OSC WRAP-UP: THE COOKIE CRUMBLES ON THE GU-UMD RIVALRY

Dec. 3, 2008

OSC WRAPUP: THE COOKIE CRUMBLES ON THE GU-UMD RIVALRY

“Good news of long-awaited event will arrive soon.”

If I learned one thing during my four days at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, FL, it was to never doubt the predictive power of…well, virtually anything.

Day 1 saw an ex-American Idol finalist reveal the uncomfortable truth that the Hoyas were in for a battle against an upstart bunch of Shockers from Wichita.

Day 2 featured the Hoyas’ heady play bringing our hopes back to life against Tennessee, as predicted by soothsayer (swaggasayer?) Maya Arulpragasam.

Would I receive yet another musical clue to the fate of Georgetown’s first matchup with local un-rival Maryland since the spring of my freshman year on the Hilltop?  Sadly, no…although this was unsurprising, as the Terrapin-relevant discography isn't particularly robust.

Instead, I was handed the result of the Hoyas-Terps clash on a pocket-sized slip of paper along with the lucky numbers 50, 51, 36, 54, 39, 13 and the Chinese pronunciation of the word “fish”.

In a tournament played in a venue called the Milk House, leave it to a fortune cookie to provide the remarkably prescient prediction seen at the top of this post.

 

 

I couldn’t help but ponder yet again, as I walked up the hill to the Milk House for the final time on Sunday evening, past the High Schoolers playing pickup football in the concourse of Champions Stadium…was this really the appropriate venue for the showdown the Beltway has been clamoring for since 2001?

To be fair, the previous two venues for Georgetown-Maryland games weren’t exactly palaces of sport.  But the 2001 meeting had the cache of the NCAA Tournament, the 1993 clash the hype of the Washington media. 

The 2008 edition? We had the Oviedo High School Pep Band.

For the game that DC basketball fans had been waiting seven years to see, only 3,914 were on hand…and to be fair, probably 1,000 of those were Tennessee fans waiting to pounce on my seat the moment I picked up my jacket.

 

 

Ultimately, the 3,914 blue and gray and red and black (and orange) clad fans were treated to…well, an implosion, really.

From the moment the Georgetown Hoyas stepped on the court at the Calcium Palace, they carried themselves with a steely-eyed focused that bordered on the bizarre.  When Designated Chest-Thumper Omar Wattad went chest to chest with DaJuan Summers during the Georgetown player introductions, the two players barely even glanced at each other.  This may not have been the ideal venue, but for the Hoyas it was certainly going to be business as usual.

Nothing made this more clear than the opening clip shown on ESPN: Georgetown freshman Greg Monroe calmly but with great focus warming up and preparing to lead his team into battle, contrasted with Maryland senior guard Greivis Vazquez spinning a ball on his finger.

 

 

Did Georgetown, in blowing out the Terrapins, in the process blow any chance of GTown-Maryland becoming a regular fixture on the DC sports calendar?

It’s hard to imagine many Maryland fans pining for a rematch any time in the next seven years, after a 75-48 drubbing that actually saw the Hoyas take their foot off the gas and score only a single basket in the final seven-plus minutes.  And it’s hard to claim any longer a groundswell of popular support for a Hoyas-Terps game when the Washington Post saw fit to put the result below the fold in Monday’s sports section.

Oh, there’s plenty of hype for a DC-Maryland showdown.  It just happens to be for this weekend’s Redskins-Ravens game.

So for the third time in my lifetime, Georgetown and Maryland will go their separate ways…to meet again, once again, at a time and place TBA.  Perhaps somewhere less sunny next time?

Wherever and whenever we meet again…we’ll always have the Milk House.

And I’ll always have Gary Williams’ technical foul.

John Hawkes (SFS ’04)

Proud Member of Generation Burton

 

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December 1
Individual Results
Navy Lidlifter
Annapolis, Md.
RECAP
December 2
L, 1-0
USC
Avaya Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)

ESPNU
December 2
Prelims
Bucknell Invitational
Lewisburg, Pa.

Live Results
Friday Prelims Results
December 3
All Day
Navy Invitational
Annapolis, Md.
December 3
All Day
Bucknell Invitational
Lewisburg, Pa.

Live Results
December 4
1:30 PM
Elon
Verizon Center

FS1
106.7 FM
December 4
2:00 PM
Delaware
Newark, Del.
December 4
All Day
Bucknell Invitational
Lewisburg, Pa.

Live Results
December 8
7:00 PM
George Mason
McDonough Arena
December 9
All Day
Hoosier Open
Bloomington, Ind.
December 9
All Day
Hoosier Open
Bloomington, Ind.
December 10
2:00 PM
La Salle
Miami, Fla.

ESPN2
106.7 FM
December 11
2:00 PM
Alabama
McDonough Arena
December 17
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y.

ESPN
106.7 FM
December 22
6:30 PM
UNC Greensboro
Verizon Center

FS1
106.7 FM
December 28
8:30 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

FS1
99.1 FM
December 28
2:00 PM
DePaul
McDonough Arena

BEDN
Watch
December 30
2:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena

MASN2/BEDN
Watch
December 31
11:00 AM
Xavier
Verizon Center

FS1
99.1 FM
December 31
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 1
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 4
7:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

CBSsn
99.1 FM
January 4
7:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.

