Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Flatirons2, Dec 7, 2012.
I don't know. I think the frustration level is about the same now as it was then. Do t give up. This can turn quickly
One thing I'd say as a voice from the under 50 crowd is that the world changes much faster these days. Programs can rise or tank more quickly than they did in the 1980s. 30 years ago, a recruit had very little idea what other guys were committing to CU unless he knew the guys from being in the same area. A recruit in NJ or DC had very little idea of what CU's record was during the season back in those days. The information age dramatically changed college football.
I guess my point being is I've been there done that part duax...on the other hand technology changes considered, growing up in an age where we didn't have computers, cell phones and 8 channels on the tube...trying to relate to what is happening now based on what is read or conveyed via the media (they only put out there what is convenient)...pretty much leaves a big question mark over my head...yea I wore a powder blue Buff hat..but I didn't know better...
I was a student from 76 - 80 and we went from Big 8 Champions to the Fairbanks debacle during my years. Things felt pretty damn bad and depressing, not much different than now. We were the laughingstock if the nation then too, we hired Fairbanks to be our savior, and it was a miserable failure. I remember Eddie Crowder was seriously considering Chuck Shelton the Drake head coach but eventually settled on Mac. As I recall, I never felt panicked that we were not going to find a new HC and things seemed to work out.
Over 50? You guys have really old balls.
On a serious note, my father who is well over 50 and has loved the Buffs since he can remember listening to the games on the radio in his single digit years. He always told me that through all the years, and especially the Fairbanks era, he never thought that he would see Colorado go undefeated and finish #1. They went undefeated in the regular season in 89 and finished #1 in 90. Strange stuff happens. I completely believe in the cycle theory and it sometimes takes scraping the bottom of the barrel to get the needed kick in the ass to turn it back around.
I remember watching a Monday Night Football game when the blockbuster news that Chuck Fairbanks was going to Colorado broke during a halftime. It was damn exciting stuff. He was a proven winning coach and we got him. We were drunk with anticipation. It was all a terrible blur after that. Thank God that the hangover from his era didn't last and we sobered up with Mac.
1 difference I see between the 2 events -- Fairbanks really didn't seem to care. He kinda acted like things would change just because he was there. It was almost like he was already collecting his retirement checks. Embree cared, I have no doubt.
I have followed the Buffs since my Dad took me to see Bobby Anderson in the late 60's. I think it's easy to forget how hopeless things looked in 1984. Mac's 3rd season where the Buffs went 1-10, with the only win a narrow 23-21 win over Iowa State that CU could have easily lost. Nebraska looked invincible (their walkon program was a big advantage for depth). Oklahoma was the Oregon of the day with a seeming endless supply of fast and talented tailbacks. How could the Buffs ever compete?
I think what Mac did, and what the new coach needs to do, is get to .500 first before setting your sights higher. Mac's 7-5 and 6-6 teams of 1985 and 1986 set the stage for better recruiting and the championship teams later in the decade.
I was a student when Fairbanks was hired and everyone was excited about the Buffs finally bringing in a big name! Surely the program was on the right track now! We know how that turned out, and when I read of fans wanting a big name "splash" hire I think back to Fairbanks. I'd rather have a hungry, enthusiastic, hard working up and coming young coordinator or lower level head coach get the job now (similar to Mac in the 80's) rather than an NFL or college retread.
i can actually fart the Star Spangled Banner. BTW, it is "flatulist." Get it right!
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