Where have you been bye week? We’ve been waiting forever for you. Of course by now there is nothing a Bye Week can do to turn this season around. It’s like calling a timeout after a team has gone on a 27-2 run (you see I’m starting to get my mind into basketball mode). Anyway, everytime I hear the phrase “Bye Week” I’m reminded of the Simpsons. After being on TV for 20 years there truly isn’t a situation in life that the Simpson’s haven’t covered. And this is a perfect example.
In the episode “Lisa the Greek” everyone is watching TV at Moe’s Tavern. The TV announcer then goes on talking about the Bye Week before the Super Bowl as they show all of the players laying by the pool. Moe who is disgusted by this names a few oldtime football players and says “They didn’t have no bye week, and where are they….they’re dead…ok maybe the bye week isn’t so bad”. Anyway as I alluded to previous, all this bye week does is give us one weekend where we don’t have to watch football on our computer.
Had this come the week after Wake Forest, or maybe the week after Clemson, maybe we could have used the extra preperation to be a little more prepared for our next game, but truth be told it probably wouldn’t have mattered. I just hope that the extra time does go to something useful such as preparing for the 2010 season.
I hate to say it, but I’m officially on the “Bench Chris Turner” bandwagon. It isn’t that this is his fault or that he isn’t any good, it is just that all is lost, so we might as well see what Jamarr Robinson can do. I’m sad it has come to this, and it certainly isn’t fair to Turner, but when you are 2-6 you got to make tough choices.
I just hope that the coaches don’t get so shortsighted about how the final 2009 record looks that they waste this valuable time to get some of the younger guys some burn. And with that I also want to say for God’s sake don’t burn any more redshirts this year. Let’s cut the spin, let’s cut the idea that this can be turned around, and totally focus on 2010. There is still a chance to salvage something from this mess, but whatever that is we won’t see the benefits until 2010, so let’s not kid ourselves. In the meantime, enjoy the buy week. It may be the happiest weekend since we beat Clemson.