Typically after a win or a loss (more after a win) the football players will show their glee on twitter. After a loss, a couple of players will tweet their disappointment or that they did their best but with an undesired outcome.
After Friday's loss? Silence.
However, the affiliated UCLA Twitterverse didn't hold back, and the objective of today's twitter post is to explain, quite plainly, to those who consider our criticism and critiques of the team as "not being a fan" or "being a true Bruin" or "not supporting the team." You accuse these former Bruins of not supporting our team for tweeting out the same points we've made time and time again.
Such a disappointment to have a ton of talent on one football team, and to underachieve so greatly. The best team in recent UCLA history.— Adam Plutko (@Papaplut44) November 28, 2014
Someone want to tell Adam Plutko, 2013 NCAA Baseball Champion, he's not a true Bruin?
My bruins $hit the bed. Kudos to Stanford for the utter domination & Arizona vs Oregon in the pac-12 championship game. Gonna be a good1— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) November 28, 2014
Or to anyone else who questioned some of our play calling?
Only 1 option to throw to on the fake?— Danny Rees (@DannyRees39) November 28, 2014
ONCE AGAIN!! Single high safety, 3x1 formation Payton has single coverage out to our left. Hundley takes the snap & NEVER even looks at him— Jarrad Page (@JarradPage44) November 28, 2014
We are getting ABSOLUTELY dominated on both sides of the ball. Something has to change & quickly!! We can't win 3rd down on either side— Jarrad Page (@JarradPage44) November 28, 2014
MAKE A PLAY !— Sheldon Price (@PRICEBOY22) November 28, 2014
Another missed opportunity— Sheldon Price (@PRICEBOY22) November 28, 2014
Even TV Commentators saw noticed how disappointing this game was... and he wasn't even working our game!
UCLA is going to be kicking themselves looking back on this season. 3 losses all at home?? Too much talent to let that happen.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) November 28, 2014
I was kicking myself after seeing how the Saturday games transpired and the massive opportunity UCLA lost by losing. (or lost by losing to Utah in the first place.)
Finally, I want to end this with tweets from Miguel Melendez. You may remember Melendez when he covered the UCLA beat before Jack Wang at the Daily News. He's a huge UCLA fan, and was definitely angry tweeting the thoughts many of us had, and wish more of our fanbase would understand - you can be disappointed and upset with this performance, and still be a UCLA fan.
This #UCLA team is still soft -- against Stanford and Oregon.— Miguel A. Melendez (@MelendezSports) November 28, 2014
It's not about disrespecting #Stanford. It's about this #UCLA team not showing up. They were nowhere near competitive.— Miguel A. Melendez (@MelendezSports) November 29, 2014
Enough is enough. When will #UCLA learn how to win the big games that matter the most? This one mattered, and #UCLA simply didn't show up.— Miguel A. Melendez (@MelendezSports) November 29, 2014
I was so pissed I didn't wait for the shuttle from Rose Bowl back to Parsons lot. I walked there. Almost an hour. #UCLA killed me today.— Miguel A. Melendez (@MelendezSports) November 29, 2014
And when he saw a tweet from a generic UCLA fan twitter account that said "live and die by the Bruins" that could imply "support blindly!!!"
.@UCLA_Nation obviously. But straight up #UCLA took a dump today. No excuse for it. And I'm not happy with another 9-win season.— Miguel A. Melendez (@MelendezSports) November 29, 2014
Are you happy with this 9 win season?
Think about that statement. We didn't even meet the minimum expectations - we're not in the Pac-12 title game, we're no longer in the conversation for the playoffs. These were all plausible before Friday's game, and, poof, it's gone. We haven't even improved if you look at our win/loss record over the past three years. We're headed to another non-top tier bowl.
Is this what you expected for UCLA Football? What's keeping the team from reaching the lofty goals they had at the beginning of the season?
Think about it.