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Bulldogs bounce back


Column by Carly Grenfell

Grenfell is a junior public relations and management double major and can be reached at carly.grenfell@drake.edu

Carly Grenfell

Welcome back! I hope you didn’t drive your parents nuts over our six-week break (or vise versa) and are getting settled in for the new semester. A lot has happened since I last wrote. I’ve finished a couple TV series on Netflix, taken countless naps and enjoyed having no schoolwork. But as exhilarating as that all sounds, I’d much rather talk about basketball. Conference season is in full swing. Our team is growing every day. Since our 0-6 start to conference, we have made great strides.

I know what I’m “supposed” to talk about. I’m supposed to say how hard we play even if our record doesn’t show it. I’m supposed to say we have fought every game. I’m supposed to say we aren’t playing to our potential. I’m supposed to say we have lost to teams we should have beaten. Yes, all of that is true, but that’s not exactly where my message is going today.

My message is this: We are sick of losing! This is the roughest start we’ve had since I have been here. I read a quote the other day that said, “Defeat is a greater test of character than winning.” Holy cow. I think our entire team would agree with that. Sure, everyone loses as some point in his or her career, but six in a row sure tests you.

With that being said, I’m so proud that we were able to bounce back and string together two wins last weekend. That alone is a testament to how strong the morale of our team is — even after the start we had. There isn’t a team in America that likes to lose. Perhaps losing is a blessing in disguise because for the rest of the season I know we will all be hungrier than ever to go out with a bang.

There is something about being the underdog that I really enjoy. In all honesty, nobody (except ourselves) really expectS us to do much this year. It’s one thing to win the conference as the one seed, but a completely different story when someone at the bottom takes it home. That’s what we are envisioning. Anything is possible if we just believe.


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