Are you an elite women's basketball program?
Do you feel like the days are getting shorter and the competition isn't enough of a challenge Does the thought of 11 more regular season games make you long for the month of March? Do you find yourselves sleepwalking through portions of games, only to snap out of your slumber and defeat your opponent in less than impressive fashion?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be suffering from an ailment known as "Seasonal Dominance Disorder."
"Seasonal Dominance Disorder" or "SDD" is brought about by an abnormally large amount of talent contained on one basketball roster. Here's how it works:
Excess talent accumulates on a roster over time through recruiting, transfers and player development. When this talent builds up faster for one team than for others, it can make regular season games uncomfortable. Lesser talented teams play harder, while the teams burdened with excess talent play with less intensity and exhibit feelings of boredom, disinterest, and overall malaise, relying on their talent to win the game.
When those feelings arise for an extended period of time, talented teams are prone to "upsets," or losses to inferior teams due a general disinterest in competing.
But there is an answer to SDD.
It's called "history."
History is an easy remedy that can be used by any team at any time. Just open up a media guide, flip to the section labeled "Records," and search for the stat called "Most Games Won." The number atop the list is 34, which is the number of games the Gamecocks won last season.
29 regular season wins plus three wins in the SEC Tournament plus advancing to the Elite Eight would give this year's team the new record, commonly referred to as an "incentive." Other uses of history can feature exploring a program's lack of national championships, which may serve as a more powerful incentive than merely numbers of wins. Teams with the ability to compete for championships are encouraged to use whatever incentives necessary to combat SDD. Additional incentives may include, but are not limited to, program-building, love of teammates and civic pride.
SDD is serious and, if not treated, can lead to unfulfilled expectations and regret.
Don't let the LSU's and Ole Miss's of the world get you down. If you feel your team is suffering from SDD, talk to coaches immediately about history.
Common side effects of history may include rings, trophies, banners and a massive parade through the streets of downtown Columbia.