Sometimes it sucks being a BYU fan.
It sucks because every once in a while you are able to see the reality of the college sports world, and BYU simply isn't a part of it.
Ever seen The Matrix? It's like when Neo takes the red pill and it shocks his system enough to wake him up and see things as they really are. Occasionally, as a BYU fan, I too get a chance to wake up in my cell filled with translucent goo, pull the power cords out of the back of my head and see the real world for what it really is.
It usually comes after losses like the BYU basketball team suffered last night, and it's not pretty. It's a dark place.
I'm in that dark place right now, and I don't know when I'll come out the other side again. I feel like I can see BYU for what it really is, and where it really belongs in the world of NCAA sports.
Here's the reality: BYU has a mediocre athletics program in a mediocre conference that gets absolutely no national exposure. We are successful as long as we play the teams within our own conference, but the minute we leave that bubble we are vulnerable like a little pink newborn baby.
We can't recruit good athletes, because our Honor Code scares them away.
We can't even get the best LDS athletes, because the lure of playing at a big-name school is too tempting.
So what does that leave us with? Overachieving, but under talented, LDS kids. Tough kids, but unable make any significant waves on the national level.
We've got great coaches, but like the players the best coaches won't ever come to BYU. Too many restrictions, too little money, not enough prestige, etc.
In short, we're on the outside. The NCAA is throwing a party, and we're at home playing World of Warcraft. If the NCAA were a high school, USC would be the captain of the football team, Ohio State would be the Student Body President, and BYU would be the goth kid who spends his time playing Magic: The Gathering in the science lab during lunch.
Utah would probably be the school slut.
Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is it sucks knowing that the school I love so much will never be able to make any waves on a national level. We'll get close, like to, say the Las Vegas Bowl, or the first round of the NCAA tournament, but anything more is out of the question. The minute we're asked to play a team that isn't named Colorado State or New Mexico, we'll always be the underdog.
And not the cool cartoon hero Underdog of my youth; the underdog that gets trampled and embarrassed on national TV.
Like I said, sometimes it sucks being a BYU fan.