VIEW FROM THE BOOTH - DAVID CRANE


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November 28, 2008

TWO WORMS IN THE BIG APPLE

November 28, 2008

Blazer Fans,

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and greetings from Madison Square Garden in New York. UAB just wrapped up its appearance in the NIT Season Tip-off, and things didn't go quite the way we had planned. The Blazers led against Oklahoma at halftime in the semifinals, but the Sooners came on strong down the stretch to pull out the win. In the consolation game earlier today, the same script arrived from Broadway. The Green and Gold led Boston College by eight at intermission, but the Eagles nearly shot the lights completely out in the second half (18-27 FG and 7-11 3PT) to win, 83-77.

It's disappointing to leave New York winless, but Mike Davis and company should hold their heads high. The Blazers played BC without the services of Paul Delaney, III, due to an ankle injury, and still managed to pull off the victory. As a fan, I can be disappointed but not unsatisfied if the effort is there, and that was certainly the case...especially on Friday. After losing the rebounding battle badly to Oklahoma, the Green and Gold crashed the boards against Boston College. The end result was a tie in that department, but as we know, this isn't the biggest team in America, so the fact the Blazers went toe to toe with BC in that category shows the effort was there.

For whatever reason, UAB seemed to fade a little down the stretch in both games. A thin bench may have something to do with it. Six games in a short period of time, all on the road, may also be factors. No excuses from Mike Davis, though, as the coach knew his team had a chance, and probably should have won both games.

Now, it's back on a plane for the team and a return home. It will be mighty nice to have a home game, and I hope YOU are planning to be at Bartow Arena this coming Wednesday for a hoops double header. The UAB women will get it started at 5:30 PM against the Florida Gators, and the men will follow at 8 PM with the Bulls of South Florida coming to town.

As for me and producer/engineer Jon Gentile, we head to the air port, as well. We, however, won't see Birmingham until tomorrow night. We'll fly to Orlando late tonight to join the football team. The Blazers close out the regular season against the Knights of UCF. UAB is about a touchdown underdog, but if we see the effort from Neil Callaway's team that we've seen the last two weeks, I truly believe the 2008 campaign will end on a high note. It's an early start for the Blazers and the Knights...pre-game is at 10:30 AM central time, and kick-off is set for 12 PM from Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando.

I took some decent pictures from the trip to New York, and I'll try to add them to my blog next week.

Well, Jon is just about finished packing the equipment. So, we'll head back to the hotel...pack...find a bite to eat...and venture to the airport.

I hope you continue to have a festive and fun Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Enjoy your family and friends...travel safely...and we look forward to seeing you this coming Wednesday night at Bartow Arena.

GO BLAZERS,
DC

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