The Five Types of Georgetown Basketball Fans

Banner - FansAs winter break thaws out, Big East conference play is just starting to heat up. While we’ve probably all watched at least one Georgetown Basketball game in our lives, I’m sure we all have had different feelings surrounding those games: frustration, excitement, dread when you realize you left your GoCard at the Verizon Center, and even despair. For some, the games are merely an opportunity to watch some basketball, and for others, the games are an opportunity to cheer drink away the Sunday Scaries on a Saturday morning.

In any case, Georgetown certainly has some interesting fans. In fact, there are many stereotypes for the typical Georgetown game attendees one might run into at the Verizon Center. Here are some of 4E’s favorites:

  1. The Instagram enthusiast. They enjoy a nice outing once a semester downtown to the Verizon Center, where they are sure to get a decent amount of likes off of posting a pic of themselves and their freshmen roommates having SO much fun at the game. They probably don’t even know what the players’ names are, but that doesn’t bother them. They aren’t sure why Georgetown switched baskets halfway through the game and are likely to put Jack skateboarding on their snap stories. They may even post a finsta of how #turnt they got if we’re lucky enough.
  2. The ones who still believe in JT3. Don’t trust them. They like to be let down. They will probably lose in many respects in life. They are probably disillusioned with being a Georgetown student, so you won’t likely find this person in the student section. They always buy season tickets, and would rather hold the ticket for a game they can’t attend rather than sell it off to a petty “Down-with-JT3” cheering fan. If it’s possible to blow a lead in life, they will do it.
  3. The fans who have an obsession with cutout heads. While basketball is exciting and all, these are the people who merely go to the game to wave around a piece of cardboard. No, they aren’t just looking for attention, but in addition, an opportunity to escape their real lives, and become the Pope/John Thompson/Bradley Cooper/etc. They will risk their lives to get the cutout of their choice and probably have a hearty secret collection of cutouts.
  4. The serial dancers. We have plenty of dance groups on campus, but these fans aren’t interested in group-sponsored theatrics. Instead, they will be heavily featured on the big screen for their less-than-stellar fantastic moves. It’s not hard to be featured when you’re the only one in the arena moving and shaking, but they will tout their big screen appearances to no end and will perhaps even consider putting it on their resumes. They are huge fans of the student section and will try to conduct the attention of all students in said section.
  5. The avid basketball fan. There isn’t anything more exciting (frustrating?) for these people than watching some great (frustrating?) Georgetown basketball. They wish they were attending the school back in the ’84-’85 season and have memorized so many stats that they have no room left in their brains to study for that philosophy final. They think about the cost-benefit analysis and the prospect of the team’s success in the upcoming season before buying season tickets. They wouldn’t miss a game — even though they often turn them off and cry into a pillow at halftime.

    Wrong sport, right reaction

Time to break some stereotypes.

Photos/Gifs: scout.com, giphy.com

Things We Forgot Happened in 2015

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2015 was a long year — 365 days to be exact. A lot can happen in 365 days. Friendships can be made (and broken), phone screens can be cracked, Netflix binges can be completed and begun and completed again. There are a ton of things that we forgot happened in the last twelve months. Here are a few:

Ariana Grande licked a donut and said she hated America

Justin Bieber got hot (and – dare I say – talented) #Sorry

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Academy Awards in his underwear

Leonardo DiCaprio still didn’t win an Oscar

Tom Brady was accused of deflating balls in an incident known affectionately as “Deflategate”

Tom Brady set the record for most Superbowl wins by a quarterback

Left Shark stole the Superbowl half-time show

The war on gluten kicked in to high gear

The Pope came to DC

The Pope’s encyclical Laudato Sí focused on the environment

Microbeads were banned in the U.S.

New York Times asked, “Would you kill baby Hitler?” and people freaked out

Obama tweeted that NYT was ridiculous for suggesting peas in guacamole

“The dress”

Georgetown opened the old Jes Res dorm

Georgetown renamed the buildings of the old Jes Res

Georgetown basketball won a game in the NCAA Tournament

Georgetown blew out Villanova by 20 points at the Verizon Center

Villanova included Georgetown gear in its basketball fan pack (dummies)

Bradley Hayes learned to play basketball (and is actually really good)

DSR broke our hearts by declaring for the NBA draft (but then came back)

LJ Peak played on the gold-medal winning USA U-23 basketball team

Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2 premiered

Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke a bunch of records

Hillary Clinton lied about her emails

Volkswagen lied to everyone

People sucked cups to try to get Kardashian-esque lips

Kim Kardashian’s rear end continued to break the Internet

Hoyas, we at 4E hope you had an incredible 2015 with some truly unforgettable memories.

