YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT …
By Liz Gunn || The Gamecocks suffered the worst kind of loss this weekend. The kind that still stings a little, even on Monday morning. It’s not that we deserved to win, as evidenced by our lackluster offense and a defense that laid down in the fourth quarter, but to be up 20-7 and lose on the last drive of the game is just sickening.
Two years ago, also known to me as my “pre-child era”, I would have lost a lot of sleep over this one. Luckily, my priorities have shifted since August of 2013 and I see the bigger picture more clearly now. At the end of the day, in the grand scheme of life —it’s just football. Will I remember this loss for years to come? Probably. Am I going to let it ruin my life for the foreseeable future? Absolutely not.
Saturday, against my better judgement, I decided to check out what people were tweeting to our players. I was outraged, and that’s putting it mildly. I had an overwhelming urge to go full blown troll on some of these people…but then I remembered that I’m a grown woman and to stoop to that level would be nothing short of hypocritical.
The worst part about what I saw is that the hateful comments were coming from people who don’t seem to know much about football. Maybe I watched a different game on Saturday than these jerks, but can you really rest all of the blame on Dylan Thompson? The quarterback of any team should be the leader – but he isn’t a one man show.
Thompson wasn’t perfect Saturday night, but our offensive line didn’t do a lot to help him out either. Our receivers dropped some perfectly thrown (or at minimum quite catchable) passes. Our offensive play calling was suspect on more than one occasion. Anyone who solely blames Dylan Thompson for the loss doesn’t understand the game.
While most of the angry tweeters I came across seemed to be of high school or college age, where you could chalk it up to immaturity I suppose, there were a handful of grown men getting in on the action as well. Dylan Thompson is a 22 year old, college senior. Any grown man who thinks it’s appropriate to send hateful tweets to him, or any college quarterback needs to reevaluate their entire life.
Thompson hasn’t tweeted since before the season started, so it’s all too possible he hasn’t paid any attention to what these yahoos are saying. Part of the job of being the starting quarterback at a major university is having thick skin. I highly doubt Steve Spurrier (or G.A. Mangus for that matter) minces words with these guys.
I’m not too worried about his feelings. I’m worried about the so-called adults who clearly need to find another way to relieve some stress after an upsetting loss. It’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last time that our football team serves up a helping of heartbreak.
Those close to me are likely shocked by the title of this post. For most of my life I, too, lived and died by the outcome of these games every Saturday. But life is too short to allow to a group of kids, just doing what they love for your entertainment, to ruin your week. Chin up, Gamecocks. There is a lot of football left to play.
Liz Gunn is a wife, mom, travel enthusiast, food snob, daydreamer and lifelong Gamecock fan. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she lives in Columbia, S.C. with her husband and daughter.