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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Very Superstitious

In addition to being completely unable to look at anything beyond the next game, it appears that JTIII is also an extremely superstitious guy. Either that or he has OCD. I'll let you decide.

Superstitious Thompson: 'That's how I've been programmed'

By JOSEPH WHITE, AP Sports Writer
March 5, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When John Thompson III leaves the office before a game, his secretary has to be the one who gives him the Georgetown pin he'll wear on his lapel while on the bench.

Before getting on the bus to head to the arena, the coach has to drink a yellow Gatorade. No other color will do.

When he emerges at Verizon Center before tip-off, he always stops to high-five or somehow acknowledge the same three kids -- Michael, Megan and Matthew -- who just happen to have seats by the tunnel that leads to the locker room.

During the game, he has to have a blue marker for drawing plays.

"The managers learn that quickly," he said. "I don't want black. I don't want green."

And, several times during an interview with The Associated Press in his office, Thompson answers questions while literally knocking on wood -- specifically the table that was next to his chair.

"Am I superstitious?" he said. "Yes. Very."

The rest of this AP piece is available at Yahoo! Sports.

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