I couldn't let last night's horrific loss by Georgetown to South Florida linger until Monday, so kick back and enjoy this limited offering of Casual Awards on Championship Sunday.
The Chris Wright Heart of a Champion Award:
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. In an effort that will largely be forgotten because of the loss, DSR stepped up big for the Hoyas last night, pouring in 16 points on 5-7 shooting while grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing 4 assists in a whopping 31 minutes. DSR has done a very nice job of picking up the slack in Greg Whittington's absence and has been a bright spot so far for the Blue and Gray.
That Shouldn't Happen Award:
Georgetown made more field goals than USF (22-20), outrebounded the Bulls (30-21) and had more assists (15-12) but lost the damn game by 3 points. Why, you ask? The turnovers. The Hoyas had 15 turnovers to just 4 for the Bulls, and the Bulls converted those into 20 free points. You're welcome, Bulls jerks!
Big Man U. Award:
Despite waving the "We'll be fine with Mikael Hopkins at center" flag for the better part of the season, I have finally been beaten down to submission by his woeful performance in Big East play so far. I'm not a numbers guy, but there were a few comments in the game thread last night that basically brought out that his presence on the offensive end actually costs Georgetown points (unheard of) and that his +/- in Conference play is -17. In sum, the numbers show that when Hopkins is on the court Georgetown is a worse team for it, so a change needs to happen. Play Bolden, play Hayes, play none of them, just do something. If you think that the Hoyas lost to Marquette by just one and USF by just 3, you have to wonder whether having someone other than Hopkins on the floor may have resulted in different outcomes.
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Award:
Wait, Georgetown lost those two games by a combined 4 points! If the ball bounces our way just once or twice in either of those games, we win! It's all good in the hood! Final Four bound!
Document Your Lunch Award:
This giant bird of upside was sent to me over the weekend and can't say enough of about it. After sampling the wondrous taste of the smoked turkey, I will never have non-smoked turkey at Thanksgiving or otherwise ever again.
If it is indeed true that Greg Whittington didn't show up at all to take one of his final exams, then he deserves whatever punishment he gets. And frankly, if he doesn't play another minute in his Hoyas career I'd be fine with it. Yes, it sucks for the prospects of the team, but Georgetown is Georgetown for a reason and we pride ourselves on student-athletes and not the other way around. Play by the rules or don't play at all...or play for Syracuse.
New Big East Award:
Received this piece of documentation last night from inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.
A few things to note:
1) Bad seats
2) Why not retake the pic after the dude with giant head moved out of the way.
3) HOW IS IT THAT HINKLE FUCKING FIELD HOUSE HAS A DIMMER SWITCH BUT VERIZON CENTER DOES NOT.
Manti Te'o Award:
Georgetown's win last night was awesome.
Championship Sunday Snacks Award:
My planned spread for today will include blue corn tortilla chips, a pineapple-based salsa, a jug of queso, a bowl of mixed nuts that will include cashews, almonds, peanuts and macadamia nuts, and a large bomber of motherfucking CasuALE.
Facts of Life Award:
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have...Nate Lubick! For each lefty hook shot and hustle play to retain possession is a doofball foul or forced pass. His foul on Jawanza Poland's three at the end of the 1st half was so silly it made Casual, Jr. start to cry and gave USF momentum into halftime. USF then came out and hit roughly 100 threes to start the 2nd half. Awesome.
Chris Paul Award:
NOT Markel Starks, who despite needing to step his game up with Whittington out delivered an all-time stinker with 3 points on 1-8 shooting (1-5 from 3) with just one assist in 37 minutes. Egads.
Championship Sunday Picks Award:
As a New Orleans resident, there would be nothing worse than having the Atlanta Falcons and their awful bad crowd fans come to the city for a week of prancing around town and flopping their fair-weather dirty bird wings on Bourbon Street, so I'll be rooting for the 49ers and especially Randy Moss to get to the Super Bowl in a potential showdown with Tom Brady and the Pats. Interestingly, the Pats 'dynasty' began the last time the SB was in New Orleans when they upset the Greatest Show On Turf Rams. Ray Lewis (yes, the same guy who ALLEGEDLY was involved in the cover-up a double murder) has had his fun and needs to go away, though I will miss his awesome entrance dance.
Craig Esherick Memorial Award:
JT3. Come on, man! Three timeouts to put together one damned decent play against South fucking Florida and nothing to show for it? I realize the talent might not be there but at least put the guys in a position to execute a decent play. That was awful. Like real bad awful. Georgetown's best move in the upcoming offseason might be to grab an assistant with Xs and Os expertise, because clearly this Mike Brennan cat just ain't cutting it.
Oh, and MASN Can Eat A Bag Of Dicks Award:
MASN. Showing Providence-Villanova in DC when a Hoyas game is going on is insulting and ridiculous.
Best Move of The Day Award: (courtesy of RileysDressLikeAHoyaJersey)
Jim Nantz Award for In-Game Commentary:
Gratuitous GIF of Kate Upton Doing Kate Upton Things Award:
The Georgetown Hoyas are nowhere near being a nationally ranked powerhouse.
Notre Dame is NeXt.