I’m at a loss… Indiana Hoosiers vs Rutgers depressing recap/self-reflection

What just happened…. What. Just. Happened. I’m sick to my stomach…

Every time. This team rips my heart out.

3-14 from the 3 pt line for our “shooters”

Those refs tried to do everything but gift wrap us that win. Honestly they may have had the most positive impact on the Hoosiers entire game. Between them and Paul Mulcahy (Rutgers), I don’t know who would have gotten the player of the game had the Hoosiers won.

Every time I begin to believe again, Indiana takes what would already be crushing defeats, and makes an absolute art of it, draining me of my very soul for the course of 40 minutes again and again. No woman, not a single one could break my heart the way this team does.

This was a must win folks. Barring a run in the Big Ten tournament, looks like we will be one of the favorites for the NIT, or “the battle for 69th place”. Which in all reality is exactly right around where I had thought this season would end, just with a new coach, new system, and him trying to go get guys to fit that system I was resigned for mediocrity with glimpses of the potential future. Indiana did not really follow this formula. You see, they overperformed in moments throughout this season that I genuinely had little to no expectations for success. And every time those moments warranted me giving them more credit and with it higher expectations, they’ve failed gloriously. It’s honestly astonishing how often this has happened to me.

I’m still going to be appreciative of this team for keeping me invested as long as they have. Again, with Mike Woodson taking over this year, this season was a wash in my mind even before it started. It was going to take more than a few months to crawl our way out of the Archie Miller era. And I do still believe Mike Woodson is the man for the job in today’s NIL/”get me to the NBA now” recruiting landscape. So really writing this out is therapeutic for me. Let’s me really think on it. Let’s me calm down and see the big picture. So cheers for sticking with me to this point in my post.

I will say there is an aspect of just ranting like this that eats at me in a way that is almost unfair to this squad.

But you know what, this team has hurt me, took me on emotional rollercoaster after emotional roller coaster, got me to hope for the highest of highs while delivering some of the lowest of lows…

but do you want to know the worst part?!!!

THE ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, DOWNRIGHT DISGUSTING PART OF ALL OF THIS!?!?!?!

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I’m still holding out hope for a victory at Purdue. WHY!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!!! WHY DO I DO THIS TO MY SELF!!!! I have a little part in my head…. NO MY HEART!!!, That is telling me a win at Purdue is a hefty tournament resume builder. Does anyone know of a good method, or a good therapist to help me silence that little voice. Because I think it may break my heart again…

They’ve been doing it to me for my 29 years on God’s green earth. Why stop now? Sunken cost bars me from cutting any losses! So a las, I ride with my boys to the bitter, gut-wrenching end.

On to PURDUE!

LUX ET VERITAS!,

This hopelessly optimistic Indiana fan boy.

Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State post game short thoughts

Well… that stinks. Indiana doesn’t just like torturing me. It loves building my confidence in the Hoosiers up for 3 months only to swiftly let me down in the most violently painful losing streaks imaginable. We are in an utter free fall. Mike Woodson’s trying to pull a parachute but someone seems to have swapped his chute with a block of lead.

I don’t blame Mike Woodson entirely, these aren’t his guys. The stink from Archie Miller still persists through the hallowed Assembly Hall. That stink has created a culture of absolutely folding down the stretch of the season. Archie could not get this team up to compete in February and a lot of these guys are his hangovers in the program, so you have a bunch of Archie’s recruits on the team who are used to this backslide and almost conditioned to expect it. So I do not blame Mike Woodson for this one.

BOO!!!!!

But 5 games?!!!! 5 GAMES!!!! What an absolute burner of a losing streak. This game seemed primed to be the one to get back on track for the Indiana Hoosiers, alas, it was not. After a hard fought 4 quarters, the Hoosiers absolutely folded in overtime leading to the Ohio State victory 80-69. What a huge game from Ohio State freshman Malaki Branham. Malaki dropped 27 points while also tallying 5 rebounds and 3 assists. That’s a stellar collegiate performance if I’ve ever seen one.

Indiana was down a few guys and absolutely could have used them. Rob Phinisee, Khristian Lander, and Trey Galloway were all out due to various differing injuries. Meaning Xavier Johnson would have to carry the team through this one. Unfortunately, he committed 5 turnovers in that first half. This is all a recipe for a long beat down heading your way. This wasn’t the case though.

