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NOTHIN' COULD BE FINA THAN TO BE IN CAROLINA!

Two weekends down and two to go! What a wonderful time to be a Hoya fan! This special team, coached by my personal choice for BIG EAST and National Coach of the Year, John R. Thompson, III, marches on this weekend to the Meadowlands in New Jersey for the East Regional Championships, looking for a chance to march to and through Atlanta for the Final Four the following weekend and secure the National Championship! The journey, no doubt, will be difficult, but I am confident that if we play Hoya Basketball, we can secure college basketball's coveted prize - - the 2007 NCAA National Championship! And I, proud member of Generation Laughna, yet humble servant and scribe of the squad, will continue to march in their wake, monitor their performances, and celebrate their triumphs! It's a wonderful life!

While memories of this past weekend linger most clearly in my mind, I must offer a few comments on last weekend's BIG EAST Tournament Championship, the first since 1989, when Charles Smith (C '89) led the Hoyas to their sixth BIG EAST Championship in their "dominant decade" of the 1980s. (The other five were in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1987.)

First, Jeff Green's performance in the dramatic, semi-final victory over Notre Dame, which included 30 points and 12 rebounds, was, at least, among the five single most dominant performances that I have ever seen by any Georgetown player ever! Jeff's calm and poise throughout the contest belied the most intense, internal competitive fire that stoked his play throughout the tournament and especially during the Notre Dame game. For example, when he stepped to the free throw line to take foul shots against the Irish, Jeff would calmly draw a deep, cleansing breath, focus intently on the goal, and then proceeded to sink 12 of 14 charity tosses. During pauses in the action, he demonstrated his quiet leadership, speaking words of wisdom to his teammates. It was a remarkable performance that I shan't soon forget. As the song goes, "New York, New York . . . if [you] can make it there, [you]'ll make it anywhere, it's up to you, New York, New York!"

Second, during this 100th Anniversary of Hoya Hoops, it was appropriate that Georgetown, which so dominated the BIG EAST during the 1980s, would win the 25th Anniversary Tournament at Madison Square Garden. And make no mistake, from my vantage point of having attended every Big East Tournament held at Madison Garden, except for 1986 tournament won by St. John's, the Hoyas' tournament triumph this year was every bit as dramatic and meaningful as those during the 1980s. In fact, I would assert that this year's championship title is the most meaningful of them all, since, in my view, with the coming of JTIII and his "We Are Georgetown" philosophy, this championship truly belongs to all of Georgetown.

Finally, the post-tournament championship celebration in the Affinia Hotel's ballroom was a very special and emotional time for me. As I stood just inside the ballroom's entry way, I thought of: (1) my senior year, 1971-72, when the team finished 3-23, resulting in Coach John Thompson, Jr.'s coming to Georgetown; (2) the 18 years since Georgetown last won the BIG EAST Tournament in 1989, the end of a period where the BIG EAST Tournament almost seemed to be a Georgetown birthright; and (3) my six years as President of the Hoya Hoop Club (1998-2005). I walked diagonally through the crowd and thanked every current and former member of the Hoop Club board whom I saw there for their efforts in sustaining and nourishing the Club during that period: from current President Al Bozzo, to Joe Guarriello, Bill Licamele, Tom Wong, Chris Lucey, Neil Sumilas, Payne Miller, Joe Kresse, Scott Minto, Peter Biche, Lara Drezner, Bruce Casner, Al DeRosa, Mark Guerrero, Carlo Tamburo, John Hawkes, Steve Thomas, and Brian Lonardo. I also saw and thanked Hoyas Unlimited Director Allison Rubin, staffers Tim Hogan and Nate Brown, former Director Jennifer Shaheen Montgomery, Athletic Director Bernard Muir, and his Athletic Department associates Kyle Ragsdale and Pat McArdle. Finally, I thanked many students from Hoya Blue and young alumni whom I saw at the party and have met over the last several years. Special recognition in this regard goes, of course, to Kurt Muhlbauer, who, much like Jeff Green, put HoyaBlue on his back and willed it to success through work and extraordinary energy. Once again, "WE ARE GEORGETOWN - - THE BEAST OF THE EAST!" How sweet it is!

This weekend's journey, of course, took us to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as the Number 2 seed in the East Region, for the first rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships. Easily avoiding a first round No. 2 vs. No. 15 seed upset over a game Belmont College Bruin squad from Nashville on Thursday afternoon, despite not playing our best game, the Hoyas then advanced to meet Boston College on Saturday. As all know, two years ago, Boston College, a charter member of the BIG EAST Conference, left the league for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team from Chestnut Hill was led by Jared Dudley, the ACC player of the year, who, prior to the game, made the statement that the ACC was a better conference than the BIG EAST because it had more star power and was "so much more athletic." Even without Dudley's ridiculous assertion, I was hoping for a 30-point Georgetown win and the Hoyas appeared to be on the verge of granting my wish as they broke from the starting gate with a 12-2 lead. Jon "Money" Wallace keyed the scoring for the Hoyas during this stretch. Alas, my wish was not to be, as the Eagles came back to lead by four at half-time and then extended their lead to eight at 39-31 with 15:24 left to play.

