My friend, Kurt, and I went to the Georgetown Hoyas – Harvard game earlier today. We’ve been going to Hoyas games for a long time — watching many of the all-time greats play at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD … Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, Gene Duren, Allen Iverson, Reggie Williams, Reggie Wingate, etc. This list goes on and on.
It was great to see the Hoyas win the NCAA Championship in the 80′s as well as numerous Big East regular season titles and Big East Tournaments (in the legendary Madison Square Garden). The program went through a rough stretch, but it’s been an enjoyable few seasons under Coach John Thompson III. I’m sure his father must be so proud to see his son lead his team back to the NCAA Final Four as well as Big East prominence.
After a tough year last year, this year’s squad looks much more well-balanced – and the team chemistry seems better, too. They have the outstanding big man, Greg Monroe, manning the center … and a number of terrific players in Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, Jason Clark, etc.
Harvard, coached by Tommy Amaker (we both graduated from WT Woodson in Fairfax), actually played quite well. The Crimson Tide was tied with the Hoyas late in the first half before the Hoyas went on a big run. Harvard’s leading scorer is Jeremy Lin — go watch him play if you get the chance — he’s an outstanding player — not just saying that since he’s an Asian brother and has a cool last name.
I’m looking forward to the Hoyas as they enter Big East play next week. It should be an interesting and fun season. The UConn game on Jan 9th should be a great battle. Go Hoyas!