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A Tribute to the Last Georgetown-Notre Dame Game in the Big East: RUDY STYLE

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On the verge of falling to 2-4 in the conference and further dimming our prospects of making a triumphant run to Atlanta, your Georgetown Hoyas put on their big boy pants and sashayed into the Joyce Center for an epic finale to the highly-competitive rivalry between the Hoyas and the Irish. Alright, maybe it wasn’t all that epic, but it was certainly enjoyable for the good guys. Notre Dame had won 47 of 49 games on its home court, and the same Georgetown team that lost to South Florida a couple of days earlier absolutely DESTROYED the Irish on national television. We held ND to its lowest point total at home in 41 years AND WE DIDN’T EVEN PLAY THAT WELL.

Rather than taking a closer look at the statistics or continuing to bemoan the absence of Greg Whittington, let’s celebrate Monday night’s win with a brief tribute to our friends from South Bend, in the form of a series of quotes from "Rudy". Enjoy.

"You're 5 foot nothin', 100 and nothin', and you have barely a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football players in the land for 2 years. And you're gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame."

Yeah, that’s right. We’re starting strong, with arguably the best line of the movie. You know who I’m talking about. It’s DSR, the little man who contributed 14 points and two huge threes. In front of his friends and family, DSR was on fire. He may not be leaving South Bend with a degree from Notre Dame, but he’ll likely be leaving DC with a degree from Georgetown, as long as he stays away from that darn theology class.

"No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around."

Actually, that’s a false statement. Because, well, we just did that to Notre Dame. In fact, Jabril single-handedly pushed you around. (By the way, I love how Jabril has incorporated a bunch of new moves to avoid taking a charge. Against USF, he grabbed some guy’s ass. Against ND, he just threw somebody to the ground. Jabril is the best.)

"We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. We're gonna get 'em on the run boys and once we get 'em on the run we're gonna keep 'em on the run. And then we're gonna go go go go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline. This is a team they say is... is good, well I think we're better than them."

And that more or less sums up EXACTLY WHAT WE DID to the Irish. Enjoy the ACC, jerks.

"Well, you know what my dad always said, Having dreams is what makes life tolerable."

Yes. Well put, Pete. This is why we keep watching the games, in the hopes that one day something special will happen. Monday night’s thrashing of the Irish in the final Big East showdown between the two schools was pretty darn special. (Pete may have died shortly after making this comment, but who cares? The dream of a national title lives on. And so does the dream of beating the crap out of Syracuse later this year.)

"This entire year's been a waste! I've just blown another year of eligibility!"

Dammit, Greg. Dammit. DAMMIT. So not cool.

"If you are a part of that team, then my opinion of Notre Dame football just hit the shits!"

Dedicated to Mike Brey. I’ve hated Notre Dame basketball ever since you became a part of that team. I look forward to never having to see your terrible turtlenecks. Please go away.

"I’m sick of being all time center."

Mikael, you’re in a tough spot. We all know it. You’re a natural 4, but you’ve been asked to play the 5. Everyone wants you to play like Henry. Only problem is that you’re not 6’11’’ and you haven’t played in this offense for four years. That said, this team needs you to produce. Stick with it and good things will happen. Keep your head up, Comrade.

"He's just a showboat, man. That's all he's about." "Relax, Jamie, he's just doing his job."

This one is for Jabril. Less than five minutes to go, we all expected our guards to work the clock, maintain possession and coast to victory. Jabril? He just goes hard to the basket. Showboating? Not a chance. The game wasn’t close to being over. He was just doing what he do.

"He said you had a lot of talent. But you were just too afraid of getting hit."

This pretty much applies to Notre Dame’s basketball team this year. The Irish return all five starters from a team that finished near the top of the Big East last season. The last two times we played them, we basically just punched them in the mouth and they couldn’t get back up.

"Don’t forget, men. Today’s the day we’re gonna win. They can’t beat us in the fight, and we’ll fight, fight, fight, fight."

This was part of Markel’s pregame speech. He may be inconsistent, but he’s a leader. His five boards and four assists on Monday night were big. Keep it going, kid. This team’s gonna need you to lead down the stretch.

"Give me your best shot. Remember, it’s gonna be your last."

On those end-of-game possessions, let’s put Otto in the high post and have one of our guards drive to the basket. If Otto isn’t doubled, then pass it to him in a place where he can turn and shoot. We need to stop giving Otto the ball at the top of the key with the clock winding down. He’s awesome, but we can’t expect him to dribble through three guys and hit contested jumpers every night. If he gets the ball in the high post, he can shoot or find an open cutter or someone on the wing. Let’s work on that, fellas. We shouldn’t have lost to both Marquette and USF. We should have at least four or five wins.