Photo: wisegeek.com, TMZ.com, 

Senior Memories: Things that Only Seniors Remember

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As the first semester has begun to wind down, my nerves about leaving Georgetown in only a few months are increasing. I can barely remember my freshman year, the people I met then feel like people I have known my entire life. However, there are some things that have not been so permanent. From bars to fads, Georgetown has seen a bunch of turnover during the last three years.

So underclassmen, give me this one post to rant. And seniors, join me in my trip down memory lane.

Things Only Seniors Remember:

1. Tuscany’s. The pride and joy of our freshman year. If you didn’t sit on the sidewalk with a large slice, make friends with a stranger or get into a fight about who ordered first than you haven’t lived.

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2. Rhino. Okay, some underclassman might remember this one. But, only we remember how magical Rhino was once upon a time. Do I miss the idea of it? Yes. Do I actually miss it? To be honest, not at all.

3. Shit Georgetown Girls Say. This video defined my freshman year, and I still recite it weekly. While I was heartbroken that these guys took this video down, I am still petitioning for them to bring it back. Favorite lines include:

  • “Does Rhino take Go-Card?”
  • “What to chase with, what to chase with.. Diet Coke, zero cals!”
  • “Betch I’m drunk in Leo’s I need your help.”
  • “He must be cute, he went to Delbarton.”
  • “Son of a betch where is my Go-Card?”

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5. Reiss Pathway. As a former Darnallian, the Reiss Pathway was basically family to me. Best people watching and easy access to Leavy… what more could you want?! It makes me so incredibly sad that some people think that the construction has always been there. They don’t know the great things they have missed.

6. Omelet Lady. Feel free to correct me, as I have not been to Leo’s in a while, but I’ve heard that the omelet lady no longer exists? How does one get his or her omelet without the signature “getcha omelet” call? That was the only acceptable way to end a weekend.

7. New South before the Heal Fam Stu Cen. I had to explain to a freshman the other day what was in the HFSC’s place prior to its creation… and all I could say was nothing. It literally seems like that building sprung from nowhere. If only it had been around my freshman year, I probably would have been more inclined to study!

8. Leo’s Burrito Bowls. Ugh, back when Leo’s did so many things right. Their burrito bowls were my favorite thing. Like Chipotle, but from a meal swipe! You didn’t even have to pay extra for guac!!
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9. Juicing ‘Cuse in 1 Season. Way back when Syracuse was in the Big East. We were so lucky to see 2 wins against ‘Cuse in only one season. Hopefully we can juice ‘Cuse again this year on Dec. 5!

10. Epi before it became a hotspot. My underclassman sources have informed me that Epi is the new “late night hot spot.” Back in my day, it was just a great place to get a quesadilla and chill with friends. I guess we can blame the loss of both Tuscany’s and Eat & Joy for this one!

Photos/Gifs: huffingtonpost.com; giphy.com; hercampus.com

Seminars We Want at Georgetown

college2College can be a tough adjustment for everyone from prep school scholars to public school kids. The transition would be a lot easier if Georgetown or university student groups offered a few 90-minute seminars (optional, of course) to better prepare students for everything from Google Docs to dating. Here are a few suggestions:

How to Spot a F**kboy
Why: The unsuspecting freshman girl often falls for them at house parties early in the first semester. Sometimes a post-party hookup turns into three months of torture over unrequited love.
How: Upperclassmen girls can show profiles of boys and point out their negative traits (good at saving Snapchats, very “experienced,” phone only seems to work after 2 a.m. on Saturday nights) so young girls know what to avoid.

How to Use Blackboard/My Access/Google Drive
Why: Has anyone found any of these sources particularly user-friendly?
How: Step-by-step instruction on how to do everything.

How to Get Over Your High School Ex
Why: Everyone has that one friend who is always either hopping on a train to Alabama to see their former sweetheart or crying in the dorm because that special someone posted a picture with a new crush.
How: Show profiles of attractive and successful Georgetown students to show kids that there are other fish in the sea and that our sea happens to be better than most.

How to Public Transport
Why: The metro is easy enough, but the bus system is a mystery. When someone says G2, D2 or D6 I think they’re talking about the robot from Star Wars or the floors in the saddest freshman dorm. Also, what is “The Circulator”?
How: Show us the website, give us a map with the stops and list the most efficient path to reach major locations around the city.

How to Drink Without Blacking Out
Why: Everyone made jokes about the online alcohol awareness course we had to complete freshman fall, but seeing how much alcohol we were actually drinking was eye opening.
How: Throw a “controlled” party where kids are allowed to drink until they black out, as long as they keep track of how much they’ve consumed. Each student will know his or her absolute limit and hopefully will consume under this limit the rest of the year.

