By TINA COX
I’m sure many of you can remember your son at 18-19 years of age. I can remember the eye rolling, hand throwing and self centered attitude. My son finished high school a four-year State Champion at football and he was flying high. He wasn’t a bad child by any means. He was a typical teenager getting ready to meet the real world. Although the attitude sometimes drove me crazy he had a heart of gold. My opinions were not valued.
The day he left for college was one of the hardest days of my life. I remember pulling away from Western’s campus with tears in my eyes. The tears signified my first leaving home and also the realization that the real world was going to hit him hard. There would be no more home cooked meals, he had never done laundry in his life, he never rose to an alarm clock, he life was going to dramatically change.
You may ask why I am recalling this. A few weeks ago I caught myself screaming at CATS while I watched a game. I was livid at the play of the Harrisons and could not understand why Randle could not just take the game over. Then a realization hit me. The guys are kids, just as my son was on that Saturday in August when he was asked to grow up.
This bunch of Kentucky freshman came in with expectations through the roof. Thoughts of 40-0 were debated. Hotel rooms were booked for Dallas and then realization hit — it was going to take some time. The Big Blue Nation has not been patient with this bunch. Sometimes we as fans forget that they are kids. Kids who are trying to find their way in the real world for the first time. They have had the normal adjustments to make with the added pressure of being in the national spotlight every day. They have been ridiculed on the internet and print media. Their body language has been dissected, their love of their teammates scrutinized. They have had to grow up realizing that the world is not necessarily a nice place.
I encourage the Big Blue Nation to rally behind this team. The season is winding down. They have frustrated us at times, however they have worn the blue and white proudly. This is a good bunch of guys. They care about each other and about others. The main thing to remember is they are kids and growing up is hard to do.