Reality Sets In Weekend

by Rich on September 18, 2017

Week number three is in the books for the 2017 college football season, and that means it’s time for teams, coaches, and administrators to cinch up their collective belts and take a good, long, hard look in the mirror. We are now a quarter of the way through the season. All of the naive dreams and childish hopes of the preseason are a distant memory. Welcome to Reality Sets In Weekend (RSIW).

Here’s the thing…week one, game one, no matter who you play, is basically a no win situation, no matter the outcome. No one knows who anyone is during week one. The defending national champion, even with all their star starters back, will still be a different team than they were at the end of the previous season. And the small directional school that only won two games by mistake last year, may have undergone an off-season religious epiphany and now be this year’s giant slayer, a la Appalachian State, circa 2007. Nobody knows. So a win or loss at this point tells you virtually nothing.

Week two get’s you closer, but it’s still a guessing game. Just like in week one, no one really knows who anyone else is. Sure, a coach may know that his field goal kicker has a case of the willies and that the band still has work to do on that one Trans-Am Fiery Eagle formation at halftime, but other than that? It’s all still up in the air.

But here at RSIW, coaches have 3 full games worth of film to evaluate and study. Hopefully, at least one of those games was against a halfway decent team. So, the rust has been sandblasted off, and what is left is the bare metal. Is it shiny and strong? Or is it pitted with corrosion, held together with bad joints that look like a freshman in shop class put it together for his first solo project with the arc welder? How is that new coordinator working out? Did the new running back pan out like expected? Are the sideline apparel combinations meeting expectations? These are all questions that coaches begin to get answered at RSIW.

And it’s not just the coaches. Teams begin to get a feel for the kind of season they will have. Will it be one filled with magic and memories of last minute comebacks? Will it be assured dominance over all comers? Will it be a toss up every time they take the field? Or will it be one of those forgettable seasons where the best moments occur on Mondays, when the team has an off day from practice? RSIW is when teams begin to get a feel for what is left in store for their seasons.

Administrators start making and receiving phone calls and emails at RSIW. Donors, boosters, Board of Trustee members, and old college roommates begin lobby for either a new head coach or a contract extension and bowl tickets. RSIW is when administrators and athletic directors need to boost their mobile data plans to unlimited magnum plus. And then prepare for the overage charge.

Fans, who, for the most part, do their best to avoid any semblance of reality, have their greatest hopes or fears confirmed, depending on their outlook on life and football during week number three. Throw in the towel? Or double down on a bowl trip? That’s what fans begin to decide a quarter of the way through the season.

It’s glorious and heartbreaking. It’s football.

Welcome to Reality Sets In Weekend.


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