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Will Bammer beat the Gators?
The most important divination yet is for the "Game of the Century" -- Bammer vs Floriduh. Bammer returns to where the whole dream season started: Hotlanta. Will we be able to finish what we started there? Or, will the Gators chomp a mighty chunk of flesh from our hide? The Yi gave me this:
Hexagram # 41 Sun, or DECREASE or LOSS.
The ideogram is [hand and ceremonial vessel] and is interpreted most often as "damage," "harm," and "loss". I admit: at first glance, this looks bad for us, but as the commentary says: "Decrease does not under all circumstances mean something bad. Increase and decrease come in their own time. What matters here is to understand the time and not to try to cover up poverty with empty pretense." Last week we had ABUNDANCE; this week we have a loss of some of that abundance. Personally, I think the DECREASE is the LOSS of some of the abundance of respect we had last week: everyone thought we would win against Aubarn (the support was "abundant";) this week, though, there is a decrease in support, and we enter the game #1 and yet a 10 point underdog.
Here's the Image of the situation:
At the foot of the mountain, the lake:
The image of DECREASE.
Thus the superior man controls his anger
And restrains his instincts.
The Lake is joyous; the Mountain is bounding. Thus, the superior man controls his anger by virtue of remaining joyous, and controls his instinctual desire to rush after what is lost by remaining still. There is no doubt (in my mind, at least) that our Sage-King Saban can control and channel the anger at being "misunderestimated" that his players feel, and that he can check their instinctual desire to rush too quickly to earn back the lost respect.
DECREASE combined with confidence
Brings about supreme good fortune
One may be persevering in this.
It furthers one to undertake something.
How is this to be carried out?
One may use two small bowls for the sacrifice.
See, this makes DECREASE and LOSS seem not so bad, right? It is saying that if we remain confident in our own abilities, good fortune will follow. This is the kind of perseverance Sage-King Saban has preached all year long. To bring this about, though, a sacrifice must be made. The ideogram of Sun makes this clear, and here we are told to offer but a meager sacrifice to receive blessings. The LOSS, therefore, is a sacrifice made, and it is a meager sacrifice of "two small bowls of grain." How to interpret this in football terms...
The situation is one of LOSS and DECREASE, yet we are still asked to give something. What can we possibly give if we have but little? I think it is the respect of the media that we have to give up. Or, rather, it is caring about what the media thinks about us that we have to give up. We must sacrifice even that meager support that we have, and walk this path to BCS victory alone...as the first changing line says. Here's the first changing line:
Six in the third place means:
When three people journey together,
Their number decreases by one.
When one man journeys alone,
He finds a companion.
ESPN had a poll. It asked people who they thought would win the SECCG and showed the results by state. Everybody in the country (except for us here in Bammer nation) thought Floriduh would win. Thus, they are traveling in a group of "three", and like the saying goes, "Two's company, three's a crowd." Bammer, on the other hand, travels alone: only the people living in Bammer said that Bammer would win. Thus, we can interpret this line in the following way: Floriduh is going to lose some of their supporters at the end of the day, Alabama will gain some.
Nine at the top means:
His wishes of not taking a loss will benefit others.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
It is advantageous to go somewhere.
His subordinates are so dedicated to their assignments
That they act as if they had no families.
After last week, Sage-King Saban no longer occupies the 5th line; he now occupies the 6th: the line of the King. The king can afford to give, can afford to sacrifice, because he is only giving what was previously given to him. In his mind, it is not a loss. When the people prosper under the generosity of a beneficent king, there is no LOSS, even for the king. Here we are told that the King travels with one purpose: victory. And the players, having fully bought into the Sage-King's system, devotedly follow him toward the same purpose. How can this not predict a win for us?
This is the resulting hexagram:
Hexagram # 11 Tai, or PEACE.
This is one of the 4 hexagrams that I take as Yes or No answers to questions. Here, we have a Yes. (This could also mean we win whatever next game we play too.) The ideogram is [water slipping through a person's hands] and I hope you recall that this was the same hexagram that predicted victory over Georgia. It really is more like [Coffee slipping through tackles].
Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE.
Thus the ruler
Divides and completes the course of heaven and earth,
And so aids the people.
The ruler, Sage-King Saban, "completes the course." It all started in Hotlanta and it will end in Hotlanta. It all started in Miami and it will end in Miami.
PEACE. The small departs,
The great approaches.
Good fortune. Success.
Good fortune. Success. For many years to come.