Ever shave with a disposable razor? You use it that one time and it’s all right. Not ideal. Not comfortable. Not the feel or the finish you were looking for. You’re used to better performances.
But when you’re done, you look down at the sink and you see that the job is done.
Now it’s a day or two later and you’re still on the road or you’re at home and in a hurry and you see that same razor next to the toothbrush in that cup on your sink. No worries, you think. Just run it under the water. Get the blade hot. Be gracious with the shaving cream. Cross your fingers.
But at the end? Yeesh. That didn’t feel too good. It wasn’t as easy as the first time, and come to think of it, the first time wasn’t that easy, either. This is definitely not the feel or the finish you were looking for, but you’re still happy to reach the end and know what’s done is done.
But what happens when you reach Round 3? If you didn’t call the front desk or run to Walgreen’s, if you didn’t learn from the first and especially the second experience, you’re in trouble.
I think that’s where Baylor’s at today. Playing Texas and TCU back-to-back is not easy. It’s not as hard as Oklahoma and Baylor back-to-back, but you see how TCU handled that toward the end. The Bears are 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference, but the past two games need to be explained better to you.
Baylor went to Texas, where the defense seems to be salty and the what remains of the roster is what Charlie Strong wants, which is to say tough and physical and determined. Baylor won 28-7 and had a tough time moving the ball on offense. A week later, Baylor played host to TCU, and you know of Garry Patterson’s thumb print on defense, but what of an offense that’s playing fast and snapping the ball a whole bunch. Baylor robbed the bank and won 61-58.
I’m not sure which one of those two takes a greater toll, but for the purpose of this conversation, I’ll say the second one because of the emotion involved and the cumulative effect I don’t think you can ignore. Texas-TCU in successive weeks is a task and the opponents tax you in different ways. This is a second road trip in three weeks, and it comes after the highest of highs. Baylor meets an WVU offers an offense that’s going to go fast and a defense that’s going to attach. That razor looks pretty dull and it can do damage if the Bears aren’t careful.
Now that we’re all lathered up …