Monday Morning Musings

January 3, 2006

While yesterday's musings were in my head, the energy to post them was not. So here are my first musings of the new year.

You won't see too many sporting weeks for the Hoyas like last week. Georgetown went undefeated in intercollegiate competition. Granted, there were only four contests, but three of those were on the road and the single home game came against ACC competition. Hoya Saxa!






My reviews and predictions were posted on New Year's Day, but here are my "wishes" for 2006. (No, I don't do resolutions):

1. Boathouse. Topping my wish list (and most others here in McDonough) for next year is meaningful progress on building a new boathouse. To frame it differently, I wish that Georgetown were able to provide for its students without the red tape and bureaucratic obstacles thrown up by a tiny minority. This facility is a wonderful thing. Help us or get out of the way.

2. Learning. Normally, this is always at the top. It's what everyone at GU is here to do. Don't give me all the stats about graduation rates and academic progress. We know that Hoya student-athletes already have a passion for competition. I wish that every one of them develops an even greater passion for learning -- outside of athletics. This will serve them much better for the rest of their life than a grade point average or degree. Needless to say, the latter will likely follow from a love of learning.

3. Caring. I wish that Hoya student-athletes and their coaches enjoy good health and spirit throughout 2006. May we never lose sight in this highly demanding, competitive, commercialized, and high profile environment of college sports that what really matters is people, especially the ones we play and work with, and care about everyday.

4. Win and. Finally, I wish for competitive success. Win, and (no buts) win fairly. Win, and not at any cost. Win, and win with dignity and sportsmanship.




In the frenzy that precedes the holiday season, the Athletic Department announced several changes that got limited circulation. In the spirit of self-promotion (but with only a slight bump in circulation), I restate a portion of that announcement here.

Friday, December 16, 2005. Athletics Director Muir announced two key staff moves. Kyle Ragsdale (previously Special Assistant to the AD for Strategy and Business Development) was named Associate AD for External Relations. Upon being named to the Associate AD position, Ragsdale underscored the importance of Georgetown constituents as investors: "We will look to package the entertainment value of Georgetown sports in a way that reflects the interests and convenience of our loyal `customers'. We aspire to provide both high quality presentation and open and consistent communication."

In addition, Patrick McArdle (formerly Special Assistant to the AD) assumed the new post of Executive Director for Athletics Relations. McArdle, who created and maintains the View from the Hilltop blog on Georgetown's web page, has more than 30 years experience working for Georgetown University, his alma mater. His diverse responsibilities will include continued authorship of VFTH, providing counsel on department communications, constituent relations and web strategies, and planning special commemorative alumni events.

So, along with some internal restructuring, I now have a new title and will continue to do what I love: promoting and communicating about Hoya sports.




My picks for most interesting contests this coming week:

> Men's Basketball: The Hoyas (8-2) host Providence (6-4) at the MCI Center in the Big East season opener for both squads on Thursday at 7:00 pm EST. The Friars first will face Loyola tonight in Providence.

> Women's Basketball: After venturing into the lion's den (UConn) this Wednesday, the Hoyas (7-4) will host St. John's (9-2) next Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium.

> Track & Field: The second indoor meet of the season, the Fr. Diamond Invitational, takes the men's and women's teams across the river to George Mason University all day next Saturday.

> Swimming & Diving: A good week to be a swimmer. The men's and women's teams are in San Juan, PR, competing on Wednesday in a winter break intercollegiate invitational meet that includes fellow Big East teams, Syracuse and Seton Hall.

Last week, only the Hoya basketball teams were in action. They posted an overall win-loss record of 4-0.




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