I will ALWAYS bleed Garnet & Gold!!!!!! There were definitely lessons learned last night by FSU – hopefully. The game was stressful for EVERYONE involved — from the sidelines to those in the stadium to those watching at home. Of course the news — an hour before kickoff — that Christian Ponder wouldn’t play … with no real explanation did not go over well with anyone. Of course, we got the information this morning from an ESPN report and I can say that I’m glad Christian didn’t play … nobody would want him to get an infection from the elbow issues he’s been having. So, at least that call from Fisher was a good one …
Lesson #1 = FSU was in the ACC Championship because of the brilliant play of Maryland a week beforehand. I felt that FSU was ready to be in the championship game because our losses to NC State and North Carolina were so close (and as we all know close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades). Did FSU deserve to be there … I can argue both sides of that and prolly win both.
Lesson #2 = FSU’s offensive line was incredible — EJ played a pretty well-balanced game; however, the play calling from the coaches really was not the best we’ve seen. Stick to what FSU does best and stop trying to outguess the other sideline. In my mind, Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops are on probation — yes, FSU had a better year, but you have to play smart football and overall, our “O” or “D” didn’t play smart consistently last night. They didn’t have the focus … and I said they needed that to win the game.
Lesson #3 = FSU is on the road to recovery and moving back into the BCS Championship circle of contention — of course, our arch rivals in Florida and outside are saying this year was a fluke, but in reality it wasn’t. I could care less if Miami (Duh U) or Florida (WhoF) are down or not — both of those teams played their hearts out against FSU and still got BEATDOWN. Those beatdowns serve as notice that FSU is on their way back and those beatdowns give FSU a huge advantage/edge in the recruiting battle for players who have no “blood connections” to either of those programmes.
Lesson #4 = When it seems to be too good to be true … that is probably the case. Exhibits: A 9-3 regular season record; soundly defeating your two-instate rivals and beating your conference rivalry (Clemson) at home in a close one; showing signs that the football recession at FSU is almost over. Point in Case: It was too good to be true that FSU could win the ACC title without Christian Ponder. I’m not taking anything away from EJ Manuel — he’s going to be an incredible force to be dealt with for the next few years for opposing teams; however, Christian would have done a better job last night – in my opinion – with moving the ball around to different receivers and causing VaTech to think about who to cover … FSU has had an incredible season and it’s not over yet!
Lesson #5 = IT’S GREAT TO BE A PART OF THE SEMINOLE NATION! I’ve never been a bandwagon or fairweather FSU fan … I’ve stood with my team through the good, the bad and the ugly. I think I have the right to share my views since I’ve stood by my team; however, people who only like or cheer for FSU when things are good — should keep their MOUTHS SHUT. It’s like voting … if you voted, you can badmouth anyone you want (especially if you’ve learned that you WASTED your vote for the president during the 2008 election — yeah, I told everyone Hillary was a better choice — I digress, back to football); however, if you didn’t vote — SHUT UP. You have NO right to complain if you didn’t vote … and likewise, if you are only a Seminole during the good times — you have no right to be ugly during the bad times! PERIOD.
And that’s all I have to say about that!
Now, on to the tasks at hand today … everyone enjoy your Sunday!