Thursday, February 26, 2009

Snubbed.

I case you haven't heard, I'm going to be a contestant on the March 4 episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I set up a facebook event and invited all of my friends. One person in particular declined the invitation, though, and suddenly appearing on a game show doesn't seem that cool any more.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Mystery of Sean Williams



When Sean Williams was recruited, he was the ranked as high as the 20th best center in his class in the nation. I can't find the article now, but I'm pretty sure I read in the D.O. that he has a longer wingspan than anyone in the NBA. Plus he's listed at 6' 11". Someone with that kind of physical gift should be able to play some mean defense, right? He should be able to play Division I ball, right?

Well so far, no. The guy looks incredibly awkward every time I've seen him play (which is not very often). At the end of the St. John's game on Tuesday, he had an easy layup opportunity and completely botched it. This scholarship player was outshone in those waning seconds by walk-ons Reese and Presutti. Something's not right.

The coaching staff knew when they recruited Williams that he was going to be a gamble. According to this article, he only averaged 6.8 points and 3 rebounds his junior year. His senior year, he played so little that opposing coaches didn't even know he was on the team. Despite this, the SU coaching staff seemed to believe that, with the right training regimen, he could become a force in the Big East.

But now it seems Boeheim has given up on him.

The original plan to redshirt him his freshman year didn't work out. The Great Torn ACL Plague of 07-08 forced him to play eight minutes against Rutgers, disqualifying him from a redshirt. At the time, it seemed that Coach Boeheim decided to play him so that he could be worked into the depleted line-up, but we never saw him again. Jim apparently preferred playing only 6 men to trusting Sean out on the floor. Yikes.

Still, it seemed like all the guy needed was some time in the weight room. He could redshirt his sophomore year, beef up, and then have three years of kickin' ass. I thought that's what he was doing until the end of the St. John's game. He played in a Big East game. He wastes another year of eligibility.

My guess is that the coaches have decided he's not improving, so he just sits on the bench, waiting for his 4 years to go by. I'm sure having a body like that in practice helps the other players prepare for the likes of Thabeet, but he just can't cut it in the actual games. My guess is that if a hot recruit comes along and the team is out of scholarships to offer, Williams will be the one sacrificed. I hope he's making a good use of his free education because it seems like as far as basketball is concerned, he'll be nothing more than that mysterious figure, appearing once a year so we can all gawk at those arms.

In case you missed it...



I've been putting up some "FanPosts" over on Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician. If you were curious about my feelings on the current basketball uniforms or how to decode the secret message in the above picture, go check 'em out.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SU vs. St. John's OSR



The alley-oop practice pays off (mostly) as SU gets acrobatic on the way to demolishing St. John's by almost 30 points.

Yo-dee-oo-dee-oh-dee-ay-oo...

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the collapse of Georgetown basketball this year, and I hope you have too. Credit has to go to The Sporting Blog for finding the best way to sum it up.

Matt over at Hoya Suxa also did a great job of chronicling every loss:



What's that? Villanov-who? Sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of crushed Hoya dreams.

Friday, February 20, 2009

SU athletics department does something right

I just want to give some quick props to whoever is making the LAX posters this year. So here they are: prop prop prop.



Click for full size. What the hell is a prop anyway? You kids and your hip jive...

I love SU

I just found this video on the 'Tubes today and I had to share it. It was uploaded almost two years ago, so it might be old news to some. Still, this video is amazing.



It's hard to say what the best part of is. Seeing what Marshall St. looked like the year I was born? The old school band uniforms? I'm gonna go with the anchor at the end being completely unimpressed.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Ongejection

One of the big stories coming from the Georgetown game yesterday had to be the elbow from Kristof and his subsequent ejection. At the time I thought it was a terrible call. The commentators and my allegiances convinced me that he was just doing a "swim move." However, after a day to calm down, digest, and review the tape, I'm not so sure. I'm still not really happy with the call, but K-Ong isn't as innocent as we'd like to believe.

First let's look at the tape, courtesy of The Orange Segment.

Kristof Ongenaet's elbow and ejection vs. Georgetown







If you look at Kristof and Summers battling at the 6 second mark, you can clearly see K.O. get an elbow to the side of the head. (It happens just as Jonny passes to Andy.) Was it intentional? Hard to say, but taking a hit like that has got to suck. This led to Kristof's emotions getting the best of him, unfortunately, and I think he delivered a little payback to the back of some Hoya skull.

Summers then did his best Italian soccer player impression: collapsing to the ground and crying until a foul was called. Sure it hurt, but I've seen players play through much worse (see G-Mac's 2006 Big East Tourney). Suck it up.

It's unfortunate that the player doing the retaliating is typically the one caught in situations like this. If the refs thought it was worth an ejection, then both players should have been thrown out. Personally I think it should have been a T on each player and let them both continue play.

Like Brent Axe said in his blog, I hope this isn't the dawn of a new era of "throw out anyone who elbows another player." Thabeet's play was pretty dirty against us, and I think we had a right to complain afterwards, but I'd rather see physical play than players scared to compete.

It also worries me that this happened just as we were witnessing the Belgian Rennaissance. Kristof was back in top form the past two games, and I really hope Ongenaet continues his physical play because that's what he's best at. We'll have to wait and see a week from today if it changes his game at all.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

SU vs. Georgetown


Click on the picture to get the full-size warm and fuzzies.

Friday, February 13, 2009

It's been a while


I don't like it when our team loses. It's amazing how this emotional connection has developed between myself and the athletic success of a handful of individuals that I barely even know. That said, the recent losing streak has lessened my enthusiasm for writing in this blog.

Never fear, though! I'm still alive, and there's nothing that can get me fired up again like an upcoming home game against the hoyas.

In case you missed it, I did a little piece for the open mic week over at Hoya Suxa. I couldn't believe my good fortune when I noticed that I was walking behind a Georgetown cheerleader on my way home from work. The dude pretty much wrote that article for me. Seriously... he couldn't have looked more stereotypical if he tried.

Thanks also to Krystal for sending me the above photo of her sign. I wish I were that talented with construction paper and scissors.

Anyway... I am so pumped for the game tomorrow, and I'm confident that we will beat them by approximately 40 points. Hopefully the orange-out goes off well, but I have my doubts. I'll be back tomorrow with something, and I'm going to try to keep this thing more active through the remainder of the season.

Go, fight, and win.