Originally Posted by michaelm
I was actually in mid scream, telling my buddy Jay "I told, I told you!" when Sage and Karma decided that I needed a lesson in humility.
I don't know if y'all saw it or not, but Sage looked up at me in the middle of his mid air spin and mouthed the phrase "Pride cometh before the fall Big Mike, pride cometh before the fall..." then he reared back his head, gave an evil laugh, looked me in the eye once more and then just flipped the ball from his fingertips...
...that's the way I remember it.
In all seriousness, It's tough to go 0-4 knowing you could be 3-1 if not for "dumb" mistakes, because the reality is that most everyone knows that the repetitive nature of making dumb mistakes is what brings a 3-1 team to an 0-4 record. Sage is just the latest whipping boy, and prolly the biggest, after seeing victory snatched from the jaws...
The first fumble can't be put on but one set of shoulders and he's already shouldered that burden at the press conference after the game. I HATE the outcome of that play. HATE HATE HATE. However, he makes that first down and it's GAME OVER, and Sage is the new Mayor of Houston. I believe it to be a product of desire and determination. The same desire and determination that in baseball a runner gets thrown out trying stretch a double into a triple. The same desire and determination that in basketball a player is caught charging the lane trying to go hard to the hoop. The same desire and determination that we saw in the olympics where athletes fail to hit their mark in the "spirit of competition"... not personal Gain! I HATE the outcome, and can't argue with there being a better alternative(hook slide; punt), but I hate to see him turned into a Villian because of desire and determination.
Other than that, Sage isn't a goat, but rather a victim of circumstance.
I hope that weeks to come, we can all look a back a bit differently at this game than we fittingly do today.