So, I posted a video of the UCLA pre-game huddle below. What is not captured in the video is that as I was sitting in the stands, I noticed a UCLA coach in a white shirt run towards the center of the field to call the huddle, to which the players obliged. Then, as if this were an Alabama or USC team, the players began jumping up and down on the logo, eliciting a rightfully earned booing from the hometown fans.
Whether or not we'd have won the game, that is absolutely not what I would expect from a team (induced by a coach, nonetheless) representing our university. Maybe from a Miami or USC team, but not UCLA....who has accomplished nothing for going on 12 years now. But it is worth noting that this team then proceeded to get curb stomped by the very same team they so flippantly disrespected, making the display all that more embarrassing.
I'm sure some of you will be offended by this, but while I like individual players on this team, I'm beginning to not like the overall identity. As others have noted, trash talking continues while we're down ala the USC player last year that celebrated a tackle even though the Huskies were lining up the next play to kick the winning FG. We never know if the team is going to show up not only for entire quarters, but entire games. CRN literally using the phrase that it has to get better because it can't [get much worse].
I had a long drive home from the Bay area yesterday and the only analogy I can come up with that seems to describe this team is an intramural team. They show up physically to play, but they don't care whether they win or lose....it seems to be very much like my city-league games which I use solely for exercise purposes; I show up and hope to win, but in the end, the outcome of the game doesn't really matter. The difference is I'm not representing anyone but myself; nor getting a scholarship to do so; nor hoping to make milliions in the NFL.
Coach, If we're going to support a poor team on the field, lets at least be able to support one that is likable.