Thursday, November 16, 2006

Dude Hall of Fame Inductee: The Journey

Transfers Nicole Erickson and Michele VanGorp made the journey from West Lafayette, Indiana, and brought with them a kid from Peru, Indiana named Lauren Rice

Senior Hilary Howard made the journey from Scarsdale, New York.

Sophomore Georgia Schweitzer journeyed in from Ohio.

Gail Goestenkors led them, and 7 others, on a journey for the ages.

The Journey began on a gloomy note in a crushing defeat to Connecticut in San Jose witnessed by 3/4 of the Committee, but gosh did it ever end gloriously, right back in San Jose, for the Final Four.

Along the way, the Journey went 15-1 in the regular season, including a sweep of North Carolina that was punctuated by a win on Senior Day in front of a record-setting crowd.

But the season's exclaimation point was delivered on a chilly night in Greensboro, where the Journey stunned heavily-favored Tennessee, led by the Mighty Meeks Trio of Chamique Holdsclaw, Sameeka Randall and Tamika Catchings.

With a plucky Georgia Schweitzer leading the way, the Journey held on to a single-digit lead in the last 10 minutes for a white knuckled win that punched their ticket to the Final Four. A win that literally had 1/2 of the Committee shaking in disbelief on press row for the game's final 5 minutes.

Although the Journey's improbable dream season came to a premature halt against Purdue in the National Championship, it was a dream of a journey nonetheless

For taking the Dude Committee and their fans on an exhilirating ride for the ages, the Dude Committee proudly honors an inaugural and unanimous selection into the Dude Hall of Fame: The Journey


HD said...

Well played. The only thing missing was the reference to Takisha Jones in the final home game against UNC, with Morgan and I sitting in the upper deck and watching as Takisha hit a basket in the final minute and the fans holding signs saying "I believe in Takishaism" waved them frantically as the buzzer sounded. Little did she know she'd go on to become the Dudes' Deep Throat just two months later.

Nick T said...

I want to know how Bookman got to cover the UNC game instead of the usual Asian contingent. In my mind it seems like we covered every game that year, but that's probably just how I like to remember it.

Thad is Rad said...

The Takisha-Hilary hug picture remains a classic SportsWrap cover! Truly a very memorable ride... And speaking of women's sports teams that can't win the big one, why does the field hockey team even play anymore? Can't we just pencil in a Final Four loss to Wake every year? It's like that UNC losing streak all over again! (as I type this, I think, "Hmmm, why on earth are precious brain cells storing information about field hockey?")

HD said...

But what a dramatic comeback -- down 4-2 with a minute left, Duke rallied and scored twice to force overtime, only to see Wake devastate them again. Just as well I guess, so another women's team couldn't lose a national championship to Maryland.

The Dude said...

I do believe that Morgan's comment about "can't win the big one" deserves a hearty and deafening "boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!". The Journey will always be champions in our hearts. Perhaps, Morgan, if you had seen the Journey's launch against UConn, you would recognize the accomplishments of the Journey, and not denigrate the fact that they put Duke women's hoops on the map.

Thad is Rad said...

Well dude, perhaps if you hadn't told me Coach G would soon have more banners than Coach K, my expectations wouldn't have been so high.