Took A Nap
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Looking through my phone, my first text to my wife was at 3:09. It simply said "I'm exhausted".
At 3:26 I texted her "like, really exhausted".
At 4:03, "just absolutely spent. might try to find a place to take a nap?"
At 4:41, "great nap. back awake."
Not joking here. I went and found a quiet corner. Set up a chair in that corner. Used a towel that I had in my bag as a pillow. And nodded off. Missed parts (most?) of the third quarter.
Here's the deal, if you really want to know. It starts with this story that I told on The Field Pass podcast. I'll just link both tweets here:
I am a person who sleeps from 9:00 to 4:15. This is just who I am now. It’s what I do.— Robert Rosenthal (@ALionEye) October 6, 2021
That second tweet is the next day. Because my sleep schedule was thrown off so much, I woke up on Wednesday at 4:15 am. The timestamp on that tweet is 4:26 am.
On Thursday, I was driving to Indianapolis for Big Ten Basketball Media Days. Kevin Warren's address was scheduled for 8:00 am Indy time, so that's 7:00 Central. Needed to leave by 4:30. Set my alarm for 4:00. Woke up at 2:21. Sleep schedule was just OFF.
Started getting really tired driving back from Indy on Thursday afternoon so I stopped for a lot of caffeine. Which helped me get through the rest of the day. But didn't help me sleep well. I think you get the point now. My sleep schedule was a complete disaster this week. Last night we had friends over, I wrote the SOC late, got up early, and you can see where this is going.
Near the end of the tailgate today I sat down in a chair. Was just TIRED tired. I get to these points where my body is just "that's it - if you're not gonna do it, I'm shutting everything down". This happened after the Redbox Bowl. I went to get a drink with Craig, Carmen, and Martin in South San Francisco and I fell asleep at the table. After Christmas + birthday + bowl travel, I was just completely spent.
And that's where I found myself today. So I found a quiet spot and took a nap. If you ask me what happened during most of the third quarter, I do not know. I was asleep.
(Prepare yourself. When I hit the segue button in a bit it's going to be epic.)
When I woke up, I felt great. Seriously great. I'm still tired, but my mind is finally awake. I should have never let it get to this, but, well, I'm an idiot and I push myself too far.
I also think that maybe my mask contributes to all of this? That's the wrong way to say it. I'm probably just bitter that everyone in this stadium can sit there mask-free and I have to have a mask on the entire game. Here I am, exhausted, trying to breathe through a sweat-drenched mask and thinking "what if I'm tired simply because I haven't had enough oxygen the last half hour?". I know, I know - masks allow oxygen and blah blah blah. I'm just bitter about being vaxxed since February and still having to wear a mask while watching a football game in October.
Anyway, it was night-and-day when I took that nap. I don't even need to sleep for long. I just need to nod off. If I can reach that nod-off point then I can rally. And I rallied. Went and got something to eat at the pressbox buffet. Drank some water. Then put some caffeine in my body. And now I feel back to normal. A good nap can be just what the doctor ordered sometimes.
WHICH MEANS WE'D BETTER COME OUT ON FIRE AT PENN STATE IN TWO WEEKS BECAUSE THIS GAME WAS OUR ENTIRE TEAM TAKING A NAP.
I don't think that one got there. Let me try again.
SPEAKING OF NAPS, MAY I PRESENT TO YOU WISCONSIN 491 YARDS, ILLINOIS 93 YARDS.
I don't think the 24-0 score really reflects the game we saw today. I had my prediction at Wisconsin 40, Illinois 14 (14?) and really, this game should have been 38-0. Wisconsin threw an interception at the Illinois 3 and they fumbled at the Illinois 27. If they punch in both of those drives, or if they continue the drive where they kneeled it out at the end, then the score would have been 38-0 or 45-0 and would have reflected the kind of game we just saw. This was a high school game where one team has been to the playoffs 11 years in a row and the other team only had 37 guys go out for varsity.
My reasoning last night for predicting a 26-point loss was that this was Wisconsin playing from the red tees. After playing Penn State, Notre Dame, and Michigan, playing Illinois would feel like moving up to the front tees. Suddenly it's a wedge into the green instead of 3-wood and the game feels 10 times easier. I do think that's what we saw.
But I didn't expect us to hit 1 of 14 fairways and zero greens in regulation. We couldn't even make clean contact. We had nine total first downs in this game, and honestly, without looking it up, I think five of the nine first downs came via penalty?
What is there to even evaluate in this game? We were completely outmatched in every phase of the game. Wisconsin couldn't throw the ball (10-19 for 100 yards and 1 interception) and it didn't even matter. Three hundred and ninety-one rushing yards later, we ran off the field with our tail between our legs.
Wait, I have another one.
THE ILLINI MUST HAVE NEEDED A NAP BECAUSE THEY WERE SLEEPWALKING OUT THERE.
Nah, that one is trash.
I really don't know what to say about all of this. I read this article earlier this week where PFF put all college quarterback rooms into six tiers. Illinois was in Tier Six. And that was confirmed by everything we saw today. Peters 3-7 for 12 yards. Sitkowski 8-27 for 55 yards. A combined completion percentage of 32% will lose... 95% of all college football games? The offense just isn't anywhere close to where it needs to be. And the defense was bowled over.
So I guess I don't have much more to say. We have a long, long way to go. The opening schedule, with Nebraska, Maryland, and Purdue as our Big Ten games, really didn't show the deficit. This game did.
Now? The Penn State and Iowa games are already over. Which means we have three games - Rutgers, Minnesota, and Northwestern - to show some life. Life is needed.
AS IS A NAP SINCE THE ILLINI'S SLEEP SCHEDULE IS OFF BY A MILE RIGHT NOW