How to Cheer Aggressively at Sporting Events
Why: Sometimes the crowd at the Verizon Center gets rowdy. We need to put those opposing fans in their place (AKA the bus back to Philly).
How: Get dirt on all of our Big East Rivals. Learn what other fans say at us, and teach students the appropriate responses. One example: Villanova fans shout, “What’s a Hoya?” Student section responds, “Your future employa.”

Photo: wppandphoto.blogspot.com

The Many Faces of 2 Chainz

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If you haven’t heard yet, 2 Chainz will be this year’s musical guest for Midnight Madness. And, for those of you who don’t know what Midnight Madness is, get yourselves together. Sports. Basketball. Hoya Saxa.

Anyway, yes, 2 Chainz is coming and we are so excited about it. To get you caught up on all happenings and information, 4E is bringing you the many faces of 2 Chainz:

This is 2 Chainz:

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He is a pretty awesome guy. His real name is Tauheed Epps. But, he likes to go by 2 Chainz.
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Also, he likes to rap, a lot.

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He recently welcomed his third child, Halo.

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And a new album, last Jan. (T.R.U. Jack City).

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Is this a Georgetown reference? A clue?

He’s loved by some great celebrities.

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His attitude is off the chartz.

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So come tonight to see 2 Chainz, and stay for the Georgetown University Step Team and GU Jawani, a dunk contest, scrimmage and cheerleading routines.

Photos/Gifs: mtvhive.com; giphy.com; amazonaws.com; bossip.files.wordpress.com; http://static.djbooth.net/; http://stream1.gifsoup.com/; http://oogeewoogee.com/

Villanova “Fan Pack” Contains Georgetown Gear

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We’ve always known Villanova sucks. Like, really sucks. After all, it’s dubbed “Villa-no-fun.”

Last week Villanova took that sucky-ness to a new level, making a mistake that cannot be ignored. The official Villanova Bookstore released a “Fan Pack” for the upcoming school year containing a Villanova button, a Villanova bumper sticker and a Georgetown pennant.

Yes, a GEORGETOWN pennant. 

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Note: It does not contain instructions for how to burn a Hoyas pennant.

How dumb can they be???? Now Villanova fans will be able to share their Georgetown pride all season long!

A @vuhoops contributor known formally as “Mike J.” snipped in his article:
So maybe [the person who put this package together] is not a sports fan and they don’t know what a Hoya is – that’s OK, because no one actually does.

Well Mike, you would know what a Hoya is if you had gotten into Georgetown.

Next time a ‘Nova fan asks, “What’s a Hoya?” be sure to respond with “Your future employ-a” while bonding over your matching Georgetown pennants.

Photos: vuhoops.com; espncdc.com

Josh Smith: Becoming a California Girl?

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Attention Georgetown basketball fans: the “Joshington Monument” might be moving across the country. This week it was revealed that not one but two former Big East centers are trying out for the Los Angeles Lakers: Georgetown’s Josh Smith and Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook.

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In the few months since the end of the season, Georgetown fans have remembered Josh Smith fondly, recalling his crucial rebounds and layups as well as a few in-game quips from announcers (“And here’s Josh Smith, rolling onto the court”).

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Hoya fans probably haven’t had a single positive thought about Stainbrook since the day Xavier joined the Big East in 2013: he led the largely unranked Musketeers to three disgusting wins over our Hoyas this season, including one in the semi-final of the conference tournament.

Here’s hoping that Josh has an awesome week with the Lakers and that Stainbrook, like, loses his glasses or something.

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Photos: twitter.com; usatoday.com; gannett-cdn.com

Leo’s: The Mysterious & Majestic

IMG_0250-1024x7644E has a lot to say about everyone’s favorite dining hall on campus, but first let us say: CONGRATS!

We are seriously so happy and excited for the joint success of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee and the Leo’s-Aramark campaign with their win!!! The advocacy and rallying done by students and workers on this campus have yielded extraordinary efforts:

  1. An increase in minimum wage for Aramark workers by $2.00 over the next 4 years
  2. Broader health care coverage with lower premiums
  3. Greater protection for immigrant workers
  4. A sustainability committee to improve food quality, as well as paid training for all cooks
  5. Life insurance and a scholarship fund
  6. Guarantee of union representation and a fair bargaining process for all other Aramark employees

Finally, the hardworking friendly faces that are responsible for our survival each day (literally a freshman with a meal plan owes their life to Leo’s at this point right?!) will receive the benefits and compensation that their hard work deserves!

*Even those of you who may not be particularly keen with the options at O’Donovan’s by the Waterfront have to be grateful for the familiar friendly faces that serve us our vegan banana bread, chicken tenders and wok each day.

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Now to the other purpose of this post……

Leo’s: the mysterious and the majestic.

