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.

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Time to break some stereotypes.

Photos/Gifs: scout.com, giphy.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

Jack Previews a New Trick

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You may have noticed that here at 4E, we’re pretty obsessed with the school mascot, Jack. So imagine how excited we were to be invited by the Jack Crew for a preview of Jack’s latest trick, to be formally debuted at the Verizon Center. We met up with Jack’s caretaker, McKenzie Stough (COL ’13), one of the heads of the Jack Crew, Neve Schadler (COL ’15) and Frannie Murray (SFS ’17) to check out Jack’s new trick and talk about his training schedule.

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What’s a regular day in the training life for Jack?

McKenzie: He’s been training all year, we’re really excited. We’ve already practiced this trick at women’s basketball and women’s volleyball games. Last year we practiced outside, but we’ve moved into the gym. We sneak in at lunch time.

Neve: Three times a week for an hour.

McKenzie: He can get on by himself. He’s had an affinity for the skateboard since he’s been a puppy.

Frannie: Bulldogs have a low center of gravity, which helps with the trick. Also he’s from California, so he’s laidback. He’s a skater boy. And he’s so smart!

What’s your favorite part of training Jack, or being a part of the Jack Crew?

Neve: We’re not just walking a dog, we’re representing Georgetown. He’s the face of the Hoya blue spirit. Also he’s a fantastic dog, so loving. He’s the University’s pup. It’s an honor.

Frannie: It’s hard to find an image of “Hoyas.” But Jack represents the Hoyas and all of the students. When big athletes see him, they break down in smiles. They love to hang out and pet him. His smile is so infectious!

McKenzie: He’s so excited to see everyone that he knows.

Neve: There are six of us in the Jack Crew and he recognizes us all. He’ll get really excited when he sees us even if we’re not walking him.

What’s his favorite reward?

McKenzie: We try to tier his treats. In practice we give him a lot of small treats. But at the Verizon Center, we give him turkey. He loves that.

Neve: Or cheesesticks.

Frannie: He loves carrots.

What’s Jack’s pump-up song?

McKenzie: Actually, we’ve been trying to think of one.

Neve: “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

Anything special you’d like to add?

Neve: We’re so excited to show off this new trick – it’s been so much hard work. This trick fits his personality so well.

McKenzie: The point of the trick is to get people up and cheering. That’s our mission.

Frannie: I think our mission’s been successful.

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Thanks McKenzie, Neve, Frannie and (of course) Jack for previewing for us! Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can definitely teach an adorable mascot how to skateboard. We can’t wait to see Jack in action at the Verizon Center.

Photos: Emily Min/The Hoya

Aziz Ansari Killed It Last Night at the Verizon Center

azizkilleditHere at 4E, we like to think we are pretty funny. Any time we get the chance to indulge in a good laugh, we take it so I spent last night at the Verizon Center watching one of the best comedians out there.  Aziz Ansari, of “Parks and Recreation” fame (as well as some phenomenal stand-up videos), was in town and he absolutely crushed it.

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The show opened with a very impressive Michael Jackson impersonator.  While the performance seemed a bit out of place, hearing some classics from the King of Pop is never a bad thing and the impersonator was an incredible dancer.  Next up was comedian Hannibal Buress, who put together a hilarious set to get the crowd in the mood for Aziz.  While I wasn’t crazy about him tearing apart the sport of baseball, he certainly had me laughing for most of the performance.  Finally, after a short delay due to technical difficulties, the moment we had all been waiting for arrived: It was time for Aziz.

For those of you unfamiliar with the comedian, I highly recommend checking out his stand-up, both because it’s very funny and because I probably can’t quite capture his style.  For the most part, Aziz is incredibly friendly with the crowd, but has no qualms about verbally abusing those in his audience, either.  He can be very explicit, but not in the Dane Cook sense; he will use vulgar language, but really only when it feels natural. He also has a plethora of stories and impressions of bizarre, run-of-the-mill rappers that he loves to feature (more on that later).  Basically, if you go to an Aziz Ansari show, you can expect a lot of hilarious jokes about situations that aren’t necessarily funny to begin with.

Last night’s set covered the industrial food industry, a killer Ja Rule impression, the ups-and-downs of texting and relationships, ghosts and even gender equality.  He called on volunteers a few times and none escaped unscathed.  One particularly brave audience member volunteered a text conversation with a girl he was “dating” to be read aloud, and it did not disappoint; the texts only served to fuel Aziz’s fire about our generation’s horrible texting/dating culture.  While I wish I could say I remembered most of his punchlines, I can’t say I do; not that they weren’t memorable, just that the pace of the show was so quick.  All I know is he had me — and the rest of the audience — doubling over with laughter.

