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You Can Keep Your Silver Linings
By Premal Bhatt Posted in NCAA on October 27, 2016 0 Comments
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The number two-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes lost to unranked Penn State in Happy Valley this past Saturday, snapping their 20-game road winning streak. The Nittany Lions used a relentless rushing attack to dominate the line of scrimmage and had Heisman contender JT Barrett running for his life all game and the offense looking stagnant. Penn State utilized their home field advantage on their way to a 24-21 victory, highlighted by a blocked punt, and blocked field goal attempt returned for a touchdown.

Yet despite the loss, the Buckeyes are still in the Big Ten Championship conference, and more importantly, still in the College Football Playoff conversation. There’s nothing to suggest they don’t still have a chance at attaining their goal of a National Championship. Just like when other powerhouse teams, on rare occasion, drop a game, there’s plenty of silver linings to find. The case of the Buckeyes’ loss is no exception:

  • Each of Urban Meyer’s three national championships at Florida and Ohio State have come with a ‘1’ in the loss column
  • If Ohio State wins out, they’d likely still make the playoffs, since winning out would mean victories against current #2 Michigan, current Big Ten West leader and #7 in the nation, Nebraska, and a Big Ten Championship game victory and crown.
  • In the 2 years of the College Football Playoff so far, only two of the eight schools entered the playoff undefeated (one each year)
  • The Buckeyes most recent championship, 2014 featured an uncharacteristic, ugly loss to Virginia Tech, similar to the one this year’s team suffered at Penn State
  • Last year’s Buckeye team lost to Michigan State, ending their hopes of a College Football Playoff spot, but serving to reignite their offense
  • One of the youngest teams in college football can learn from a loss far more than they could learn from a close win
  • An earlier loss beats a later one in college football!

Perfect. As a Buckeye fan, it’s not time to panic yet. Such good news, so many silver linings. Positivity!

Here’s the thing. You can take your silver linings, and shove them where the sun don’t shine. I have nothing against those of us that choose the optimistic route when our teams lose. Just don’t go spewing your hyper-positivity everywhere right after defeat. Okay, so maybe I do have something against them. Here’s what I have for your silver linings:

  • Each of Urban Meyer’s three national championships at Florida and Ohio State have come with a ‘1’ in the loss column
    • We’re not even close to the national championship, who cares right now?
  • If Ohio State wins out, they’d likely still make the playoffs, since winning out would mean victories against current #2 Michigan, current Big Ten West leader and #7 in the nation, Nebraska, and a Big Ten Championship game victory and crown.
    • That’s a hell of a tall task.
  • In the 2 years of the College Football Playoff so far, only two of the eight schools entered the playoff undefeated (one each year)
    • I want to be the one team undefeated. Now, there’s no guarantee we’re in. And isn’t everyone is still on the SEC bandwagon?
  • The Buckeyes most recent championship, 2014 featured an uncharacteristic, ugly loss to Virginia Tech, similar to the one this year’s team suffered at Penn State
    • Cool, whatever. This is a different team.
  • Last year’s Buckeye team lost to Michigan State, ending their hopes of a College Football Playoff spot, but serving to reignite their offense
    • Don’t you dare bring up that game.
  • One of the youngest teams in college football can learn from a loss far more than they could learn from a close win
    • Or they could’ve just gotten their act together after narrowly escaping the Badgers the week before.
  • An earlier loss beats a later one in college football!
    • Actually no loss beats a later loss

And I know it is not just in Columbus. Fans across the nation root for major college football teams and can be characterized as ‘silver-linings-finders’ or ‘irrational pessimists’. I’m not telling any fan what to do or what not to do or which category to be in, but some of us (most of us) just want to be irrationally angry. Some of us will always remain planted in the pessimist category. Some of us are at the bar and ask the bartender if they have bleach on draught after the clock hits 0:00 and our team’s on the losing end. Some of us want to be mad at the world and pity ourselves. Some of us want to blame what happened miles away on superstitions that went awry or a routine out of the ordinary. I may or may not know from personal experience.

Silver-Linings-finders, let us be pissed off and miserable. We don’t need your silver linings immediately after a loss. What’s a safe time for you positive folk from spreading your cheer? Let’s say 48 hours, minimum. If you can’t hold in the silver linings, find somewhere other than social media, yell it out the window. We angry, irrational people are searching for other angry, irrational people. Don’t slow down our search by making us unhappy by still being happy.

For you, my fellow fans who see eye-to-eye with my irrational behavior: do not, I repeat, DO NOT press send. There will be people who troll, there will be fans of the opponent rubbing it in. Just like the fans of that opposing team that upset your team aren’t used to winning, keep in mind that we’re not used to losing games. We need to be angry amongst ourselves, let them enjoy their upset victory, don’t fall for the trap of giving them what they want: a comment from a sore loser. Resist the urge to send that text message reply that says “F*** YOU”. And when you calm down days later, keep in mind that the fans of the winning team are enjoying victory just like you wish you could be. Or, if you’re still mad – disregard that last sentence, this is a judgment-free zone.

You trolls, fans of neither the winning nor losing teams, those trying to just stir up trouble – I have no defense for you. I’m not sure why you are the way you are, but you ought to not be that way. But consider yourselves a success, if success equals people not enjoying your company for periods at a time.

All you positive fans out there, we love you, and please know we’ll see you again next game day. Until then, leave us to our grouchy, swearing-off-our-team, negative ways. We may not wear our favorite team’s colors all week, but we’ll be back beside you next Saturday, rational and collected. Well, until the next loss.

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