It's been an interesting two weeks following the UAB football team. The trip to East Lansing, Michigan, to start the season was thoroughly enjoyable ... minus about three hours on Saturday ... for everyone who was fortunate enough to make the "travel roster." I had been looking forward to the kickoff of the 2007 season since July 1, my first day as a member of the Blazers ISP Sports Network. The opportunity to be the "voice" for a Division I-A school was something I had dreamed about for almost 20 years.
But enough about me ... the main focus of this "blog" is the UAB Blazers football team ... and what a difference a week can make. There were so many "firsts" associated with the game against Michigan State ... the first game with a new head coach and staff ... Neil Callaway's first game AS a head coach ... countless players seeing their first action on the college gridiron ... that the result was disappointing, but not discouraging. The main reason there wasn't "gloom and doom" on the flight home was due to the effort shown on the grass field in East Lansing. They may not have played well for 60 minutes, but the Blazers DID play for 60 minutes, and they played hard.
Now, the bottom line is this: the Blazers are 0-2. There are no columns for "moral" victories, and there shouldn't be. You don't celebrate coming close, but there's also nothing wrong with being incredibly proud of how your team played and recognizing, and appreciating, dramatic improvement. The challenge for this team and this staff is to continue that improvement into week three and walk away from Legion Field on Saturday night with a true reason to celebrate: a win over Alcorn State. I sure hope to see you all at Legion Field this Saturday ... kickoff is at 6 PM, and the Blazers ISP Sports Network will be on the air starting at 4:30 PM, live from Blazer Village outside the stadium. We're counting on a big crowd to come out and support the Green and Gold!
Until next time, GO BLAZERS!!!