Yes, Friday was a disappointing day for West Virginia University sports fans.
The Mountaineer football program lost a bowl game for the first time in five years.
The West Virginia basketball team suffered its first loss of the season.
Losing is no fun. Losing twice in one day -when your teams are playing in high-profile games on national TV -is downright disheartening.
Although it is going to take a while to get over the losses, let's not forget how good we have it.
WVU's football team has won 51 games in five years, an average of more than 10 wins per season.
It has done so despite paying its head coach a salary less than schools of comparable size and playing in a state that produces few Division 1 prospects on an annual basis.
It has a head coach that is known not only for being a nice guy, but also a class act. The national media loved him at the Fiesta Bowl. And while Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was the star of the Gator Bowl -rightfully so -Bill Stewart did a great job of representing the state and the university he loves.
While Stewart doesn't have many critics, he does have his share of skeptics, who still haven't decided whether or not he is the best person to lead West Virginia football.
There's little doubt he is the best man. Whether or not he is the best coach is a subject for debate and we're not going there today.
Suffice it to say Stewart not only led WVU to a Fiesta Bowl win under very trying circumstances, but also each of his first two West Virginia teams has recorded nine victories.
Sure, we'd all like to see our team go undefeated and win the national title -which always should be West Virginia's goal -but that hasn't happened in more than 100 years of Mountaineer football and thus is an unrealistic standard.
Any coach that averages nine wins on an annual basis will have a long and successful career.
Speaking of successful careers, West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins has had one, mainly at Cincinnati.
Now, he's back in Morgantown and he has WVU fans talking Big East title and dare we even mention national championship.
Huggins has put together a massively talented team. Unfortunately, most of the players on the roster duplicate each other's talent.
It's like West Virginia is starting five forwards. While all five are great athletes, this team needs more diversity, particularly a true point guard.
While there's no such thing as a good loss, perhaps Friday's spanking by Purdue will serve as a wakeup call.
It would be a shame to see this team follow in the footsteps of last year's squad and become a first-round NCAA loser.
It's got too much talent to settle for that fate.
Let's hope the first day of the year turns out to be the worst day of the year.
Contact Dave Poe at firstname.lastname@example.org