one is expecting out of the 2009 season. It is important to
distinguish expectations from prediction; expectations are where you
have set the bar for a successful season where as predictions are what
you consider to be a realistic outcome for the season.
I've recently been chatting with my main man, the Juleser, about
expectations/predictions for the 2009 season. Juleser came right out
with the prediction of 12-0 and then the Lions stomp Oklahoma in the
title game. Pie in the sky? Maybe. It is also what I dream of at
night. However, this is merely a prediction. It may be a glorious,
wonderful prediction but a prediction nonetheless. On the other hand,
expectations are the dividing line between success and failure.
My expectations for the 2009 season is: 10-2. I think if the Lions
get 10 wins you can consider the season a success. 10-2 would put the
Lions in contention for the Big Ten Title (though probably missing at
10-2). Anything less than 10-2, however, I would consider an abject
failure. 9-3 or 8-4 puts the lions at around 4th in the Big Ten and
settling for some incredibly shitty bowl game. This would be
terrible. However, anything better than 10-2 would be complete gravy.
11-1 puts the Lions in position to win/share the Big Ten Title. 12-0
means the Lions should win the Big Ten Title out-right and put the
Lions in position for a National title. I'm not predicting the Lions
playing for a title, I'm just saying anything worse than 10-2 is the
worst record which Penn State fans should still consider acceptable.
High expectations are good. High expectations mean the program is
running well and the fan base is demanding a high quality product be
presented on the field in exchange for ever higher ticket prices and
the hundreds of dollars I mindlessly spend on Penn State Paraphernalia
nearly every day! The pressure of great expectations will forge
excellence in the crucible of the off-season.