The Casual Awards are back! Your Fighting Hoyas of Georgetown defeated the Phoenix of Elon in not relaxing fashion last night and we're handing out hardware to those most deserving. Away we go!
The Chris Wright Heart of a Champion Award:
Markel Starks. Starks started 1-8 from the floor but turned it on the 2nd half to finish with 21 points including 4-5 from three in a game-high 38 minutes. Starks also produced the loudest roar from the crowd as he got the crowd to actually make a sound (wow!) during two free throw attempts by the Phoenix late in the game. The Elon dude missed both, causing the 7,000+ crowd at Verizon to go nuts over a free Chick-fil-A sandwich they will never actually get.
Tweet of the Night Award:
Regarding said Chick-fil-A promotion:
Can't wait to take my ticket stub to nearest Chick-Fil-A in Ashburn for a free sandwich— Nicholas Johnston (@FirstWordNick) December 18, 2013
Tweet of the Night, Part Deux Award:
Elon ranks 322nd in all of D1 in terms of rebounds per game. Currently, they're outrebounding the #Hoyas 29-26. #Oof— Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) December 18, 2013
Bombs Away Award:
The Elon Phoenix. Good God have mercy on us! The Phoenix was relentless hoisting shots from behind the arc, and in the 1st half pretty much everything was going in. There was one attempt that hit the rim, the backboard, then the rim again before dropping ever so softly into the net for yet another back-breaking three that was particularly heartbreaking, causing me to momentarily lose my vision and question my existence.
Defense Wins Championships Award:
On the strength of the first-half shooting performance Elon headed into the locker room leading by one after dropping 40 points on Georgetown's heads. Related, something called 'Metro State' in Division II beat Elon earlier this month.
Offense Wins Championships Awards:
The Hoyas have scored 80+ points in five games already. I'm not a gambling man (I am lazy, however) but I think that the Hoyas probably hit that mark less than half a dozen times all of last season.
Dickie V Award:
On a night when most of the college hoops world was tuned in to ESPN for the Jimmy V Classic, Georgetown made its first ever appearance on something called CBS Sports Net and had former coach Pete Gillen and some guy named Dave Ryan calling the game. While Gillen sounded like he hadn't slept in ages and was yelling at me like a drunk, Ryan was doing his best Gus Johnson impression, cheering like a little schoolboy after every Elon three and hyping the potential upset at every chance. When Georgetown built a short-lived double-digit lead late, Ryan lamented that Elon's chances at an upset were slipping away, and as the Phoenix made a late run to make us all nervous in the waning moments, Ryan could barely contain his enthusiasm. Didn't surprise me to learn after a brief wikipedia research that Ryan is a graduate of Syracuse University.
The Eye Test Award:
The Hoyas are now 7-2 and have won 6 in a row. Other than the slip-up against Northeastern that ruined the season and the loss in the opener against Oregon in that ridiculous exhibition game where Georgetown was 1-15 from three on what looked like a badminton court, the Hoyas beat high majors Kansas State and VCU and have played pretty well against these various mid to low major teams that many expect to be factors in their Conferences come March. HAVING SAID THAT, there's something about this Hoyas varietal that isn't sitting well with me. If Starks and DSR are off, Georgetown has no chance. Josh Smith is a load underneath, but doesn't get the ball enough in a position to score and is slower than molasses on defense. Hopkins has talent but a low hoops IQ. Lubick has high hoops IQ but not much talent aside from those majestic hook shots. Trawick we all love but he doesn't really bring that much to the table other than bravado. Bowen touching the ball is a bad thing. Ayegba is a role player at best. Cameron doesn't play enough to make an impact. Am I missing something? I just don't find this team that fun to watch, not compared to the past couple of years, anyway. Yet despite all of that we're 7-2 with a big chance to start gaining momentum at Kansas on Saturday and probably the 3rd or 4th best team in the Big East. Speaking of which...
The Big East Kinda Stinks Award:
The Big East. Yes I know that Conference play hasn't even started, but this hasn't exactly been a banner non-conference performance from the new big bad Big East. Villanova's performance in the Bahamas aside, Marquette has 4 losses, Creighton hasn't been impressive, Georgetown is winning ugly, Butler I suppose has been a bright spot but doesn't excite anyone, the Johnnies are the same Johnnies, Providence nearly lost to friggin' Yale last night, DePaul is DePaul and Seton Hall has been downright embarrassing. You're welcome, Fox Sports!
