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The Casual Awards: Hoyas Beat Syracuse, World Rejoices

How great is this time of the year?  In the most satisfying win of the season until we win the National Championship, Georgetown defeated its archrival Syracuse yesterday at the World's Most Famous Arena.  Today we continue Revenge Tour 2010 when we face Marquette at 7:00 PM.  But first, we at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON would like to let our loyal readers sink their teeth into an incredibly tasty batch of Casual Awards.

Georgetown's win was a victory for truth, justice, and the American spirit. 

Chris Wright Heart of a Champion Award:
Chris Wright.  Lumpy has taken the Hoyas and put them on his little-but-muscular back.  27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal in 39 minutes of play.  Unbelievable, simply unbelievable.  His aggressiveness, which used to be out of control, set the tone for the team and got us plenty of transition baskets.  The only way his play could have been better is if he had missed a three off the side of the backboard in a fashion that it hit Leo Rautins right in his fat Canadian face.

Hire Esherick is an Absolute Magician Award:
Never doubt his bets, ever.

The Why Not Keep It Interesting Award:
Georgetown's free throw shooting.  Let's say, you know, hypothetically, the Hoyas had been consistent from the line in the game's closing minutes.  BO-RING.  Nobody wants to beat a hated rival going away.  So a few clangs off the rim and all of a sudden GOD DAMN WE'VE GOT OURSELVES A BALL GAME.  Thank you for making me nearly pass out under my desk at work.  19-28 for the game, UNDER SEVENTY PERCENT, is an award-winning performance!

More Awards after The Jump:

The Award For A Real-Life Lesson in Supply and Demand:
The streets outside of Madison Square Garden.  Would you like to see the semifinals of the Big East Championship?  Well, standing on Eighth avenue right now are about 10,000 morbidly obese people in Orange, wondering how they can change their non-refundable bus ticket to get back to Syracuse in time to pick up some extra shifts at the Ruby Tuesday.  Oh, and they don't need their Big East Championship basketball tickets any more, either.  Offer them $25 for one.  Then laugh.  Pay them $1.50.  That's how capitalism works, suckers!

The You Are What You Eat Award:
The Syracuse Burritomen.  Thanks to our pals over that that horribly-named Syracuse blog, we know that at some point during their time in New York, the team went out to eat at Chipotle.  Hahahaha.  Losers.  Nothing like 24 ounces of undercooked rice, overcooked meat and some mild hot sauce to get your game on.


Nothing like a burrito to get you ready for an athletic event! 

The You Are What You Eat Award II:
The Georgetown Delicious Steaks.  Thanks to Freeman's tweets, we know that the Hoyas went out for some nice aged meat at Shula's Steakhouse in New York after the game last night.  Not only delicious...Do you know what Don Shula is?  A PROVEN WINNER!

The "If you're not going to be able to watch the 2nd half you might as well be here" Award:
Andrea's Restaurant in Metairie, La.  Have an unfortunately scheduled luncheon to attend during the greatest game ever played?  Andrea's makes your longing for updates easy with its delectable seafood gumbo and fried oyster caesar salad.

The "Dark Cloud on an Otherwise Joyous Day" Award:
"Ronnie and Sammi are no longer together," a source close to the couple tells, and it hasn't been an amicable split, "They were so angry that when they were in Vegas on March 6th they demanded separate rooms and separate tables and wanted to be separate at all their events," the source says.

When a Joke Becomes Reality Award:
THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON and its readers.  700+ comments in a day and not a single bit of work done.  Soon we will actually be living in our mom's basement, because we're all getting fired.  But it's all good, our basketball team is starting to really come together, just as our lives FALL APART.

The Harlem Globetrotters Award:
Chris Wright and Austin Freeman.  On-court theatrics!  An alley-oop!  Oh lord have mercy be still my beating heart.

The New Musical Ally of THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON Award:
LL Cool J.  Whom do ladies love?  That answer is obvious.  Whom does this blog now love?  Cool James Todd Smith.  Look forward to us at CasualHoya plumbing the depths of the LL Cool J oeuvre for the rest of this magical post-season run, ultimately ending up with the bizarre selection of 1993's "Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings" for the National Championship game.

John Thompson III Award For Awesome Coaching:
JT3.  This tournament was a referendum on JT3's ability to adjust his gameplan and learn from previous mistakes.  Hell, we've dubbed it Revenge Tour 2010.  So far he's made adjustments and outcoached Stan Heath and Jim Boeheim, the latter being a little bit more impressive.  How about the Chris Wright running the baseline wrinkle?  I thoroughly enjoyed that one.

The Bill Clinton Award For Talking Like A Damn Politician All the Damn Time:
William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States (SFS '68).  Anybody watch the Cincinnati/West Virginia mess?  Well, I was keeping an eye on it while trying to digest a plate of Hooters wings and, apropos of that, all of a sudden ESPN is interviewing Bill Clinton.  Here are the relevant quotes that made me remember what it was like back in the 1990's with our crazy white president we all loved to hate (or hate to love):
"He's got eyes in the back of his head and he can score 25 points a game."
"When he gets inside 10-12 feet they have to double team him."
"It's impossible to calculate his benefit to the team."

"I love Syracuse and I'm a New Yorker now."
"I never root against Syracuse except when my alma mater is playing them."
"I still think they'll get a number one seed."
"I just think they deserve to be a number one seed."


"When Georgetown is on and they're hitting they can beat anybody."
"If Georgetown can shoot like they did in the second half they can
beat anybody."
Get a Georgetown degree, Greg; I did!

Elmer's Glue Award: 
Austin Freeman.  In the last two weeks he's been hospitalized for dehydration, diagnosed with diabetes, scored 24 points in his first game back, and has served as the rallying force for a team that was previously in disarray.  How about how he cooly iced the game with four free throws at the end?  Or his key tip in?  Or how he got in Hollis Thompson's face as Hollis was imploding and told him to slow down?  Austin has done absolutely everything this year and it's been really fun to watch.

Robert Horry Award for Hitting Shots When It Matters Most:
Vee Sanford.  Oh Vee, you sweet little boy.  That tear drop floater to put us up 60-59 was just so wonderful.  Come to think of it, Vee looks like he could be Robert Horry's kid.  Maybe they are related.  Even if they aren't, we're glad Vee finally getting some minutes, now all he needs is the flat top back.
Harry Potter Wizard Award:
Greg Monroe.  We've said it plenty of times, but his passes are just insane.  Syracuse keyed in on him today, so he fed our guards for open three after open three.  We hope everyone is appreciating what will probably be his last few games as a Hoya, because he may be the best passer this school will ever see.  We also enjoyed him getting in Jerrelle Benimon's face and showing some serious fire.
The Cordon Bleu Award for Most Inspired Dining Choices:
Jason Clark.  There are lots of ways you can go when dining at a fine steakhouse like Shula's in Manhattan, but we here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON are fans of French Cuisine and so we must applaud Jason's decision last night to apparently order the Steak au Poivre, per this photo tweet from Sims.
Tonight we dine like Kings. Tomorrow we play like Semi-Final Victors!

The Georgetown Hoyas are a nationally ranked powerhouse.

Marquette is NeXt.