Your Fighting Hoyas of Georgetown kicked off its Big East schedule with a less than impressive victory over the DePaul Blue Demons and as usual we here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON are handing out hardware to those most deserving. It's 2014, baby! Away we go!
The Chris Wright Heart of a Champion Award:
Markel Starks. I'm giving this to Starks because without him the Hoyas lose this game by 20, but I really wanted to give it to Aaron Bowen, who came off the bench to provide a much-needed spark towards the end of the first half. Bowen's defensive intensity on the press caused the Blue Demons fits and his absurd heave at the halftime buzzer to give Georgetown a 4-point lead was probably the highlight of the season so far.
Absurd Heave at Halftime Buzzer to Give Georgetown a 4-Point Lead Award:
Hockey is the Best Award:
The NHL should do one of two things: 1) play every game outdoors, or 2) play every game outdoors. The Winter Classic continues to be the only regular season NHL game worth watching, and snow and ice in the Big House in HD was great theater.
College Football New Year's Day Bowl Game Bonanza Award:
Dickie V Award:
I've watched a lot of college hoops in my day and the Dick Stockton and Bob Wenzel team for Fox Sports 1 was easily one of the worst announcing teams I have ever heard. Ever. Look, I'm all for this whole Fox Sports thing and the New Year's Eve marathon is a great idea to get everyone amped for the Big East season, but let's at least have knowledgeable college hoops guys calling the games and please FOR THE LOVE OF GOD get rid of the in-game advertising that takes up half the screen.
Worst Mobile App Award:
Fox Sports Go. I, like most casual people around the world, have an android phone because android technology shits on that apple nonsense. I, like most casual people in the world, can therefore not access streaming Hoyas games on ‘Fox Sports Go' BECAUSE IT DOESN'T YET EXIST for android phones. Amateur hour.
Big Man U Award:
Moses Ayegba! The box score has Moses with 3 blocks but it seemed like nearly 10 as he disrupted nearly every Blue Demon to penetrate the lane. The fouls continue to plague him but it was nice to finally see a Georgetown big man play with some defensive intensity out there. Speaking of which...
Getting Bad Vibes from Josh Smith Award:
What happened to this guy? After so much promise in the opener against Oregon, Smith has been somewhat shitty as a Hoya, with the DePaul game being perhaps a tipping point for how much JT3 is going to tolerate his poor defensive play and lackadaisical demeanor. Smith played just 14 minutes (like 3 or something in the 2nd half) in a game that was tight throughout. Whether or not this was done by JT3 to send Smith a message I don't know, but it'll be interesting to see what Smith does against St. John's.
Thank God We Played DePaul Award:
DePaul was 13-26 from the free throw line in a great effort from Georgetown's vaunted free throw defense.
Tweet of the Night Award:
Earlier this year, Moses Ayegba dominated Rakeem Christmas. Now, he's dominating New Year's. #nailedit
— Over The Hilltop (@overthehilltop) December 31, 2013
Fan of the Game Award I:
Solid episodes of Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week. First, on Vandy, Kristen confirmed her status as a psycho hose beast as she stalked live-in boyfriend Tom's phone and took screenshots of texts that he sent to a fellow bartender that happens to be blonde and look like a model. BREAK UP ALREADY YOU TWO. Meanwhile, on Housewives, Brandi continues to unload on new housewife Joyce, who is pretty but makes me rip my skin off every time she and her husband talk to one another and call one another ‘baby'.
RIP Uncle Phil Award:
James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Casual TV dad.
Jim Nantz Award for In-Game Commentary:
Welcome to the New Big East people
Kate Upton Award for Kate Upton Doing Kate Upton Things:
This Could Be a Problem Going Forward Award:
Offensive rebounds: DePaul 12, Georgetown 2.
We Believe Award:
Look, I think at this point we all know that this Hoyas team has a number of weaknesses and substantial limitations. But hey, Georgetown is 9-3 and UNBEATEN UNDEFEATED UNBLEMISHED in Big East play. It may not be pretty, but can we as a fanbase live with winning games in this fashion all season?
The Georgetown Hoyas are not quite yet a nationally ranked powerhouse.
St. John's is NeXt.