Tastes Great! Less Filling! Award:
So tall. So magnificent. So aluminum.
Movie I'm Looking Forward To Award:
The Wolf of Wall Street. That Matthew McConaughey sure is pretty. So is this chick.
Salvage Your Dignity Award:
T-Shirt gatling gun guy still fails to disappoint:
@CasualHoya new Gatling gun outfit for tonight pic.twitter.com/Ff85c9KezS— Joe Hartigan (@joehartigan23) December 18, 2013
The Greatest Fantasy Football Win Ever Award:
I'll let you be the judge. From the guy behind the guy behind the guy...
You ready? Greatest and most improbable win in fantasy history.
My squad is tremendous, 12 team league - Peyton, Anquan, Dez, Demarco, Forte, Tony Gonz, Pierre Thomas, Phil Dawson, San Fran D. PPR league.
I put up a good 150.06 points, feeling great. Just a consistent performance from top to bottom.
I am playing against my good friend. He has Stafford, Torrey, Garcon, Rashad Jennings, Jimmer Graham, Victor Cruz, Hartley, Indy D and JAMAAL CHARLES.
Long story short, I am up 20 points going into Monday night. He has Stafford and Torrey left. My probability of winning is 18% according to Yahoo given Charles threw up 55.5 points in a Michael Jordan at the Garden type performance.
Monday night comes, and I am not feeling good. Game starts, Megatron drops a few easy throws. First quarter ends with Stafford having 2.2 points and Torrey having 3.8 points (0.5 for each catch). I am hanging by a thread, but still fighting. Come to halftime, I am up 10 points, still somehow in it.
2nd half gets going, Stafford starts rolling a bit, but throws a pick, which is -2. It's probably 150.06 to 144 after the 3rd quarter. He throws another early in the 4th. Now the Lions are down 15-10 with 4 min to go. I am up 150-143 at the beginning of this drive. Stafford hits a few receivers. It's 150-145 with a 3rd and 9 on the Ravens 14. Stafford hits Fauria for a TD. 151.9-150.06. Game over, season over, dream over.
Ravens get the ball, drive down to the Lions 43 with 2 incompletions to Torrey. He doesn't touch the ball. Tucker hits a 61 yard field goal and leaves the Lions the ball with 3 time outs and 38 seconds left.
For me to win, Stafford needs to throw a pick on his first throw and not complete another pass. What does he do? EXACTLY THAT.
150.06-149.90. Victory is mine.
I have to believe the combination of those 3 events with less than 2 min left has to be a probability of less than 3% of me winning:
1. Ravens drive down field without Torrey touching the ball
2. Tucker HITTING a 61 yard field goal
3. Stafford throwing a pick on his first throw
Any of those three things don't happen and I'm fighting for my entry fee in the 3rd place game.
Not sure if this is doing it justice, but it was as riveting a match that has ever happened. You'll see more when the 30 for 30 comes out.
Document Your Lunch Award:
Steak fajitas at Norma's in the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, California.
Epic Rant Award:
This is awesome. Not sure how we would react if JT3 did this.
This week in Vanderpump Rules we saw Jax hit the dating scene, seducing a 20-something wannabe actress with his model looks and winning personality even though he has the name of another girls tattoo'd on his arm. Meanwhile, former flame foxy Stassi wasn't happy with the developments and tried to make herself feel better by yelling at him at work. She and her friend Katie then went to get waxes on their female parts while on the other side of town, Tom tried to breathe life into his dysfunctional relationship with live-in girlfriend Kristin by taking her to dinner at a Korean BBQ joint even though she is a vegetarian. Tremendous show.
The Jim Nantz Award for In-Game Commentary:
Games against mid-majors when we could be looking ahead to a bigger game scare the shit out of me
The Kate Upton Award for Kate Upton Doing Kate Upton Things:
The Georgetown Hoyas are not quite yet a nationally ranked powerhouse.
Kansas is NeXt.