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Warning: Higher Expectations Ahead

I'm just getting over a little bit of a bug, so my apologies for the lack of posts.

So, anyway. Here's a thought that's been going through my mind as I lay sick on the couch watching SportsCenter re-runs and ESPNNEWS  all day. You beat the #3 team in the nation, and you are expected to play like the #3 team in the nation.

In other words, we've got to prove that the USC thing was not a fluke. And that starts this week with Arizona State.

You see, it's just like getting a job. You start by earning minimum wage, and when your boss finds out you really are the real deal, he wants to reward you with a bigger paycheck, but wants to make sure he doesn't do so too quickly, so that there will still be something to motivate you to do your best.

Same thing could go for any college football team's fans. You upset a good team, say, early in the non conference schedule. Your fans get high hopes. Within a couple weeks, reality sets in, you're really not that good.

Bottom line, the Beavers can't let that happen to them.

Along somewhat of the same lines, the same thing happened to the Miami Heat just last night. First game of the season, big crowd, all in white. Pre-game ceremony, they raise the National Championship Banner, take forever passing out the rings. The fans get high hopes. Then? Their team gets beat 108-66 to the Chicago Bulls. You don't see 42 point losses in the NBA very often, unless, perhaps, you are a Blazers fan.

But I digress. My point is, the Beavers have set the bar high. In order to keep it there, they can't fall flat on their face. And a win this Saturday against Arizona State would certainly help the cause.

Go Beavers!