<img src="http://www.vcuramnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/6a00c225256c85f2190123f17bd901860f-500pi.jpg" alt="6a00c225256c85f2190123f17bd901860f-500pi" title="6a00c225256c85f2190123f17bd901860f-500pi" width="500" height="349" class="alignright size-full wp-image-3340" />Watching a 15 point lead dissolve into an overtime loss against George Mason...well, that hurts. Watching an 8 point halftime lead against an undermanned JMU team (now 4-11 in CAA play) resulting in our second loss in a row, not only makes for a sleepless night but creates a lingering doubt in even the most faithful of Ram fans.

Leave it to the brilliant minds on the Ram Nation forum, our wise and sage-like elders, some of which have children the age of our current coach, folks that have lived through it all...the great depression, Sonny Smith, even disco... to provide some perspective on this rough patch we've hit.

Take for example this nugget of infinite wisdom from our own Gandolph the Grey, aka fmrick.

<blockquote>"Here are some numbers for you. Our RPI on Valentines Day the past few years:

2010- 66 (SOS- 140) Smart- Finish to be determined.
2009- 67 (SOS- 119) Grant- Finished 50/118, NCAA- lost in first round UCLA
2008- 54 (SOS- 177) Grant- Finished 54/151, NIT, lost in first round to UAB
2007- 45 (SOS- 128) Grant- Finished 44/126, NCAA, Beat Duke and lost to Pitt
2006- 66 (SOS-131) Capel- Finish 81/122, No post season play
2005-101 (SOS- 120) Capel- Finished 89/105, NIT- Lost in first round to Davidson
2004- 85 (SOS-141) Capel- Finished 54/133, NCAA- Lost in first round to Wake Forest

So to me, it looks like we are pretty consistent with what we have done the last couple years. Until the loss last night we were in the mid-50's (we would have dropped to around 61-62 even with a win). Funny, looking at the numbers you see that right now Smart has his team on par with any of JCIIIs."</blockquote>

Rick is right. And I'll add some numbers of my own to that argument...3-0, our current record against top 50 RPI teams.

Clearly VCU has shown the ability to win against top level talent. The trick will be tapping into the passion the Rams have displayed within the friendly confines of our very own Siegel center, and transferring it a mile down Broad St and into the old home of the VCU Rams, the place the black and gold once dominated Sunbelt play in the early 80s, where just last year they won the CAA tournament by a whopping 21 points... the Richmond Coliseum. VCU will have to do what William and Mary nearly did 2 years ago, upset some of the top teams in the tournament, potentially having to win 4 games in a row.

This Ram fan believes.

Need help drinking the Kool-Aid I'm sippin? I offer up this inspirational video, which I warn contains language that may not be suitable for young children.

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GO RAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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