Listen up Mountaineer fans. Don’t blame the coaches or the players or even the ugly gray helmets the Mountaineers wore in the humiliating loss to Texas Tech. It was completely my fault. After the win against Texas in Austin, I was so sure we were going to be playing in the Orange Bowl in January that I thought about making reservations and buying tickets. I didn’t actually do anything, I just thought about it and I jinxed us. I’m sorry!
There was another Mountaineer fan who admitted on Twitter that he placed a bet in Vegas that the Mountaineers would win the title. I guess I can share the blame with him.
Geoff Coyle posted on Mountaineer Illustrated that many Mountaineer fans are superstitious and blame themselves (including the Tweet above) for not wearing the same shoes or shirt on game day, or not eating or drinking the same thing they normally do. I have to admit I was wearing my #35 Owen Schmitt jersey which I retired on December 1, 2007 (I won’t mention what happened on that date). I guess I forgot that I wasn’t supposed to wear that shirt, but my regular game day shirt was dirty. Anyway, I’m sure that had nothing to do with it. The reason we lost is I got my hopes up.
I should have known better. Heck, I even read Mike Casazza’s book, Waiting for the Fall just a couple of months ago. I thought for sure that Texas was the real deal and beating them in their house in front of a record crowd meant we really were destined to win a national championship. This year! My brother warned me about our defense. I was a little worried but I figured we didn’t need a defense if we could score 70 points against Baylor and 48 at Texas.
That does it! I won’t get my hopes up anymore. Except that I really think Geno Smith can still win the Heisman. There I go again. Sorry.