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Five Stages of Grief ... Colorado football, 2012

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  1. MontanaBuff

    MontanaBuff Club Member Club Member

    Apr 8, 2008
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    I normally don't post articles, but I thought this might help ...

    Five Stages of Grief

    For those dealing with a loss, the "Five Stages of Grief" has been a mantra for decades.

    The Buff Nation has lost its football program, and, in the past month, has had to endure the Five Stages of Grief - Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.


    Remember August?

    The rest of the college football was in agreement when it came to the fortunes of the University of Colorado football program.

    Everyone, and I mean everyone, predicted the Buffs would finish last in the Pac-12 South. Never mind the fact that, since World War I, Colorado had never finished last alone in conference play. 2012 would be the year the Buffs would occupy their first basement since 1915.

    Athlon had the Buffs as only the 84th-best team in the nation. CBSSportsline had the audacity to pick at No. 107. In the Pac-12 media poll gave Colorado a total of 164 points.

    The team picked to finish last in the Pac-12 North, Oregon State, garnered 205 points. The Buffs were not only the worst team in the Pac-12 South, according to those who followed the Pac-12 for a living.

    The Buffs were the worst team in the Pac-12. Period.

    "No", cried the Buff faithful. Colorado had lost 28 seniors, to be sure, but there was new young talent everywhere. The coaching staff which had entered the 2011 season with a head coach and two coordinators who had never held those positions before had had a year to learn their trade. The schedule was much kinder than had been the 2011 gauntlet of 13 straight games. The Buffs had erased the road losing streak, and had won two of their final games in November.

    Matching the three wins of 2011 was a certainty. Five wins and continued progress was a realistic possibility.

    Six wins and a bowl game were the goal.

    With the Buffs sequestered, closed away from peering eyes, there was no way to chart progress. Eyebrows were raised when Jordan Webb was annointed as the starting quarterback just eight days into fall camp, but, we reasoned, the coaches know what they are doing, and perhaps Webb will just be a care-taker to help all of the new young talent as the team got its feet wet in the early season, when the victories would come most easily.

    We were in denial ...


    The anger came less than two quarters into the first game of the season ...

    The rest of the essay is at www.cuatthegame.com

    Hope it helps ...
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