Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The GW Band scream is the worst thing ever

I like the GW band -- they play good songs well and get folks pumped up. They're dedicated and help make GW games fun.

But when the opposing team commits a shooting foul, a young woman lets out a horrible, blood-curdling scream. I'm not sure why; it's not funny, not distracting to the players or anything. It's just damn annoying to the fans. It's worse when the band is under the basket, but it still sucks when they're in their normal spot.

And I'm not the only one: there are two separate threads about it on GWHoops.com, plus I've compiled here a bunch of people on Twitter complaining about it.

One of the GWHoopsters actually says the screamer yelled right in Kethan's face when they were down on the end zone: not cool. A person, presumably a former band member, said it was a 10 year old tradition, but I don't ever remember hearing it. If it's a tradition, it's not a very good one.

There's a lot of fun things you can do around fouls (like "you let the whole team down,") and that scream is not one of them.

Band, we love you. Stop the scream.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kevin Larsen's "Learn Danish" video is amazing

If you weren't at the game this weekend, you missed a hilarious video of Kevin Larsen on the big screen. And now it's on Youtube. It's great. (The funny face makes it.) Kom så GW indeed.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Quick takes on GW vs Fordham (and in general)

The good guys triumphed again, beating Fordham 79-59 in their first really solid conference win. The result was never in doubt as the Colonials started the game on something like an 18-2 run, hitting their first 7 shots on 7 assists.

Watching the game on a huge screen at a new sports bar in Petworth, The Pitch, my buddy kept saying the Rams were the worst college team he's seen. I didn't agree with that, but they did make a lot of questionable plays, bad passes, crummy shots and such. But GW took advantage. John Kopriva had his best game yet, scoring an aggressive 19 points on 7/7 shooting and 4/4 from the line. I've been really impressed by Kopriva this year, he's really stepped up and gotten better. 

Patricio Garino wasn't afraid to shoot it, which is a welcome development, hitting two threes, while Joe McDonald also didn't hesitate to shoot, continuing a positive trend over the last few games. 

Kevin Larsen also played aggressively with 11 points, 8 boards and some nifty assists. Personally I want him to always shoot it if he gets the ball down low.

The good guys also got to the line and knocked then down, hitting 21/29 free throws, also continuing a welcome trend in the past few games. If the offense isn't clicking, they'll have to keep that up.

Something else exciting to see was the GW fan base in the stands at Rose Hill Gym: they were numerous and loud. The Fordham fans on the other hand were pretty sparse and quiet -- apparently there's some kind of Fordham fan protest going on. (Also I just realized their acronym is FU.)

On a more somber note, Yuta Watanabe appeared to hurt his ankle early on and didn't return. He was able to limp though, so I hope it's not too bad.

As for the rest, Paul "Prince Harry of Harlem" Jorgensen got a fair amount of playing time and continued to impress. He ran the point well and knocked down some nice shots. Darian Bryant also had a nice jump step-and-floater move too. 

All the starters scored on double figures, but the bench only contributed 8 -- due to Yuta's injury and Coach Lonergan leaving the starters in for most of the game. 

There were a few defensive lapses allowing easy Fordham baskets, but those seemed to have been only in the first half, if my memory serves.

A nice night of basketball, and I hope the good guys keep it up against tougher competition. GW faces Duquesne at 2 pm in Saturday at the Smith Center.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Comparing Wizards games to GW games: maybe we could learn a thing or two

Last night I got to go to the Wizards-Spurs game with my buddy, a Wiz season ticket holder -- and it was a lot of fun. I think there's a few good ideas that GW could take up for the fan experience: getting them involved and interested, some benefits for season ticket holders, and more.

I hadn't been to an NBA game in years, maybe since Jordan played for the Wiz, and have many of the complaints you probably do -- they just play one-on-one, there's no defense, they don't call fouls or run plays, etc. But I have to say, it's a different style of basketball, and a different fan experience, but still a good time.

Basketball-wise, the game had a lot more midrange shots, and they knocked down many of them. There also didn't seem to be formal players, but maybe they were just more fluid and subtle than in college. I couldn't recognize defenses, either. It was also really-fast paced, with the home team winning 101-93. And I had no idea that Kris Humphries, most famous for marrying a Kardashian, was good at basketball. They also play music, mostly hip hop (and not all of it new) during play, mostly when the Wiz are on offense, something which is not allowed in college ball. I had forgotten about that.

