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

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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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