During the conversation he asked if we had got our "Berth" yet. This was the first time I had been asked about this ever and i had told him no half heartily sort of knowing what he was talking about.
The berth he was talking about wasn't an NIT World berth, it was just the labor day regional berth you had to earn by winning or getting a hand me down berth during the non NIT tourneys throughout the year.
Our team that year was scrambling just to get a Labor day berth that year.
We eventually got it and went to Arizona to get our asses handed to us going 0 - 2.
The fire had been lit that's for sure and fast forward a few years later we knew we would get our berth no matter what, so we scheduled our seasons around all the NIT"s in the region instead.
Every big tourney meant something and attaining a World berth was sacred and a huge achievement.
Now in todays game I would only say the only big achievement would be earning a Major World berth, i wouldn't even count going to a E through B world an achievement, winning won yeah I'll go there.
Okay i'll go back to my chair on the lawn