|satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.|
On This Week In Schadenfreude we explore the sputtering rage, gibbering condemnation, and resigned ennui of the college football fan who has recently undergone humiliating defeat. Because even in your darkest hour, someone else is suffering too, and probably worse than you. Unless you are a Michigan fan who has just finished watching the Appalachian State game.
Expectations got a little out of hand for BYU when they throttled a UCLA team that had just beaten Tennessee with its eighth string quarterback. It would soon turn out that both UCLA and Tennessee were pretty awful, but by that point BYU was floating in the top ten. No more. The Cougars got stomped by TCU, prompting one Mormon on a mission (HA!) to ask a simple question:
POLL: Do you hate Bronco Mendenhall?
Okay, that might have been tongue in cheek. This, however, is... um:
Subject: Bronco is a communist!... If a player is gifted at something you should be tailoring plays that allow him to use those gifts. Hiding talents in a system is not the way to go, just ask the communists.
...it's definitely something, anyway. BYU, you are the Tears of Unfathomable Sadness award recipient.
The rest of the week in spleen after the jump.
Yikes. If the Badgers hadn't replaced Virginia Tech with Cal Poly a few months ago, they would be looking at a major uphill battle to achieve bowl eligibility.
That's right: some Wisconsin fans want to kill the Beef Machine.
Speaking of Unnecessary Capitalization:
Most Badger fans are fairly patient at this point-Wisconsin is coming off back-to-back NYD appearances, after all-but some have gone Off the Reservation.
Cal lost to... uh... Arizona, spurring California Golden Blogs to go with Coping Strategy #543, "pretend you are one of those spectacle-wearing aristocrats who enjoys theater and soccer":
...including a 28 point third quarter from Arizona, which I remind you is Arizona.
And Washington is back on the docket, losing 34-13 to Oregon State. Dawgman, what gallows humor do you have for us?
Does anyone remember when Willingham holding that finger aloft was kind of ominous? No, just Michigan fans? Okay.
There were no major upsets in the SEC this week, but Arkansas did contrive to lose a game in which they had the ball at midfield up 13 with five minutes remaining.
Razorback Expats goes with a classic:
With our traditional Syracuse Crying Child coming up, this brings our "crying noun" count to two in this TWIS-a new record!
Since the headlines today aren't filled with headlines like "HIDEOUS SPOON ATTACK IN UPSTATE NEW YORK", Mr. Robinson must have avoided that particular construction.
I can vouch for hockey, especially the college variety, but the closest program to you, good sir, is probably Nebraska-Omaha, and that is a hell of a drive.
Yeah, yeah, Clemson lost again but they're busy figuring out who the new coach is and have pretty much moved on from this year. So we must get a new team in the box. How about Virginia Tech? Gobbler Country is starting up a new Word of the Day feature:
"If you think Virginia Tech's offense is putrid you haven't been watching Auburn or Michigan." Do I get a gold star?
Dude... no, I do not: Auburn (#107) and Michigan (#108) are smoking Virginia Tech (#110). No gold stars for me.