I evidently missed the memo asking for our pre-season predictions. That's okay. I probably would have said something like, "How can anyone have the faintest idea what we will do" and then predicted either that we would make the final four or that we would not win ten games all season, depending on whether the coin came up heads or tails. I've also tried to be honest here about the fact that other demands have kept me from watching much of anything other than Alabama's games for at least two years now.
Fortunately for our favorite readers your other contributors predictions were much more on target. At least we finally got a win over api. I don't think we lost a single game to them during my seven years in Tuscaloosa. Then again, I was drinking a lot at the time. :-)
The only point I really want to make is that in spite of the roller coaster season we seem to have wound up pretty much were all of us had expected before the first exhibition game. I have said several times during the year that the only reason I felt so dejected after a number of those games is that our team had played well enough to have won almost all of them and actually could have come away with a few more wins. I believe that bodes well for the future of Bama Basketball and look forward to our future under Coach Grant.
Greg Cage's basket as the clock ran down reminded me of my favorite senior final appearance. I never will forget the 50 point loss api put on us during Hobbs' final season. I was hoping to equal that four years ago. It didn't happen, but this moment made up for it. I love seeing a kid get some recognition from the fans, and especially from his fellow students, for all the hard work he puts in.
Now it's tournament time.