Try it on. Slip into it and wear it around for a little while. It might be uncomfortable
at first – I don’t think you’ve ever worn it before – but you just might get used to it. I
certainly imagine you’d want to keep wearing the target that’s now on Colorado’s back.
It’s the type of thing that comes with expectations stemming from a damn fine basketball
team. A talented one and the expectations of a talented squad means people circle your
name on their calendar and say, “Let’s get up for this.” That’s a target and it means you
are good. Get comfortable in it because you want to keep talent around, right? Keep it on;
you’re going to like it.
And while you’re at it, be sure to take that shoe off. That glass one. You certainly won’t
need it this year as I imagine Mayors don’t like that role. No, Mayors run things and
your Mayor just may run his way into a Pac-12 POY-like season. That’s frankly what
gifted, six-and-a-half-foot point guards do. And when things are supplemented by an
augmented Josh Scott, a further aged Xavier Johnson, and the exciting athleticism of
Wesley Gordon? Yeah, toss the slipper aside. It doesn’t belong in Boulder. Not this year.
Because if I’m not mistaken, filling The Keg is a group that has played in two
consecutive NCAA tournaments and returns the second highest percentage of
possessions in the conference (thanks for that stat, JG). Sounds a lot like continuity to me
and that sounds good. The kinda stuff you dance to.
But it’s not here yet, right?
Practice has begun and the best we’ve got is extensive predictive stats and a whole lot of
optimism (well, the latter is depending upon which fan base you hail from). We like that
the NCAA opened that practice window but this year there is no Euro Trip; a trip that
Tad called a great “jump start” to the season. And how did last season start? Charleston
Yet I repeat: it’s not here yet.
Though I implore you to absorb. Read, discuss, tweet, and comment. You know this but
now you’re wearing the target. Get to know those who are aiming at you. Should you
manage to venture to an opposing arena, blow someone’s mind by knowing the minutiae
of your enemy. Per Sun Tzu’s The Art of War:
"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred
battles... if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every
Don’t get imperiled, bro. There are eleven conference enemies who are both threatened
and excited by you. The target you don is their opportunity to move ahead, to bolster
their resume or perhaps even rush a court. You want someone to rush the court on you?
I’ve never read The Tipping Point (or The Art of War for that matter) but I imagine
this 2013-14 campaign is precisely that for Tad and crew. As stated, there’s continuity to
this group, to this program. A momentum to be harnessed into further success.
But for now, get cozy in your target.
It’s a pretty big one.