takes Tribe head man Tony Shaver's temperature today and finds the coach surprisingly sanguine. Says Shaver, “I’ve said it before, but I really like this group. What I would hate to be in is a position where so many things have gone wrong that I don’t enjoy going to practice every day. But I really like this group. They give an honest effort, and we all feel like it’s going to turn for us.”
Shaver's optimism is based in large part on Quinn McDowell and Tim Rusthoven finally recovering from injuries that have kept both from playing to their full potential to date. Having the two vital contributors able to fully practice has given the Wrens more in-squad continuity, though they've yet to test it against real-game bullets.
We want to believe, but we're reeling from back-to-back 30-point waxings at the hands of Richmond and Georgia State. As a wise, wise man once said, "lotta ball left". We're going to take deep, cleansing breaths for the rest of the calendar year lest we sprain something and pray to the god of shooter's rolls that the turning of the calender page will mean good things for the Tribe.
In the meantime, here are the the results of this week's CAA Bloggers Poll, where several others have joined yours truly in backing VCU as the league's top team:
1. VCU (3)
2. Mason (4)
3. ODU (1)
4. JMU (1)
5. Georgia State
11. William & Mary
(first place votes in bold)
* Fairbank probably doesn't remember it, but we shared several beers at Paul's Deli after the final game of the Tribe's miserable 5-6 1991 campaign. He, the veteran scribe, me the young W&M Sports Information Office intern, and a passel of other ink-stained wretches. We're pretty tight.