Prior to last night I had never been to a comedy show, and Aziz Ansari certainly proved to be a great first experience.  I would give the performance five stars and two thumbs way up and would absolutely go to see him again.  If you’re reading 4E, it probably means that you have pretty good taste so I’d highly recommend an Aziz Ansari show to all of you lovely people.6a0120a95a88d5970b01a3fa75f152970b-800wi

Calling All Mascot Hopefuls

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We at 4E like to keep up with the Georgetown-themed social media pages. Georgetown University rocks an official Facebook page, Twitter profile and it racks up the likes on perfectly filtered Instagrams. Georgetown Hoyas, the athletic program’s social media moniker, does the same. You couldn’t believe the excitement the 4E bloggers exhibited while reading this tweet just a few days ago:

NEW JACK THE BULLDOG MASCOTS! Obviously, people are going to jump at the chance to represent the coolest college canine around. However will the athletic program choose? Well, we have a few ideas on how to get a Jack the Bulldog worthy enough to represent the Hoya community.

1. Cheddar Cheese and Carrot Eating Contest

Anybody who knows anything knows that Jack the Bulldog LOVES cheddar cheese and carrots. For a new Jack the Bulldog mascot, they should definitely be able to eat their fair share of this underrated delicacy. We will accept all forms of the food. (Bonus points if cooked in an Epi quesadilla.)

2. Georgetown History Trivia 

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Jack the Bulldog is a smart animal. Many a time he can be seen lounging on Healy Lawn amongst the frantically studying Hoyas. Any mascot should be able to have half of this dog’s intelligence. We think a Jeopardy!-style game show would separate the true Jacks from the phonies. 99% of the questions should be about Patrick Ewing’s cameo in Space Jam.

3. Race Around the John Carroll Statue

Jack likes to hang out around Healy Circle. He struts his stuff around our founder John Carroll for hours on end. All prospective Jack mascots should race around Healy Circle to see who can separate themselves from the pack. To make it more of a challenge, the mascots need to navigate the crowd of freshman girls waiting for a Valencia-filtered Instagram on John Carroll’s lap.

4. Trash Carrying Contest

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As pictured above, Jack knows how to take out the trash. To test general strength and determination, I propose a hardcore weightlifting competition. Participants should lift trash bags full of half-eaten Verizon Center chicken tenders and the tears of our opposition after a Hoya victory.

5. General Cuteness

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I don’t think any explanation is needed.

6. Dance Dance Revolution Throwdown

We propose bringing this nerd-learns-to-dance-in-arcade game back, just as Justin brought sexy back. DDR would test the prospective mascots’ stamina and flair for the art of dance. We want to see you get down with your bad selves in the student section during basketball games.

As this post should show you, if you want to be the next Jack the Bulldog rallying the student body, you better be on your A game. Not just any person can strut their stuff in a bulldog costume. So break out your running shoes and your obscure Georgetown facts. Good luck to all hopefuls!

Photos: georgetown.edu, brookhollowbulldogs.com, zimbio.com

Tips for Tipoff: How To Meet Your Hoya Basketball Needs

Basketball SeasonThe start of the new semester brings with it the end of the NFL regular season, meaning no more Sundays full of football. Thankfully, Georgetown basketball is in full swing, and if you haven’t been keeping up, now is the time. We’re only 15 games into the season (at 11-4), and the second half of the season is upon us. Here are some tips to help you keep up with all your Hoya basketball needs:

Go out to the games! The best thing you can do is buy a ticket, get a group of friends, head down to Verizon Center and cheer the Hoyas on to victory!

Watch the games Whether it’s in Epicurean, in your common room or on a somewhat-sketchy streaming site*, it’s super easy to watch Georgetown basketball whenever it’s on.

Know how the Hoyas’ season is going Inevitably, you won’t be able to watch every game. ESPN does an excellent job of providing up-to-date scores and stats for college basketball, so bookmark and periodically check its page. Or head over to The Hoya for all our latest coverage.

Pray that we make it further in the NCAA Tournament than before That loss to FGCU (we’re still asking the question: who?) last year was tragic and frankly a little embarrassing. Let’s hope we can have a strong end to the season and make it to a semifinal this year!

Now that second semester is upon us, be sure to gather up some friends, pop on a “We Are Georgetown” shirt and go out to support your fellow Hoyas!

