This thread is not directed at anyone, but rather is in response to all the concern and criticism expressed lately about the team.
Winning and improving over a long stretch of time is not a linear process; it's not like a team can or could incrementaly get a little bit better with each game, game after game, culminating in a spectacular winning season. [Only the Denver Broncos can do that, and only with Peyton Manning at the helm].
The reality is that there are ups and downs with any team and play is not necessarily going to be consistent from one game to another - unless we're in fantasyland, which we're not.
Also please take into consideration that our Wildcat young men have been sacrificed for our entertainment pleasure during this holiday season. Playing a game in Hawaii on Christmas Day? Insane. They have not had a true holiday break like the rest of us, yet we expect them to work their asses off so we can sit at home or in McKale and pump up our own pathetic egos expecting them to win against top opponents on our behalf. Chill out people. This team does not owe us squat, but they make the sacrifice and give it to us anyway. And what do we do? We become a rabid, roving pack of biotches, complaining about every little mistake they make.
Hell, school is not even back in session yet and these guys have played how many games for us over the holiday break? 5 I think. I don't now how much time Miller gave them off between Hawaii and the Colorado game, but undoubtedly there must have been some required practices scheduled in there.
These young men have gone straight from finishing up their semester during Finals week, to busting hump in Hawaii, to getting ready for a challenging CU team, to having to perform in a bland Utah contest. If they look just a wee bit torqued or disinterested, who can blame them.
We send our gladiators out to fight our battles while we kick back on the sofa chugging our Keystone Light, but rarely if ever do we stop to think that this team is composed of college student-athletes who didn't get the "me" time off from the college grind that their non-athlete student peers did. We demand from them the dedication of professional players, but without the paycheck.
If they are a little edgy at times, or not piloting the Spruce Goose every single second they hit the court, then PUHLEEESE people, cut a wee bit of slack. The only player I've ever seen that played consistently at championship calibre level in every single minute of every single game at UA was DWill. And Dwill was not human. [almost hate to say it but I'm glad Kevin Love broke his hand again]. All the guys on this year's team are human.
Again - team progression, as well as player progression, is not a linear process, which is the intended message of this post.
I think I can speak on behalf of Wildcat Nation by saying that we love this Wildcat team and appreciate each and every drop of sweat they've put into their practices and games this season, and especially the personal sacrifices they've made for us during the holidays. And don't worry guys, we love you and will support you even if you drop a game down the road. Undefeated is just a thing - a nice thing - but nonetheless, just a thing. This year's team is a very special group of young men.
Soon enough they'll be using that heavy target that's on their back to pound their opponents into the dust from whence they came. As it should be. Carry on!