- May 9, 2011
If there's a POTS Award (Post of the Season), this should be the leading nominee. Articulated so much of what I've wanted to say. Thanks Bo.You are absolutely right, and this is well-stated. I read it right - the first time you posted it. We are, and have been a Top-Flight A-10 Program. We have made, and still do make this Conference better. We are now one of the Foundations of this Conference. I'm really proud of that. And I'm a 42-Year Fan. Since I was about 7 Y/O. You cut me open.... you'll see a ton of black and gold. I've been here through almost all of it - except maybe the (actual) very beginning. And my Dad was here for that - so I get all those "foundational" stories from him - and from his Friends.
Yep. I'm here to stay. I'm proud of being a VCU Ram. I'm also a grad - like my Father before me. We are VCU People. It's in our DNA. It goes way deeper than just being a Fan. And so no. I'm not going anywhere. Period.
But I've got the equity in this thing to have earned the privilege to say how I feel. And here is how I feel about this Team: There is absolutely nothing "Flagship" about this (year's) Team. Nothing. Zero. That is a designation that is earned. And these guys have not even come close to earning that. This Team is an underachieving mess. This is a 6th place Team, if we're lucky, at this point. And that's a shame. It's a shame that this Senior Class has decided to go out like this. I definitely over-rated the Team in the off-season / pre-season. I gleaned too much from last year's dominance. I guess the league really was "down" that much. More than I thought. And we won all the gimme games, and the Kids blew up with confidence. But the real truth is.... I over-rated the real talent level. I really did.
More truth: This is the worst Senior Class performance I have ever seen from a VCU basketball roster. Collectively, they have stunk up the joint - and just played bad basketball. The only guy I give a pass to on that..... is Kel Simms. He's given us everything he's got - IMHO. He's played solid ball - and then some, and played all the way to his talent potential. He's maxed out. I'm proud of Kel. DJ is a close second. He's been solid. He's been steady. But he never rose to the occasion, and blew up like we thought he (eventually) would. The rest..... terrible senior basketball. Low I-Q basketball. And they are not low I-Q guys. They're smart young Men. That's why it makes me scratch my head. Anyway - what a way to go out. The Richmond game.... wow! Pretty obvious at this point... they've cashed it in. They know they are out of the NCAA Tournament now, and so they're done.
These guys set a trend for themselves early in the year, and they have followed through on it. They play bad Teams. They generally win. They play a good Team. They lose. And lately... we even find a way to lose to a 2-and-8 George Mason Team. At home - and get out-rebounded by 20! Wow. Yep. This season has just plain sucked. I'm looking for a better word... but I can't find one. One of, if not the most disappointing year in VCU Basketball history, IMHO. A huge let-down.
Now, as I said earlier..... I'm not going anywhere. You don't bail when things don't go your way. But I've got to get a little of this off my chest. By the way.... the Staff, and specifically Mike, do not get a pass on any of this. A terrible job of bringing them together this year. But that's a tough one for me. The Coach doesn't shoot the free-throws. The Coach doesn't decide whether or not each player brings his A-Game or not. Brings the energy or not. Each player does that himself. The Coach doesn't shoot the 3-balls. He doesn't bring the ball up the court, or make entry passes. Etc, etc. I was unbelievably impressed with Mike last year, when we won- and how he put this Team together so quickly. So I'm not bailing after one bad season, even though it's hard to explain, with the senior-laden Team we've had. I still dig Mike. And I am also super excited about the younger players on this Team - as well as the recruits we've got coming in. Mike's going to have to ramp it up though - that's for sure, if he wants to keep up with A-G and some of the others. They're coming. And he needs to find a way to pick up a few more big-game wins here and there. Anyway - I'm still stoked to be a Ram. And a die-hard Ram-Fan. But I had to vent a little.