Once More, Part 3

October 31, 2007

I began working at Georgetown in 1981 -- at just the right time. At first, I was the director of Hoyas Unlimited. While I subsequently came to hold a number of other positions on the Hilltop, my responsibilities would usually take me on the road when March Madness rolled around. From 1981 through the next 15 years or so, the men's basketball team almost always found itself playing in the NCAA tournament. That often meant a first round site or quarterfinal location in some interesting city or town that I had never previously visited: Provo; Dayton; Indianapolis; Oklahoma City; Birmingham. So together with my fellow faithful Hoya travelers, we would enjoy a weekend of Georgetown hoops while also spending time discovering what each new locale had to offer.

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The lovely campus of Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, home of tobacco conglomerate RJ Reynolds

Last March, while watching the NCAA selection show on Sunday following our Big East championship victory in Madison Square Garden, I surveyed possible first round locations. Chicago, New Orleans, Lexington, Columbus, Buffalo. All good locations but for me, "been there, done that." That left Sacramento, Spokane, and Winston-Salem. All intrigued me. But just one site was practical for me to attend first round action: North Carolina, home of Wake Forest University. Happily, it came to pass. We spent a damp weekend in Winston-Salem but Hoya spirits were as high as they ever have been.

Other schools in town for the first round included UNC, Texas Tech, BC, Marquette, Michigan State, and first round foe Belmont

Winston-Salem, the twin twin city city

A positive sign: a blue-gray sky silhouettes the downtown towers


Mary Taylor Behrens '83 and college bud Maryann O'Donnell McCoy '83

What are the Hoya fans looking for behind the blue curtain? . . .

. . . why more Hoyas, of course


The "general" Bobby Knight during a timeout in the first contest versus BC

Kevin Laborde '78 giving his best Knight impression to Bill Rich '68

Hoya fans prepared for tip-off


Head coach John Thompson III

Pre-game huddle: coach Thompson and the starting five

Hoya cheerleaders and Jack the Bulldog getting ready


Tipoff Town, the pre- and post-game gathering place adjacent to the Coliseum

Winston-Salem, headquarters and home of Krispy Kreme doughnuts

. . . and Home of Low Prices


Sunny skies appeared for the second round game: a visit to the Wake Forest campus

Wait Chapel on the Wake campus

The Coliseum is in addition to this on-campus Bridger Field House (shown here)


Pre-game gathering gave the Hoya band a chance to warm up

Hoya road warriors

The Behrens boys, Chris and Matt, joined their mom, Mary for the second round on Saturday


The Hoya faithful in second round action against BC

Head women's basketball coach, Terri Flournoy and son

Sensing victory, the Hoya fans are on their feet


With a victory over BC, Patrick Jr and his teammates advanced to the Sweet 16

Jessie Sapp greeting Hoya fans upon leaving the court

Roy Hibbert getting to all the high fives



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