Just after that point, the Hoyas began to impose their will and turned the game back in their direction with all players taking key roles at different times. Wallace was fouled driving to the basket and made the first of two free throws before Green grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to make the score 39-34. As he has done so often this season, Money Wallace added a clutch three pointer and Jesse Sapp tied the score at 39 with two free throws at the 12:44 mark. Georgetown took the lead for good at 46-44 on an offensive rebound and put back by Roy Hibbert.

On the pivotal play of the game, with the score at 46-44, Big East Player of the Year Jeff Green soared high above the rim to convert a Hibbert miss into a jaw-dropping dunk to make the score 48-44. Big Roy scored the Hoyas next four points with strong inside moves.

With Georgetown leading 59-55, Big Roy drew defenders to him and then he passed to a streaking Patrick Ewing, Jr. along the baseline for a thundering, SportsCenter reverse jam as Dudley gaped in awe while fouling Patrick. Patrick converted the three-point play for a 62-55 Hoya lead with 42 seconds left. The game, and the last word, belonged to the Hoyas. Next stop, the Meadowlands! Nothin' could be fina . . .!

The trip to Winston-Salem also saw two terrific Hoya Hoop Club receptions at Dudley's on the Park, a post-game event on Thursday and a pre-game pep rally with the band and cheerleaders on Saturday! Fans of all ages mingled with one another and with members of the Athletic Department staff, eating, among other things, chicken wings, egg rolls, stuffed potato skins and fried zucchini rings. Attendees also received t-shirts, compliments of the Hoya Hoop Club, proclaiming, in shades of 1984, "100 Years of Hoya Paranoia!" Kudos go out to Allison Rubin and her Hoyas Unlimited staff Tim Hogan and Nate Brown for their efforts in organizing these terrific outings. Thanks are also extended to Dudley's and its staff, bedecked in the Hoya Paranoia t-shirt, for their wonderful touch of Southern hospitality to the visitors from the North. (We forgave them for name of their establishment.)

One humorous aside, on Friday, I went with a group of very hungry Hoya fans to Winston-Salem's best known sports bar, the Fox and Hound, for lunch and hoops. Upon arrival, I realized that last year in Dayton, I had eaten in a Fox and Hound there on the day between games. The layout was identical and there were more televisions going than I could bother to count, including some of the biggest screens I had ever seen. Another exciting day in Winston-Salem, even though the Hoyas weren't playing!

WE ARE GEORGETOWN!!

Beat Vanderbilt (again)!!

Michael Karam (F'72, L'76)
Generation Laughna
Immediate Past President (1998-2005), Hoya Hoop Club
Vice-President, Hoyas Unlimited

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August 18
4:00 PM
West Virginia
Shaw Field

Fox Sports Go
August 18
5:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
August 19
1:00 PM
Virginia
Shaw Field
August 20
1:00 PM
George Washington
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Fox Sports Go
August 24
7:00 PM
Delaware
Newark, Del.
August 25
5:00 PM
American
Washington, D.C.
August 25
2:00 PM
Davidson
Cooper Field
August 25
5:00 PM
Howard
Washington, D.C. (at American)
August 26
12:00 PM
Santa Clara
Washington, D.C. (at Howard)
August 26
5:00 PM
American
Washington, D.C. (at Howard)
August 27
1:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Shaw Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Appalachian State
Cooper Field
August 28
1:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Shaw Field
September 1
4:00 PM
Cal Poly
Shaw Field
September 1
8:00 PM
Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.
September 1
12:30 PM
The Citadel
Arlington, Va. (The Pentagon)
September 1
2:00 PM
Rider
Cooper Field
September 2
10:30 AM
Columbia
Arlington, Va. (Ft. Myer)
September 2
3:30 PM
Army West Point
Arlington, Va. (Ft. Myer)
September 3
4:00 PM
San Jose State
San Jose, Calif.

Mountain West Network
September 3
1:00 PM
Lock Haven
Cooper Field
September 4
12:00 PM
UCLA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:00 PM
Saint Francis PA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:30 PM
Coppin State vs. Buffalo
McDonough Arena
September 8
7:00 PM
UMass-Lowell
Lowell, Mass.
September 8
7:00 PM
James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 8
All Day
Spiked Shoe Invitational
State College, Pa.
September 8
All Day
Spiked Shoe Invitational
State College, Pa.
September 9
6:00 PM
Campbell
Buies Creek, N.C.
September 9
7:00 PM
UConn
Storrs, Conn.
September 9
11:00 AM
Buffalo vs. James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 9
1:00 PM
Coppin State
McDonough Arena
September 9
4:30 PM
Coppin State vs. James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 9
7:00 PM
Buffalo
McDonough Arena
September 10
1:00 PM
Rutgers
Shaw Field
September 10
12:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
September 12
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 15
11:00 AM
Arkansas State
Houston, Texas
September 15
2:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Cooper Field
September 15
4:30 PM
Stephen F. Austin
Houston, Texas
September 15
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 15
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 16
1:00 PM
Marist
Cooper Field
September 16
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