As an avid Leo’s goer and Leo’s lover, I find myself full of questions about the magic that goes into creating such a deluxe college cafeteria environment. My personal favorite mystery is the playlists: Where do they come from? Is there a schedule? When is the best time to go to get a little throwback 2000’s R&B/hip hop going on? But best of all… how will I ever get my own music collection to live up to the glory of Leo’s?

It’s been rumored that it is the Leo’s workers themselves who pick the playlist. While I can neither confirm nor deny this, I will commend it. It’s just always so on point.

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Jo-Jo, 3OH!3, Michael Jackson, 50 Cent, Walking in Memphis, Get Low… They seriously run the gamut from the all-time best sing alongs to the songs that bring you back to the days of driving to the grocery store with your mom as a little kid. It’s magical.

On another note, 4E has heard the speculative rumor that Leo’s is, in some discreet way, offering tours?! True or not, we have come up with a Leo’s bucket list of our own to explore the mystery…

1. The room out back downstairs where all of the basketball players eat: what goes on in there? We figure it probably involves crowns, worship, and caviar…?

2. Where does the food come from? Actually though, they’re serving thousands of us each day, how do they cook it all? Do they have a team of minions helping them out?

3. Where does Jack the Bulldog eat? Feeling like it wouldn’t be unsafe to assume he has his own kitchen and palace somewhere up in here.

4. The elevator outside in the back: where does it go?

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Access to Hogwarts?!!?!
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Narnia?!!??!!

5. What are the vegan chicken nuggets made out of? Because they’re seriously so good.

For now, that is all. Congrats again, Leo’s! I’m sure many of us will be seeing you soon.

gifs/photos: giphy.com,thegeorgetownindy.com 

DSR Defected: How to Cope

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As you probably know, star basketball player D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has put his name in to the NBA draft with an agent, forfeiting his senior year NCAA eligibility. While most bloggers speculate that he will play in Europe next year, Hoya faithful are both happy for him and heartbroken over his departure. Here are a few ways to cope with your grief.

Delete your profile pictures with him
That selfie you took from your seat in Section 403 at the Villanova game with the jumbotron in the background? Yeah, it counts.

Dye your hair back to its original color
That orange Mohawk means nothing anymore.

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Miss key assignments at the end of the semester
No love = no reason to continue studying.

Throw out his mixtape.
Yeah he spun some sick beats. So what? You don’t need the constant reminder of how he rocked that gold chain.

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Remove his phone number from your contacts so you don’t text him
You should probably unfollow him on Twitter, too.

Find a new player with a fun nickname
Some suggestions? Tre Campbell = Tre bae bae. Issac Copeland = Ike. Use your imagination.

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Avoid the places where you spent such sweet time with him
Verizon Center is officially off-limits.

Turn your tattoo of him into a lion
Your right bicep doesn’t have to be tainted forever.

Even if you take all of these preventative measures, we know the loss is going to be tough. Remember that we have a strong group of rising sophomores returning to the team and a decent recruiting class for next year. Until then, good luck DSR. We’ll really *sniff* miss you.

Photos: Instagram, Twitter.com (@CasualHoya), lion-tattoo.com, bannersontheparkway.com

What To Do Now That Basketball Season Is (Almost) Over

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After an embarrassing loss to St. John’s, Georgetown basketball has only two games left in the regular season. For you fanatics who have relished the weekly trips to the Verizon Center and illegally streamed away games using your roommate’s cousin’s girlfriend’s Fox Sports 1 account, we know the end of the season means the end of the era.

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To help you cope with post-basketball boredom and sadness, we at 4E have compiled a list of activities to keep you entertained.

Get a job
If you care at all, you literally planned your work hours around the basketball schedule this winter. Now that it’s over, you can work more or at least at normal hours and ditch the 8:00 am Sunday shifts.

Do your homework
Real fans know that any time they’ve bailed on a game in favor of studying, they’ve just refreshed their Twitter feeds continuously for two hours and been extremely unproductive. Now you can finally start that paper that’s due tomorrow.

Stalk the basketball players around campus
Some places you might see them: Leo’s, Copley, Rhino (RIP).

Obsess over a different sport
Although men’s tennis only has one home game (and it was last Friday), there are still plenty of other spring sports to choose from including golf, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse. Didn’t know we had a golf team? Neither did I.

Pick up a new hobby
Stamp collecting, scrapbooking and cooking are all viable options. Feeling more creative? Try knitting or basket weaving.

On the plus side we still have two more games, The Big East Tournament and – dare I say – March Madness. Best of luck to the team and to all of you in surviving the next few weeks and filling the hole in your hearts that will remain when it is all over.

Photo: http://grfx.cstv.com/; depressedfan.com