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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Jeff Green's Dad and Roy Hibbert's Mom

A Hoya's Dad Gives the Marriott G'town Fever

Forgive the folks at the downtown JW Marriott if they've gone a little Hoya-mad -- decorating the hotel lounge in Georgetown banners and pennants, and serving a menu of "Hoya dogs," bright blue Hoya martinis (bartender won\'t say what\'s in them) and "Final Four" burgers. You see, it turns out that the father of junior forward Jeff Green works there. How do we know? Guess it's gotta be the big sign they've put out front: "JEFF GREEN'S DAD WORKS HERE!!" Also, the T-shirts bearing the same message that they've printed up for Jeff Green Sr.'s colleagues on the banquet staff. "We're very proud of Jeff Green and his son," said hotel rep Mark Indre ."It's like a family here. When you walk in every day, everyone's asking about Jeff Junior."

The local celebrations are a little quieter for fellow hometown Hoya Roy Hibbert . All quiet at alma mater Georgetown Prep -- spring break this week, though that allows the school's president, the Rev. William George, to journey to Atlanta. And Hibbert's old grade school, St. Michael's in Silver Spring, has standardized tests this week, though principal Kathleen McCann says the kids will make banners and cards to honor their tallest-ever alum (6-8 when he left eighth grade). His parents, from Bowie, are going to Atlanta, of course, which will halt all the phone calls. "We've had about 20 calls at our home," said mom Paddy Hibbert ."From Nevada, from Florida, from New York. My sister in the Caribbean wants to come, but I tell her, 'No tickets.' They just have to watch it from home."

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