Time to Rebound
They are the champions! (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)
I really like the comments many of you have been posting to my question about what kind of offense we should run in 2011.
Everyone had good ideas, by my favorite was posted earlier today by “Anonymous”:
“The QB takes a lot of hits running option. We can't afford to lose Brackett. It also leads to fumbles. We should expect teams to blitz heavily all year. We will need to run screens, draws and flare passes. We should also use rolling pockets and sprint outs to give Brackett time to evade blitz and throw/run. We also need to stop throwing long sideline passes for 2 or 3 yards. We should also try throwing short passes over middle--by short I mean the 5 to 7 yard variety and not 20 yarders down seam.”
I’m not saying I agree 100% with that comment, but it is a very good one and certainly should give option-lovers a little pause.
Either way, it’s this kind of reasoned discourse that this blog thrives on and I appreciate it.
Much congratulations to the Columbia Archery Recurve team for winning the national championship this weekend!
But no one can deny that this has been a rough year overall for Columbia team sports.
I’m not saying that in order to unleash the usual litany of Columbia complaints and self-attacks from our fans.
I do say it to remind the athletic department of its own words from what was a very financially successful fundraising effort launched several years ago.
Those words were: “Mediocrity is Not Acceptable,” and, “We Intend to Be Successful in Our Athletics Program.”
But in the past five years, there appears to be a secular decline in the number League titles Columbia has earned:
In other ways, the campaign has been successful. I strongly believe that we have better coaches overall, improved facilities, more generous financial aid packages, apparently more support for sports from the school’s administration, improved alumni giving, bigger athletic department budgets, a much improved public relations and marketing.
But the school’s true fans, of which there are a lot more than most anyone realizes, want more. We are not satisfied with the results on the field and it’s important not to settle for less.
So, while we publicly say we’re happy for all the structural changes Columbia has made to improve the department, we’re not forgetting about the won-lost records.
That’s what makes us real fans.
Yes, we’ll stay through thick and thin.
We will donate through thick and thin.
But the last couple of years have been a little more “thin” than “thick,” and that’s worrying.
Let’s get back to where we were in 2006-07 and soon!
Let’s do it fast.