Is it Basketball Season Yet?
One of my good buddies complimented me this week by saying that the blog had made it into his rotation of reading when he’s slacking off from his law school studies. Naturally, that made me quite pleased. One criticism he had: “I would expect more coverage of UCLA from a former Bruin broadcaster.” Well Mikey, ye ask, ye shall receive.
This is the exact type of loss that leaves me with zero confidence in the UCLA football team. While several publications and prognosticators said the Bruins could be undefeated heading into a matchup with USC, I hedged my bets. I was favorable, yet realistic. I said 9-3. Why? Because you don’t look at the schedule and think traveling to the powerhouse that is Utah Utes football will be an automatic loss, but somewhere deep down, you’re not too certain.
Sure, the win against USC was nice, and more than anything else, sweet, because it eliminated the Trojans from national title hopes. But the Bowl Game blowout by Florida State was more indicative of where the program was headed than the fluke win over USC. About the only time I felt the Bruins had a chance today (you probably had no clue since the game was televised on Versus), was at 17-6 when Marcus Everett had the ball poked away from him down by the goalline after catching a fly pattern left in the 3rd.
So there most of Bruins Nation lies disappointed, hopes of an undefeated season crushed. And here I lie underwhelmed, wholly convinced that a legitimate program does not get beat 44-6 by the Utah Utes. That, quite frankly, is unacceptable.
So, I am left with nothing else, but to ask, is it basketball season yet?