*4E does not condone illegally streaming TV channels, though we admire Hoyas who stop at nothing to watch their beloved ballers.

Photo: Alexander Brown for The Hoya

Staffer of the Week: Jackie McCadden

Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer that has done a particularly awesome job – now you can get to know about them, too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week. This week our exceptional staffer brought a little bit (read: a lot) of The Hoya to Verizon Center. Congrats, Jackie McCadden!

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Name Jackie McCadden
School MSB
Year 2016
Major Finance
Hometown Fort Washington, PA
Position on The Hoya Deputy Copy Editor

Why did you earn staffer of the week?
I earned staffer of the week for taking hundreds of extra basketball previews to Verizon Center for the first home men’s basketball game of the season and putting them on all of the seats in the student section. (Thanks to everyone stronger than me in Hoya Blue whom I forced into helping carry those deceptively heavy boxes. I still owe you guys Chipotle.)

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?
My favorite part of working for The Hoya is the daily challenge of trying to dress appropriately for the 35-degree weather outside while simultaneously preparing for the 80-degree temperature in the copy cave. I also enjoy the fact that it’s literally my job to correct people when they are wrong or aren’t making any sense. (Unfortunately, this is much less socially acceptable outside of the office.)

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could have any superpower, I’d want the ability to control time. While it’d be pretty cool to go back in time and witness my favorite historical moments or go into the future to see what the world will look like in 2050, let’s be honest, I would actually spend the majority of that extra time watching The West Wing on Netflix and trying to get enough sleep for once.

Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or fifty duck-sized horses and why?
I’d rather take the horse-sized duck, because I think it would be a lot easier to outsmart (or outrun).

If you could pick a theme song for The Hoya office, what would it be and why?
Maybe the Rocky theme song… something intense for when it’s close to deadline and the office gets pretty chaotic as we’re trying to finish everything on time.

DCTC: Basketball Season

DCTC Verizon CenterDust off your “We Are Georgetown” shirts, my fellow Hoyas: it’s BASKETBALL SEASON! For those of you all who are not super D.C. savvy, getting to Verizon Center can be a little nerve-wracking. But don’t worry, you can always count on the D.C. Travel Companion (DCTC) to help you out!

Basketball season creates a sort of “mob mentality” (full of all types of Hoyas) when it comes to getting to the game. Going to Verizon Center is always exciting, but it isn’t always easy. You don’t want to be that one lonely Hoya who gets lost on the Metro as you head to a basketball game. People might laugh, and one of them will likely be me. So, to spare you any embarrassing moments, here is what you need to know to get to the game in one piece:

Option 1: Metro

Step 1 — Getting to the Metro

In order to get to the metro, you can take either the Rosslyn G.U.T.S. bus or the Dupont G.U.T.S. bus to get to the Rosslyn or Dupont stops, respectively. The shuttle service is free, which is always a plus for college students. (Estimated travel time: 10 minutes.)

Step 2 — Taking the Metro:

If you are departing from the Rosslyn Metro station, take either the Blue line (toward Largo Town Center) or the Orange line (toward New Carrolton) to Metro Center. (Estimated travel time: 7 minutes.)

From Metro Center, you can either take the Red line to Gallery Place (estimated travel time: 5-10 minutes) or just walk the short distance straight to the Verizon Center. From personal experience, it is often much quicker to walk — Verizon Center is only four short blocks from the Metro Center stop (see below)!

If you are departing from the Dupont Metro station, take the Red line (toward Glenmont) to Metro Center (estimated travel time: 4 minutes) or Gallery Place (estimated travel time: 6 minutes). Once again, you can either walk from Metro Center or take the train directly to Gallery Place.

Each of these trips costs $2.70 using fare cards and $1.70 using SmarTrip cards.

Step 3 — Walking to the Verizon Center from Metro Center or Gallery Place:

From the Metro Center station, walk east down G Street until you see the beacon of hope that is Verizon Center. It is about a five-minute walk.

From the Gallery Place station, go up the 7th and F Street escalators and you’ll be at Verizon Center. It’s as easy as that.

Total travel time: 30-40 minutes.

Option 2: Taxi

If you choose to take a taxi to Verizon Center, it usually takes around 20 minutes if you leave from the front gates and should cost around $15-20 each way.

