Dr. Saturday - NCAAF

Following conquered favorites and other notables through the stages of grief.

Anger. Eric Prisbell, the Washington Post's designated Maryland Terrapin blogger, is asking the fan base "What Changes Would You Make?" in the wake of the Terps' embarrassing 32-31 loss to Middle Tennessee State, the Terps' second straight loss to the Blue Raiders, which came on the heels of a 52-13 beatdown at Cal and a narrow overtime win over I-AA James Madison. If the tenor of the comments thread is any indication, some people are just a little testy about the fact that "eVERYTHING" wasn't listed as a poll option:

All the morons WHO said [athletic riector] debbie [yow] would not fire FAT BOY wELL JUST WAIT!!! Losing programs cannot sell suites, mez seats or for that fact any seats.(even those in the nosebleed sections..Debbie is all about making the program profitable and the "Fat One" is not doing his job.He was successful earlt with someone elses recruits now there are no excuses except that he is a fat burned out PIG..Leave so we can start rebuilding

I will beat eric to the punch about rutgers prediction RUTGERS 45 TWERPS 10 HERE COME THE BOY BIRDS..tHEN COMES CLEMSON.. CLEMSON 51 TWERPS 3 BOO BIRDS HAVE A BALL.. WAKE FOREST IS AWAY LETS SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE TRAVEL TO SEE THE TWERPS

Caps lock, multiple exclamation points, atrocious spelling, indifferent punctuation, employing the same lame, punny epithets your rivals use against your team: "carolina1" hits the Internet rage trifecta in two succinct paragraphs. Well played, incensed sir.

Denial. Husker-themed blog Corn Nation didn't mince emotions following Nebraska's heartbreaking loss, advertising for "grief counselors" in the very title of his Virginia Tech post-mortem. But a surprising number of his commenters apparently have so lowered their expectations over the last half-decade that they're ... not too broken up about it, actually, because the team really hung in there:

Penalties, drives in the red zone ending in field goals, dropped touchdown passes, blown coverages. So many small things that could have changed everything. At least we lost by 1. We hung in there. The defense and [kicker] Alex Henery keeping us in the game until the last seconds.

In the fine tradition of the Big 12 North, Colorado fans get dragged into the scrum, as well:

People we are sounding like cu fans. Yes we lost, yes we shot ourselves so many times in the foot we now walk on our knees. But we hanged in there with a great def, in their house. We are playing better and ther is NO way a freshman qb would do better

But at least one fellow commenter isn't having it:

bull. colorado fans expect to lose, even though they say differently. don't ever compare me to a CU fan. I don't compare you to a drug addict do I?

Not yet, "dimayednufan" [sic], but a couple more gut-punch defeats like Saturday's and you won't have to "compare" anything: Lincolnites will be mixing Prozac with their oatmeal.

Depression. There were few more depressing spectacles Saturday than Boston College's hamfisted offense, which until early in the fourth quarter had more punts than total yards and finished with as many turnovers as first downs against Clemson. This got commenters at the Boston Globe depressed enough to start thinking about -- well, not suicide, exactly, but rejoining the Big East, which in practical terms is kind of the same thing:

Ah, the poor BC Eagles. They don't belong down there with all those manure kickers and dumbells. They should never have left the Big East, no matter the temptation of TV money. A schedule of ND, Pitt, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Temple and Rutgers to come will have a good future. BC never gets a decent bowl game anyhow.
Student-athletes at august institutions such as Virginia, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke now qualify as "manure kickers and dumbells [sic]"? What do the brainiacs at Harvard and MIT call B.C. kids?

Acceptance. Tennesseans set new gold standard for the final stage of grieving, emerging mostly intact and positively blissful that they'd sidestepped a Charge of the Light Brigade scenario in a 10-point loss at Florida. But there was even meeker acceptance coming out of Los Angeles, of all places, where USC fans have apparently become so conditioned by their team face-planting against supposed Pac-10 doormats that they're not even bothering to spontaneously combust over the Trojans losing to a three-TD underdog riding a 10-game conference losing streak:

i just can't get upset over it because I saw this coming. I was primed for it.

I mean its not like we haven't been through it before so we will regroup and get back at it

Meanwhile, the SC fans at TrojanWire were "moving on" within hours of the catastrophe, any and all angry recriminations against Pete Carroll replaced by Megan Fox in a cheerleader uniform. If that's not losing gracefully, I don't know what is.

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