With respect to our games in 1999, 2002, 2005 I have reached the level of acceptance. It's over; the games are what they are. Winning Saturday won't make us undefeated in 2005, or give me back my senior day from 1999.
Michigan fans however may just be getting started. "We still own Penn State", yea, that's denial. The Toledo loss " is UNACCEPTABLE", garden variety anger. We know where they are, we can relate. Shit, remember when we thought our dark years were going to be nothing more than a passing phase? We’ll be fine, we’re Penn State, and we can’t suck for long. Right? Please? That my friends is called bargaining.
All I want from Saturday (besides a win) is a little closure. As the dark era fades to bad memory, there remains one window that we have yet to close. Remember when we said nothing lasts forever, and we’ll have our day again (whether you believed it or not)? Well Saturday just may be our day.
I’ve seen it where some people say that last stage of grief actually is not acceptance, but rather, hope. Anybody around here feel hopeful? Yeah, I thought so.