Wednesday, February 27, 2013

GW vs Richmond tonight! On the radio, RaiseHigh.tv

Basketball time! GW faces the Spiders of Richmond tonight at 7pm in the former capital of the Confederacy. The game has some milestones at stake, it could be Coach Mike Lonergan's 400th win, and both teams sit at 6-6 in the A-10. Herve at GWHoops thinks Richmond will win by 10, so we'll see. Here's his preview, as well as GW's official preview (which as always is very thorough.)

The game will be on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500 am and also RaiseHigh.TV, GW's streaming video service. I started using it a couple weeks ago and it's pretty good -- they show the video from the arena synced with the radio feed from 1500am.

And seriously, what kind of spider only has two arms? Clearly the school is not very strong in biology.

Richmond's fan group also made a video about the game, pretty funny



Photo by Geoff Burke/US Presswire

Monday, February 25, 2013

New 2006 GW lineup t-shirts for sale: get one while they're awesome


Check it out! I finally got around to something I've been meaning to do for a long time, and made some Colonial Hoops t-shirts. In this case, they're of the great 2006 team, in the style of Experimental Jetset's Beatles shirt. So check them out! They're only $14.50 and you can get up to XXL. I have a couple and they're good quality shirts. You too can remember the great undefeated A-10 team and the NCAA tournament run in Greensboro, NC!

Friday, February 22, 2013

GW at St. Joe's on Saturday: watch party at Hill Country BBQ!

Do you like GW basketball? Do you like barbeque? Congratulations, you are awesome.

The win over Ford Ham means GW is on the brink of securing a spot in the A-10 tourney in Brooklyn, so let's celebrate! Hill Country BBQ, which also provided free 'que before the Butler game, is holding a happy hour and watch party at their Chinatown location starting at 4pm for the St. Joe's game. Here's more:


Colonials Fans  

Last night's 68 - 60 win over the Fordham Rams puts GW at 6-5 in the conference. And in this home stretch, it's #nosleeptilBrooklyn for the Colonials. 

With only five conference games to play, the time is now to buy your ticket packages for the A-10’s first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship in the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Call 202.994.1857 to order your lower level ticket packages for the full slate of thrilling games for just $165. 

Meanwhile, join us this Saturday at 4 as we return to Hill Country in Chinatown at 7th and D Streets, NW to watch the Buff & Blue in their final televised road game at Saint Josephs. We'll be enjoying happy hour specials throughout the game and cheering GW on with good drinks and great barbecue. 

There's no need to register, but share the Facebook invitation with your friends. 

Raise High the Buff & Blue!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fordham: A win is a win, but it was pretty yucky

It was fairly pungent, but GW pulled out the win last night over Fordham, 68-60.

Kevin Larsen had a big game, leading all scorers with 15 on a lot of nice post moves, while Lasan Kromah played aggressively and in control, adding 13 on 6/8 shooting. However, that shooting didn't translate to the charity stripe, where Kromah was 1/6 and the team was a miserable 17/37, or 45.9%. It's like they're shooting a square ball out there. That's the worst GW has shot all season, and the worst since last year's game against Fordham where GW was 4/9.

I did some calculations, and amazing GW actually shoots free throws better at home than on the road, 67.25% versus 66.375% on the road. GW is currently 245th in the nation in free throw shooting.

Kromah's free throw shooting has been improving each season, but his percentage took a dip last game:

And the team:


But anyway, aside from free throw shooting, the team looked ok. They shot decent, 44% from the floor, though only 1/8 from three (the lone three coming from Bryan Bynes.) Nemanja Mikic passed up a couple open shots, which is too bad -- I hope he gets his confidence back (like Stella and her groove.) On the brighter side, the good guys had 17 steals for a total of 22 Ford Ham turnovers, with Kromah and Patricio Garino both grabbing 4. There is still some wild play out there and lazy passes, but the transition offense looked good and GW also had 20 second chance points off 19 offensive boards.

Bryan Bynes was hurt early on and missed the entire second half. We'll see what happens with that.

Here's GWHoops's take ("Wow, that was ugly"), and GWSports's official take.

But hey, I'm now selling cool t-shirts featuring the 2006 team. Buy one! And finally, here's the Storify of the game. I was tipped off that one of the Ford Ham players is named Brendan Frazier, so I proceeded to make  a bunch of jokes about Encino Man, The Mummy and so on.




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

GW vs Fordham tonight: 500th game at the Smith Center

Today GW faces the 6-20 Rams of Fordham in a milestone game: the 500th men's game in Smith Center history. GW hasn't lost to the Rams in 9 games at the Smith Center and amazingly, Fordham hasn't won a road A-10 game since 2009.

Herve gives GW the edge, unsurprisingly, but we'll see! Here's the GW Sports preview of the game too.

However, odds or not, we need the fans to turn out! See everybody there!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day from GW and George

So I missed this when it came out, but GW put together a funny video of George for Valentine's Day. Good stuff.



Friday, February 15, 2013

GW loses a close one to Butler; guest blogging for GW Sports

Last Saturday I got the opportunity to guest-blog for GW at the Butler game, and it was pretty awesome. I'll spare the full readout for GW's site, but in general, it was a great experience. For one, there was a tailgate with free Hill Country BBQ, which is delicious, and free beer (good beer too, like DC Brau.) Unfortunately Hill Country doesn't bring their sausage to catering events, which is my favorite (it is amazing) but the rest of their grub is still really good. GW coaches and staff spoke, Big George, the First Ladies and the band were there, and a big crowd of students and alums.

