Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Smith Center Jumbotron fell onto the court during maintenance; luckily only 8 feet and no one hurt

Well, you don't see this every day. The Smith Center's big Jumbotron is currently sitting on the court. A few unverified tweets said it "collapsed," but the actual story was a bit less dramatic. 

It was down for maintenance, and while they were winching it back up into place, it fell about from eight feet up. Not ideal of course, and it's not like you can pop by the hardware store or the Marvin Center convenience store for Jumbotron parts, but not the end of the world.
I hope the court is ok.

The university's official twitter account posted this:
The scoreboard was undergoing maintenance today and dropped unexpectedly from its lowered position just above the floor. Nobody was injured (thankfully) and the scene is being assessed for any damage.
The story caught on pretty big, Sports Illustrated, Keith Olbermann and others tweeted about it. Any news is good news, right?

Photos via @gwtv 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Duke alum, former Ohio State, Louisville assistant Greg Paulus joins GW's staff

This is cool -- former Duke star and former Ohio State, Louisville and Navy assistant coach Greg Paulus has joined GW's coaching staff. Trusty writer Ben Standig also confirmed the news.

Paulus has been an assistant since 2010, starting as an assistant at Navy before moving to Louisville then Ohio State. It will also give GW a bit of a news boost, but Paulus also has experience at some big schools, and under Coach K at Duke. He also was the starting point guard on the team that beat GW in the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament. Maybe he can help GW get some of those bogus foul calls that went to Duke in that game (GW was whistled for 29, Duke for 14, and many of those in the final minutes.)

Paulus also played quarterback for Syracuse after his Duke career. Apparently you can play another NCAA sport if you play the first sport for four years.

This comes after assistant coach Carmen Maciariello is rumored to have left for powerhouse local high school DeMatha. Looking forward to Paulus. Welcome, Greg!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GW basketball Alumni Game and Reunion Weekend coming up, August 4-5!

This is awesome! GW is planning for their second GW Men's Basketball Reunion Weekend, including an alumni game for the weekend of August 4-5.

Last year's alumni game was really fun and awesome, there were players from the 1950s to today, and the current players reffed the game, which was fun. It was awesome to see Shawnta, Pops, Sir Val and everybody. I'm excited for it. Coach Mojo tweeted this, stay tuned for more info!
Im looking forward to having our @gw_mbb alums back on campus for our second annual Men’s Basketball Reunion and alumni game! Last year was a hit and I can’t wait to get our former Colonials back together again! #Buff&BlueForever #RaiseHigh

Monday, January 29, 2018

If you like GW hats, get yourself to the campus bookstore

The other day I was on campus and decided to see what the Bookstore had, merchandise-wise. I was not disappointed: they had a ton of shirts, sweaters, jackets and so on, but what really stood out to me was the wall of hats. There's every kind of baseball cap you can think of: trucker hats, different logos and patterns, dad caps (the ones with the soft top) and lots more, plus tons of colors.

See above, it's literally hundreds of different caps.

So go check it out. They also had some pretty cool sweaters. It's in the basement of the Marvin Center, here are the hours:

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Conference season underway: GW now 8-6, 1-0 in A-10 play

Happy holidays! GW gave us a present, beating St. Joe's to start the conference season behind a good game from Yuta Watanabe, 18 points on 6/12 shooting. Thee other Colonials scored in double figures too: Jair Bolden, Terry Nolan Jr., and Arnaldo Toro.

The Colonials have now won 3 in a row and face Duquesne on Wednesday, Jan. 3 in Pittsburgh. Crazily enough, Duquesne is 10-4 this year with a win over Dayton.

The good guys are 8-6 overall, it's been a bit of an up and down season with a few nice wins, like former A-10 foe Temple and Harvard, a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts, but a few not great losses, namely Rider. The team's RPI is about 160, which isn't too bad, and most of the losses are to teams in the top 100 of the RPI.

Here's the rest of the conference schedule:

Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Duquesne
Saturday, Jan. 6 vs Rhode Island
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Davidson
Saturday, Jan. 13 at Richmond
Wednesday, Jan. 17 vs George Mason
Saturday, Jan. 20 at VCU
Sunday, Jan. 28 at St. Bonaventure
Wednesday, Jan. 31 vs Duquesne
Saturday, Feb. 3 vs Davidson
Wednesday, Feb. 7 vs La Salle
Saturday, Feb. 10 at George Mason
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at UMass
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs VCU
Wednesday, Feb. 21 vs Richmond
Saturday, Feb. 24 at SLU
Wednesdays, Feb. 28 vs Fordham
Saturday, March 3 at Dayton
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