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The Casual Awards: Championship Sunday

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

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.


Clown Award:
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.

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

Here's what I think of Comcast right about now...

I marched on Leavey to keep the Pub open in the 90's.

by Cuse Swallows on Jan 19, 2013 6:08 PM EST reply actions

by Hoya Vey on Jan 19, 2013 6:14 PM EST reply actions

I am not amused

by StPetersburgHoya on Jan 19, 2013 6:16 PM EST reply actions

My personal verdict on Hopkins

by StPetersburgHoya on Jan 19, 2013 6:19 PM EST reply actions 1 recs

Dimmerless in Tampa

"we just tryin to win this shit"

by GT8MD on Jan 19, 2013 6:20 PM EST reply actions

Will the Nova-Providence game ever end?

I am barely hanging in here.

by StPetersburgHoya on Jan 19, 2013 6:24 PM EST reply actions 1 recs

This is a load of bullshit!

I live in DC, not fucking Providence. They should be giving us G’Town at the appointed hour. Fuck you Comcast, MASN HD, and Satan who is clearly behind this plot to prevent me from watching the Hoyas on time.

I marched on Leavey to keep the Pub open in the 90's.

by Cuse Swallows on Jan 19, 2013 6:25 PM EST reply actions 1 recs

anyone interested in Geno Auriemma's thoughts after a 25 point win?


"I don't know. I'm making this up as I go."

by aja32 on Jan 19, 2013 6:28 PM EST reply actions



"we just tryin to win this shit"

by GT8MD on Jan 19, 2013 6:40 PM EST reply actions

Does Moses have Lt. Dan's titanium legs?

Only explanation for him not starting over Hopkins.

by Brasky on Jan 19, 2013 6:40 PM EST reply actions

Magic legs...

by Hoya Annoya on Jan 19, 2013 6:41 PM EST up reply actions 1 recs

Bowen doing what he does best!

At least one of our guys can dunk consistently

by desihoya on Jan 19, 2013 6:45 PM EST reply actions

I swear to goodness

My remote has never done anything to me, but it will be smashed to fuckin’ pieces if Mikael Hopkins turns the ball over one more goddamn time then looks around in disbelief like he was the innocent victim of a turnover happening to him.

by Skitches on Jan 19, 2013 7:09 PM EST reply actions

this half is about as ugly as whittingtons report card

bringing out the hard liquor

by jasonclarksalienarms on Jan 19, 2013 7:10 PM EST reply actions

No, we in fact apparently cannot have nice things

by NewsToTom on Jan 19, 2013 7:10 PM EST reply actions

What's the difference between a pile of dead babies and a pile of sand?

Hopkins doesn’t eat sand

by rochesterhoya07 on Jan 19, 2013 7:12 PM EST via iPhone app reply actions

Oh look

That part of the game where the other team hits a bunch of 3s in a row and eliminates whatever lead we have. Must be the beginning of the second half.

by HoyaCalifornia on Jan 19, 2013 7:13 PM EST reply actions


by StPetersburgHoya on Jan 19, 2013 7:16 PM EST reply actions

Well, if you wanna see a most ridiculous stat about Hopkins, here it is:

His OWS, or estimate number of wins contributed by a player due to his offense, is -.3 this year. That’s AWFUL. He’s costing us wins on offense. No joke. Markel is our highest at 1.3.

by Hoya Vey on Jan 19, 2013 7:17 PM EST reply actions 1 recs

Why is it

That we either look fun & exciting, or like a tire fire? There’s no middle ground.

by HoyaCalifornia on Jan 19, 2013 7:22 PM EST reply actions

I've had enough of this game...

<a href="http://funny gifs" >

Flavor Flav loves Healy Hall

by Peggy's Special on Jan 19, 2013 7:23 PM EST reply actions 2 recs

Because this is life as a Georgetown fan

by J-Wall's Mom's Broom on Jan 19, 2013 7:36 PM EST up reply actions 1 recs


by Hoya Vey on Jan 19, 2013 7:47 PM EST reply actions 2 recs

Just end this thing

by StPetersburgHoya on Jan 19, 2013 7:54 PM EST reply actions

Gratuitous GIF of Kate Upton Doing Kate Upton Things Award:
Kate Upton.

The Georgetown Hoyas are nowhere near being a nationally ranked powerhouse.

Notre Dame is NeXt.