August 19, 2012

Greasin' The Rails: On Expectations

"High expectations are the key to everything." -- Sam Walton, June 7, 1991.

Greatness doesn't begin with an excuse or a alibi.

It starts with an expectation, a belief that something great will happen, and accountability pushes things to their conclusion. Positivity is the perfect catalyst for that time-tested equation and negativity, well, it's the wet blanket.

Many of the Auburn fans I know have big-time expectations for the 2012 season. They believe the Tigers are ready to play competitively with LSU, which is ranked in the top 5. They feel the same way about Alabama, which also is ranked in the top 5.
Both games were blowout losses last fall.

These fans generally ask me for my thoughts. I tell them that coach Gene Chizik's team is better today than it was eight months ago when it crushed Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Does that mean seven wins? Ten? Somewhere in between?

I have no idea. There are too many variables involved.

Still, here's an important constant: Auburn's expectations, both from inside the program and beyond, have risen in a very real way since the night of desert celebration.

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