As an optimist- it would really be something if this team matured quick and played SO well that we surpassed the mild epectations and racked up 22-23 wins. As the pessimist- we would then be en route to the eact same hosing job as we got just a few years ago when the 26 win season got us an 8 seed. Who is to say that with this schedule- a 22 win season would even be tourney bound anyhoo? You'd certainly hope though!
So- here is my bold prediction... since most of you have done what i've done and just read the few posts over the past 3 months, holding back everything that you are feeling in the interim in fear that yuo may actually find yourself giving a shit again.
GW WILL win 22 games and MAKE the field for the tourney. WHY?
I believe in Hobbs and I believe in character. Im ecited to see Ware, Matty and TT. I can;t wait to see Hollis establish himslef as a legitimate 13 ppg threat. Diggs to put up 15 , Wilmore to draim the consistent 3. Spoon to dominate on both sides of the court. King to lead this team to the dance once again.
Call me silly or call me a fool...whatever your fancy. Mailvan would attest that noone predicted the crazy 26 win season a few years ago- sure we thought on the high end 22. This season is eerily familiar to that year. All the talk this year has been negative or nothing at all. Epectations are so low- we dont even give a shit enough to write about it. Traffic on the site is drastically low. why? I'll tell ya why! Cause the AD dept needs to modernize and that means realizing that how they promote our team is critical and how competitive they make our team is paramount! Oh baby- that feels good to say!
Perhaps obama has motivated me too. Me and my states rights- Jeffersonian lovin ass. Perhaps he got me motivated for the things i love most....and right on the top of that list is not spreadin the wealth...but GWhoops baby.
I have spoken to several of the heavies the past few weeks- and many have reduced their ti package or stopped it completely. For those of you who live outside of DC like me, its easy to cut back on your annual 1-2 game family trip to see the team especially in this tough economic environment. BUT...my dear friends- Frankly- its a season like this one that can reshape a program. I love when the formula includes a non-televised, shitty OOC, etremely low epectations conference season cause...all ya got to do is just win 20 games (even if you're like Gw and you leave 1-2 games on the table for whatever reason :-) ) and ya got a chance to dance!
This year - a 20 win season is not impossible if our team plays above epectations. We certainly have a core group of talented athletes,who, with teamwork and collective character, can put together a truly impressive season especially against a schedule filled with an average A-10 and a mediocre OOC at best.
So- because i'm bold enough to openly give a shit- I declare that Hobbs will turn this team around- utilize the OOC to build unity and team strength...and then pull out a great 22 win season
I dont care for once if i'm labeled a disillusioned optimist. It's worked for so many the past few weeks...I'd like to try it myself please.
I will book my airfare and hotel for my annual trip to see my close friends and catch some quality div 1 bball. Here's to hoping that talk ISNT cheap and that Hobbs has this team straight and narrow in their focus on achieving success and all that it entails..