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Goal Post by Brian Dooley

Sept. 28, 2003

Time to Wake Up

The midpoint of the season has come and gone. So has our winning streak! Campbell University made sure of that. The highs and lows of athletics are difficult things to handle. After an impressive win over Central Florida, we followed with a win over Gardner Webb and a loss to Campbell. We saw that there was something missing in the Gardner Webb game, but we still managed to win the game.

I have no doubt that our team will bounce back. We leave this week for our first conference road trip to Nashville to play Lipscomb and Belmont. A change of scenery may be just what we need. We have been complacent the last week and now we can start another streak. The loss to Campbell should wake up our desire. We forgot what makes us a special team. We may have been reading the rankings and projecting wins without giving the proper attention to the game at hand. Another lesson in life that this game gives us. The ability to handle adverse situations and turn the game into our favor was lost in the Campbell game. They were very physical both on and off the ball. We let this affect our mental state. Too much complaining and not enough doing. That will change this week in practice, I promise.

Some people say that you can learn much from losing. If that is the case, I am a genius! I hate it with a passion. It ruins your night, the next day, the next week. I need the next game to be right away so we can make up for it. I don't sleep. I toss and turn and roll and bounce waking up with a cold sweat shouting "there's more time on the clock!"

The team takes it poorly as well. I can see it in the faces, the eyes. We are a team of strong personalities who only have one goal in mind. We will make the adjustments and prepare for the next game. We will give the game the respect it deserves. We have no choice; I need the sleep.




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