Optimism, and not about Eric Gordon

  • 09/09/2007 8:39 pm in

james-hardy.jpegThanks to the Big Ten Network, I can’t watch IU football (an issue that will be resolved, as God is my witness, before basketball season arrives), but I can tell you what you already know.

After week two, the Hoosiers are 2-0. The Michigan Wolverines, and the Notre Dame Fighting Touchdown Jesuses, are 0-2. There is sincere, genuine, unabashed happiness at this news, because it combines the best of both worlds: the defeat (however indirect) of our enemies, and our own success. Does it get any better?

In all seriousness, though, this little batch of success might add up to something. I know, I know: I say this every year. I said it in 2005, when I covered IU, and when a trip to a bowl game meant an expenses-paid trip for me to, like, Detroit. In college, that sounded spectacular.

But there is reason for optimism, because the Hoosiers aren’t barely squeaking by the teams they used to struggle with; they’re winning big and easy, the way decent D-1 teams should during the dawn of the season. There is a passing attack and a spread offense and a decent D and … some semblance of a confident, solid football team. At the very least, we don’t have to wait until Midnight Madness to get excited about 2007.

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  • Zach

    After last season ended, I was ready for this one to begin. Everything was set up for this to be the year for the Hoosiers to play in their first bowl game since 1993. I believed that with Hep as the coach, and I still believe the players and Coach Lynch will get it done.

    Let’s take care of Akron at the Rock, and head into conference 3-0.

  • Zach

    After last season ended, I was ready for this one to begin. Everything was set up for this to be the year for the Hoosiers to play in their first bowl game since 1993. I believed that with Hep as the coach, and I still believe the players and Coach Lynch will get it done.

    Let’s take care of Akron at the Rock, and head into conference 3-0.

  • Ian

    We’re 2-0, but do you think we’ll be able to beat Illinois this year? We’ll beat Akron, but the Illini look pretty good this year (even though they got creamed last year).

  • Ian

    We’re 2-0, but do you think we’ll be able to beat Illinois this year? We’ll beat Akron, but the Illini look pretty good this year (even though they got creamed last year).

  • MarkJacksonShimmey

    Whoa now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. While I’m a die-hard Hoosier fan, I don’t think I’ll ever say bad things about ND and UM’s fball programs until IU rolls off three straight national titles. And I still would reconsider talking smack even if that happened. I don’t think that was the reason of your post, but still.

    Let’s be classy fans and not stomp on people when they’re down. Purdue fans, because of their inherent mediocrity in everything, love to bash others. Let’s focus on us.

  • MarkJacksonShimmey

    Whoa now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. While I’m a die-hard Hoosier fan, I don’t think I’ll ever say bad things about ND and UM’s fball programs until IU rolls off three straight national titles. And I still would reconsider talking smack even if that happened. I don’t think that was the reason of your post, but still.

    Let’s be classy fans and not stomp on people when they’re down. Purdue fans, because of their inherent mediocrity in everything, love to bash others. Let’s focus on us.

  • Big A

    Good point, but it’s fun to kick ND and Michigan while they’re down, at least from where I sit.

  • Big A

    Good point, but it’s fun to kick ND and Michigan while they’re down, at least from where I sit.

  • IU Jimmy

    Of course we can beat Illinois. They have been hyped like crazy the last 2 years, and they couldn’t beat us either time. And they haven’t done that great this year either (Juice Williams still has NO accuracy). I say we beat dUI by 7.

  • IU Jimmy

    Of course we can beat Illinois. They have been hyped like crazy the last 2 years, and they couldn’t beat us either time. And they haven’t done that great this year either (Juice Williams still has NO accuracy). I say we beat dUI by 7.