As for the fan experience, there's a few things I think GW could pick up. For one, they give special (cool) Adidas warmup jackets just to season ticket holders. I saw them everywhere, first because they looked awesome, and then even more when my friend told me what they were. Considering how inexpensive GW tickets are (which is awesome) giving away a jacket wouldn't be feasible, but I'd definitely buy an awesome one that was just for season ticket holders. It could be a good way to build up interest and awareness of season tickets: "Hey, where'd you get that jacket?" It's also a great bonus for season ticket holders.

They also had a lot of little games and promotions during breaks in play -- one was completely random: Jeff Gordon, the NASCAR star, crushed a guy in a tricycle race. There was also a promotion where if the opposing team missed two free throws towards the end of the game, everybody gets a free chicken sandwich -- and people go nuts for it. It really increases the volume when the opposing team is shooting free throws.

This isn't to say I don't enjoy GW games -- I always do. But the more promotions, games and fun things for fans, the better.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Great GW holiday video features George, Smith Center, Colonial Army, Knapp & Knapp's dog Ruffles

The holidays are here (and the good guys play at 2:30 pm today!) and GW made a nice holiday video with cutouts featuring, among other things, the Smith Center, the Game Day balloons, and a game complete with the Colonial Army and their flags for the international players. Check it out.


Find What Makes You Happy in 2015: The GW Holiday Video from The George Washington University on Vimeo.

They also did a making-of video:

The Making of the GW Holiday Video from The George Washington University on Vimeo.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

School up the Street fans do clever thing: Duck Hunt-inspired tifo (fan skit)

Now, far be it from me to praise Georgetown about something, but this is pretty awesome: they made a Duck Hunt-inspired tifo (fan choreography, basically) showing a light gun shooting down a Kansas Jayhawk, then the bulldog retrieving it, like in the game.

Pretty clever. Colonial Army, got any funny ideas?


A video posted by Pam (@reddusfoximus) on
Of course, Georgetown lost, so there's that. Some players wore "I can't breathe" shirts as well.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Baby steps towards GW vs Georgetown in men's hoops?

GW vs Georgetown, 1923
It's been more than 30 years since the Colonials played those guys up the hill, the Hoyas, but a hopeful article from CSN's Ben Standig hints that maybe our two teams might actually play at some point in the future. Perhaps.

Standig talks to both coaches, who aren't opposed -- Lonergan is excited about while John Thompson III said he was "not opposed." Patrick Nero hinted on Twitter that he'd like to play, but it's not clear if the Georgetown athletic director, Lee Reed, is opposed or just didn't comment.

The two teams have played each other 94 times, which until a few years ago was the most for each against any opponent -- since then, Georgetown has played conference rivals St. John's and Seton Hall more. It's still the most for both schools against any non-conference team, however, despite the last game being in 1981. The other guys lead the series 54-39, but old timers on GWHoops.com will argue that Georgetown stopped the series after a few GW wins.

Standig also notes the 2.1 mile distance between schools and the long, long time since the game, and mentions ultimately unsuccessful chatter about Georgetown facing GW at the BB&T Classic, or making it a truly local tournament. It's great that the Hoyas are at the BB&T, facing Towson, especially considering it benefits Children's Charities, but a GW-Georgetown game there would be incredible -- both for the fans and for the charity. It's also too bad Maryland left after losing to GW -- it was a great rivalry, and again, it's for charity! (And I almost forgot the BB&T is this Saturday, more on that to come this week.)

Anyway, let's hope.

(Also, that great photo is GW-Georgetown football game in 1923, from Shorpy. The "Hilltoppers" as they were then known beat the "Hatchetites" 20-0.)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

GW trounces Bloomsburg 89-47, freshmen look good

GW vs Bloomsburg (exhibition)

It was an exhibition game against a school I hadn't heard of before, but 89-47 is never a bad thing.

Despite big problems with turnovers (GW had 21) the good guys played well offensively and pretty good defensively, with six players in double figures and long looks at the many freshmen on the team.

Freshman forward Yuta Watanabe impressed especially -- the big man from Kagawa, Japan (via St. Thomas More School in Connecticut) was fast, passed well, shot well from midrange and outside, and on one tremendous rebound, showed he can leap out of the gym. He finished with 12 points and 8 boards, including a three, and hustled: at one point he tossed a half court pass on a fast break then ran to be in position for the rebound. He also blocked three shots. He is pretty skinny, however, and was occasionally manhandled down low -- he'll need to work on that. I'm excited to see more of him.

