Monday, January 25, 2010

This Week in Wrenball

In the last edition of TWiW, we tabbed the week of January 18 'Prove It Week' for the Wrens. What they then proved is somewhat in dispute.

It seems obvious now that tangling with a highly motivated and very hot VCU team is a bad idea. I don't know that any team in the Tribe's position would've beaten the Rams. We're gonna go ahead and chalk that one up as a no-win situation and move forward. Of some note, VCU went out after their cathartic 22-point drubbing of William & Mary and got handled by Northeastern over the weekend.

Against ODU in front of 7,216 in Williamsburg (the largest crowd in some 17 years at the former William and Mary Hall) on Saturday, W&M proved that ODU's defense is as good as advertised, shooting 33% against the Monarchs. The Tribe also proved once again that they can hang with the very best in the conference, leading at halftime and then overcoming a 7-point second half deficit to lead by 1 with 48 seconds left.

A tough but probably predictable 0-2 week sets up the theme for this edition of TWiW: Perspective. W&M is now 14-5, 6-3 in the CAA, tied for 4th in the conference with Drexel, two games out of the three-way tie for first. The always overly-optimistic hope of an NCAA Tournament at-large bid is all but extinguished. After the unprecedented highs of the season's first few months, the easy emotion for Tribe faithful is disappointment.

To which we say, are you fucking crazy? We'll not rehash the full menu of highlights Tony Shaver's squad has delivered thus far, but this is a team that began the year picked to finish 10th in the CAA after a lackluster 10-20 2008-09 campaign. A program that celebrated its first .500 season in 10 years in 2007-08. A squad that's still, after this week, two nail-biting losses from being 8-1 in a tough, deep league.

I pose this question to any of the WrenBackers that frequent G:TB: if, before the season, you were told that W&M would be 14-5, 6-3, what would you have said? Yeah, me too. It's way half-full, ladies and gentlemen.

All that said, Perspective Week has the potential to become Exasperation Week if the early-season Tribe doesn't show up. W&M travels to JMU on Wednesday to face a reeling but quite talented Dukes team. Then, Bruiser Flint's surging Drexel team seeks to leapfrog the Wrens in the league when they come to Kaplan on Saturday. Unlike last week, 1-1 won't be a good result.

Show us what you got, mighty Wrens. (And, psst, Danny: I know you can defend your ass off, but we're gonna need more than zero points in 31 minutes when we go to Norfolk next week.)

10 comments:

Dan said...

you guys got no shot, from the guy whose "team" has won 2 games in the conference thus far.

rob said...

super bowl first impression: colts in a cakewalk. saints looked awfully wobbly for the better part of yesterday's game. i think the moment proves too big for them in miami.

now run out and put lots of coin on the saints.

TJ said...

Anyone else notice the G:TB podcast jinx also struck Jamie Dixon's club?

rob said...

and how

TJ said...

rob mentioned it last night, but huge Big East tilt tonight...Hoyas at the Carrier Dome.

Dan said...

orange favored by 6. seems like a lot. will be a good one, a la yesteryear in the days of schayes, rautins (the first), triche (the 1st), graham, ewing, orr, and so on.

zoltan said...

Archie Manning is, surprisingly, rooting for his son to win the Super Bowl. Steve DeOssie did the same when his son was with the Giants, and he was ripped apart by many New Englanders as not being a "good" or "real" Pats fan. I wonder if New Orleansians are as stupid.

mayhugh said...

People from New Orleans are a lot more forgiving I suspect. They're kind of strange sports fans - they have no animosity for other teams' fan bases. I witnessed several of them apologize to a Giants fan in the stadium right after their one-sided affair.

Mark said...

Have you been to New Orleans? Their's is a rare and powerful form of stupid.

Mark said...

My comment was directed towards Zoltan, not Mayhugh. While I still maintain that Cajun stupidity is one of the more powerful forms, I will also concede that fans from Louisiana are terribly good natured and easy to deal with.

I have every reason to hate LSU and their fans. However, I harbor no ill will towards them whatsoever. I've had many free drinks and foodstuffs provided to me by LSU fans and have always (win or lose) enjoyed both my pre and post game partying with them.