Breaking the Awful Silence
posted at 3/19/2011 8:13 PM EDT
Well, it seems the cat has the tongues of the Uber Alles crowd.
So, let's reflect on today's season-ending rout of The Institute by Northwestern.
1. Flippo has REDUCED interest in Eagle hoops:
A year ago, when he savaged the most winning coach in Eagle hoops history, Flippo touted a new era which would revive the program.
He has done the opposite.
We've known for some time now that Eagle fans this year would not travel even to the next Zip Code to see this team.
Now we learn beyond ANY doubt that they won't attend even post-season HOME games. To draw only 2,765 fans for a nationally-televised game is shameful. The sight of the barren Conte on TV sent an unequivocal message to fans across the nation: Eagle hoops are irrelevant to the school.
Add to that, the fact that the only cheers heard on TV were those of the NW fans, urging their "Cats" on to victory. The Eagle "fans" were mute.
Well done, Flippo.
2. One coach today showed his knowledge of hoops and canny preparation of his team - and the other coach did not.
Bill Carmody proved today that he learned the game well from his Princeton playing and coaching days, and that he can effectively impart that to his players.
His strategy, both on offense and defense, was near flawless. How many cuts to the basket shredded the Eagle "defense?" How many open threes did the Wildcats make? How often did NW out-rebound the Eagles? How effective was their transition game, leaving BC flat-footed?
How decisive was their lock-down of our best player, Reggie? How confident was NW, based on Coach Carmody's exhaustive preparation?
By contrast, the opposing coach was over his head.
3. Next Year, We're in a Heap of Trouble
We lose 8 seniors, return 2 juniors (Reggie & Elmore), 2 marginal scholarship frosh (Moton and Rubin) and 2 walk-ons (Humphrey & Rehnquist), and "gain" the incoming 4 recruits.
Hope does not appear on the horizon.
THANKS, FLIPPO & DEAR LEADER!
Perhaps we ought follow the sensible example made long ago by the U of Miami when it dropped men's hoops as an intercollegiate sport. After many years, the program was restored, but only after a sound administrative staff was in place at the school.
By following suit for as long as Miami did, we'd have new leadership in place, who would be able, hopefully, to restore the trust that other schools had in us during the Father Monan-Bill Flynn years, and before.
Our short-term pain would mean long-term gain.