02-23-12 07:41 PM - Post#121875 In response to juco24
Where I started to lose you was the "100% emphasis on winning has damaging effects on amateur athletes and athletics through college". This isn't little league. In the words of Herm Edwards, you play to win the game. Every single player and coach better be 100% committed to winning, or they don't deserve to be on a D1 court. With attitudes like "we'll get 'em next year!" you get dangerously close to handing out awards for participation.
Now, that said, I agree with your original assumption that Brown will be incrementally better next year. But to echo Bruno's points in the coulda/shoulda thread, in my limited sample size of games I've seen this year I'm unconvinced that we're getting the most out of this team. I'm not calling for the pitchforks just yet, but I think it will be very telling to see what happens next year.
In fact, as the eternal optimist I think if we play a little cleaner, have a better defensive scheme than sitting in a 2-3 zone, and Columbia packs it in after a potential 4th loss in a row to Yale, we could actually pick off a nice W at home on Saturday against a team that was about 5 points a game from being 9-1.