We lament the "leaking" of his impending termination with two games yet to be played. This is truly unfair to the coach, but especially the team, whose morale must be in the depths. Yet, the time has come and what has been done cannot be undone.

Wow.

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8 Comments:

  • Sign girl: That's not very nice.

    By Blogger TB, at 9:17 AM  

  • Say what you will that fleeting moment that Baylor led 7-0 was as sweet as a Bush's tea, with the same bitter aftertaste.

    By Anonymous Matt_M, at 2:43 PM  

  • Come on honey, leave poor Guy alone. That sort of taunting belongs at UT or atm, but not the B.

    Lets not kick the guy while he is down.

    By Anonymous poopsandwich, at 8:52 PM  

  • Hey Bearmeat, looks like Men's Hoops is off to a good start, winning their season opener.

    Let's ditch the caterwauling about our football season! It ended in September for all I care.

    Scott Drew may not be a good X's and O's coach, but darn if he can't recruit.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:25 PM  

  • Anon -

    So very true. LaceDarius is BearMeat's new lovechild. Look for constant coverage and fawning of this bad ass freshman.

    Guvn'r

    By Blogger Pat Neffistopheles, at 8:42 AM  

  • I can only hope, that with people such as this girl, who are not enthused about anything football other than the apparent ousting of our coach, is unlike the undue criticism that Shawn Bell received, now that everyone wished he was still here this year.

    Thank the Lord that basketball season is here, Let Lacedarius deliver us from evil at the right hand of the Almighty Bruce.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 AM  

  • CoachesHotSeat.Com now has GuyMo ranked #4 on their list of losers. Their #1 (Houston Nutt) has been suggested as a possible candidate be some. Might we be shooting ourself in our last remaining foot by courting him?

    By Anonymous Pea Weevil, at 4:38 PM  

  • I was at the game, and I really wish she hadn't held that sign up. I like GuyMo, but I think it's time for him to go.

    Having said that, you don't go to an opponent's stadium and hold up signs taunting your (probably) fired coach.

    Keep that shit in-house.

    By Anonymous GOPBear, at 11:54 PM  

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