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The Morning Stake | 2020.09.28

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After a game, I’m always at a loss as to whether or not I should link articles about the game that happened on Saturday. By this time, for me, I’m ready to move on, win or lose. I don’t need to keep reading things about it and I figure that if you’ve wanted to read something, you’re actually doing this on your own.

Aside from what I could link, we’re getting a lot of “most miserable” loss type of articles and I’m good not reading those. I don’t need someone to tell me that it was miserable. I watched it.

I also noticed that one of the first comments after my Ten Things from yesterday was that it sounded like excuse-making. As you are well aware, I don’t make hiring or firing decisions regarding the programs so I just try to write about the game, win or lose, the best way that I can. After a loss, it always sounds like excuse-making unless you just write about firing everyone in the athletic department, which isn’t productive and isn’t about the game. My mindset is usually one where I’m trying to figure out the reasons for wins or losses. I don’t know that anyone else really does this because most of the people who cover the program are actual reporters and they’re typically reporting on the game and don’t have the liberty to really just write whatever they want. I get that when I write, it’s not for everyone and that’s okay. But I’m not making excuses. That’s never my intent.

Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams has a notebook from the game that addresses something I didn’t in the Ten Things, which is the pooch-kick that only went to the 41 yard line and allowed Texas to score quickly. Wells said after the game that Trey Wolff just mis-hit the kick. I sort of include this in a physical error, not a mental mistake in terms of Wolff (like Zech McPhearson missing the onside kick from Texas). It happens. The question is whether or not to boom it through the end zone for a touchback, which I don’t know if the wind was a deterrent on that end of the field, but just add that up to the list of things that went wrong and although I try to write about a lot of things, I can’t write about everything.

Here are some tweets.

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