Monday, September 24, 2007

Is the 2007 UCLA Football Season Cursed?

It's obvious that the 2007 UCLA football season is not going as expected. First, the team blows what should have been a guaranteed win to Utah. Then, they bounce back thanks to a rusty but effective Patrick Cowan, who then goes down to a potentially season-ending injury against Washington. Now, it's back to big Ben Olson, who hasn't lived up to expectations despite some sporadic flashes of brilliance (see the 2006 and 2007 season openers).

It's also obvious that coaching is not playing a definitive part in the wins or losses, which is not necessarily a good thing. It seems that the players themselves are either fired up or uninspired, and fans never know which team will show up. One can only hope that this senior-laden team will get it together and realize that this is their last chance to leave a mark on the UCLA history books, and make the most of their own athletic careers, which will soon be coming to an end for all but a few of these seniors.

Is it too much to ask for to have a well-coached, well-disciplined, motivated and inspired football team taking the field week in and week out? I for one think the season is cursed and don't know what to expect from week to week. I'm hoping to be proved wrong, starting with the game against the Beaves this Saturday.

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