VIEW FROM THE BOOTH - DAVID CRANE
U shouldA Been there!
October 7, 2009
I certainly hope you WERE there last weekend. If you weren't, drop and give me 20. The set-up was absolutely perfect...big Thursday night home game...C-USA rival...never beaten them...leading up to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony...no one thought the Green and Gold had a shot. And then they played the game.
The win over Southern Miss was so incredibly satisfying, it's hard for me to put it into words. It was so long overdue. Years of frustration came to an end, as did weeks of frustration here in 2009. I know the coaches and players were excited, relieved...any number of adjectives. The fans, and announcers, were down right giddy following the 30-17 win at Legion Field.
There were so many big plays in all three phases of the game, but I think the most impressive thing about the night wasn't the pick six by Hiram Atwater...or the fumble recovery by Drew Luker...or the touchdown pass to Jeffery Anderson...or running up over 200 yards on the ground against a defense that averaged giving up less than 70 per game...it was the fight shown by the Green and Gold. There weren't many people who felt like UAB could hang with the Golden Eagles, offensively or defensively, but the Blazers outplayed, and outfought USM in every single area. For that, they should all be very proud, and we should all be very appreciative.
It was a perfect opening act to the Friday night festivities...the inaugural class being inducted into the brand new UAB Athletics Hall of Fame. The banquet was held on Friday evening, and you better believe there were smiles all around The Club. Coach Callaway was quite the celebrity at the banquet, as everyone seemed to make a point of going up to the coach and congratulating/thanking him for the win on Thursday night. Dr. S. Richardson Hill, Dr. Jerry D. Young, Wanda Hightower Jordan, Oliver Robinson and Gene Bartow were the five deserving honorees. Their accomplishments are far too lengthy to list here, but I highly recommend doing a little research. See why we are where we are today as an athletic department...it's due to people like them.
Now it's time for a little rest, relaxation, recuperation...R&R&R. The players will enjoy some time off, which they will no doubt appreciate. They should have a little time to heal some of the bumps and bruises accumulated through the first five games. The coaches will have the chance to do some TV scouting of Ole Miss this Saturday, as the the Rebels play host to Alabama. Regardless of the outcome of that game, you know it will be a slug fest...good! For others, like me, it's time to recharge the batteries just a little. I'm fortunate to be heading to California for the weekend to visit some family. Any chance "in-season" to see the niece and nephew is a treat, and i can't wait.
There's still plenty going on around campus, though, and I hope you'll get out and show your support for the Green and Gold. Volleyball has two matches this weekend (Friday vs. Marshall at 7 PM and Sunday vs. ECU at 1 PM) at Bartow Arena, and the top-25 men's soccer team will finally get to play at home again. Mike Getman's squad is on a tear (5-0-1 in the last six games), and the Blazers will welcome Florida International to West Campus Field on Saturday at 7 PM.
Time to go pack for the west coast. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Get some rest...cheer on volleyball and soccer...come see us at Baumhower's Wings at Patton Creek next Wednesday for the call-in show...and GO BLAZERS!!!