This is a weekly special exclusive VIP guest column series entitled The State Of The Hoyas. Enjoy.
I woke up in a good mood this morning. And once I thought about it, I realized that I was in a good mood yesterday and the day before. In fact, it’s been about thirty days of feeling good about things – those who know me well can testify to how unusual this is. So I thought about it for a while and it seems there’s ample reason for being positive. Georgetown is on a great out of conference run beating three conference champions and an undefeated top ten team away in breath-taking fashion. I’m still shaking my head (the old fashioned version) about Chris Wright’s buzzer beater and the Lion King Jason Clark in overtime. Also during this time, Bruce Springsteen released The Promise, 21 previously unreleased songs as well as an excellent video on the making of the legendary album Darkness on the Edge of Town. It’s an incredible Album that sounds even better re-mastered and the songs, some new and some old, are awesome. And finally, Sleepyhoya got a new puppy that Masshoya says is much cuter than Teddy and a better prognosticator too.
So I called Tony Robbins, the self help guru, and asked him how to I hold on to this feeling? Georgetown has to lose at some point. Bruce will eventually appear on The View promoting his greatest hits volume 9, The Senior Citizen Years or I’ll really focus on his decision to send his daughter to Duke. And when the puppy hits two years old and is still not housetrained, I think that might spoil the mood.
Tony told me to remember all the good things about Hoya basketball and all the good things about the Boss in my life. And if i can figure out a way that they all fit together I can extend this positive outlook on life indefinately.
So here’s what I came up with.
(Lists Galore After the Jump)
Top 5 Games Seen in Person
1) Georgetown-Missouri at McDonough – February 20, 1982. Read last week’s post if you want to know why.
2) Georgetown-UNC 1982 Finals. Yeah I know we lost. Yeah I know we launched Michael Jordan into intergalactic fame. But it was a great game. There were 70,000 people in the superdome. The game was preceded by a six day, 20 hour a day street party in New Orleans. Patrick Ewing was a monster. Freddie Brown was human. And JT Jr. gave a speech afterwards to the students that made us all proud to be Hoyas.
3) Georgetown-Duke 2010 Verizon Center. Was not at the Duke game with Roy and Jeff. It is hard to imagine increasing my hatred for Duke at my advanced age, but that’s exactly what happened the year before when I traveled down to Durham to watch the ref’s and infighting steal the game for Duke. I don’t care they won the national championship, they were humiliated at our house.
4) Georgetown-Syracuse March 5, 1979 at Cole Field House. This was the finals of the then ECAC conference tournament. Syracuse was favored featuring Leo Rautins and Louis Orr. Georgetown beat them handily and set up the dynamic of JT Jr. dominating Boeheim over the next decade.
5) Georgetown-Maryland Sweet Sixteen 1979 at the Spectrum. Maryland, led by Albert King, was heavily favored. The Hoyas won a tight one and came within a basket two days later of the Final Four losing to Iowa. This was the team led by John Duren and Craig Shelton that set the table for the Ewing era. Remember, once we got Patrick there was the expectation that we would win, that we would make the tournament every year. There was no such expectation before that.
Top 5 Games Seen on TV
1) Georgetown-Houston 1984 Final at the Kingdome. National Champions - enough said.
2) Georgetown-Depaul January 25, 1986. Georgetown rallies from big deficit to force an overtime and beat sixth ranked Depaul at the Capital Center. This was the unofficial launching of the Reggie and the Miracles Hoya team. Reggie Williams single handedly kept Georgetown in the game and won it in overtime. The first of many miracle finishes that year. Especially memorable for me because I was out of town and went to the hotel gym for the second half knowing we would probably lose. Got on the treadmill for my once a week three mile run and got so caught up in the game that when overtime ended I realized I had run almost 9 miles. That was a miracle.
3) Georgetown shuts down Manley Fieldhouse (*radio). Couldn’t actually watch that game, no TV, but the sound of all the hot air leaving Syracuse was better than any picture.
4) Georgetown-Duke 2006. Can’t really explain why I wasn’t there. Kind of lost my way in the Esherick era, but this game brought me, and a lot of other fans, back.
