- Gannon has already hammered twice, by 20 and 26 points
- went 0-2 in their own Lake Erie Tip-Off Classic, falling to Alderson-Broaddus and Point Park
- has other losses to Goshen and Grace (sounds like a couple from Albion celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary)
- is 5-14 this season with its only wins over Malone, Ohio Dominican, Cincinnati Christian, Brock, and ... Cal U.
Cal must be gawd-awful, right? Not so fast. To give the Vulcans credit, they did rebound to beat Lake Erie by 9 last week. Plus they were 2-2 in their PSAC East crossover games, with respectable wins over Cheney and Shippensburg and close losses at West Chester (by 1) and at Millersville (by 6). The Rams just beat #21 Mercyhurst -- it still hurts to say that -- and the Marauders just took the Lakers to OT in Erie.
I'm not even going to attempt to predict which Cal team will show up against Gannon Wednesday night. But I can predict how many fans will show up: very few. Cal used to be a powerhouse and a big draw, but apparently those days are way behind them. In 5 home games this year, they've drawn only 926 fans, an average of 185 humans per contest.
If you are a longtime Gannon fan, you might recall these names from great Cal teams of the past: Kenny Toomer, Dana Zajicek, Ray Gutierrez, and Coach Jim Boone. In the 1988 NCAA East Regional Final, Gannon thumped Cal, 93-75, in front of a noisy Audi crowd. The Vulcans exacted revenge in the 1994 NCAA's at Cal, banking in a running one-hander just before the buzzer to pull out a 65-64 victory over Bob Dukiet's scrappy Knights.
I know Cal had more than 185 people at the home game, and I think at least that many traveled to Erie 21 years ago. You have to give Gannon fans credit for showing up year-in and year-out. Even when stinky Lake Erie arrived one weekday evening in a snowstorm this season, over 600 Knight fans were in attendance.