I know that after the loss to Kansas State, and especially after the dismal performance against Stanford at home, we're all looking for answers. I don't propose to have these answers, but I can offer perhaps a different perspective on some of our issues. This summer, I was living & working on-campus while taking my final classes for my degree. Because of this, I ran into the football team a lot during meal times - going to and from the dining halls, and inside of them. Here are three things I've noticed:
1) One thing that I constantly found myself thinking was how much they were goofing off. As a proud Bruin, I was disgusted to see them sauntering out of the dining hall, slapping food out of each others' hands, and leaving it on the ground. They were loud, and just generally unaware (or worse - just didn't care) that there were other people in the dining hall trying to eat. Definitely didn't represent UCLA well (around other students and conference guests), in my mind at least.
2) The other thing I noticed in the dining halls is how poorly the players were eating. Granted, they work out far more than I do, and can eat pretty much anything, but I was regularly surprised to see their trays loaded with pizza, burgers, soda, pasta, and ice cream. This may not be a huge issue, but in thinking about just how out of shape they seemed compared to Stanford, I can't help but wonder if there's something to it.
3) This is the killer. My friend posted it on her Twitter, and I was furious when I saw it. It's a Facebook video posted by Malcolm Jones, so I'm not sure who all will be able to view it: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150253221210084
I couldn't figure out how to rip the video and upload to YouTube, but here's a rundown of it if you can't view it (and hopefully somebody else can view it to corroborate my interpretation). The team is doing some kind of pregame (probably the day before) walk-on of the field at Kansas State, and Malcolm Jones is "mock" interviewing various players. He asks them what they think about the field, the stadium, etc. One phrase that is repeated at least twice is referring to Kansas City as the "World of Suck". There's also a point where he asks CRN what he thinks of the stadium, and CRN's response is "Oh, it's amazing. Great place for victory!" They just generally mock the stadium (and, in my eyes, the team). Which of course, doesn't end so well for them.
To me at least, these things paint a disturbing picture. Taken together, they give me the sense of a team that is just goofing around, and not taking things seriously. A team that doesn't live up to the four letters they wear.
I hope I'm wrong. I hope these are just coincidences that don't have any real bearing on our team. I hope Kansas State was just a matter of too little too late. I hope Stanford was just a perfect storm of bad luck, and I hope we have nothing but good luck coming our way.
But I can't shake the feeling that there's at least something to what I witnessed, so I wanted to share it with everybody, and see what you all think.