Frequently throughout this year coach, the media, fans consistently compared this years team to last years team. And why not, last years team won 33 games. That’s a lot of W’s.
But I think this years team should be our standard from henceforth. This years team taught us as fans lessons, showed us the power of perseverance, and was a sports version of what life has been like for a lot of Coogs. Like this years team, a lot of us have had to fight tooth and nail to get that extra step, to be promoted, to find work at all. We weren’t coddled and given a silver spoon, we either slugged through or gave up. These guys never gave up. These guys found ways to win. And even when they lost they looked like winners. Can’t beat the zone? Try Fabian or Nate at 18 feet. Shooting 30%? Double the other team on offensive boards to make each trip worth something. Other team getting to the line 3x as much? Make them work for 30 seconds to try and get two at a time. Throw Mills at them. Bulldog them with Sasser. Get Dejon and Q in the lane. Alley to Brison. Try and get past Chris with those broomstick arms. Throw 3 bodies at a rebound. Hey Nate! Go swimming for loose balls!
I haven’t been prouder of a team in any sport than I am for this team. When I get tired at work or frustrated with the fam, I actually think, “if Nate can toss his body ten feet risking broken bones I can go another hour without complaining”.
Whoever comes back next year our guys will still be playing killer D, Mills/Sasser will be unstoppable, the new guys will be dropping buckets everywhere and making water in to wine. But this year we had something really special. We had guys that could turn hard wood into a swimming pool.