I’m a big believer in perspective – particularly when it comes to sports. Just when you think things can’t get any lower for your team, you look at another team that has things far worse – and suddenly you don’t feel so bad.
For example, no one felt good about Colorado State’s 59-6 football loss to No. 9 Utah on Saturday. The Rams were coming off a big win, and fans were hoping to see some progress against one of country’s best teams…but it didn’t happen. So much for progress.
But just when things looked bleak for the Rams, along came the Denver Broncos, whose performance in their 59-14 loss to the hated Oakland Raiders made CSU’s effort look downright uplifting. So, there’s your perspective following a weekend that, once again, included a mixed bag of results.
Volleyball – The 15th-ranked Rams seized control of the Mountain West Conference race Friday night by ripping Border War rival Wyoming in straight sets before an orange-clad crowd at Moby Arena. CSU (19-2, 8-0) completed the first half of the league season with an unblemished record and now has a three-match lead over New Mexico and Utah in the race for the championship.
Next up – The Rams, winners of 10 consecutive matches, open the second half of the MWC season with a tough road test at 8 p.m. Saturday at San Diego State. The Aztecs pushed the Rams to five sets earlier this season at Moby Arena.
Football – The Rams were overmatched against the talented Utes, who kept alive their hopes for a BCS bowl game with a convincing win. CSU (2-6, 1-3) made some plays early and moved within 17-6 late in the second quarter before the Utes reeled off 42 unanswered points. The Rams were held without a touchdown for the fourth time this season, and the defense surrendered 648 yards to the powerful Ute offense.
Next up – The Rams, who have faced four top 25 teams, finally get a break in the schedule over the final four weeks, starting with a 4 p.m. Saturday home game against winless New Mexico. The Lobos, who are ranked No. 1 in ESPN’s infamous Bottom 10, rank near the bottom in most major national offensive and defensive categories.
Swimming and diving – The Rams went 2-1 in a quad-dual meet against MWC foes New Mexico, Air Force and San Diego State. Freshman Yana Garvey notched CSU’s lone individual victory, winning the 200-yard backstroke.
Next up – The Rams face state rival Denver University at 5 p.m. Nov. 5.
Final thought – Former CSU golfer Martin Laird was on the wrong side of history Sunday at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas. Laird, the defending champion, was locked in a three-man, sudden death playoff when Jonathan Byrd had a hole-in-one on the fourth playoff hole to win the title in stunning fashion. Byrd’s shot marked the first time in PGA Tour history that a playoff had ended with a hole-in-one.
While Laird certainly would have benefitted from winning, he did still pocket $378,400 and now stands 35th on the PGA season money list with a career-best $2,137,928.
Again, it’s all about perspective.