You know how sometimes you see a good idea, like those damn velcro ball-and-ball-catching-hand-thing sets that exploded about 15 years back, and you think Aw HELL why didn't I think of that? Stupid! I coulda been rich!
Well, I've been sorta letting my brain stew over what would be a good shorthand nickname for Auburn's 2008 season, which, speaking realistically, now sees 7-5 as the wildest dream best-case scenario, 6-6 as a surprising relative success, and 5-7 as its far-and-away most probable outcome. At Rocky Top Talk, they refer to their 5-6 2005 season as the Season of Which We Do Not Speak. MGoBlog coined the now widely-used phrase "Year of Infinite Pain" to describe Michigan's 2005 season. After having it good for quite some time--2003, viscerally disappointing as it was, was still a damn sight better than seasons like these--Auburn fans are now enduring our own Season of Which we Do Not Speak/Year of Infinite Pain, and we need a name for it.
And aw HELL, it coulda shoulda been The Season of Constant Sorrow. Too bad those clever so-and-sos at RTT went and thought of it first:
Speaking as someone who still busts out his OBWAT? soundtrack every once in a while, that's good stuff, and a nice reminder that as awful as things are for us Auburn folk, at least we are--as the Pigskin Pathos's tagline says--united in misery with the team portrayed above. But it doesn't change the fact that Auburn fans need a nickname for this horrible season.
The JCCW's nominees:
1. Season of DEATH and/or 2008(=DEATH), a la this still-wonderful fanpost at TrackEm.
2. the Season of Gnashed Teeth
3. with a nod to RTT and *cough* a certain popular series of books for young adults, the Season Which Must Not be Named
4. the Year of Fail (possibly Year of FAIL, if you prefer the all-caps emphasis, which would certainly be deserved)
5. the Omega Season, since the apocalyptic overtones feel appropriate
Leave your choice and/or other suggestions in the comments. Left to my own devices, the JCCW will begin putting either 1, 4, or possibly 5 into use later this week, but feedback would be appreciated.