As the football season for the Javelinas comes to a close, I must confess.
This whole season was rattled by the “what-if” factor and all it has done is etched images in the back of my skull of what almost was this whole season.
The newly present stigma all over campus is about how “bad” this Javelina Football team has been. How “horrible” they are, and how it’s nearly impossible to back a team who doesn’t put up a fight, rolls over, and just takes a loss without thinking they have anything to prove in the first place. That the Javelinas are never going to tip the scale and establish themselves as contenders. EVER.
I am a brutally humbled optimist about 55 percent of the time when it comes to my athletic fandom. Where did I get the number? I honestly have no idea, but it seems fitting, and slowly begins to decrease as the years continuously pass on.
If I am a fan, I’ll be a fan, but I am not ignorant to the fact that if a team is not as good as I may want it to be, I will not defend it as being such. I can try my best to spew out facts and numbers to defend players, teams, and everything of the sort, however, if I don’t feel a team is capable of winning, I’ll say so.
That being said, I must admit, a majority of my predictions over this season were genuine, and also nearly attainable, however, had the tendency to fall short.
So what does this mean? That numbers and facts are unjustifiable to predictions? That maybe, just maybe, I allowed my bias to get the better of me as I continued to pick the Javelinas as potential victors in nearly every game this season?
I don’t think so.
It’s no shock to any casual sports fan, let alone the overly enthusiastic such as myself, that any and all games must be played through their entireties before they are over.
There’s four quarters in the game of football and with each one lasting 15 minutes a piece, fatigue sets in, mind over matter takes form, and a true test of heart.
Now last season, it was a totally different story. As the season progressed, the Javelinas looked battered and beaten.
This year, games remained closer than you could have hoped for. Five separate situations this season where the Hogs lost while losing by 10 points or fewer.
They almost beat a Division 1 football team, 2 nationally ranked squads in D2, and only lost a game a by bobbled snap and one yard.
The Hoggies biggest flaws were heightened in the second half of every game. It is an unfortunate reality, but it’s the truth.
However, the emotional rollercoaster we were strapped in for all season, has me on the edge of my seat saying this:
Be ready. This team may lose some pieces this season, but Head Coach Daren Wilkinson is NOT the same as the other Coaches who have tried and failed to become great.
This team has more heart than I have seen in a long time. And they sure have more fight than ever. Don’t count them out next season.
Coach Wilkinson has the Stamp of approval from this campus in my book.
And I believe this team can close this season on a good note. It all starts with beating Midwestern State. Which they will.