I am a longtime, die-hard UCLA fan. I have attended many, many UCLA football games since graduating in 1991.
This year, for the first time since graduating, I finally had the means to purchase football season tickets. As season ticket holders know, this is a significant financial investment (especially if you plunk down a "donation"--which I did--to get better seats). I can't tell you the excitement my wife and I felt when we received our tickets and marked each upcoming gameday on the calendar. And, despite the team's outlook this year, I am still going to attend every home game this year.
One last point: What I say here, and what I think, will not affect our team's performance one bit. Make sure you read that last part again.
Here is my question: Three games into the season, and having seen what we have all seen over the past 5 years (not based on just the Utah game), do you want UCLA to lose more games so that we can be assured that Dorrell is not our coach at the start of next year?
Some of us cannot bring ourselves to ever hope UCLA loses and I have complete respect for that viewpoint. I personally fall into that category 99% of the time.
The real question in my mind, and the one where the vast majority of BN distinguishes themselves from the Dorrellistas, lies in whether or not you believe Dorrell himself is "learning" and "growing" as a head coach.
If you believe the opportunity still exists for Dorrell to turn the season around and, in time, be a great coach (no one should be content with just a "good" coach), then you should want UCLA to win out so that KD is around next year. If you have seen enough and believe that it might take 20 more years--if ever--for KD to become a great coach, then you want him gone either now or at the end of the season. But are you willing to see us suffer more losses to ensure that he is gone as soon as possible?
I have come to the very sad conclusion that we must lose more games to ensure that he is gone. As much as we all like to say this is Dorrell's "Show Me" year, there will always be Kool-Aid drinkers out there who will give him yet another chance. For me, I cannot bear to think of him on our sideline next year, in any capacity.
Note: I am not going to boo our team at games (although I will boo Dorrell, if given the chance). I am not going to badmouth our team here or anywhere. But deep down, I think we must go through some serious short-term pain to ensure that we get rid of this guy. And don't even think I will get one bit of joy from seeing UCLA lose. Every loss tears me up. But not all medicine tastes good, either.
At the start of the season, we all wanted Dorrell to succeed. There is still a 1% chance that he will run the table, beat SuC, and go to a decent bowl game. But I'll take any bets if you really think that is going to happen.
It pains me to write this, but I think we need to lose some more this year. Dorrell must not return in 2008. I am prepared to take some heat over this, not that my opinion will affect what happens on the field one bit.
Just for some icing on the cake, I've attached a poll, heavily-slanted in favor of us winning and not losing, just to test the waters on this question. Again, I have the utmost respect for those of you who cannot hope for a loss under any circumstances. But, right now, very reluctantly, I am no longer in that group.