In 2015 we thought we were going to be pretty good. 2014 was a very solid season, where we beat Michigan and Nebraska, and played in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the first time since the Kennedy administration. The Gophers returned quite a bit from that squad and, despite knowing we’d be playing Michigan and Ohio State in successive weeks, we spent most of the offseason preening and looking up prices for hotels and cocaine in Pasadena.
Your friends at SGH even had t-shirts made. They said “This is Totally the Year.” They had #TITTY printed on the back. We sold a bunch of them. They were cursed. I remain convinced they are the reason Kill had to resign and why Claeys and Limegrover contemplated the void while the ball sat at the one yard line as the last seconds ticked off the clock against Michigan. [Yes, in retrospect I understand these things may have been blessings, but at the time they felt like eating a bowl of farts.]
I saw someone wearing one of those shirts while tailgating before the NMSU game and briefly entertained the idea of bringing them back for the 2022 season; but then decided I want no part in wearing that albatross around my neck if things went sideways again. Props to dude, though. The #TITTY shirts purposefully excluded any dates or references to specific teams, so maybe he was wearing it for this year’s volleyball team. Let’s just go with that.