Dear Texas Fans, Your Arch-Rivals Know Your Pain

Luke McConnellCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  McCoy left the game in the first quarter due to injury.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Dear Texas,

It really sucks, doesn't it?  That empty, almost painful feeling in your gut as you think about what might have been.  Knowing that if one player had been able to play and not be sidelined with an injury then you would be hoisting that crystal ball instead of that jubilant team across the way.

Yeah, we know your pain.  That's been the story of our season.

From the moment Sam Bradford went down against BYU, we know our season wasn't going to work out the way we planned.  We had plans for revenge against you, revenge against Florida and dreams of national championship number eight.  

That obviously didn't work out the way we had planned it.  

We had Landry Jones waiting in the wing and he did an admirable job, but he just wasn't Sam.

Sept. 5 against BYU, a one point loss: If only Sam had been able to stay in. 

Oct. 3 against Miami, a one point loss: We came close, but if only we had had Sam.

Oct. 17 against ya'll in Dallas, a three point loss: Sam wouldn't have thrown those two picks, especially that last one.  If only we had Sam.

Nov. 7 at Nebraska, a seven point loss: Five interceptions, are you kidding me?!?!  Sam never would have done that. If we had had Sam, we would have won.

We were left wondering the same thing you were wondering last night: Why?  Why did this have to happen?  Why, of all players, did he have to be the one to get hurt?  Why now?

Things like this happen.  It's up to you to pick up the pieces and move forward and try your best not to think about what could have been.  That only brings pain and disappointment. 

It's funny isn't it?  How an injury to two good friends can cause bitter arch-rivals to empathize with each other.  But that's the case now.  We offer our condolences.  Maybe next year.


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