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Monday, February 27, 2006

NCAA Seeding Question

If GW's best player, Mensah-Bonsu (sp?), can't play in the NCAA tournament because of injury, will the selection committee take this into account when determining GW's tournament seeding?

Are there any guidelines at all for how the selection committee determines seeds?

Btw, who sits on the selection committee?

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Let's beat CUSE!

Another Bowman story for good luck:

Let's hope we get "Good Brandon"!

Friday, February 24, 2006

A reminder of where we stood three years ago

As some of you know, I sent the letter below to Joe Lang (and copied Jack DeGioia) just over three years ago. I am posting it because it makes me chuckle and hopefully it will give you a laugh too.

I also thought it worthy of posting in recognition of how much things have changed in these three years and also as a reminder that our work is not done.

Keep your fingers crossed tomorrow and in the weeks ahead!

January 21, 2003

Mr. Joseph Lang
Georgetown University
Athletic Department
McDonough Arena
Washington, D.C. 20057

Dear Mr. Lang:

It is with great dismay that I read your comments in a recent
Washington Post article, “Just Like the Hoyas, Esherick’s Evolving.” I
attended the Georgetown-St. John’s game last weekend, and let me just
say, I have seen nothing like it in my twenty-odd years as a basketball fan and observer.

While I will leave it to others to debate the wisdom or utter stupidity
of offering Coach Craig Esherick a contract extension, what disturbed
me the most were your comments about the state of Georgetown’s basketball program.

To read that making the NCAA tournament is an “unreasonable”
expectation for Georgetown basketball is baffling and troubling.
Whether it’s on the basketball court or in the classroom, Georgetown
University should strive--in all its endeavors--for excellence.
Anything less should not be tolerated.

I need not remind you that Georgetown was once a perennial participant
in the NCAA tournament. Today, Georgetown has too often stood against
the tournament window with its nose pressed against the glass. The
rapid decline of this once-great program has been astounding.

As an alumnus of the College of Arts and Science and a soon-to-be
alumnus of Georgetown Law, my overall concern is that Georgetown retain
the excellent reputation it has worked so long to cultivate.

While I understand that the university does not possess unlimited
financial resources, there is no reason why the basketball program
should be sacrificed at the altar of fiscal restraint and concerns
about improving the university’s academic reputation.

As for fiscal constraints, let’s just say it’s not a radical
proposition that nationally prominent and nationally recognized
athletic teams generate excitement and enthusiasm among alums and
philanthropic donors who may be more inclined to give. To believe
anything else is myopic and short sighted. As Georgetown struggles to
meet the Third Century Campaign goals, the University should not turn
its back on the role sports can play in achieving greater fiscal stability.

As for the athletics v. academics debate, last time I checked Duke,
Stanford, and Northwestern were doing just fine. These schools
recently have used athletics as a vehicle to garner greater attention
and to attract top students without compromising academic integrity.
On the contrary, I submit that Holy Cross stands, in part, as a sad
example of what can happen to a school that turn its back on its athletic traditions and heritage.
Mr. Lang, whose company would you rather keep?

I think I speak for many alums when I say that your recent comments do
not reflect the spirit of Georgetown. Shame on you!


Thursday, February 23, 2006

Last Night

Just wanted to post a big thanks to Diamond and IPB for hosting me and Mrs. Jester at the game last night. We had a great time; it was a pleasure to be able to see the Hoyas on their home court again.

Here are a few highlights from the banter in the stands during the game for our contributors who weren't with us:

1.) IPB agreed to quit his job as a high-powered Washington lawyer and return to the Hilltop to work as a fundraiser for a on-campus arena. In return he only asks for a $75K/yr. salary, for the University cover his travel expenses in connection to his fund-raising efforts, and a room in New South. I'm talking to DeGoia today to see if we can make that happen.

2.) When asked about the costs associated with the Hoyas lease of the MCI Center, Diamond responded that this information was not publicly available and he could not, therefore, enlighten us. He admitted, however, that if one of the partners he works for had asked him the same questions he would not have responded that the information was unavailable--he would have found the answer. Should Georgetown expect less from Diamond? Poor form to be sure.

3.) I also invented a new stat during the game. It is called the Bowman Index. You simply take the number of points that a player contributes (by scores, assists, or steals that result in points) and subtract the number of points that they give up (through blown defense, dumb fouls, and turnovers). As I'm sure you can imagine Brandon's Bowman Index is negative for most games.

That is all I have. Later.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

This one's for the IPB

Game On!

I shining up the big finger and gargling lemon juice to prepare my voice. The Scarlet Knights will never know what hit's the return of the Jester!

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Disappointed in the loss, but I thought the guys looked a lot better. We are still not clicking like pre-West Virgina 2nd half but we played well enough to beat most teams. Nova was just too quick for our guards. We will beat Rutgers, Cuse and South Florida if we play this well. And, at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights are going to have to contend with the heckling of Jester.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

On-campus arena

This is something that the IPB and I discussed at length after the WVU game. It sparked similar discussion on the message board.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Favorite vs. West Virginia has listed Georgetown as a 4.5 point favorite for today's game. This information is being posted for recreational purposes only.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Team of the Week

i don't know if anyone else saw this. nice to see GU getting its due credit. i'll admit that i was highly skeptical (to put it mildly) of jt3's arrival. but, while there is much work to do & a lot of season left, i have to recognize & give tons of credit to his coaching ability & the way the team has responded to him.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Monday, February 06, 2006

New Rankings

FYI - # 16 in ESPN / USA Today poll (WV moved up to # 8)

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Doyle thinks we're a 3 seed

Win over Pitt

I'm assuming IPB & Diamond were at MCI for the game. I must admit that I only saw the 2nd half, so I don't know if the first half deficit of 15 or so at one point was due to poor play by us or Pitt being on fire. What I can say & did see watching the game on TV was that the 2nd half showed a GU team that was tough & smart. GU looked very calm & poised (I hate to say it, but they looked almost Duke like) as they climbed out of the 7 point half-time hole. I remarked to my cats that we were going to win the game as we brought the score to 45-40. A solid victory! Holding Pitt to 4 points over a good 12-13 minute span was impressive.

Aside from the near collapse in the last 90 seconds (we were VERY luck by the way), GU looked like a team that has a very good chance to be playing in the Saturday night Big East game.


Wow - another fantastic win! Do you think this pretty much guarantees a trip to the tourney?

Friday, February 03, 2006

Doyle agrees with us, Stallion.

Sports Nation Support

FYI: From ESPN's Sports Nation poll:

Of the four teams new to the rankings this week, which do you feel is most likely to remain ranked for the rest of the regular season?
58.0% Georgetown
20.3% Michigan
11.1% Colorado
10.6% Northern Iowa