As for the game, GW went down big, at one point by as a much as 17 points, but fought their way back to a 1 point margin with a few seconds to go. Unfortunately, despite a few looks the shots didn't fall, and the Bulldogs escaped with a win.

I got to check out the press conferences after the game, and Isaiah Armwood and Coach Lonergan both emphasized that they played great while down by a lot, but need to play with the urgency throughout the game. It was a great game though, and the press folks I talked to and Butler's coach Brad Stevens at the press conference all talked about GW's great freshmen and potential. Looking forward to seeing how things go the rest of the season!

Up next is VCU in Richmond on Saturday, should be a good game! More on that to come! And see below for a collection of tweets and photos from the game by me and other fans.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

GW Basketball does the Harlem Shake (the new internet craze)

The Harlem Shake is a craze that's sweeping the Internet -- one person is dancing to the song "Harlem Shake" by electronic musician Baauer, and then... well, we'll let you watch the video.

 

Friday, February 8, 2013

GW vs #14 Butler tomorrow! Homecoming! Sold out, tailgate, on TV, and I'm a guest blogger!

One of the biggest games in awhile is tomorrow, as GW faces the Bulldogs of Butler University at 2 pm. You may have heard of Butler, they were in the Final Four a couple times, are ranked #14 in the nation, you know, stuff like that. You should totally go -- it's sold out, but you can always try your Uncle Craig or the scalpers outside the Smith Center! And if you are a student, I'm told they will make every effort to get as many students as humanly possible into the building, but it's better if you show up earlier, of course.

To help with showing up early, GW is having a tailgate beforehand at the Fedex Plaza, which is between Funger Hall and Duques Hall (the Business School building), so that's between 22nd and 23rd, G and H. It has Hill Country BBQ catering, which is awesome because that place is delicious. I hope they bring Big Red soda, which is from Texas. Big Red or not, check it out!

The game is on CSN Plus, so you can watch it from there if you can't make it. And as an added bonus, GWSports.com has decided to give me keys to the Smith Center (figuratively) and make me guest blogger for the day, which is pretty awesome. I'll be posting to their  Twitter (@GWGeorge) and Instagram (GW_George) accounts, and my experiences to GW's 22nd and G blog. I'll get to check out pre- and  post-game press events and generally roaming the Smith Center and engaging in shenanigans while dressed like George Washington. Tune in!

Here's more from GW!



Colonials Fans –
 
In less than 24 hours, GW men’s basketball tips off against the #14-ranked Butler Bulldogs in a sold out Homecoming game at the Charles E. Smith Center. We’re expecting an incredible crowd and a game that will pay tribute to some of the great moments in Colonials history.

Remember these key updates as you prepare for Homecoming:
 
Get to campus early. With large crowds expected for the game and weekend track work expected for metro riders on the Orange and Red lines (click for details), you'll want to arrive early. If you chose to drive, there is a new parking garage available with entrances on 20th and 21st Streets between F and G Streets, NW.
 
Stop by the Tailgate. We’re proud to be welcoming Hill Country Barbecue as a sponsor of our Homecoming tailgate at FedEx Plaza starting at 11am between Funger and Duques Halls at 22nd and G Streets, NW. All fans are invited, and food and drink service will run from 11am-1pm.
 
Use All Entrances. If you already have your ticket, consider using the main box office entrance or our entrance at 23rd and G Streets, NW (across from Funger Hall near the Greek Townhouse Row). Will Call will be open at 1pm and is located at the corner of G and 22nd Streets on the upper level entrance.

Bring canned food. As part of our continuing effort to support Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, we’re asking all fans to bring a non-perishable food item to feed the hungry in the Washington, DC area. Collection stations will be available at all entrances.

Raise High your voices and help us take down the nation’s 14th-ranked team.
 

Friday, February 1, 2013

GW is 4-2 in the A10! We need you Saturday vs La Salle

The good guys are starting to heat up, and this Saturday's game against La Salle is a big one -- the Explorers beat Butler and VCU. There's a tailgate starting at noon, which is an awesome new trend we fully appreciate.

It's also Armed Forces Day at the Smith Center, and fittingly, I'm blogging from the Colonial Hoops satellite office at the US Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan, so I hope everybody else can go crazy in my place. Commanders-in-Chief > French explorers.

Here's more from GW:



Colonials Fans -

The Colonials have done their part, now it’s time to do ours. 

As of this morning, GW boasts the only three-game winning streak in the Atlantic 10 Conference, are just a half-game out of first place, and people are noticing. Jon Rothstein says the Buff & Blue might be the “surprise team in the A 10.” The folks at CBS Sports are saying, “George Washington, we see you, we hear you, we feel you.” 

Saturday at 2pm at the Smith Center, the Colonials host one of the hottest teams in the conference: a La Salle Explorers squad coming off wins against #9 Butler and then-ranked #16 VCU. Between the two squads, the Colonials and Explorers each knocked off three teams with a share of the conference lead last week. 

We need your help on Saturday to keep the streak alive. Meet us in Veteran’s Park for a tailgate open to all fans starting at noon, and get to your seats to get loud for the whole forty minutes starting at 2pm. 

As we celebrate Armed Forces Day, we will also welcome the US Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team for the third consecutive year in a halftime performance sure to wow the crowd. 

Purchase tickets today for yourself, your family and your friends at GWsports.com/tickets or call 202.994.7325.

Get ready to Raise High the Buff & Blue.
You can get college basketball tickets here.