Reading all of the posts and comments about what we need to do next and what must happen in the future is causing its own kind of wear and tear on me as a fan, Maybe there are others that feel the same way but can't really put their finger on the cut that just won't quit bleeding burnt orange. For me it goes like this. I agree that we need changes. Top to bottom, in most of not all men's athletics. I think Earl Campbell has a seat at the head of the table of the football gods. I am a season ticket holdin', koolaid drinkin', Mack lovin', Longhorn fan. But I am not angry. I am not mad. I just know things will change. I have been a fan long enough to know that it’s hard to stay at or near the top for very long. But, our program made us think we could and would do exactly that. 10 wins? Of course, we should ALWAYS do that. We're Texas. BCS Championship game? Sure, at least once every 3-4 years. Is that possible? Yes. Likely, not really. And there is where this nagging feeling comes in. It has been nice to win for several years running (prior to the recent demise). It was great to get all the way to the big game those two years. It was wonderful watching Ricky run, Jamaal wave at Nebraska defenders as he ran by, Vince inventing highlight reels, Colt threading needles, Limas catching balls on his back, Cedric plowing through people, Ramonce running by them, ET blurring across the field to make a pick, Jordan almost beating Bama by himself, and Quan leaving the Buckeyes behind. There are so many more that I could mention, but there is just not enough space. (you can do that in your comments if you like). It was fun. It was real fun. At times it was just surreal. We won some games along the way that we shouldn't have. Luck and talent made the balls bounce our way. We also got to see other great players, like Peterson, Sproles, Crabtree, Bradford and Bush. We even claimed ultimate bragging rights with one of worst teams ever to go to Kyle Field! It was a great ride.
What about now? Now it’s not so fun. The players are certainly not having fun or success. I don’t know Malcolm Brown or Jonathan Gray, but, can you imagine what this must be like for them. They are not bad players. They are very good players. We have several on this team right now that have a bunch of talent. Can you imagine Gray running behind Studdard, Hills, Blalock and Scott? Is there any doubt he would excel?
But back to the point.. What about now? No more What if’s or What will be’s. Now. It was fun to finally see what Gray can do the other night. Shipley broke the ankles of another SEC defensive back and made some unbelievable receptions. For a moment I saw what resembled a fast and swarming defense. We have a kicker that sends the ball out of the end zone at will and a punter that reminds me of Russell. Just echoes of what could be. I sat there thinking, I am too old to wait. I am old enough to be going to my friend’s funerals. I am sure the Horns will get better in time. But, I am hoping for now. For the sake of the players like Gray, Brown Shipley, Jeffcoat, Diggs and Ash. I am hoping that we really are Texas somewhere in all of this. I love when fall comes around and football season starts and I get our tickets in the mail and sit next to my family at the games and have pregame meals at Trudy’s, Doc’s or Matt’s and when the band comes in and ….. It’s fun. I not letting anyone take that away. So for now. I am not giving in or giving up. I am going to the game and I am wearing orange and I am going to have my horns up. And maybe, just maybe, this group of players come together and be Texas for their own sake. Not for the coaches. Not for my sake but for their own. When that happens, it can be surreal … again.