10.05.2008

Worst - adjective, superl. of bad and ill ...

Before the 2008 NCAA football season kicked off in August, the Utah State University program was dubbed by many as the worst DI football team in the nation {I throw the "DI" thing in there because, heck, there had to be high school programs we could beat ... right?} ... Dead last, even though we were on our longest winning streak since 2001 ... Okay, so I admit: it was a winning streak of two games. {And yes, that does mean we haven't won more than two consecutive games since 2001.}


While many football programs and fans are familiar with rankings by the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and 
the USA Today Poll, Utah State has become waaay more familiar with EPSN's Bottom Ten poll ... A location where you can read priceless gems about USU football like this, "Like the sound of 9-inch nails against a chalkboard? If so, you'll love the Aggies," and "The Aggies and the Bottom 10 just go together."

I'd like to begin a sob story here about how it never gets easier cheering and supporting a losing team. But that's a lie. It does.

In fact, it creates entirely new opportunities for fun and excitement. Seriously. I will use the Utah State vs. BYU {#8 AP, #9 USA Today[Side note: BYU actually dropped a spot in each poll because of their game against USU. Hahahah. So funny. The only time you can play a team, win, and still lose ground in the polls} game as an example.

We are one of the few teams where when a touchdown is scored the same emotion and excitement comes as if we had just won the game with a last second hail-Mary pass in the end-zone. This excitement is 58,765% higher while playing BYU who had left the previous two schools they had played scoreless. Ahem. BYU got scored on (twice) by one of the worst teams in the nation. Ouch.

After the first touchdown, an Aggie in the student section wrote on his white board, "We are better than UCLA!" ... When we scored our second touchdown he wrote, "We are waaaaay better than UCLA."

Who else could be that happy with 14 points?

Being as bad as we are, and knowing we are that bad, we are the only fans in the nation who would cheer, "Over-rated!" {clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!} while we are still down by 20 points. I will give credit to some witty BYU fans who responded with, "At least we're rated!" {clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!}. Touche.

And, again at the end of the game ... with the final score in BYU's favor of 34-14 ... The over-rated cheer returned. I like it that we can man up to who we are, "Yes. We are horridly awful. And we are so horridly awful that it is even more horridly awful that you couldn't stop us from scoring on you - twice!"

Said one BYU fan, whose name may or may not be Adam Paora George Ruri, watching the Aggies exit the stadium, "They were all smiling and laughing as if they had won."

Oh, Mr. Ruri ... even though we were down by 20 when the final buzzer sounded, this was a win for Utah State football. Seriously, when reading the papers the following morning, I was shocked that they made it sound like it was ... a loss?

Although we may joke about our team and how poorly they have played in the last decade (errr, or since like 1993), I am certainly proud of the coaches and players who go out there every weekend and fight for their way up, as difficult as it is and with how slowly success sometimes comes. Keep on keeping on, Aggies. :)


Photo at the game: my nephew and I. He's only six and he is totally converted to Aggieism - I've completed my mission in this life.


P.s. After the game I was able to spend a little bit of time with one of my favorite Cougars. As I introduced him to Firehouse and the Fh'zookie, BYU fans watched in awe as they recognized this clearly popular man. Some freshmen girls doted all over him. It was fantastic.

And I am sure everyone was wondering what he was doing with an Aggie. But as this thought crossed my mind, I was reminded of a quote from Remember the Titans, {edited slightly} "People say that it can't work, Cougars and Aggies. Here, we make it work every day."

And, although this photo was obviously not taken Saturday night, it still represents making a Cougar/Aggie friendship work. :)

*** Golden star to anyone who can correctly identify where we are at (and no, "the beach" is not specific enough).

18 comments:

Adam R. said...

Can I get points for being in the picture on the Beach in California!?!! I think this now gives it away for EVERYONE who'll read this post. Ha ha ha!

"At least we're rated" Clap clap clap clap clap.

Hey, did ya'll go up in the polls? Maybe you put it and I skipped it. Let me look again.

Adam R. said...

Well, not that it really matters but ya'll went from 112 to 115. Apparently, even scoring against BYU (ranked #9 and #8) doesn't mean you move up or are better than UCLA. Not even 'way' better. Sorry Aggies.

Krystal said...

you're at the beach... in California... during an EFY counselor trip to disneyland. Go me! Also, your posts always crack me up... I guess it's true that we need to celebrate the small things during football season (and as I said while sitting in class Friday night, aggie football games are the one thing that actually inspire me to do homework... cuz I know I'm not going to be missing out on anything big!) AND... I found a funny thing at wal-mart for your packages... "it's a boy" hershey kisses bags (for when he becomes a "daddy" to a greenie). Ok, lame, I know... but I thought it was funny.

Cali said...

What did USU do that created such fierce loyalty from you? Whatever they did.. they clearly missed me. At least they have one really loyal fan though.. go you! I guess they had room to be excited... it's the only exciting thing that's happened there in a LONG time!

jill said...

I love it. I came up for the game and it's true, I couldn't stop smiling even though we lost, we weren't shut out. I also couldn't stop smiling because of an entertaining large sign some USU guys made...it's on my facebook, check it out!

I Am Immense, I Contain Multitudes said...

Huzzah for anyone who drops BYU in ranks. - Ute

~Jake and Brianna~ said...

I love this post, Mindy! You have described the Aggie mentality perfectly when it comes to Football. The cheering becomes a little different when bastketball comes around, though. Thank heaven we've got that. Or, we hopefully do, anyway . . . I haven't seen this year's team scrimmage yet. Come boys, come on!!

P.S. I don't have any of Katie's information! I hate losing contact with people. If I find it somehow, I'll get it to you!

brookie84 said...

This is at a beach in CA probably huntington or somewhere near Disneyland, probably taken on the EFY trip last summer..... Am i right???? :)
Love ur guts mindy
Brooke

Lil said...

I must say I'm a total Aggie fan and all I was hoping for out of that game was a point, just one would make me happy...Then we scored TWO touchdowns!!! It was so exciting!!!

Matt and Avree said...

I think you should write articles for a magazine...preferably Reader's Digest since that's the only magazine I subscribe to. Go Aggies!!!

Cam + Haley said...

You have just secured your spot at the top of favorite people on my list. I love it.

Toni said...

I love this post! It reminds me of a conversation we would have had back in the Oakridge days :)

Susan said...

I sure like you! I listened to that game on the radio from way down here in Vegas, and immediately came down with a serious case of home-sickness. I have been confined to my bed ever since.

Mike Lundberg said...

One gold star for your trip to Idaho. :)

Amber Lenora said...

I would like a golden star for taking that picture at Newport Beach. Or Huntington. I'm not sure where we were. And I might or might not have taken it. let's be honest. I don't remember. love you!

Allred Mom said...

EFY trip to Disneyland....and the beach, too! What a deal! As soon as I saw the pic, I knew it was Cali....and then, I knew it was Disneyland!

Whitney said...

While I think USU is great, their football has issues as we know. What I don't get was why most of the football players were totally cocky (jerks)???

Our Little Fam said...

so, yeah you did do the quirks tag. I read it too. So that's funny, I didnt realize that you tagged me, or I forgot, sorry about that!!

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