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Tom Allen tries to lead Indiana fans out of a 75-year fast.

Indiana fans are the Trappist monks of college football, and their old habits die hard.

In their attempt to achieve enlightenment, Trappist monks forego all measures of the enjoyable enjoyment of life. At some point, Trappists forget all the delicacies they left behind. They adapt to the new normal without all the things we desire that put a smile on our faces.

Hoosiers fans have been without consistent wins for so long that they have adjusted quite well to meager expectations. Instead of game days full of hope for victory, they pull through with enthusiasm, laughing when they see friends again, strolling to Memorial Stadium at the end of the first quarter, going to Nicks at halftime and keeping the game on TV and on their game of Sink the Biz.

Memorial Stadium hasn’t been crowded in years, save for visits to the state of Ohio that greet Buckeye fans (and their money) in droves. Indiana fans have been pleased with this agreement as they vow to win the party if not the game.

When Indiana loses, fans shrug and enjoy the rest of the day. It’s been like this for as long as anyone can remember. Sure, there are promises to travel to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl if the Hoosiers find their way back, but just like the Trappists might one day dream of a steak dinner with a nice lady, fans know it’s only a dream is. Nobody actually buys tickets or makes hotel reservations.

But things have changed down in Bloomington. Now fans are trying to prepare for the possibility that competence and winning football could be an integral part of their lives. For the first time in more than 30 years, Indiana has won the Big 10 seasons in a row. If the Hoosiers win a third straight season, it will be the first time since the Big 10 were named the Big 10.

In 1946, Indiana was among the better teams in the Western Conference, led by Bo McMillan to a 4-2 record. That was 75 years ago, and if you were a student in Indiana in those happy days, you are at least 93 years old today.

Now, in 2021, Indiana could bring that glory back, and fans may have to get used to a new routine where an afternoon at Memorial Stadium lasts longer than the second quarter, Nicks can wait until after the game, and make a reservation in Pasadena or wherever the college football playoffs are being played is well worth it.

There have been a few false starts for Indiana in the past – including the 1967 Rose Bowl team, 1979 Holiday Bowl team, and Bill Mallory’s 1987-1993 teams LEO-fueled resurgence.

If a Trappist goes without red meat long enough, consuming a steak can lead to explosive digestive problems. The same thing happens with a sports fan who is exposed to relentless failure. A constitutional change is required to win, and Hoosiers could see just such a change.

The fast may just be over for Indiana fans, but just in case Nick’s light stops and buckets ready!

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