Hi, I've been reading BN since 2005, but I'm a first time poster .... My decision to get a BN identity and join in on the discussions is a reflection of how Dorrell's Bruins changed me as a fan.
For me, UCLA sports used to be about emotion. Following the Bruins was about falling in love with a team - the freshman, the seniors, the benchwarmers, even the juggler.
This purely emotional approach worked for basketball. Though I did not know much about Coach Howland, or his systematic renovation of Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh, I had blind faith that my Bruins would succeed. I was rewarded by back-to-back Final Fours, by a team that does not give up, by a consistent approach and beautiful Bruin Defense.
In football, too, I was not analytical or critical ... I was just your everyday emotional fan. I would believe that UCLA would win every game ... as a fan I thought I could just will them to victory. And what broke my heart wasn't getting embarassed by Arizona or Utah, or losing to Washington State, what killed me was punting in enemy territory, falling into the prevent defense in the 3rd quarter, and - oh god - the infamous "run run pass."
Simply put, I was fed up with it. I cannot live like that kind of fan. I think in this world that blind faith is a beautiful thing, but how many times can you do the same thing, while expecting a different outcome?
So now I am analytical. I do not think Karl Dorrell is a bad man, but I think it's time for him to go. And when I can go back to being an emotional fan, when I can cheer for my team without worrying if they will be properly prepared, or if the coach will give them a chance to win ... then all will be well.
Is it basketball season yet?