Nov. 20, 2012
Last Thursday, the guys and myself hopped on a plane and took off for the warm weather of Florida to play in the USF Invitational hosted by the University of South Florida. While in Florida, we faced the challenge of playing Western Michigan, South Florida, and Maryland Eastern Shore over a three-day span. All of these teams were very good, and we were very capable of beating all three teams. We lost to both Western Michigan and South Florida in the first two games, and we could have easily given up and said that the tournament was lost but that is not what this team is about. We know that we are going to take some lumps a long the way. With the help of Billy Clark, we did not flinch as he encouraged us to keep our heads up and looking at the next game. We bounced right back after the first two losses because we knew that we wanted to leave Florida on a positive note. Our team defense and communication coupled with our team's ability to grind all 40 minutes of the game were the factors that led us to a 62-46 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in Sunday's final game of the tournament.
As usual my parents made the trip down to Florida, but unfortunately I could not spend very much time with them in gorgeous Tampa because we had such quick turnarounds after each game. However, this did not stop my parents from going out to explore on their own. If you know my mom, she's all over the latest news on Twitter, and she happens to follow Dick Vitale, who coincidentally was at his favorite breakfast restaurant nearby. My parents went to the restaurant, met, and had breakfast with Dickie V. The best part about it was that my parents didn't even tell me this happened. Later in the day, I looked on Twitter and saw that my mom had tweeted a picture of her and my dad with Dickie V. Even with my own mother, I had to find out via Twitter!
For those of you who do not know, Billy Clark and myself are very big Notre Dame football fans. The hotel might have heard us yelling when the two teams ranked ahead of ND, Kansas State and Oregon, fell this Saturday making the Irish the No. 1 ranked team in the country. If you see Billy and I with smiles on our faces, you know why.
With fall break and Thanksgiving approaching, it could be easy for us to take a little break of our own, but that is not going to happen. This Saturday we are going to Northern Illinois for our next game. We want to try to build off our last win, and we are going to work this entire week to make sure we are the more prepared team to come out with another win.
Have a great Thanksgiving!