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The “P” Word


March is a month of change; the weather changes, the landscape changes, and people change. Casual basketball fans suddenly become experts, filling out brackets with feigned precision (and a little help from ESPN). The most fervent of us plan to get sick according to the tournament schedule so we can watch without fear of being discovered by the boss (here’s hoping for a more convincing boss button this year!). But most importantly, teams change in March. Giants fall and Cinderella and her carriage full of clichés reign. A season’s worth of preparation can be lost in one foul hoop.

I’m not as giddy as I was this time last year. Call it cautious optimism. Sure, the Cats showed a lot of passion and maturity in the second half against Tennessee yesterday; but was it enough to make me forget the flaws they continued to flaunt in the first half? Sort of. It was enough to let me celebrate and laugh at Bruce Pearl yet again. But I’m far from beating my chest with pride and yelling about how awesome we are to anyone who will listen (sound familiar, Terrence?).

This is also the time of year that sportswriters like to trot out words like “gelling” and my personal favorite, “peaking.” Are the Cats peaking right now? We are riding a three game winning streak, each of those wins against a respectable foe. Each win also showed the Cats responding to challenges: against Florida, the veterans stood tall in a dominating performance; against Vanderbilt, the team finally won a close game; and against Tennessee, they finally got a good road win. If that doesn’t build a young team’s confidence, I’m not sure will. The comfy confines of the Georgia Dome won’t hurt either (seriously, if you’re able, call in sick Friday and drive down to Atlanta…I give you permission).

What worries me about this team is their reactions. What happens the next time they’re down five to ten points and Cal doesn’t have time for an angry halftime pep talk? Or when the shots just don’t fall and the fouls accumulate? Brandon Knight has more than proved himself as a leader, but he’ll have to snap to attention much faster in the tournament than he did yesterday. If March Madness inspires anything, it’s a sense of urgency. I just hope these Cats are ready for that call.

So, are the Cats peaking? I’d say they’re on their way, but the bigger question is: how high is their summit?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

30 Comments for The “P” Word

  1. blitzedanddazed
    9:44 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    This just in—— Erik Spoelstra needs to answer the damn phone—It’s Curtis Shaw you dumbass.

  2. Emerson Biggins
    9:47 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Oh, I thought you meant the other “P” word!

  3. SWHS Warriors
    9:47 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink


  4. NotTheSlickistRick
    9:48 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler don’t use the word gelling when SexnNursinHomes is around. the concept may be a bit to much for him.

  5. Cal Purnell here
    9:53 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Stone Cold Stone Cold Stone Cold

  6. Wayne
    10:01 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Were going to win by at least 30 and that’s a fact

  7. Ric Flair
    10:02 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Never any news.

  8. Wondering
    10:07 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Got Milk?

  9. SWHS Warriors
    10:07 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    WAYNE UR HIGH even though u prolly go to SW!

  10. BPsycho
    10:08 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    #4 Who needs gel when you’ve got jelly……

  11. ColoradoCat
    10:08 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    go cats

  12. StevieD
    10:08 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Is a bird in the hand really worth two in the bush.

  13. dmc
    10:12 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    I want my post put back up there, First of all it’s not even that offensive and second of all it’s not that funny but I posted it.

  14. dmc
    10:13 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t say Austin Powers is horny baby?

  15. Darius' Testicle
    10:20 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Hey dmc
    you moron

  16. SexnNursinHomes
    10:24 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    4-smellin the gellin that come off my helmet.

    10-BP, i’ve tried it all. and i’d go into specifics but Ms. Thompson is a lady person

    Ms. Thompson- by the “P” word, do you mean P**Y? just wonderin

  17. Go Deep
    10:25 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    I think one in the bush is worth a lot more….

  18. NotTheSlickistRick
    10:26 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Sexn you must be into the good stuff tonight.

  19. ky boy
    10:27 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Bell county going to sweet 16 after beating corbin 54/49 in over time

  20. Austin Powers
    10:27 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    With all this talk about peaking, your making me horny baby!

  21. Austin Powers
    10:30 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Thats what I thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. SexnNursinHomes
    10:31 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    18- higher than the national deficit.

  23. BPsycho
    10:33 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    #17 2 in the bush, one in the brush, and 3 in the hedges… To cover all the bases, wait what are we talkin aboot here?

  24. SexnNursinHomes
    10:40 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    23- funny stuff!

  25. ky boy
    10:49 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    4 more wins in the hand and the other 4 in the bush then we would have been ranked no.4 in nation and not notre dame just 4 buckets away

  26. HillbillyInBC
    10:50 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for the permission, but I fear that 4500 km is a bit too far to drive.

    10:58 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    karen didn’t have a bush. does that help with stamina? however, I had 2 in the shurb

  28. ukchampion
    11:03 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler – everyone was already thinking this. way to go ahead and blow it up with a full on jinx job.

  29. jmfatz47
    11:32 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    A bucket here, a bucket there, and this team is a 2 seed with a strong SEC Tourney showing. The ole miss 3 by warren and the Arkansas game still baffle me but oh well…….its on now. No foul trouble and more focus to miller will go a long way.

  30. Lou eaton
    8:37 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Bad first halves will still be a killer going foward in both tournaments…can’t afford to play any game without matching the physical play of whoever the opposition will be…all game long….