Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

One-and-done: What’s up with the Hoyas?

March 25, 2013

I have a couple theories of the case re:  the Hoyas string of one-and-done trips to the NCAAs.

And, they’re not the usual “too cocky” or “where was Otto?” kinda stuff.

First, the back story.

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All the world knows that the Hoyas were upset by Florida Gulf Coast University.

Poll: Raise your hand if you heard of FGCU before last Sunday’s selection show.

Yahoo Sports cut to the chase Saturday morning:

March Madness: when the Georgetown Hoyas suddenly turn into the Washington Generals.

In five straight trips to the Big Dance, the Hoyas have been busted out by a double-digit seed.

So only one conclusion can be drawn: after going to the Final Four in 2007, Georgetown has simply been an atrocious NCAA team.

JTIII has been JTI and done.

You’ve got to beat somebody eventually, Georgetown. Seriously

Ouch.

Here’s what I think is going on …

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Remember the funky ABA basketball? … Well, Team Obama tops it.

April 11, 2012

The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967.

To compete with the NBA, the league copped some top players (think Pistol Pete and Dr. J.) and introduced some game innovations, including the 3-point line and and a red, white and blue basketball.

Note: The ABA became defunct when it  merged with the NBA in 1976.

 

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Well, Team Obama has gone retro and “personalized: the ball.

When you play some hoops at the White House you get to play with an Obama ball.

And, I bet that for a statistically significant donation, you can bring one home for the kids.

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Big East wobbling as Pitt & Syracuse head for the ACC …

September 19, 2011

Punch line: Georgetown’s Big East Conference may be losing its 4th and 5th teams to the ACC … whacking the Big E’s stature and money-making capacity.

Georgetown is caught in a pickle since it’s a ‘major’ in basketball but not in football.

Excerpted from WSJ

The Atlantic Coast Conference has received application letters from Pittsburgh and Syracuse to join the league.

If the move goes forward, Pittsburgh and Syracuse would become the fourth and fifth schools to leave the Big East for the ACC in the past decade. Virginia Tech and Miami joined in 2004, and Boston College followed a year later as the ACC’s 12th member.

Syracuse is a founding member of the Big East, and Pittsburgh joined the league in 1982.

The Big East’s situation is tricky because of seven non-football members such as Georgetown and Villanova that help make it one of the nation’s strongest basketball conferences.

The basketball schools and football schools often have different agendas.

Losing Pitt and Syracuse would be a huge blow to Big East basketball as well as football.

The other football-playing members of the Big East are Rutgers, Connecticut, Louisville, South Florida, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

There already has been speculation that West Virginia would be a target for the SEC

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