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UAB women's basketball deserves unhappy Blazer hoops fans support
I posted this thought at the end of a comment in another thread and decided to start another conversation on this topic...

Our women's program has been energized by Randy Norton and it took him a few years to get it going but you could see from the jump that he wanted to recruit a different kind of player and play a different kind of game. Maybe we should consider coming out in force to support our women's program? There are a lot of things to like about it...
02-08-2019 05:56 PM
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I have preached this sermon to some degree since the days of Audra Smith, Karisma Chapman, Amber Jones, Meghan Brown, Destiny Samuels, Micheala Kliest, Bianca Dufulmier, etc. These women , win or lose, play their damn hearts out for UAB and the handful of fans that usually turned to see them play. When I was an announcer at Blazeradio, I'd invited their players several times to come on the air to talk about the team and try to drum up some extra support. To no avail. None of my calls or inquiries to Coach Smith or the Athletic Department were answered.

And local sports talk was reluctant to even give women's basketball beyond Connecticut or Tennessee the time of day because of this myopic, frankly sexist perception of women's basketball in this area and most of this country, for that matter. Some of us state that UAB is a "basketball school," but to disavow, ignore and not show up to root these young ladies on is an affront to that perception and from my vantage point, to the legacy of Gene Bartow. Good basketball is basketball. Blazer basketball is Blazer Basketball! If we're dismissing this because of gender, than we're (bleep)ed up, not them. I love these ladies! I love Coach Norton! And damn it, they're going to get my full emotional measure of support that I can, anyone who has seen me at UAB Women's Basketball game before already knows this to be true. I would love to see at least 2 or 3 thousand fans show up at Bartow Arena to root these women on the way they do the guys....Just Once...
02-08-2019 07:04 PM
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Yes if you are boycotting men’s ball at least go support the ladies. They are really fun to watch.
02-08-2019 09:43 PM
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Might need to start going to the men's game to forget about the women's team.
02-09-2019 05:46 PM
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Crowds at the 4 women’s games I’ve been to this year, while still bad, are better than they have been in years past.

My daughter is 0-3 lifetime at women’s games though, so I’m going to have to start coming solo lol.
02-09-2019 06:05 PM
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