May 13, 2007. Women's Water Polo secures national championship #100.
We are coming up on the first anniversary of that momentous occasion. The buildup to that was palpable. People asking all the time, which team would do it? Who would bring us up to 100?
And I can even remember posts that showed up from idiots, er, folks saying how football might do it last year with so many returning starters and a (relatively) easy schedule. Remember those?
Or maybe our second final four trip would do it. Or soccer. Or softball. Or whoever.
Even then I struggled with myself with the various disappointments of teams falling short and not delivering #100. I didn't want to be greedy, and Lord knows how many schools don't even have one championship, but how cool getting to 100 would be? I wanted it, too.
But even with wanting to get to 100 national championships, I never expected quite the fanfare that getting to 100 first brought from the school. I know it was designed to help with recruiting (not just players, but applicants to the school), but couldn't we show some restraint? Yes, 100 was great, but did we have to have it shouted from the rooftops at every opportunity? Did we have to boast so much? Where was the idea of winning with humility?
I probably would have been ok with a little bit of recognition of the feat, but it just went too far for me. The C being changed in UCLA for the Rose Bowl end zones and the basketball jerseys was really over-the-top for me.
And so it has been almost a year since #100, and with all that bragging, where does our tally stand at now? Oh yeah. Still 100.
We had been having quite a run.
2003 -- three championships
2004 -- five! championships
2005 -- two championships
2006 -- two championships
And across the board recruiting was going stellar for most sports after all that. We were going extraordinarily well (if you don't get too focused on only football and basketball -- which I can do sometimes, too).
2007 -- Struggled to get 1 and none since.
The rational part of me says that there will be natural peaks and valleys with this.
But for all the boasting we did about it, a good portion of me would rather say, "Karma is a bitch."
So now I officially blame our loss in the final four this year to karma. That's got to be the reason. It's very logical and rational.
And gosh doesn't it feel good to blame something else...