I was thinking about a quote to describe some of the things that happen in sports and one that continues to come to mind is - "the ball takes some funny bounces."
While that quote can be attributed to many things in life, I thought the best take on that quote was by legendary coach Lou Holtz who said - "the man who complains about the way the ball bounces is usually the one who dropped it."
Dropping things has been a negative trend for the EIU football team this season as the Panthers have fallen to the bottom of the FCS ranks in turnovers this season with 27. That all despite no turnovers against No. 9 ranked Iowa from the Big Ten in the season opener.
EIU is currently on a seven game losing skid, nine if you count back to last season. While the work has been there, the breaks have not. Even in the games where statistically the Panthers are going toe-to-toe with their opponent that little devil "the turnover" creeps up and bites EIU.
Hopefully the ball will take a little friendlier bounce in the next couple of weeks as EIU will also face a couple of teams that have their own ups-and-downs this season as EIU hosts Murray State and Austin Peay the next two weeks before playing at Tennessee State on Nov. 6. The season finale is Nov. 13 at Illinois State.
Speaking of funny bounces that could happen. Looking at the OVC women's soccer standings today, they are about as clear as mud as far as EIU is concerned. The Panthers are 2-2-2 following a 1-1 tie with Tennessee Tech on Sunday. That puts EIU in 7th place with upcoming matches with UT Martin and Murray State at home. EIU could win both matches and catapult to second place or find itself falling all the way to 8th with a pair of losses. Like I said, clear as mud.
While football did not have success against TTU, falling 34-20 on Saturday. Women's rugby continued to roll with a 45-0 win over UW Milwaukee and men's soccer lost to SIU Edwardsville, 2-1. The Panthers have a show down with Bradley on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. EIU needs to salvage some points against either Bradley or Evansville (next week's MVC game) to help secure a spot in the MVC Tournament.
More to come later this week as we see how the ball bounces.