VIEW FROM THE BOOTH - DAVID CRANE

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October 15, 2007

CAPPING OFF A FESTIVE WEEK IN STYLE

Blazer fans,

I hope you enjoyed Homecoming Week at UAB as much as I did. There was green and gold everywhere you looked around campus, and it was great to see so much Blazer Spirit. I think all the activities surrounding Homecoming were enjoyable, successful and a great lead-in to Saturday night's game with Tulane. We had a tremendous crowd at Blazer Village for all the pre-game festivities, and the atmosphere was tough to beat. The weatherman came through...the grills were blazing...good music...good food...fun and games...it was enough to make fans, friends and alumni all smile, and we hadn't even kicked off, yet.

Thanks to everyone that came out for just the second home game of the year, and a big tip of the hat to the students who came out to support their Blazers. The team, once again, played hard for 60 minutes, but on this night, the Green and Gold managed to FINISH. That was a key word throughout the week with the players and coaches, and it was nice to see the guys make the plays in crunch time. It wasn't a flawless performance, by any means, but the win over the Green Wave seemed to be the most complete performance of the year, with contributions from all three phases of the game. From Frantrell Forrest's kickoff return for a touchdown (snapping a drought of 143 games without one), to Mike Tashman's inspired play on defense, to a patch-work offensive line not allowing a sack, there were any number of reasons to be excited after the 26-21 win.

Now the Blazers have to brace for yet another explosive offense. The defending champs in Conference USA, the Houston Cougars, invade Birmingham this Saturday. UH rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Rice last Saturday, and, in the process, made college football history. For the first time EVER, a team had a 200-yard rusher AND a 300-yard receiver. The Cougars totaled almost 750 yards of offense against the Owls...sheesh. The good news is Houston has also let teams run up some impressive numbers on the scoreboard. UH opponents are averaging over 33 points per game this season.

It will take another complete effort this Saturday for UAB to have a chance at the upset.

We'll be at Blazer Village for the pre-game show starting at 4:30 PM this Saturday, and we sure hope to see you there, too. Kickoff at Legion Field is slated for six o'clock as the Blazers look to remain undefeated at home here in 2007.

Students, alums and fans weren't the only ones excited about last weekend. Coaches Audra Smith and Mike Davis were all smiles, as well.

That's because basketball practice started for the Blazer men and women.

Hopes are high for both squads, and it won't be long before we're all enjoying the friendly confines of Bartow Arena, complete with sneakers squeaking, basketballs bouncing and twines popping.

Have a great week...come to Legion Field this Saturday...bring a friend...and GO BLAZERS!!!

DC

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