BEDN
Watch
January 6
TBA
Pepperdine women only
Malibu, Calif.
January 7
12:00 PM
Butler
Verizon Center

FOX
99.1 FM
January 8
2:05 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

BEDN
Watch
January 9
6:30 PM
St. Johns
Verizon Center

FS1
106.7 FM
January 10
7:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

BEDN
Watch
January 13
7:00 PM
St. Johns
McDonough Arena

FS1
January 13
5:00 PM
George Washington/Bowling Green
Washington, D.C. (GW)
January 14
12:00 PM
UConn
Verizon Center

FOX
99.1 FM
January 14
1:00 PM
American
McCarthy Pool
January 14
All Day
Nittany Lion Challenge
State College, Pa.
January 14
All Day
Nittany Lion Challenge
State College, Pa.
January 15
2:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena

BEDN
Watch
January 16
9:00 PM
Providence
Verizon Center

FS1
106.7 FM
January 16
1:00 PM
Rider
McCarthy Pool
January 20
8:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

FS1
January 20
All Day
NY Gotham Cup
Staten Island, N.Y.
January 20
All Day
NY Gotham Cup
Staten Island, N.Y.
January 21
1:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
January 22
2:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

CBS
106.7 FM
January 22
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BEDN
Watch
January 25
7:00 PM
Creighton
Verizon Center

FSN
106.7 FM
January 27
1:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
January 27
5:30 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
January 27
All Day
Penn State National Open
State College, Pa.
January 27
All Day
Penn State National Open
State College, Pa.
January 28
8:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

CBSsn
106.7 FM
January 28
1:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena

BEDN
January 28
All Day
Penn State National Open
State College, Pa.
January 28
All Day
Penn State National Open
State College, Pa.
January 28
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
January 31
9:00 PM
DePaul
Rosemont, Ill.

FS1
106.7 FM
February 3
12:00 PM
Providence
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 3
All Day
Armory Invitational
New York, N.Y.
February 3
All Day
Armory Invitational
New York, N.Y.
February 4
12:00 PM
Seton Hall
Verizon Center

FS1
106.7 FM
February 4
All Day
USA Jr. Cross Country Championships
Bend, Ore.
February 4
TBA
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
February 4
All Day
USA Jr. Cross Country Championships
Bend, Ore.
February 4
All Day
Armory Invitational
New York, N.Y.
February 4
All Day
Scarlet & White Invitational
Boston, Mass.
February 4
All Day
Scarlet & White Invitational
Boston, Mass.
February 4
All Day
Armory Invitational
New York, N.Y.
February 5
1:00 PM
Creighton
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 5
TBA
Harvard
Boston, Mass.
February 7
7:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.

FS1
106.7 FM
February 8
TBA
Morgan State
Arlington YMCA
February 10
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.

BEDN
February 10
TBA
Florida International
Miami, Fla.
February 10
11:00 AM
Massachusetts
Washington, D.C.
February 10
All Day
FasTrack National Invitational
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 10
All Day
FasTrack National Invitaitonal
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 10
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 10
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 11
12:00 PM
Marquette
Verizon Center

FOX
106.7 FM
February 11
10:00 AM
Providence
Providence, R.I.
February 11
4:00 PM
Monmouth N.J.
Washington, D.C.
February 11
All Day
Liberty Elite Invitational
Lynchburg, Va.
February 11
All Day
Valentine Invitational
Boston, Mass.
February 11
All Day
Liberty Elite Invitational
Lynchburg, Va.
February 11
All Day
Valentine Invitational
Boston, Mass.
February 11
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 11
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 12
2:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
February 15
TBA
Temple
Arlington YMCA
February 17
7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

MASN2/BEDN
February 17
6:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 18
2:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 18
All Day
Penn State Tune-Up
State College, Pa.
February 18
All Day
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 18
All Day
Penn State Tune-Up
State College, Pa.
February 18
All Day
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 19
3:30 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

FS1
106.7 FM
February 19
2:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 19
1:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 22
7:00 PM
DePaul
Verizon Center

CBSsn
106.7 FM
February 22
3:00 PM
Coppin State
Baltimore, Md.
February 22
11:00 AM
Morgan State
Arlington YMCA
February 23
All Day
Day 1
Long Island, N.Y.
February 23
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 24
8:00 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

BEDN
February 24
4:00 PM
USC Upstate
Spartanburg, S.C.
February 24
12:00 PM
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
February 24
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 24
All Day
Day 2
Long Island, N.Y.
February 24
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 25
12:00 PM
St. Johns
New York, N.Y.

FSN
106.7 FM
February 25
2:00 PM
Wofford
Spartanburg, S.C.
February 25
All Day
Kiawah Spring Invitational
Kiawah Island, Sc.
February 25
All Day
Day 3
Long Island, N.Y.
February 25
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 26
1:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

FS1
February 26
12:00 PM
Dayton
Spartanburg, S.C.
February 26
All Day
Day 4
Long Island, N.Y.
February 26
All Day
Kiawah Spring Invitational
Kiawah Island, Sc.
February 27
All Day
Kiawah Spring Invitational
Kiawah Island, Sc.
February 28
6:30 PM
Seton Hall
Newark, N.J.

FS1
106.7 FM
February 28
2:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
February 28
All Day
Kiawah Spring Invitational
Kiawah Island, Sc.
March 1
2:30 PM
George Washington
Arlington, Va.