Option 3: New Georgetown Shuttle 

Starting this season, Georgetown is offering a shuttle service (departing from McDonough parking lot) to Verizon Center. This shuttle will only be available for transportation to games (not from them) and will leave 1.5 hours before the start of the game. The shuttle will be available for games against High Point University (Dec. 5), Colgate University (Dec. 7) and the Big East conference home games against Seton Hall, Marquette, Villanova, Butler and Xavier. All student season ticket holders are eligible, and those who will be able to use this service will be notified 3-5 days before the game. There are more specific eligibility requirements and information on how to receive your bus passes here.

Option 4: Metro Buses

The Georgetown-Union Station circulator route is also another transportation option for Georgetown students. You can pick up this bus at N and Wisconsin Avenue (near The Daily Grill) for just $1. The travel time for this trip is about 40 minutes, and the bus drops you off at Massachusetts and 7th Street. From there, it is a four-minute walk down 7th Street to Verizon Center.

 

Remember, Hoya basketball games can get packed, so be sure to budget a little extra time to arrive early and get great seats. Generally, it’s a good idea to leave approximately an hour before game time. Now get up, get down to the Phone Booth and cheer on your fellow Hoyas! You know what they say: “New Big East, Same Old Beast!”

Fall Concerts in DC

DC FALL CONCERTS 2013As we leave Columbus Day Weekend in our rearview mirror and snap back into the reality that midterms occur more often than just “mid-term”, the stretch between now and Thanksgiving can seem a little daunting.  Luckily, D.C. provides great opportunities for a weeknight escape or a weekend endeavor that won’t jeopardize your next-day productivity. Here are a couple of the concerts and shows that caught my eye that are coming up in the very near future:

Aaron Carter- Sunday, October 20th, 7:30 PM; Fillmore Silver SpringAC-Wallpaper-aaron-carter-19945930-1600-1218

Do you like Candy? Yes, you read this correctly: the Aaron Carter is not only still touring, but is coming to Silver Spring in a week.  While I would assume his voice is a little deeper since the last time we heard from him, I’m sure it will still be a great show. If not, it’s just time for us washed up ’90s kids to relive our glory days.

Cold War Kids- Friday October 25th, 8:00 PM; 9:30 Club

After selling out the 24th (show starts at 7:00), the 9:30 Club brought back the Cold War Kids for a second night on Friday.  If indie-rock is your thing, then this is a can’t-miss concert.  The only question is, if Cold War Kids keeps getting more popular, can it still be considered indie?

Chance the Rapper- Sunday, October 27th, 7:00 PM; Fillmore Silver Spring

A lesser known, yet still extremely talented rapper, Chance will provide you with some rhymes that rival anything you’ll read in your English textbooks on a Sunday night.

Drake- Thursday, October 31st, 7:00 PM; Verizon Center

Tired of trick-or-treating? Go spend your last night of October with Drizzy Drake himself, and hear all of your favorite party songs live.

Barenaked Ladies- Monday, November 4th, 7:00 PM; Lincoln Theatre

Yet another late-nineties sensation returns to D.C. to break us away from our stressful school schedules, and bring us back to much, much simpler times.

These are just a few of the dozens of shows that you can find in D.C. during the fall.  Be sure to check out the venues schedules (all linked above but this is a video a of cat just because) so you don’t miss your favorite band!

Free Tickets to Taylor Swift!

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I’m not kidding.

Starting tomorrow, May 9, 2013, Diet Coke will begin it’s “Silver Ticket” scavenger hunt, giving 8 Washington D.C. area residents a chance to win free tickets to Taylor Swift’s sold-out RED Tour concert on May 11 at the Verizon Center.

Want to get free seats at T-Swift’s Verizon Center Show? Here’s how it can happen:

Diet Coke will be releasing a series of “Swift-inspired” scavenger hunt clues on its Twitter, @DietCoke, beginning at 8am tomorrow morning! The @DietCoke clues will ultimately lead Swift fans to a secret “Silver Ticket” location in the D.C. area. The first eight fans (who are 18 and older) to reach the secret “Silver Ticket” location will receive two passes to Taylor’s May 11 Concert at the Verizon Center.

D.C. is one of several cities that Diet Coke has chosen to launch their “Silver Ticket” sweepstakes in partnership with Taylor Swift. Swift was recently chosen as a centerpiece in Diet Coke’s Stay Extraordinary campaign, on which she will serve as a brand ambassador for numerous initiatives and ad campaigns.

So what are you waiting for, Hoyas? Forget finals, put down your cup of coffee and forget your struggles! Who wouldn’t want free tickets, especially for something like this:

Photo: Famous-Wallpapers.com