I’m not here to sugar coat anything as I consider myself a realist. But there have been many threads and posts since Wednesday night’s debacle that are basically spewing the same stuff. True statements? Mostly. But after a while, as true as it may be, the stuff gets a little annoying.
You just want to stand up for the players on the team like Eminem did for himself and for his friends, sort of, in “8 Mile” during the last rap off against Papa Doc…
“I know everything he’s got to say against me
I am white
I am a ****** bum
I do live in a trailer with my mom
My boy Future is an Uncle Tom
I do got a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob
Who shoots himself in the leg with his own gun
I did get jumped by all 6 of you chumps
And Wink did **** my girl
I’m still standin here screamin **** tha Free World!!
Don’t ever try to judge me dude
You don’t know what the **** i’ve been through”
For most of us on this board, we don’t know what ED and this team, specifically Talor has been through. We only see the results on the court and judge everything we know about this team on that. And like I said, fair and true statements after last night’s game, probably. But let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water just yet. And why we are all frustrated, there is still a lot to play for.
Perseverance is one of the most noble traits an athlete or anyone for that matter can have. I deal on a weekly basis with many young athletes who face adversity and will get so far down on themselves to the point of quitting. But I tell them about the quality of perseverance. Of facing even the most difficult of circumstances and fighting through those circumstances to come out a winner. Does it work? Not always from a “winning” standpoint, but for most of these kids, they latch on to the theory of perseverance so when they have to face a similar situation in a later game, they know what to do and how to deal with the circumstance a lot better than the first time.
Sorry for another long post, as I know there have been enough of those already.
We are not Duke, we are not Kentucky, we are not Villanova, we are not Michigan State, heck we’re not even Illinois We are…Penn State. And why we don’t have a team that is as good as some of our lofty expectations, we still have a team that needs our support.
So I present you with this Positive Vibes Thread to get some positive energy going forward for this masochistic society of ours - the Penn State basketball fan community. As always, allow me to start…
We have Talor Battle - this kid showed me something last night. He was no doubt frustrated with the fact that his teammates couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, but he kept on battling (there’s that word again), even through cramps and what not.
Our defense is much improved this season, as has been fully documented on almost every other thread on this board.
There is a passion on this team. Passion in Talor and Taran, Jeff and DJ, Andrew and Billy, Timmy and Cameron. I refuse to get down on this team, for I will not judge a team on a bad loss…rather on how they react to and persevere through that bad loss.
Finally, we have each other. Most of us have been through this before with this team and this is just another test of our supreme loyalty.
Yes, I will admit that I have questions and some doubts about the ability of this team against some of the teams we will face down the road. But for the purpose of this thread, please keep your thoughts in a positive light and save those other nasty bits for the dozen other threads on this board that choose to focus on such drivel (as true as it may be :))
Thanks for listening,