Tim’s Take: Team turns around during shutout win

Tims Take: Team turns around during shutout win

We all get tired at one point or another during any given stretch of time.And I am not talking about the kind of tired you get the morning following a long night of responsible – or careless – partying, or the level of tired you might be after pulling an all-nighter in the library for an 8 a.m. final.

No, I am definitely not talking about the mornings that have you asking yourself, “Why did I order that last drink?” “Why did I order that second taquito at Whataburger?” or “Has it really been three days since my last shower?”

Instead, it is the tired you get when you are frustrated or disappointed.

It could be something as big as the war in Iraq or as unimportant as Jennifer Aniston’s hair, but you get frustrated and tired over things we can and cannot control.

Take the Frogs, for example. To put it plain and simple, Gary Patterson’s team was tired.

You know the story by now. The heralded little guys with big-time talent and even larger dreams became an afterthought in the 2007 season. Heck, even the Charlie-In-The-Box and the Misfit Elephant toys exiled to the Island of Misfit Toys in “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” would not have envied where TCU stood – or didn’t stand – in the minds of college football fans.

The Frogs were fading and fading fast until Saturday. Now, I don’t know what happened, but from the time Chris Manfredini kicked-off to start the game, it was over. It was a display more suitable for a Playstation 2 game than a Division-I football game.

If I would have told you before Saturday’s rout the Frogs would have had more rushing attempts than New Mexico had total offensive plays, you more than likely would have spit your drink back in my face from laughter. Now? Not so much of a laughing matter as a tip of the hat.

What happened between the Utah loss and the New Mexico win?

Joseph Turner was tired.

Stephen Hodge was tired.

Jason Phillips was tired.

They were tired of being the forgotten, the disappointed and the bullied. This season’s team had been going off the reputation built up and established by past teams.

Was there a little too much purple Kool-Aid in our systems? Probably so, especially since the Frogs had not defeated a team with a winning record before Saturday’s rout. On second thought, maybe the Kool-Aid was spiked with something.

As Patterson made his way into the pressroom for his post-game press conference, he was happy, relieved and, above all else, he was rested. He is the face of a team that now must test their rested bodies on a short week against a BYU team that has averaged more than 40 points a game in their two matchups since TCU joined the Mountain West.

But that does not matter now.

No need to spike your favorite purple drink. Go shower and get ready for the final three games.

The Frogs are back.