Monday Morning Musings

November 28, 2005

I'm no card-carrying member of the spell-check police but when it comes to nicks and names given to our athletic teams, I draw the line. Every so often, when I encounter in print or in cyberspace, the Hoyas referred to as the blue and "grey," I recoil as others might upon seeing our hoop team show up wearing black and teal.

As this linked online discussion seems to conclude, the word "grey" is like the word "colour," the common British usage, while its American cousin is "gray."

Both may be acceptable spellings in this country; however, the phrase "Blue and Gray" has taken on epithet status and therefore, consistency matters. I could argue that the Greek word for "what" is more properly spelled in English with an "i" rather than "y" substituting for the ancient letter "iota." How strange though would it be for the name "Hoia" to be as common as our more familiar Hoya?

No, let's keep our name traditions free from confusion. Spell the "G" word any way you like, except when it comes to the Hoyas. Then, it oughta be GRAY.



The women's hoop team ventured out to the Midwest this past weekend where they split a pair of games against the Bison of North Dakota State and the Lady Bisons of Lipscomb University in the Ball State Tournament. Hmm . . . seems like the Bison population is indeed multiplying.

My interest was piqued though by Lipscomb, a school that I honestly had not heard of previously. As it turns out, Lipscomb is a Church of Christ-affiliated university in Nashville, Tennessee. It was founded as the Nashville Bible School in 1891 by David Lipscomb and was renamed in Mr. Lipscomb's honor in 1918. Its alumni include entertainer Pat Boone and Jim Jinkins, creator of the animated Doug series.

The school was once a small-college power, notably in baseball and basketball in the NAIA. Today, it is a member of NCAA Division I and competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference against such rivals as Florida Atlantic, Gardner-Webb, Jacksonville, Mercer, North Florida, and Stetson.

More importantly though, the Lady Bison went down in defeat yesterday to the Hoyas of Georgetown.



My picks for most interesting contests this coming week:

> Men's Basketball: The Hoyas (2-1) make a coast-to-coast trip to face Oregon (4-0 as of this posting) in a key game next weekend. But first, the Ducks go on the road to play our most recent foe, Vanderbilt. Most fans will have to watch this Hoya match-up on Fox Sports Network next Saturday at 3:00 pm.

> Women's Basketball: If you live in the New York City metro area, come see the Hoyas (3-1) in a mid-week contest against the Fordham Rams (1-1), always a Jesuit grudge match. Tip-off is 7:00 pm on wednesday at the Rose Hill Gym.

> Men's Indoor Track & Field: The first indoor meet of the year for the Hoya thin-clads will be the Navy Invitational on Friday in Annapolis.

Last week, the Hoya athletic teams posted an overall win-loss record of 3-2 and earned a 16th and a 27th place finish in standings competition.




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November 28
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8:30 PM
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7:00 PM
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December 10
2:00 PM
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12:30 PM
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December 20
7:00 PM
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December 21
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December 27
6:30 PM
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December 28
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Providence
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December 30
4:30 PM
Marquette
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December 30
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January 2
9:00 PM
DePaul
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January 2
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Xavier
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2:00 PM
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12:00 PM
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