The dangers of falling into a habit of losing

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On Saturday, the Hokies lost their fourth consecutive home game to FBS competition.  Overall, it was their 13th loss in their last 30 games.  It got me thinking about the last two and a third seasons of football, losing in general, and the dilemma that Whit Babcock faces.

I’ll also focus a bit on Michael Brewer and the lack of a running game, but yesterday’s performance prompted deeper thoughts than usual.  Later this week, I’ll come back with a closer look at the Georgia Tech game, along with film clips.

The Danger of Getting Used to Losing

I’ll be honest…I was over the ECU loss within a matter of minutes at the conclusion of the game.  It took me a little longer to get over the GT loss, but still, I had put it behind me within an hour or so after the game concluded.

Why am I so quick to get over losses?  I used to not be that way.  It used to take me 3-4 days to get over them.  In fact, I still haven’t gotten over those losses to Kansas, Boise State and Michigan.  That Sean Dockery heave will haunt me until the day I die.  So why am I having no trouble getting over losses in 2014?

Easy answer: I’m getting used to them.  The Hokies have lost 13 of their last 30 football games, dating back to the start of the 2012 season.  That’s 13 losses in 2.33 seasons of football.  When Tech joined the ACC in 2004, they didn’t lose 13 games until the middle of the 2008 season.  That’s 4.5 years.  In the four years before 2012, they lost a total of 13 games.  In other words, the Hokies are losing nearly twice as many football games these days.

I’m numb to them.  I fully admit it.  I certainly don’t want to lose.  But they don’t bother me nearly as much as they used to.  As people, we tend to not be bothered by things we grow accustomed to.  Traffic in DC doesn’t bother those who live there because they are used to it.  I’m not used to it, so I absolutely hate it on the rare occasion that I’m up there.

It’s the same thing with losing football games.  Back when we rarely lost, losses were brutal.  Now that we are losing 43.33% of our football games, they are the new norm.  We are used to it.  I am, at least.  Probably some of you feel the same way.

Back in the day, I’d spend a couple of hours after