"I wish God would put your heart in some of my players bodies."

Tyler Adams? Too soon? Lemme give a shout-out to Tyler anyway. The guy is the first one off the bench after every big play and just seems like a winner. I wish we could see you on the court, big fella.

"He's so little!"

Jack Cooley, or Fat Luke Harangody, or any big white Notre Dame oaf who goes up against a Georgetown center. This time, it was Moses Ayegba who was that Georgetown center. Cooley wanted nothing to do with him. Instead, he preferred drawing ticky-tack fouls against Hopkins and then celebrating when the refs took the bait. Go away, Fat Luke’s little brother. And stop crying all the time. Go find an imaginary dead ex-girlfriend and graduate already.

"I rode the bench for two years. Thought I wasn't being played because of my color, I got filled up with a lotta attitude."

Please don’t quit, Caprio. Your day in the sun will come.

"I gotta make an A in this class." "Just remember ‘Sitz im Leben’ and it shouldn't be a problem."

You hear that, Greg? If it’s not too late (please, please, please I hope it’s not too late), just remember your Sitz im Leben and you’ll ace that theology exam.

"So you didn't make the dress list, there are greater tragedies in the world."

Keep your head up, Stevie D. Your day will also come. Keep working hard. Get bigger, learn the offense, and good things will happen. Stevie D for Three will be one of our favorite sayings next season (or this year, in the middle of our glorious Final Four run).

"Last practice of the season and this asshole thinks it's the Super Bowl!"

This is what people say to Jabril every day. And he probably loves it.

"We've had a hell of a goddamn run haven't we?"

This is probably what Othella Harrington said to Mike Brennan late in the second half of that Notre Dame game. We went on a nice little 18-0 run to take care of business in South Bend.

"I have to get pictures taken of practice to prove I’m on the team? …. What happened to my face? Where did I get these?"

(Overheard in Manti Teo’s interview with Jeremy Schaap)

"Who's the wild man now?"

This is the line that makes absolutely no sense in the movie. Here, I guess it refers to Nate. Every time he hits one of those running hook shots, I just want to slap him on the ass. Against the Irish, Nate made all four of his field goal attempts and had three assists in only 20 minutes of action. Nate looked better than Fat Luke’s little brother.

"You are an All-American and our Captain, act like it!" "I believe I am."

Yes, yes you are, Otto Porter. You’re the leader of this team. I love what you did against ND – 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. You’ll probably leave us for the Association at the end of this season, but please don’t go. We need you. And the announcer who kept saying "Porter-matic" needs to retire. Why invent a nickname like that for a guy named Otto? Otto-matic, obviously.

"Son, in 35 years of religious study, I have only come up with two hard incontrovertible facts: there is a God, and I'm not Him."

Greg, if that make-up exam is in theology, just use this line. And then grin profusely and shout "LENGTH!".

"I ain't allowed to say ‘goddamn’ no more."

You’re not allowed to say anything, Mike Brey. Please go away. Take your slow burn offense and leave the conference.

"This is where we separate the men from the girls."

We’re 3-3 and right smack in the muddled middle of the conference. And now Louisville comes into our building. How will we react? Will we man up? Let’s go.

"You already know this but this is the most important game of your lives, no excuses do the work. Our lady of victory PRAY FOR US."

This should be JTIII’s speech before this Saturday’s game against Louisville. And then again before each of our games against Syracuse. And also before DePaul, because really, with this year’s team, we should take nothing for granted. Every game is the most important game of their lives.

"They’re a funny bunch of squirrels."

Your 2012-13 Georgetown Hoyas. Lose to bottom-feeder South Florida and then absolutely destroy Notre Dame at their place? That’s crazy. I fully predict we will lose to DePaul and then beat Syracuse by 30.

"Oh, well since when are you the quitting kind?"

This one is dedicated to the Hoya faithful. Even if Whitt is lost for the season, we’ll just have to deal with it. It sucks, and it means we likely won’t make that majestic run to Atlanta, but the season ain’t over yet. So relax and look forward to the next game. (He says, trying to fight back the tears…)

"This is the most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen."

No explanation necessary. We beat the piss out of Notre Dame. On their home court. Yup, that just happened.

Let’s do it again on Saturday.

Stay Casual, my friends.

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