The five stages of grief, brought to you by the 2015 KU Football season!
Step One: Denial
Denial is the action of declaring something to be untrue. After the first game of the season against South Dakota State, Jayhawk fans were in denial. South Dakota State, an FBS school, beat the Jayhawks 41-38. The Jayhawks were down 31-14 after the first half, but came back to bring the game within three (and still lose).
Step Two: Anger
Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong. This season KU fans achieved angry status when the Jayhawks faced Rutgers. KU’s quarterback was running a fever the night before, but the Jayhawks still had to put him in during the second quarter. The running game was minimal and the defense looked lost. This would anger any fan, of any team, and the Jayhawks lost a game they should have won, 14-27.
Step Three: Bargaining
Bargaining is to part with something after negotiation, but get little or nothing in return. Some might say that the Iowa State game is the moment that KU fans started to bargain, but I would say it was the Texas Tech game. Kansas outscored Tech in the second half and made quite a comeback against the Red Raiders. After the “negotiation” they didn’t get the return they wanted and lost 20-30.
Step Four: Depression
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and a sense of well-being. I don’t think this stage has set in yet. This stage will set in after the game this week against Oklahoma State or the game next week against Oklahoma.
Step Five: Acceptance
Acceptance is the action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered. After the season the Jayhawks have had so far, it will be easy to accept the bad season before it is even over. Of course, fans will say “it’s basketball season”, but KU has a lot to look forward to next year. Coach Beaty will have a year under his belt and will have a lot more of his recruits on the field for the Jayhawks. KU will be a much better team, making it easier for Jayhawk fans to accept what happens this year.