VIEW FROM THE BOOTH - DAVID CRANE


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February 2, 2009

NO MORE WINTER WONDERLANDS

February 2, 2009

Blazer fans,

It is mighty nice to be home for a few days after our weeklong excursion through ice and snow. I'd love a nice little snow event here in Birmingham, but if we could just wait another week, or so, it would be greatly appreciated. We got our fill of the white stuff in Tulsa and Huntington, and we are all thankful our travel wasn't impacted by the winter weather.

The loss to Tulsa still stings, primarily because of the way the game ended. The Blazers played awfully well on the road for much of the game. A turnover spree midway through the second half hurt the cause, but even with that stretch, UAB really played well enough to win that game. There were a couple of missed opportunities in the closing moments, and there were some things that just didn't go UAB's way (use your imagination...if you weren't listening). I have always said, "If you are going to beat me, beat me bad." Losing a game on a last-second shot is tough to swallow...it's much easier, to me, to stomach a 20-point loss, as long as it doesn't become a habit.

I was afraid we were going to have a similar finish on Saturday night at Marshall. The Herd had two chances to win the game on a last-second shot...once in regulation and again in overtime. The final shot of the night was a three that would've won it for the Thundering Herd. We had a great view of the shot when it left Markel Humphrey's hand...and it was dead on line. Thank goodness it came up inches short, otherwise you might be asked to contribute the "Bail David Crane Out of Jail" fund.

It's easy to be disappointed with the loss to the Golden Hurricane, and it's easy to think how nice it would be to have a five-game win streak right now, but I prefer to be impressed with UAB's ability to bounce back from the heart breaker and play another solid game away from Bartow Arena. The win in Huntington doesn't erase the disappointment from Tulsa, but it beats the heck out of sitting here on this Monday night wondering how the team will respond after losing two straight on the road.

The schedule settles down a little for the foreseeable future. We'll alternate home and road games, for the most part, during the month of February. Wednesday night's game with Tulane starts the rotation, and I know we're all eager to see if the Blazers can continue to click offensively against the Green Wave. Then it's off to Hattiesburg on Saturday...after taking care of a bit of a Huntington jinx over the course of the last few years, we'll try to exorcise some Hattiesburg demons this weekend.

Wednesday's game with Tulane is at 7 PM, and we'll be on the air at 6:30 PM with pre-game. The Saturday showdown with Southern Miss will tip at 5 PM. CSS is televising the game, and we'll be on the air at 4:30 PM.

The first meeting of the year with the Green Wave is just part of a busy and important Wednesday. It's National Signing Day for college football, and the Blazers will be eagerly awaiting the paperwork from the members of their 2009 class. All indications point to a very successful recruiting season for coach Callaway and the staff. Football season ticket holders and Blazer Club members will be the first to hear about the class at the Signing Day Social on Wednesday evening. Those folks are invited to the Green and Gold room at Bartow Arena for a dinner with Neil Callaway and his assistants, where they'll get the scoop on the newest batch of Blazers. The event begins at 5:30 PM, and we're hoping to have the coach on with us at halftime to get his thoughts on the days proceedings.

That's about it on this blustery Monday night...the call-in show begins shortly...I hope you'll come join us at Buffalo Wild Wings on Highway 280. Coach Davis is there every Monday night to take your calls and questions about the Blazers.

Have a great week...stay warm...join us Wednesday night at Bartow Arena...and GO BLAZERS!!!

DC

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