[quote=“Still in State College, post:4, topic:1324”]It really bugs me that PSU Basketball seems to be surrounded by this impossible to overcome “Can’t Do Attitude.”
Everything always points out the hurdles and difficulties as reasons for lack of success. There is never any kind of positive vibe.
PSU BBall is a no because instead of a yes if.[/quote]
In the past, we used to have a “positive vibes” thread, but a good amount (not all) of members started shooting down these threads with negativity. Basically, it got to the point where if you didn’t end a post with a comment about how PSU’s SOS sucked or how DeChellis should be fired, you would immediately be marked as incredible, a dreamer, or not in touch with reality. So everything may always seem like it’s pointing to the hurdles and difficulties as reasons for lack of success. But in the end, the game has changed. The media, especially ESPN, have gotten so involved with the rules of the sport, how the sport is covered (halftime interviews, TV timeouts, etc) that we are left with a game that always is hard.
Even a few days ago when I mentioned that the tipping point of PSU basketball was during the 2008-09 season. I suggested that once that season went down, the things that happened, just or injust, it changed things in a way that to a large extent cannot be overcome, I was told to “dream on”. Basically, very few members here are willing to be honest about the current state of college basketball, the BigTen, and the media, and expectations.
2008-09 was an overachieving year. PSU put up the season of their lives. They gave everything, and got to a respectable level of success nationally, only for the reward to not be given to them. The next season people expected this team to have the same success or greater, and were tremendously disappointed when they finished last in the BigTen. Penn State does not fit into the cookie cutter world of college basketball. It doesn’t have the basketball prestige that other teams have to make home and home OOC matchups against the top teams. It (until next year) is the 11th member of the BigTen. (now all that has changed and that’s a whole other discussion)
So when it didn’t happen in 2009, and it kept getting worse, in more ways then one, the mood around here changed and now is trying to rebuild in the off season for next year. It all comes down to being honest about the things that are going on the world. If someone is labeled a dreamer or crazy when showing an injustice OR when complimenting the small strides the team was making, then what’s the other side to that? The other side is that it’s normal and accepted for trashing the team. That’s why PSU basketball is a no instead of a yes.
How to solve it? It’s not just a one-step process. Sometimes you have to go through the mud to find the diamond in the rough. If you just look at the pile of mud, you may think to yourself “why would I even want to search through the friggin mud. it’s mud after all, right?” one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
and as far as facing michigan state and purdue, two of the best teams in the league and biggest home games, at home when students are not there. well again it’s another “random” scheduling quirk that makes it tougher on penn state. who cares anyway? next year we could find ourselves in a basketball division with Nebraska. who knows, maybe 1,000 will show up and we’ll lull michigan state and purdue to sleep since michigan state purdue will probably never play a game with so little people the entire season. of course, if these games were on a weekend, we’d be looking at potential sellouts.