LOL. Good stuff OGIJ.
I was getting texts from 2 buddies who were nattering nabobs of negativity. The "down on JT" stuff was perplexing to me. The guy is the all-time leader in TD's responsible for and will end up setting a standard on that stat that will be probably never be matched. And then the "fire Fickell" stuff began - although that was a little tongue in cheek.
Fans want domination and perfection. It's as simple as that. OSU football has given us a lot of that, and we expect it every time. Our expectation is that we will beat everyone 59-0. The problem is that expectation defies the inability of perfect performance, insists that all the breaks and momentum roll to us, and it ignores that the other guys sometimes don't want to be dominated and they use their good athletes to compete hard. I don't want Ohio State to be at their peak right now because it would be hard to sustain it into January. It doesn't bother me if they struggle here and there. They need to be peaking in about a month, and then hang onto it as the games become bigger.
The real shame isn't just that a game where things aren't going ideally brings out unfortunate over-reactions from fans, but also that something they supposedly love is causing so much distress, and they are missing out on enjoying a great game.