5) Georgetown-St Johns March 15, 1985…"the sweater game" St. John’s was on a roll ranked as high as #2. Coach Lou Carnesecca had taken to wearing a hideous sweater as a lucky charm during a long win streak. Thompson walks out on the floor at Madison Square Garden, all 6’ 10" of him, wearing an exact replica of the ugly sweater. Georgetown went on to demolish the Chris Mullin led Redman and solidifying the #1 ranking.
Top 5 Springsteen Concerts
1) The Capital Center November 1978. The first time I ever saw the Boss and we never forget our first.
2) Madison Square Garden July 2000. The first show at MSG after putting the E Street Band back together. Simply unbelievable show that night with the band coming back together and coming home.
3) The Spectrum 2009. The last concert in the Spectrum before it was demolished. Hanging from the rafters are a bunch of Sixers and Flyers Jersey’s that have been retired. In between is a Bruce Springsteen banner that says 47 sold out shows. Can’t beat Philly for a Boss show.
4) Minneapolis July 1984. Opening show of the Born in the USA Tour. Springsteen opens with Dancing in the Dark and takes some girl out of the audience and dances at the end. When he finishes, they do the same thing all over again. We all later find out it was Courtney Cox and a video shoot. Despite the theatrics, it was an incredible launch to his biggest tour to date.
5) Portland 2008. Springsteen opens with his version of Jimmy Cliff’s Trapped. But a technical problem screws up the opening organ riff and blows the whole song. The Boss gets pissed and throws out the song list and starts calling songs off the top of his head to see if the band and crew could keep up. Max Weinberg admits after the show that at one point different members of the band were playing three different songs. It didn’t matter, it was a great show.
5a) Capitol Theater –Passiac, New Jersey 1978-80. Went to see the New Year’s Eve show three years in a row on the rumor that Bruce would be showing up. He didn’t. Upside was seeing Southside Johnny play three years in a row to ring in the New Year. Southside is simply the best bar band ever and every concert is like a party.
And of course there is a connection between the Hoya’s and The Boss. In fact you can learn a lot about this year’s team by putting on a couple of his old records…I mean tapes…cd’s, downloads. Whatever.
Hoya Players as Springsteen Songs
Chris Wright – "Wrecking Ball":"so if you got the guts mister, yeah if you’ve got the balls. If you think it’s your time, then step to the line and bring on your wrecking ball.
Austin Freeman – "Terry’s Song":"Now the world is filled with many wonders under the passing sun. And sometimes something comes along and you know for sure it’s the only one. The Mona Lisa, the David, the Sistine Chapel, Jesus Mary and Joe. And when they built you brother, they broke the mold."
For recently resurgent Henry Sims– "Leap of Faith": "It takes a leap of faith to get things going. It takes a leap of faith you gotta show some guts. It takes a leap of faith to get things going. In your heart you must trust."
Julian Vaughn needs to take us to "The Promised Land" – "The dogs on main street howl cause they understand, if I could take one moment in my hands. Mister I ain’t a boy, no I’m a man and I believe in the promised land.
Freshman workhorse Nate Lubick – "Factory " – "Early in the morning factory whistle blows. Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes. Man takes his lunch , walks out in the morning light. It’s the work, the working, just the working life."
From " Walk Like a Man" some words for JT III about taking over from Dad –"All I can think about is being five years old following behind you a the beach tracing your footprints in the sand -- trying to walk like a man. Well now the years have gone by and I’ve grown from the seed you’ve sown. But I didn’t think there’d be so many steps I’d have to learn on my own. Well I was young and I didn’t know what to do. Now, I’ll do what I can, I’ll walk like a man."
Team Song – "Prove it All Night" from Darkness: "Everybody’s got a hunger, a hunger they can’t resist. There’s so much that you want, you deserve much more than this. But if dreams come true, oh, wouldn’t that be nice. But this ain’t no dream we’re living through this night. You want it, you take it, you pay the price. And prove it all night."
And of course "No Surrender" : "We made a promise we swore we’d always remember. No retreat, no surrender. Like soldiers in the winter night with a vow to defend. No retreat, baby no surrender."
This has definitely helped. I think I can hold on to this good mood for a long time, or at least until Thursday night. If you made it this far in the post, you don’t have enough to do and I’d suggest you get some help also. Or, you can just share your best game and Boss stories below and find the lyrics I missed.