Pete's Ponderings-January 5
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  01/14/2009

With the New Year come new challenges for us all. Basketball coaches Marvin Menzies and Darin Spence are beginning their challenge in the Western Athletic Conference basketball race.


The team that looks like the big dog in the men's race this year is in town Saturday, Jan. 10, and it is every Aggies job to come out and do your part for the cause. I am referring to 'Crimson Aggies' now as needing to show who you think the real leader in the conference should be. The visitors have the same mascot name as NMSU, and these Aggies have been perennial thorns in each other’s side for several decades.


Utah State has the best non-conference record of the preseason to go with a tradition that has been storied in the WAC and Big West Conferences. It's time to be proud and loud but proper in the way you root for our Aggies. As a learned man once said, "fans win games." By that he meant, their participation and enthusiasm can tip the scales in tight home game.


Pete does realize that there are a dozen games left after Saturday's but keeping the league preseason favorite off-balance is the best way to lead the charge toward postseason. Stew Morrill is a smart coach and he has taken NMSU to the limit more than once, including the WAC title game two years ago. That night belonged to NMSU. A talented team was wearing Crimson and White that March night but a great crowd was backing them up. It has got to be that way again Saturday night. Utah State comes in with a top newcomer at point guard named Jared Quayle. Their center is a guy Aggie fans got a good dose of last year, Gary Wilkinson. He is back and is the preseason choice for player of the year.


The Navy-clad Aggies play smart and play hard, but the young guns in Crimson and White take a back seat to no one when it comes to on court effort. It's time for you to match that effort with your support. The year has a lot of promise for Menzies’ squad and the best way to nurture a maturing team is to show you are there for them.


This Aggie team is like a young colt Pete once rode. Frisky and energetic and wanting to show the world what they can do but needing to be reined in from time to time to know how best to climb a rocky grade or step carefully through a bed of rattle snakes. A good rivalry game between squads that are both aiming for the top is a special event. See you at the Pan Am Saturday night.


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