Ahh, the winter of 1997. I remember it well. Bill Clinton's attorneys were starting to worry about the President's sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. Brett Favre led the Packers to their first Super Bowl victory in nearly 3 decades, beating Bill Parcells' Patriots. The Dow topped 7,000 for the first time in history. And the William and Mary Tribe men's basketball squad won 5 straight conference games (7, actually).
Now, 11 years later, Clinton's still talking about a woman, although he hasn't likely had sexual relations with this one at any point in recent memory, Favre's a few hours away from a possible rematch with the Patriots, the Dow's causing significant consternation after slipping below 13,000, and that very same Tribe has taken 5 straight CAA games for the first time since 1997.
As has been the case in every W&M game G:TB has seen this year, the Wrens didn't get high marks for artistic achievement, but they played hard-nosed defense and fought every possession in topping Towson by a 61-51 margin in front of 2,781 (including G:TB's Whitney) in Williamsburg. The win takes the Tribe to 9-8 on the season, and a remarkably unexpected 5-2 in the CAA, good for a tie for second in the conference.
A mid-week road trip to Drexel's Philly campus precedes next weekend's home tilt with the revenge-minded Monarchs of ODU. As long as Litos keeps picking against the Tribe, I like their chances. And, by that, I mean that it's highly likely that Cinderella loses a shoe this week.