Thursday, March 19, 2009

Awesome Pops video

Pops Mensah-Bonsu is doing well in the NBA with the Raptors, playing as an energy guy - something well suited to the King Whale Killer. He scored 21 and grabbed 8 boards a couple games ago, and he's become a fan favorite in Toronto. Here's an awesome video from about him.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Duquesne is the A-10 final??

No, really. Duquesne faces Temple right now on ESPN. The Dukes haven't been to the NCAA tourney in 32 years, and I don't think I've ever seen the Duquesne logo on TV before. Pretty weird.

They've gone on a run in the A-10 tourney, beating UMass, URI and Dayton, while Temple has beaten St. Joe's and Xavier. Either way, the A-10 will get 3 teams in the tourney (Xavier and Dayton) and the ESPN commentators have been calling the league the best outside the Big 6. Nice to get some props, though too bad GW isn't in the picture.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mo Rice named D-League player of the week

More good news from former GW folks - Maureece Rice was named co-player of the week with his Erie Bayhawks, after averaging 24 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists this week. Glad to see he's doing well. He's averaging 16.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg while shooting 44.6% from the floor. Here he's pictured as player of the game with the fan of the game.

David Stern, Pollin, Leonsis visit GW

The Post's DC Sports Bog has the story on the induction ceremony for the GW School of Business Sports Executives Hall of Fame at the Smith Center the other day. Yeah, I've never heard of it either.

Wizards and Verizon Center owner Abe Pollin was inducted, with NBA commish David Stern and Caps owner Ted Leonsis also in attendance. I didn't know Pollin was a GW alum (class of 1945) -- I would be happy to see a Smith-Pollin Center on campus. Just saying.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Mensah-Bonsu proves to be a rare bright spot"

Our neighbors to the north seem to like Pops Mensah-Bonsu: the whale-killer had 17 boards in 25 minutes over two games for the Raptors, and he's been hailed as an energy guy - definitely. Here's Toronto's The Globe and Mail on the Mayor of Foggy Bottom.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Season over.

The game was over before it started: Bonaventure had beaten Charlotte, meaning GW was eliminated from the A-10 tourney for the second year in a row. It was still senior day, so after fortifying ourselves with beer and steaks on the grill, my buddies and I went down there. The game was lackluster, and GW lost. Everyone around me was shocked that Karl Hobbs didn't taken the seniors out before the end of the game so they could get an ovation. But whatever. I'm done with the year, and looking forward to March Madness, even though GW won't be in them.

I'm getting tired of Hobbs' antics, and there are too many to note. The 6-man technical against Dayton, costing the game. The aforementioned lack of a timeout for an ovation. In fact, there's a whole GWHoops thread called "Classless" that pretty much sums it up.

Herve at GWHoops has his season wrapup, implying he's in favor of getting rid of Hobbs. The roundup also does a great job pointing out some of Hobbs' failings.

The Hatchet has an editorial not implying but saying flat out "Fire Hobbs" (despite saying GW made the Sweet 16 two years ago - way to go, Hatchet.) I won't call for him to be fired, but I would not mind seeing him go -- though I'd also like to see most of the athletic department staff go too. Nice people, I'm sure, but I think we can do better. What do you think?

But the blogging isn't done for the year - stay tuned as we follow recruits, whether Hobbs is going (one poster says yes), and more.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

First the good news: Pops to Toronto

Pops Mensah-Bonsu will sign with Toronto, according to some reports. They're giving him a guaranteed contract for the rest of the year, which is great. The San Antonio paper talks about his time with the Spurs and how he became a fan favorite - go to any Youtube video of him and you'll find tons of comments begging the Spurs to keep him. But Toronto is good news, and the Raptors face the Wiz at the Verizon Center on April 13. I'll be there!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

GW still alive, faces UMass tonight

After GW's wins against Charlotte and Bonaventure, the Colonial still have a decent shot to make the A-10 tourney. GW is 4-10, ahead of Fordham at 1-13 and behind Charlotte and Bonaventure at 5-10 and UMass at 5-9. Bona and Charlotte have one game left, against each other. If GW wins against UMass and Temple on the 7th, we'd be in. The Hatchet has the other scenarios:
If the Colonials beat UMass, they get in if…

-They beat Temple


-St. Bonaventure loses to Charlotte Saturday


-UMass loses to Rhode Island Saturday


-They beat Temple and Charlotte loses their final two games

If the Colonials lose to UMass, they get in if…

-They beat Temple and St. Bonaventure loses to Charlotte
As for UMass, they're 1-4 in their last 5, losing to Bona, URI, Duquesne and La Salle, but beating St. Joe's. It's going to be close.

The game is at 7 pm from Amherst, Taxachusetts.

Bad news for Pops?

The Spurs signed Drew "Look at my crazy beard" Gooden. That may mean fewer minutes for the Whale Killer.

His beard looks like Cthulhu.
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