Raise your hand if you’re noticing a trend here. Put it this way: you wouldn’t be the only one.
For instance, there’s Marty Straka.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, when you win four games in a row we think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be easy, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to keep winning, we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to do anything. It seems like everytime we get something going we think weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to win every game and we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to do anything. We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to work hard, and you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do that against anyone in this league.Ã¢â‚¬?
“We didn’t care tonight. They played desperate and we didn’t.”
And there’s Tom Renney.
“We’re awful against these guys. We have no concept of camraderie. We have no concept of team play. We have no concept of circling the wagons to play these guys intelligently. We beat ourselves.”
“I am really pissed off. I am really mad at this team”
Of course, most telling was Renney’s response to a question about a potential fall-out personnel-wise.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been signs. Look at our season. It hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been stellar,Ã¢â‚¬? Renney said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been signs that would lead you to believe that maybe we need to improve ourselves in certain ways. And we just finished losing seven in a row, which means we werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t doing a lot of things right. So letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not hide behind the fact that just because we won four, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve corrected it. We have that ability, I believe. But whether we need to re-define ourselves with different personnel remains to be seen.Ã¢â‚¬?
I suppose there are two ways to look at a loss like this one: That it was an inevitable let-down loss to a desperate team. Or as seems to be suggested above, it is indicative of a larger problem.
I suppose I’m leaning toward the latter.