I have to be honest–I am really struggling with coming up with ideas. My classmates have some great ideas so I know it can be done…I find myself either shooting ideas down because they are too boring or because they have already been “told”. At one point during the week I had a few ideas, wrote them down, and now can’t find them–arg!!
My pledge for the upcoming week is to think of three ideas a day and by the end of the week I should have at least one usable one, yes? and I will submit one of my rejects because it’s all I can think of at the moment. I went to the University of Virginia- great school, great college environment. Good at the “preppy” sports like lacrosse, field hockey, crew etc. UVA spends a lot of money on the big-ticket sports, namely football and basketball but historically that spending has not paid off in terms of championships or bowl or NCAA tournament apprearances. A few years ago UVA hired a basketball coach from Washington State- a good coach named Tony Bennett who had success there, but Washington State is a long, long way away from central Virginia and from ACC hoops. Every year Bennett has coached at Virginia, the team has gotten better, bit by bit. This year, with only 2 of the original 6 in his first recruiting class—to include another Washington state kid who came to UVA on a promise from Bennett that he would be part of something—the Cavaliers won the ACC title, the ACC tournament, and reached the sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.
I like sports, and I like college basketball but this team this year has been the most fun I’ve ever had following a sports team. The scrappiness, enthusiasm, underdog nature of this team that most folks thought would be good but not THIS good has been really fun to watch and has brought hope back to this Cavalier fan.
There’s a few angles you could do- that of a disenchanted fan who believes again, the player who decides to go all in with an untested coach, a coach put in the national spotlight.