Over the last few years we have heard Karl Dorrell and his staff repeatedly saying how his program is heading in the right direction because everyone is "on the same page." Of course it really has turned out to be a whole lot of BS given the mediocre and less than inspiring performances during last years (well except for those 4 comeback wins against shitty teams spearheaded by the 2LIVEDrew). Anyways ... why I am bringing up that phrase? Because that is operative phrase in today's article by Brian Dohn, which goes over how Jordan and AA, the two leaders of this team have walked the walk (emphasis mine):
Afflalo said the 2003-04 Bruins showed "a lack of toughness" and demonstrated "little will to win." Farmar said he was recruited for "toughness," something the program was lacking.
Two years after making those comments, Afflalo and Farmar, the Bruins' starting sophomore guards, delivered on their promise to return UCLA to glory. They have led the second-seeded Bruins (31-6) to their first Final Four since 1995, as UCLA will face No. 4 seed LSU on Saturday at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
And amazingly, Afflalo and Farmar provided the attitude adjustment with little resistance from the very players they criticized.
"It's because we have great kids, and they're all on the same page," UCLA third-year coach Ben Howland said. "They're about winning, about getting the program back to where we all expect it to be, which is at the highest level. They've done a good job of getting along with one another because, the bottom line is, they're great kids."
When Bozeman was reminded of Afflalo's and Farmar's comments following Saturday's 50-45 defeat of top-seeded Memphis in the Oakland Regional final, he shook his head and laughed.
"Yeah, I remember that," Bozeman said. "At that point, it kind of grazed my ear. I took nothing of it. This team, I guess, everybody's on the same page. At that time, I think we had people that had different agendas. At this point, all that is in the past."
Let's just hope some day we will have a coach like Howland leading the UCLA football team out of the Rose Bowl. Only then we will be playing a meaningful football game in January instead of gloating and spinning a BS win over some mediocre Big-10 program in late December in a city no one cares to be in.
Thank God for Howland.