My ears perked up on Sunday night as I sat at home watching the New York Giants football game. I had gone to the Giants website so my wife and I could watch the halftime ceremony announcing the team's Ring of Honor at their new stadium. What caught my attention was that one of the names being inducted to the team's Ring of Honor was Al Blozis.
I will try to keep you somewhat entertained and informed throughout the afternoon as the Hoyas take on the Preseason Patriot League favorite Colgate Raiders. This week we are in Hamilton, N.Y. a nice town with a very cool small town feel to it. On the bus into the stadium this morning we drove through the main drag of town to several blocks worth of what appeared to be a combination tailgate/farmers market/bazaar. For Patriot League travelers it reminds of a little of the historic Bethlehem, Pa. area near Lehigh (though with less hills).
Climate wise it is also a stark change from last week where the game time temperature at Multi-Sport Field was 92 degrees. It is currently 53 degrees here. I could have used a hoodie.
Some Fun Facts to the tune of "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi (currrently playing on Colgate's PA system.
* Colgate's QB Greg Sullivan was the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and so far the only non-Hoya to walk away with the weekly honor. RB Nate Eachus, who started his career at Colgate as a linebacker has transitioned into the backfield well, leading the Patriot League in rushing and ranking fourth in the nation averaging 142 yards per game.
*The Series...Georgetown and Colgate have met seven times, beginning the series the year after GU joined the Patriot League in 2002. Colgate has won each of the seven matchups.
*In the Red Zone...The Hoyas offense has scored in 11-of-12 trips into their opponents 20 yard line, including 10 touchdowns. That is the second best percentage in the Patriot League behind Bucknell who is 7-for-7...The Blue & Gray defense has also excelled leading the Patriot League by limiting opponents to 12 scores in 17 red zone chances. They have also blocked three field goals and created two turnovers inside their own 20 yard line.
*Unimportant Fact of the Day...We stayed at the Radisson of Utica last night where they had those sleep number beds that you may see on commercials. I learned through a series of trial and error that my sleep number is 45.
I'll have more football related info (along with random observations from the lovely Andy Kerr Stadium) as we move along, so you should probably just keep this window open and hit refresh every now and then...updates will appear after the jump.
Wednesday Night Lights has been the theme of the week here in the office. After a thrilling Homecoming victory for the football team, we have now started focusing on some big games this week including the men's soccer team's matchup against Adelphi on North Kehoe Field.
The Georgetown volleyball squad (11-7, 1-1 BIG EAST) has been setting career highs this season. Ashley Malone (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) set a career-high 58 assists and Lindsay Wise (Raleigh, N.C./Raleigh Charter) recorded a career-high 19 kills this season. Malone, who tallied 1148 assists last season, is now fifth among single-season assist leaders.
We have received BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll three weeks in a row thanks to stellar performances from Wise and Vanessa Dorismond (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons). We will undoubtedly see more Hoyas receive the honor this season.
Rezin and Malone are on pace to set more records at the end of the season. Come out and support your Hoyas as they take on BIG EAST opponents, deliver outstanding performances and make Georgetown volleyball history.
The Blue & Gray host DePaul on Friday at 7 p.m. and Notre Dame on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The field hockey team will take on Rutgers this Friday at the William I. Jacobs Rec. Complex on the campus of American University. This will be the Hoyas' conference home opener so come out and support the Hoyas. The game is at noon on Friday.
So, if you haven't already heard the song, "Fancy" by Drake is played at least once a day in the sports information office. And rightly so as far as I'm concerned! We have been fancy thus far in the 2010-11 school year with a lot of new and exciting things happening on the Hilltop. I'll give you the update in my world of publications as you enjoy the Georgetown Homecoming Weekend!
As I type, it's about 54 minutes until game time. Last week it was the brand new, modern look of Lafayette's Fisher Stadium (and being in my hometown). This week it's the nostalgic look and feel of everything surrounding the Yale Bowl.
The Yale Bowl was built in 1914 and while in excellent condition still has that feel to it. The pressbox is open air, which makes it all the more fortunate that the weather is beautiful here in New Haven, Conn. Earlier in the morning we were able to hear the marching band warming up and the whole stadium kind of smells like funnel cake.
Also adding to the old-timey feel, as Chuck Timanus and I had discussed, the Yale beat reporter sitting next to me is dressed like media members from the movie "Eight Men Out" or "The Natural". The guy is wearing a top hat that should have a press card in it. I wish he was working off of a typewriter. Only the music over the PA system, including, Cali Swag District's timeless classic "Teach Me How to Dougie" reminds me that this is not 1950 opposed to 2010.
I'll have more football related info (along with random observations from the Yale Bowl) as we move along, so you should probably just keep this window open and hit refresh every now and then...updates will appear after the jump.
The past few weeks, I've been spending my mornings at William I. Jacobs at American University jamming out to Mambo Sauce's "Welcome to DC" as I distribute game day programs or get game starters from both teams. This weekend, the Hoyas will head to Kentucky as they take on BIG EAST opponent Louisville as the conference schedule begins this weekend. They conclude the weekend with Radford on Saturday. Look for the preview of this weekend's action.
This was also the third straight week that the field hockey team has been represented in the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Senior defender Annika Bannon and sophomore forward Charlotte Tierney were the latest when the announcement was made by the conference yesterday. Five players (Annika Bannon, Briana Pereira, Catherine Shugrue, Charlotte Tierney, and Annie Wilson) have been honored thus far this season.