Jan. 25, 2012
Although this past weekend the 49ers decided to ruin my plans for February 5th, our team won one out of two games, and clearly my psychic abilities are lacking, I want to let you in on something that has been a bit of a spark for our team since the beginning of the season.
The pre-season conference poll was released prior to the start of our season predicting that we would finish 8th in the Horizon League. That would be eight out of 10, meaning third-to-last, in case you didn't realize the severity of the situation. We knew that this season we had something to prove not only to our opponents but also to our fans and most importantly ourselves. A great man once said, "I hope to be underestimated. I feel that is a competitive advantage." This man just happens to be Jim Harbaugh, and I think the man had a point.
Maybe being picked 8th was a blessing in disguise. Maybe we needed this ranking in order to realize that we would have to work that much harder in order to bring this program to where we want it to be. Just because we don't have the #1 next to our name, doesn't mean that we don't have it in our hearts. Our team is using this to our advantage. If you don't want to take us seriously, Monica Albano will make you pay with a three in your eye. If you don't think we can beat every team in the Horizon League, Lisa Samplawski will take the ball out of your hands to the basket.
Our team will prove that we are better than the '8' next to our name. Each and every one of my teammates believes that no matter who we play, we will win. Being underestimated in the preseason poll conveyed to this team that it's up to us to bring the heat.
This week will be preparing for our cross-town shootout against UIC at home on Saturday at 2 p.m. UIC is always a great contender in the Horizon League and we will make sure that the win stays on the Northside of Chicago. When I report back to you next week we will have beaten UIC and I will actually be caught up on all of my reading for class, although the latter might be a bit of a stretch.
#42 Gabby Micek