Compete with Connecticut for 40 minutes. It's a mission all but impossible for most women's college basketball teams against a juggernaut that is beating opponents by an average of 46 points this season.
But it wasn't the familiar theme song of the hit action movie franchise or its television predecessor that haunted Hofstra assistant coach Faisal Khan and director of basketball operations Michael Gibson in the early-morning hours before their team's game against the top-ranked, unbeaten and seemingly invincible defending champs. Instead, it was the sounds of "The Jeffersons," George and Weezie's upbeat theme song blaring from Hofstra senior Jess Fuller's cell phone, which had been collected along with those of the entire roster the previous night by the coaching staff in hopes of ensuring rest for the players.
We’d roll our eyes at those writers who might have done that. Self-promotion was almost seen as a character flaw. We were writers, not salespeople. Hey, the story was published. If it was good enough and people were interested, they would find it. Maybe somebody who liked it would pass it on – by word of mouth or, as technology advanced, by e-mail or message boards. That was OK … but we weren’t going to beat our own drums.
Wow, how stupid were we?