With tongue firmly planted in cheek, a terrible fear has come to pass: Our Queen's Golden Gaels are in the CIS Top 10, debuting at No. 10 thanks to a 2-0 start.
This is not helping advance the cause of playing the no-respect card. Sports is one outlet for a Queen's alum can feel like a gritty underdog.* How dare the national media, in its Toronto wisdom (wait, aren't 60 per cent of Queen's students and living alumni from the GTA?), actually notice the Gaels? Besides, 1-1 Calgary might have a stronger team.
It's supposed to be all about feeling slighted, ignored and isolated. (Or am I just projecting?) Don't worry, by tomorrow there will be some new slights dredged up. Six years later, McMaster's Ben Chapdelaine being the Hec Crighton nominee in 2001 over Gaels uber-slotback James MacLean -- who, by the way, never lost to Western and had some 200 more yards that year than Andy Fantuz did in his Hec-winning 2005 season -- still grates a little bit.
(* This is part of an elaborate fantasy of how some mythical graduate lives -- the condo, the career, the late-model SUV, the very blond fiancee -- that helps us get through some very long nights.)