The other freshmen impressed in places too: Darian Bryant, a 220 pound 6'4" guard (my friend said he was built like Carl Elliott) was fearless, attacking the rim and making some nice moves to score. He finished with 13 points and 4 boards. Point guard Paul Jorgensen is very quick and has a good handle, but occasionally dribbled himself into trouble. He also dribbled himself out of trouble again, and finished with 3 assists and 5 rebounds, only shooting once. Anthony Swan, a lanky 6'7" forward, didn't play a ton but was efficient: 10 points in 7 minutes, including an impressive, acrobatic layup on a break. Matt Cimino, the 6'10", 213 pound forward, collected 10 rebounds but had some trouble on inbounds plays when Bloomsburg pressed. He also looked a bit confused occasionally, but then again he's a freshman in an exhibition game, that's to be expected.

That wasn't just Cimino though, the team as a whole struggled with inbounds plays, often passing from big to big and turning it over. They'll need to work on that. The team was a bit cavalier with the ball, sometimes making ill advised passed or dribbling into the corners, but they also attacked the passing lanes for 9 steals.

As for the rest of the team, they looked like last year, which is to say pretty good. Kevin Larsen was the KevLar we remember, making a lot of nice post moves to score 11, and also had 4 rebounds and 5 assists, mostly on nice passes out of the post or to an open player when he was double-teamed. Patricio Garino delivered a couple of nice dunks and scored 16, plus 4 assists and 3 steals, as he is wont to do. Joe McDonald had a quieter game, only scoring with a couple of minutes to go, but did have 6 assists. Kethan Savage had 10 points and 4 boards, but also 5 turnovers. John Kopriva, who will need to step up this season as the only other non-freshman big man, had a sold game, a quiet 11 points and 7 boards.  If he does that every game, it would be fantastic.

The team as a whole shot 66% from the floor versus 24.2% from Bloomsburg, but only some of that can be attributed to GW's pressure. Often it seemed the Huskies' offense was running the Colonials all over the court for open looks, just failing to knock them down. GW only shot 2 for 8 from three, which may be a problem all year, and was 17/28 (61%) from the line -- something else that we hope improves. That said, the good guys also had 21 assists on 35 made baskets, which is nice to see. Here's the box score and recap.

It's an exhibition game, and there's a lot of room for improvement, but considering it was the first game for half the team, I'm pretty pleased.

The team starts their regular season on Friday at 7 pm against Grambling.

Other notes:

30-second shot clock: The game was played with a 30-second shot clock, something the entire Atlantic 10 is doing during their exhibition games.


Concessions: There's now a small third snack bar on the main level selling drinks, chips, candy, a few hot dogs. The downstairs snack bars have upgraded options, including a pretty tasty southwest turkey wrap, nachos (with optional pulled pork), a grilled chicken sandwich, pulled pork BBQ sandwich, waffle fries and more. I look forward to trying the nachos -- the waffles fries were tasty, but it's hard to go wrong with waffle fries. They also have some fancier candy and chips, like gourmet chocolate and chips, along with the usual Snickers, Skittles, etc.

Pops on the radio: Pops Mensah-Bonsu is now the color man on Federal News Radio, along with main commentator Byron Kerr.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Colonials Invasion is tonight! Kickoff GW's season at the Smith Center

It's time again, all -- the season is starting. Tonight is Colonials Invasion, when the good guys have a big party and hold a dunk contest. Here's more info! Go!

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Join the GW men's and women's basketball teams, gymnastics, Capital Funk, Bhangra, the Spirit Program and more at the Smith Center as we kick off Colonials Weekend and get the 2014-15 basketball season underway. The night will be filled with performances, giveaways and more.
Doors will open at 8 p.m. and all fans can enter through the main entrance of the Smith Center on 22nd Street, between G and F Streets NW.

Admission

All Colonials fans are invited to attend Colonials Invasion and it is a FREE event for all! We encourage students, parents, faculty and staff to come out to the Smith Center to help us celebrate GW Athletics and school spirit.

What To Expect

  • Introduction to the GW men's and women's basketball teams
    Performances by:
  • The GW gymnastics team
  • The Cheer Team and First Ladies
  • Capital Funk
  • GW Bhangra
  • The Voice Gospel Choir
  • GW Band
    Contests and Giveaways hosted by the Colonial Army
    Plus:
  • The annual men's basketball dunk contest
  • Fun, music and more!
For questions or more information, please call 202.994.7670 or email turosik@gwu.edu

Monday, October 13, 2014

Meet the men's basketball team on Oct. 25, scrimmage, Q&A


This is pretty awesome: GW is hosting a Meet the Team event on Saturday, October 25, with a lunch with players and staff, a scrimmage, and a Q&A with Coach Mike Lonergan and his staff. And it's free! Click the image for the full version and you can RSVP here.
You can get college basketball tickets here.