Everything’s Going to be Okay

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Football is an odd game. It’s one of the few sports that doesn’t use a spherical ball, which can cause downright stupid and incomprehensible events. Since Florida State’s loss Monday night, I have seen takes hotter than California wildfires engulf the forest known as the internet. And if you’re lucky enough to be reading this, odds are we’ve seen the same takes. I could give you all the reasons why I think FSU lost, put it into a nice list for you to eat up and enjoy. But if you’re reading this, you already know. You know about the fumble luck, the fake injuries, the should’ve slowed down on the goal line to review the “touchdown”. I wrote this to tell you something I haven’t seen anyone else on the FSU beat write an article on, Everything’s Going to be Okay.

Sure, it was embarrassing. Catastrophic. Silly. All the optimism, swagger, and excitement entering the game shattered into a million tiny pieces, like a nice dumb (blackout) piece of China. Not a lot to smile about, and certainly not a lot to be proud of. There were moments, flashes, but the light bulb would go out fast. At times everything and everyone looked lost. Like a bad religion you continue to search for answers, reasons, and keep coming to the same unsatisfying conclusions. The rest of the season may seem hopeless and lengthy. But it was one game.

The Taggart Era started how none of us imagined. I said in my season preview that this year will not be all sunshine and rainbows. While I did not expect a dreadful storm to come this early, I had anticipated some bumps in head coach Willie Taggart’s first year. Think about your job or school. The first time you had to make a presentation, hold a meeting, or take an exam it probably did not go perfectly. To judge coach Taggart on 60 minutes of football is silly. So let me ease your mind a little. Nick Saban went 7-6 in his first year at Alabama. Dabo Swinney went 9-5 in his first year at Clemson but went 6-7 in his second year. Kirby Smart was 8-5 in his first year at Georgia. There are countless more examples of coaches not seeing immediate success.

There is hardly ever a ‘Fast Pass’ to the national championship for a college football program in a head coach’s first year. There’s no blueprint or right way to do things. There are no shortcuts, and competition typically only gets better. So, even though it may take a little while, you’re going to have to wait it out to ride Space Mountain. But while you’re in line, you might as well enjoy it. Sure, the guy in front of you may smell bad, and there’s an annoying group of middle-school kids behind you, but the end result will be worth it. And even if it’s not, there are 20 other rides for you to appreciate. There’s going to be growing pains, plays that take years off your life, and times where you question if you even like football. But there’s also something special going on in Tallahassee. The ‘Noles will be back before you know it, so chop your heart out, dance to the warchant, and enjoy year one of the Taggart Era. Because in the end, Everything’s Going to be Okay.

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