Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas!
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me; 9 National Championships for Pat Summitt, 8 bowl wins, 7 Happy Coaches, 6 in a Row, 5 NCAA Tournament Bids, 4 National Championships for LSU, 3 Bowl wins for Vandy, 2 New Teams, and One Rematch.
On the ninth day of Christmas Santa wanted to help the University of Tennessee. It has been a tough 2011 for the University of Tennessee Athletic Department. They loss their beloved Men’s basketball coach to his own stupidity, the football team capped off one of the worst season in history with a loss to Kentucky, and Pat Summitt was diagnosed with dementia Alzheimer’s type in August. This is a fan base that deserves a break for once after a really terrible year for Volunteer fans. Santa recognized the bad fortunate and has decided to give Pat Summitt her ninth National Championship on Day 9.
Pat Summitt has a long tenure in women’s basketball. She has a list of accolades that most people only dream about. She is a hall of famer, a teacher, a coach, a mother, the winningest coach in college basketball, a legend, and most of all a fighter. Summitt was diagnosed with dementia Alzheimer’s type in August of this year, and she did the only thing she knew how to do. She released a statement saying “There’s not going to be any pity party and I’ll make sure of that.” That short sentence sums it up for one of the greatest coaches in basketball history. She decided she was going to stare it down with her steely blue eyes, and try to kick its ass.
This mentality is what makes her the greatest women’s basketball coach of all time, and puts her in the same breath of John Wooden when you talk college basketball. It is this mentality that won her the first eight National Championships, and will be the same mentality that will led the Lady Volunteers to their ninth. Summitt will have her toughest test yet to win her ninth National Championship with this group of Lady Volunteers. The 2011-2012 edition have lost three games this season, and against two top five teams they have not been really competitive.
The good news is Santa knows there is a tough road ahead of this team and Coach Summitt this season. He has decided to help out and wish all Volunteer fans a Merry Christmas by giving the Lady Volunteers and Coach Summitt there ninth National Championship in 2012. Hopefully 2012 will be a little better for Tennessee fans.