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September 16
11:00 PM
Rice
Houston, Texas
September 16
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 16
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 17
1:00 PM
Towson
Baltimore, Md.
September 17
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
September 17
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 17
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 18
All Day
The Memphis Intercollegiate Memphis
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September 19
All Day
The Memphis Intercollegiate Memphis
Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 20
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Shaw Field
September 20
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 22
3:30 PM
Blue & Gray Intrasquad Meet
McCarthy Pool
September 22
6:00 PM
Old Dominion
Norfolk, Va.
September 22
8:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.
September 22
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 22
All Day
Battle at Beantown
Boston, Mass.
September 23
1:00 PM
Columbia
New York, N.Y.
September 23
4:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
September 23
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 24
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Shaw Field

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September 24
1:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

BEDN
September 24
1:00 PM
Longwood
Farmville, Va.
September 24
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 25
All Day
The Patriot Invitational George Mason
The Chantilly National Golf Club - Chantilly, Va.
September 26
All Day
The Patriot Invitational George Mason
The Chantilly National Golf Club - Chantilly, Va.
September 28
4:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

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September 29
2:00 PM
Temple
Cooper Field
September 29
5:00 PM
Potomac Relays diving
McCarthy Pool
September 29
5:00 PM
Potomac Relays swimming
Washington, D.C. (American University)
September 29
6:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena
September 29
All Day
Paul Short Run
Bethlehem, Pa.
September 29
All Day
Paul Short Run
Bethlehem, Pa.
September 30
2:00 PM
Harvard
RFK Stadium
September 30
1:00 PM
Marquette
Shaw Field

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September 30
1:00 PM
Delaware/St. Francis Pa.
Newark, Del.
September 30
6:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena
October 1
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shaw Field
October 1
1:00 PM
LIU Brooklyn
Cooper Field
October 4
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.
October 5
3:00 PM
Creighton
Shaw Field

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October 6
3:00 PM
Butler
Shaw Field

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October 6
2:00 PM
Liberty
Cooper Field
October 7
1:00 PM
Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
October 7
6:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena
October 8
1:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
October 8
All Day
The Gridiron Classic Notre Dame
The Warren Golf Course - South Bend, Ind.
October 9
1:00 PM
Duke
Shaw Field
October 9
All Day
The Gridiron Classic Notre Dame
The Warren Golf Course - South Bend, Ind.
October 11
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
October 12
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 13
7:30 PM
Villanova
Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
October 13
6:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.
October 13
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 13
All Day
Wisconsin Invitational
Madison, Wis.
October 14
12:30 PM
Lehigh
Bethlehem, Pa.
October 14
1:00 PM
Towson
McCarthy Pool
October 14
2:00 PM
DePaul
McDonough Arena
October 14
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 14
All Day
Pre-National Meet
Louisville, Ky.
October 15
1:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

BEDN
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October 15
1:00 PM
Lehigh
Bethlehem, Pa.
October 15
2:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena
October 15
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 16
All Day
The Georgetown Intercollegiate
Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.
October 17
7:00 PM
Maryland
College Park, Md.
October 17
All Day
The Georgetown Intercollegiate
Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.
October 19
3:00 PM
Marquette
Shaw Field

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October 19
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 20
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 21
2:00 PM
Fordham Parents Weekend
Cooper Field
October 21
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shaw Field

BEDN
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October 21
12:00 PM
Uconn
Storrs, Conn.
October 21
7:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
October 21
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 22
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BEDN
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October 22
12:00 PM
Sacred Heart
Fairfield, Conn.
October 22
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 22
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 23
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 24
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 25
2:00 PM
Providence
Shaw Field

BEDN
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October 26
2:00 PM
Xavier
Shaw Field

BEDN
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October 27
2:00 PM
Villanova
Cooper Field
October 27
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 28
1:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
October 28
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
Watch
October 28
11:00 AM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
October 29
1:00 PM
La Salle
Cooper Field
October 29
2:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
November 1
2:00 PM
Creighton
Shaw Field

BEDN
Watch
November 3
4:00 PM
Rutgers/Pittsburgh/Seton Hall/Villanova
New Brunswick, N.J.
November 3
6:00 PM
St. Johns
McDonough Arena
November 3
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 3
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
2:00 PM
Lafayette Homecoming
Cooper Field
November 4
10:00 AM
Rutgers/Pittsburgh/Seton Hall/Villanova
New Brunswick, N.J.
November 4
6:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 10
6:00 PM
Marquette
Milwuakee, Wis.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 11
12:00 PM
Bucknell
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 12
2:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
November 14
7:00 PM
Howard
McDonough Arena