My beloved Wolfpack went from a 3-9 record in the 2013 football season to 7-5 in 2014, earning them a place at the Bitcoin Bowl against University of Central Florida. UCF had a 9-3 record, and they beat some major teams. They were predicted to win by every analyst I could find by up to two touchdowns.
Well, since when has the Wolfpack ever done what people thought they would? WE WON. We were up on them by as much as two touchdowns, ultimately winning 34-27 in a close finish when UCF came roaring back in the second half. Mom's boyfriend was over here all night to watch the game with us. There was much screaming involved.
For those of you who don't know a lot about football (like was the case for me for many, many years), having a 3-9 record one year and then improving by 5 games including a bowl win the next is a HUGE improvement.
Below is a video of a chant that the team has done in the locker room after several victories this season. I couldn't understand most of it, but Googled the last line and found that it's actually from "The Second Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. Talking about wolves plus it's literary? Mom said it made her entire day. It makes me smile no matter how many times I watch or listen to it. There's an even longer version on Youtube, but I figured I wouldn't subject you to that since it's just them repeating the same thing.
Now this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky.
And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back.
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.
Wolfpack football is back, baby!
Now to turn from our very young football team, to our very young basketball team, who is also doing way better than expected by just about anyone.
I love college sports. Is it obvious? ;)