Hardly! Though I don’t doubt that some people will be doing everything they can to spin it that way. No doubt a 50-9 score is embarassing and definitely not what I was hoping for. But you need to put it in perspective. Last season the Marauders were humbled 48-21 by Western on their home field before a national TV audience in Week 2. I don’t think it ruined their season.
That game last September was a battle of the OUA’s top 2 teams. A contest that those teams knew might determine who would finish first. Yesterday’s game was a contest between the consensus #1 team in the country and a squad that will hopefully compete for a 4th, 5th or 6th place finish in the OUA. This may actually be a blessing in disguise for the Gryphons.
I think this was a great game to get out of the way early. No team we play the rest of the season will be as good as the one we played yesterday. So while things get easier in terms of challenges, they won’t get easy. And the stakes become more important.
Re-read what I wrote in my post Expectations for the 2012 season. What happened yesterday doesn’t change my thinking on this season overall. After all I did say,
The way I see it in 2012, Guelph is only overmatched in one game – McMaster. The Gryphons should be able to compete with Queen’s, Windsor, Western, Laurier and Toronto. The Gryphons will again be heavy favourites to beat Waterloo and York.
The chemistry on this team was too positive throughout last year’s 2-6 season for me to think the leaders on the team, or the coaches, will let one bad game derail what I believe is still a promising season. I’ve seen nothing yet to make me think that a 4-4 or 5-3 season is not still possible. Heck, I thought a 0-3 start versus Sask., Mac & Windsor was a distinct possibility and we are already 1-1. The Gryphons can be 2-1 if they put this behind them and play up to their potential in Windsor on Saturday. [Check out this photo of 2012 Gryphon captains]