Its a back-handed compliment, and something that no coach should ever say to his team. This is for us media types to say.
It could have been a lot worse.
It definitely could have been harsher than the 74-58 thumping South Carolina took from No. 10 Florida on Wednesday. Frank Martin didnt say that to his team; he told them that it wasnt OK to lose, but he was proud of how they fought when the situation seemed doomed.
And thats where its a compliment for me to say, It could have been a lot worse.
The game was headed to another 39-point drubbing when USC had no field goals in nearly the first 10 minutes. It was over. Ive seen it far too many times before.
But the Gamecocks didnt bow their heads, as they did last year, and made it a game. While Im no predictor (see football season), that should also mean that this Florida loss wont mean what last years did the team giving up and the rest of the season being a quick trip to nowhere.
Recognize that feeling in your chest, even though its fleeting?
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