Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Give it up — Vandy's men are done, so let's root for the women

The guys over at VSL are lamenting the fact that the Commodores aren't playing in a post-season tournament. They're young; they need more game experience; they need more time to play together as a team; etc. They should write a check and host a CBI tournament game so they'll have a better season next year.


Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't buy it. The Dores have already played 31 games this season. And don't they have opportunities to play together as a team in the late summer and early fall?

The last time we didn't get a post-season bid was in 2003. We had a losing season and lots of pieces but not a lot of chemistry. So what happened the next season? We went to the Sweet 16, where we lost to eventual national champion UConn.

This season is over. It had its ups and it had its downs. And playing a couple of games in the CBI — the what? — isn't going to change any of that.

Instead, let's follow the Lady Dores, who play Western Carolina on Saturday in the NCAA tournament. They got a No. 4 seed last night and have a fun team to watch. It's particularly cool to watch 5-foot-9 Jennifer Risper flying around. Try it, you'll like it.


Stanimal said...

I think most of the guys over at VSL probably don't think the CBI is a great idea after hearing about having to pay to buy in. Seeing as the requirements for that tournament are pretty murky, the principle reason it was endorsed is because it could have provided some post-season atmosphere experience. But you're right, that shouldn't come with a price tag.

We're pretty excited about the Vanderbilt women too and you'll hear more from us regarding their performance in the dance when the time comes.


Thanks for the comment, Stanimal, and keep up the good work on the blog.