VIEW FROM THE BOOTH - DAVID CRANE

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BONES WERE TOO SLIPPERY

Blazer Fans,

I hope you made it out to Legion Field last Thursday for the "Battle for the Bones." The pre-game barbecue competition was amazing, and it was good to see a Birmingham-based team win the big prize. I must say, though, that I would gladly trade their trophy for the Bones trophy Memphis took with them for the second straight year. The Blazers came out as hot as one of the 37 grills or smokers in the parking lot. The first quarter looked like it would be a UAB runaway. Credit the Tigers for bouncing back and making a few more big plays the rest of the night.

The 33-30 loss was agonizing for the players, coaches and fans. The Green and Gold made too many silly mistakes on the night, and the end result was a heart-breaker. The mistakes were out of character for this team, and rest assured, the coaches have addressed that issue, and I don't think we'll see anything like that the rest of the way.

The atmosphere at Legion Field was fantastic...good student turnout...a new twist on in-game music...plus the smell of barbecue everywhere. We all appreciate the support of the Blazers, and I hope the disappointing end to the Memphis game won't deter you from coming back and bringing some friends. I think it's clear to anyone that follows UAB that this team is much improved over the 2007 squad at this point in the season. The hard work will continue on the practice field, and, at some point, it will pay off on game day. Make sure you are there to be a part of it when it does.

We've got another Thursday night game this week. The Blazers travel to Houston to take on the high-scoring Cougars on CBS College Sports television. Kickoff at Robertson Stadium is at 7 PM , and the Blazers ISP Sports Network will sign on starting at 5:30 PM. There will be a special viewing party at the Alumni Auditorium at the Hill Center...thanks to CBS College and Bright House Networks for helping put on that event, complete with pizza, and, we certainly hope, a Blazer victory.

The good news is coach Callaway and his staff will have a full week to prepare for the Cougars, unlike the short week everyone had to get ready for last week's game with the Tigers. Houston has a new head coach, but the offensive numbers are a lot like last year. UH snapped a three-game losing streak with an upset win at East Carolina back on September 27th. The Cougars can score some points, but if UAB can turn in a performance similar to the one we saw against Memphis, minus the mistakes and penalties, this one should be fun to watch.

Well, it's off to the air port. Time to go get that first Conference USA win of the season and start the back half of the 2008 campaign on the right foot.

Have a great weekend...get ready for Homecoming next Saturday...and GO BLAZERS!!!

DC

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