By BRIAN LESTER
So it looks like in less than 48 hours we are all doomed. If the Mayans are right, the world will end on Dec. 21 and my time covering University of Findlay athletics will be over.
Well, all I can say that it’s been a good run.
I was able to see the Oilers complete a perfect season in men’s basketball in 2009 as they went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the nation and finished 36-0 en route to the program’s first NCAA Division II national title.
I was hoping to see UF win another national title at some point. This year’s team certainly has the ability to be a contender, but if the world ends, we will never know how this season will play out.
But hey, if the world does end, at least the Oilers’ final win was over fierce Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Grand Valley State.
UF edged the Lakers 64-60 in a thrilling showdown and it doesn’t get any better than that when it comes to wins in the regular season.
Of course, it would have been nice if the National Association of Basketball Coaches poll voters could have given the Oilers a little more respect in the poll this week.
They left the Oilers at No. 24, which I guess is a little nicer than dropping UF three spots after a win.
Still, you would think the voters would have decided to give the program a little more respect, especially when they know the world is ending on Friday.
They could have also been kind enough to at least rank one other GLIAC team in the final poll ever.
Guess that would be asking for too much. Oh well, with doomsday upon us, we won’t have to worry about disrespect from the voters any longer.
The joke is on you fellas.
The women’s basketball team opened its season 5-0 before losing twice. The Oilers ended that losing streak on Monday when they knocked off GVSU to improve to 4-2 in the GLIAC.
The Lakers’ only loss prior to the 61-53 setback to UF was a loss to top-ranked Ashland.
UF’s women’s hoops team has a lot of potential. It should contend for a division title and it has a shot to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.
But those Mayans are going to ruin it all. They just had to predict that the world ends this week and now the potential of the Oilers will never be reached.
And then there is the UF football team, which is also getting a raw deal because of the world coming to an end.
The Oilers finished 7-3 this year, tying for second in the GLIAC. It was a huge step forward for the program after it went 1-10 in a misery-filled 2010 campaign.
UF is returning almost its entire team in 2013 and you have to believe that the Oilers have a shot to contend for the conference title and maybe even the first D-II playoff berth in program history.
It figures. Right when UF begins to show a lot of promise in football at the D-II level, not to mention the fact that it could have seven home games, the world ends and the Oilers get no chance to prove they can be a contender.
On the bright side, I guess we can be thankful we were able to witness back-to-back winning seasons for the UF football team.
As I said, it’s been a good run.
Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go brace myself for doomsday, although we can hope that the Mayans are wrong and that I’ll get a chance to continue my coverage of the Oilers for years to come.
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