The polls really need to have the ability to leave comments! Feel free to leave yours.
With respect to the Was the 2007-2008 basketball season disappointing? poll, I voted for "Not at all" based on the team's regular season play. Simply outstanding, with a few hiccups at Vandy and Kentucky. Any time that a team wins a regular season conference championship, the season is a success. Any time that you can claim #1 in the RPI and media/coaches polls late in the season, and finish the regular season with a 28-3 record, the season is a success...not to mention when it's accomplished with the #1 strength of schedule!
They accomplished all of this with unselfish teamwork (Department of Redundancy Department?), hard work, hustle, desire, care of the ball, skill, design, and strategy. Mission: Accomplished, sirs! In the voice of Borat: "Great Success!"
However, I was horribly disappointed in watching the team's various performances (wins and losses) in each of the tournament games (SEC and NCAA). I wasn't disappointed in the fact that we simply lost to Arkansas and Louisville in the post-season; losses happen. However, I was disappointed that the quality of the product had diminished. As a team, the ball handling was atrocious, players weren't working to get open, defense went to sleep, and we were just out-played, out-hustled and generally out-wanted by the majority of the various tournament teams we faced. Nearly enough to make me puke, regardless of the SEC Semi-final and NCAA Sweet-Sixteen appearances.
The good news is that this partial-disappointment is entirely based on high-expectations. Under former Coaches Green & Peterson hot starts to seasons were known, rather--expected, to completely fizzle come the end of a season where we oft found ourselves lucky to just receive an NIT, let alone an NCAA, tourney bid. I can accept loosing to superior competition; it's part of the game. However, I have a difficult time in accepting an inferior product from what I became accustomed to watching over the preceding five months. Aside from the "J.P. Prince Experiment" in the NCAA Tourney (which I believe was a failure, but more on that later), I have no idea what changed or why. It's certainly painful though.
However, looking at the season's work and realizing that I'm purturbed over a 31-5 mark? Wow! There's no shame in that!
It's great to be a Tennessee Vol!