I've warned you before about preempting my alliteration shtick. If you were a real fan you'd drink six beers in Tuscaloosa before making the 45 minute drive back to your house. You know it takes me at least 3 1/2 hours to drive home after each game. Just for that, I'm going to burn the rest of my tickets so I can listen to the games on the radio and get my posts up before you do! That'll teach you! ;-)
Other than the obvious plagiarisms, your post is excellent and I agree with every word you and BobbyJack posted, including the part about you being in Coleman Coliseum alone because I am not going to drive that far for that crap but one more time this season.
The team played so poorly tonight that the 12 year old girl behind me was shouting stuff like, "At least try!" "This is embarrassing!" "Who's suppose to guard No. 22?" "Stay with your man!" "Mooooove!!!!!"
With all deference to DJC, I already had decided that the Tide's so-called performance tonight did not merit the effort to come up with a catchy by line. I had in mind something more like: "Pathetic? Embarrassing? No. Disgusting! Ahh, that's the ticket!" And that's only because I'm not sure anything more derogatory than "SOB" can be posted on the blog. (I'm still not sure it can get past the blog censors.)
I would like to add a couple of ideas to what already has been posted. I thought the biggest difference in the game was our guards. Their guards (heck, all their players) covered Bama's kids like fly paper. If CMG and his staff do not know how to teach defense, then they should just show their team a film of this game and tell them "Do that." Clemson's guards were all over our guards, in their faces, swatting at them with their hands, playing belly up, and still able to match all their moves. Our guards play off their man, seldom harass the ball or the dribble, and still cannot adjust to the offensive player's moves. A good coach should be able to teach his players what part of a man's body to watch to get a feel for which way he is going to move.
As a follow up to that first thought, our kids need to be told not to let the dribbler get the ball to the base line. None of our guards or forwards knows how to do that. Perhaps the problem is that the team does not know how to deal with screens and does not know how to give effective help when a teammate is taken out by the screen so they over-defend toward the lane, but they still do not know how to defend the lane effectively either.
Any decent coach could watch film from any of our games the past five years and show their kids how to deal with the "help" afforded by our forwards and centers when a guard has to go around a screen. Our "helping" player will take a half step toward the dribbling guard, make a cursory hand wave (never an earnest swipe) toward the ball, then chase down his original man (who probably is standing ready to receive the pass so he can shoot an open three point shot from the corner). This leaves both the guard and the forward uncovered for a brief time. It also allows the guard to wheel around and dribble right up the lane. If the post player has taken Hendrix well outside the lane like Clemson did last night, the guard gets a layup. Otherwise, a forward comes open underneath the basket when Hendrix or Jemison comes over to harass the guard.
Do any of our coaches know how to say "block out"?
With everything else that went wrong, I wonder why CMG never tried to employ the zone when this game started getting out of hand. I know Clemson had a kid or two who was hot outside the arc, but Riley and Torrance defend against the three better when they are rushing toward a shooter from the zone. Oh yeah, now I remember. Bama's kids forgot to put their hands up on defense tonight.
Why did Jemison never try to hit his 10 foot jumper tonight?
There is no excuse for that sort of performance. I know the team is young, but I think we have man who is responsible for recruiting and keeping good players. I won't belabor that point right now. I'd rather focus on the concept of playing with their feet and not with their hands.
I've said all season that I was willing to live with losses due to bad technique for one more season so long as I see the requisite effort. We did not see that the last 10 or 15 minutes of this game.
A good coach would use this as a learning tool to help his players understand that they need to learn to become mentally and physically tough if they don't want to be embarrassed when they go to class the next day. A great coach (does the name Roy Williams ring a bell?) would run their legs off the next day. I guess we are about to learn, once and for all, whether Mark Gottfried is a good coach. I hope he is.
Time will tell.