Monday Morning Musings

November 14, 2005

The early Fall forecast for the resurfacing of the Ellington track by the end of October was a bit optimistic in light of subsequent contractor and weather delays. I took a walk over from McDonough last week with head track mentor Ron Helmer to see what shape the track is presently in. With about one-third of the oval now finished off with a spanking new layer of red rubber, you can get an idea of what the facility will finally look like. What an improvement!


Coach Helmer surveys the renovated practice track facility










Revised estimates have the renovation being completed by the end of November. Of course, it still remains to be seen how well the Hoya track team workouts at Ellington will be welcomed into the midst of the rights-empowered neighborhood of Burleith. Despite being a property under the jurisdiction of the DC school system, local residents tend to regard the open acreage as their own communal back yard.







Out and about in the neighborhood, I had to stop at the corner of 35th and Prospect to take in the renovations underway at the old Pell house, now under new ownership. The painted brick has now been sandblasted down to its natural reddish hue. For much of the latter half of the 20th century, the stately Georgetown period house was the home of Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island. Pell often welcomed GU students into his abode and was a good friend of the University during his years of service in Washington. Once painted gray, the house felt almost like one of the Georgetown campus buildings.


Senator Pell's former home































When I wrote about the restoration of Healy gates several weeks ago, I correctly identified the movers and shakers of that initiative as Ed and Irene Shaw of Mamaroneck, NY. What I didn't accurately report was that the plaque on the gate refers to John Ryan and the Ryan family of Pittsburgh. I want to report for the record that John Ryan was Irene Shaw's beloved father.


Healy gates open for business





























Memorial plaque on Healy gates

































My picks for most interesting contests this coming week:

> Cross Country: One week from today: the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. The entire men's team qualified to compete by winning the NCAA Regionals last weekend. The women's team finished third, but will also qualify, having earned an at-large bid.

> Sailing: Two huge competitions this coming weekend: the intercollegiate single-handed national championship in Kaneohe, Hawaii; and the mid-Atlantic intercollegiate championships in Charleston, SC. Look for the Hoyas once more to make their mark in both events.

> Basketball: The season opener on Friday evening takes the men's team to Annapolis to play the Naval Academy. There, they will be greeted by over 500 Hoya fans who will also make their first road trip of the year. The women's team travels just a bit further, heading to Savannah State for their opener next Sunday.

> Football: The 4-6 Hoyas conclude their season at home when they host conference opponent Colgate (7-3) next Saturday at the Yard. The Red Raiders have only lost to Lehigh in Patriot League competition.

Last week, the Hoya athletic teams posted an overall win-loss record of 0-5 and earned a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd, a 5th, and two 7th place finishes in standings competition.




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November 24
8:30 PM
Auburn
Nashville, Tenn.
November 25
6:00 PM
Richmond
Richmond, Va.

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November 25
8:30 PM
Chattanooga
Nashville, Tenn.
November 26
3:00 PM
Northwestern
Nashville, Tenn.
November 28
8:30 PM
Maine
Capital One Arena

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
November 29
7:00 PM
Florida International
McDonough Arena
December 3
6:30 PM
Coppin State
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 7
8:30 PM
Howard
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 7
7:00 PM
Minnesota
McDonough Arena
December 9
2:30 PM
North Carolina A&T
Capital One Arena

FS2
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 10
2:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.
December 16
12:30 PM
Syracuse
Capital One Arena

CBS
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 20
7:00 PM
North Texas
Capital One Arena

FS2
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 21
6:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
December 23
12:00 PM
Alabama A&M
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 27
6:30 PM
Butler
Capital One Arena

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
December 28
7:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

BEDN
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December 30
4:30 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
December 30
2:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

BEDN
January 2
9:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 2
2:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena

BEDN
January 5
7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

BEDN
January 6
12:00 PM
Creighton
Capital One Arena

FSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 6
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 7
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 9
6:30 PM
St. Johns
New York, N.Y.

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 10
7:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena

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January 12
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
January 13
12:00 PM
Seton Hall
Newark, N.J.

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
January 13
1:00 PM
American/George Washington
Washington, D.C. (American University)
January 14
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.

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January 17
6:30 PM
Villanova
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
January 19
7:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena

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January 19
TBA
VCU 41
Richmond, Va.
January 20
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Capital One Arena

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 20
1:00 PM
Drexel
McCarthy Pool
January 20
TBA
VCU 41
Richmond, Va.
January 21
2:00 PM
Depaul
McDonough Arena

CBSsn
January 24
8:30 PM
DePaul
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
January 26
7:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BEDN
January 27
8:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 28
2:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

FS2
February 2
6:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
February 3
6:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 3
1:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.

BEDN
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February 3
2:00 PM
Seton Hall/Providence
Berkeley (N.J.) Aquatic Club
February 4
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
February 4
TBA
Temple
Washington, D.C.
February 6
8:30 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 9
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 9
TBA
Monmouth N.J.
Washington, D.C.
February 10
4:00 PM
Seton Hall
Capital One Arena

CBSSN
106.7 WJFK-FM
February 11
2:00 PM
St. Johns
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 13
6:30 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 13
12:00 PM
Towson
Arlington, Va.
February 16
8:00 PM
Depaul
Chicago, Ill.

BEDN
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February 16
4:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 17
12:00 PM
Gardner-Webb
Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 18
3:00 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

BEDN
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February 18
10:00 AM
Navy
Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 21
6:30 PM
Xavier
Capital One Arena

FS1/FSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 21
10:00 AM
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Geneva, Ohio