With all these factors building into a potentially DEVASTATING recipe on the court, the Hoosiers fought hard. The game was far more respectable than I had initially thought it was going to be. It’s been bad though, and very rapidly leading to the inevitable disappointing end to this season. I want to hold out hope, I truly do. I just don’t see this team as is shaking this funk. Which stinks, I loved this team heading into the season. Indiana fans owe the world to Trayce Jackson-Davis for coming back to play this year. New coach, definitely wouldn’t had been blamed for leaving. He is at least providing us with someone to watch and key on to make our heartbreaking losses just a hair less damaging.

What does this heartbreaking overtime loss mean for Indiana? Unfortunately, I believe the nails have been placed and the coffin lowered into the ground. We are all but waiting for the dirt to be poured over our graves. That dirt will come in the form of any Big Ten Tournament loss, because now I think this may be our only shot at punching Indiana’s ticket to the Big Dance.

-Burke

A look at the Madden’s Super Bowl simulations prediction history. Also a tangent on EA.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow can light up one more victory cigar — at least if the virtual prediction of Sunday’s Super Bowl ends up coming true.

In the official Madden ’22 simulation of Super Bowl LVI, the Bengals knock off the Los Angeles Rams, 24-21, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and it is Burrow, the second-year quarterback out of LSU, who becomes the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Burrow, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, led Cincinnati down the field to set up kicker Evan McPherson for a 49-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati the win.

credit: EA SPORTS

Well the nerds over at EA have decided the Bengals won the Super Bowl. Great season everybody. That’s a wrap!

But seriously let’s take a look at the simulations pick history…

Super Bowl 54KC 35, SF 31KC 31, SF 20Right!
Super Bowl 53LA 30, NE 27NE 13, LA 3Wrong!
Super Bowl 52NE 24, PHI 20PHI 41, NE 33Wrong!
Super Bowl 51NE 27, ATL 24NE 34, ATL 28Right!
Super Bowl 50CAR 24, DEN 20DEN 24, CAR 10Wrong!
Super Bowl 49NE 28, SEA 24NE 28, SEA 24Spooky Good!
Super Bowl 48DEN 31, SEA 28SEA 43, DEN 8Wrong!
Super Bowl 47BAL 27, SF 24BAL 34, SF 31Right!
Super Bowl 46NYG 27, NE 24NYG 21, NE 17Right!
-credit Eddie Makuch gamespot.com

It is so interesting to see these simulations in a grid like the one above. I was fully ready to get on here and absolute rip the simulations apart for being no real reading or barometer for what will be happening in the Super Bowl, but I got to say, looking at these numbers laid out like this, this thing is actually kind of amazing!

If this simulation were just a mere degenerate gambler, he would be in the black for sure!

Look at the years it was right, It got within a close margin for the actual scores on several occasions. And then there is Super Bowl 49! The simulation predicted New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24. I’ll be damned if that wasn’t the score. That being said, 28 to 24 is the one of the more “football score” games (you know games where the numbers are typical integers of 7 and 3). So, not really taking any risks. Had it hit on Super Bowl 54’s prediction of 35 to 31, a far less common “football score” that would have been impressive.

As for 24 to 21 Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Rams, I’m here for it. Not the most risky scoring bet. Honestly 24 to 21 with either team pulling out the win sounds fairly logical and that even sounds like the logical score. But, we aren’t here for logic! We are here for miraculous drives, unlikely heroes, and moments that make you think “Man there was just no predicting that”. So with that I’ve come all the way back around. BOO these nerds.

Also,

side tangent.

EA Sports should be ashamed for the crimes they’ve committed against the public and the American people. By having a monopoly on NFL simulation games, they have stifled game mechanic development and graphic development as well! Their lack of competition in the market is a detriment to the product and gaming culture as a whole. They’ve pumped out the same game, on the same engine since like 2016. It has to stop. Same could be said for NBA 2K22… Complacent. Every last one of them…

Assassins Creed Valhalla is an absolute marvel of modern gaming and everyone who can’t appreciate and enjoy it just has a dump in their shorts.

-Burke

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