Wednesday, October 31, 2012


I just don't know how to say this any better. I was going through some videos this morning on Youtube and found a very interesting one. Love it. This video brought a tear to my eyes at the near the end of it. I wish the world would be more UNITED! At least I know one thing, and that one thing is Hoyanation will be UNITED as one! One Team, One Family, & One Goal!

Pickup Basketball Game & New Hip Hop Music Video Clip


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 Legends Classic Biggest Fan

The Script
Hall of Fame

Barclays Center

Suddenly, it feels like I'm on the campaign trail of college basketball trying to get the most votes on my video to win the Legends Classic Biggest Fan contest "Click here and hit "Like" under the video"  for the Georgetown Hoyas. The Legends Classic will be played in the new Barclays Center Home of the Brookly Nets, in New York City. The four teams that will be playing November 19th & 20th will be UCLA, Georgia, Indiana and Georgetown

These two days will be very exciting. I'm just hoping I'll have enough "LIKE's" on my video to win the contest, so I can represent our Georgetown Hoyas as it's #1 Hoyas fan at the classic. It's a pretty tight race at the present with UCLA and Indiana leading. I'm hoping the Hoyas fans can step it up and show these great schools that  we are #1 & "WE ARE GEORGETOWN" and "What Rocks!" 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CBS Sports analyst Jon Rothstein on the Hoyas (Twitter)

CBS Sports analyst Jon Rothstein visited the Hilltop on Monday and had these things to say about the Hoyas on Twitter:
Not sure yet if Georgetown can crack the top 4 in the Big East --- but this is an NCAA team. Big jumps ahead for Whittington + Porter.

So much Brian Scalabrine in Nate Lubick....

Interesting about watching Georgetown practice --- not a lot of set plays. Everything is read and react. High IQ players. Cerebral.
Remember the name Bradley Hayes. Gtown freshman is a legit 7-foot. Has a chance to be in the rotation.
Impressed with Mikael Hopkins' versatility. Not just a stationary big. Agile and makes solid reads at the high post. Should start for Gtown.
Georgetown freshman Stephen Domingo just knows how to play. Uses his fakes well, has a solid feel, + can really knock down shots. Only 17.
JT3 now working Jabril Trawick in at some PG. Would expect Hoyas to use several ball handlers throughout the season.
Scary, scary length here at Georgetown. Hoyas will regularly have four players on the floor 6-8 or bigger.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is built like a full back. Incredibly strong for a freshman. Big, burly guard. Will be a factor for Georgetown.
So much Boris Diaw in Otto Porter....
Otto Porter and Greg Whittington are going to have to make 3's. Will likely start for Georgetown at SG + SF. Need to stretch floor.
JT3 said this could be his deepest team at Georgetown. 10 man rotation looks like a legitimate possibility.
Practice about to start up here at Georgetown. Hoyas freshmen class will have to give them major minutes off the bench.

Great lunch at legendary spot -- The Tombs in Gtown w + crew Blake Berson + Kyle Meek. Tomato soup, roasted chicken.

Hoyas "open practice" was great to see

 #1 Georgetown fan standing in the lobby of the legendary McDonough Gymnasium in front of the trophy case with trophies, ball and net (NCAA 2007 Final 4) from the 1982 Final vs UNC, 2007 Final Four vs. Ohio State, and 1985 NCAA Final vs.Villanova


It was definitely exciting to see our Hoyas in practice mode for the first time this season. Although they've had a few practices under their belts since Midnight Madness, I was truly ready and excited to see them at the open practice held October 20, 2012. Sort of hurry to the Hilltop, I left from home about 9:00 and got the Georgetown campus around 9:30. 

I walked from the parking garage to McDonough Gymnasium only to find no one was in the gymnasium -- just myself. I guess it was meant to be alone in the lobby because this gave me the chance to take photos and record some of  the basketball memorabilia there including the Hoya greats painted high above on the wall of the lobby.  

The 1984 National Championship and 2007 Final Four trophies, autographed basketball, nets and championship ring, and of course the great Hall of Fame plaque of the legendary Coach John Thompson Jr.

Here's some photo's I took from open practice, they might be a little small, so hopefully you can see. Enjoy!

Hoyas lay up line in progress open practice

Hoyas drills open practice 

Hoyas in motion drills, drills, drills ...gotta love it! 

Fans look on as Team Hoyas run there in open practice 

Coach JTIII talks with this team before a team drill

Hoya drills at this end of the court

Coach Thompson III talking to his Hoya troopers during drills

My Hoyas Kicks of The Day at open practice, and oh, I was ready to do some drills also :)

Coach John Thompson III takes a break in the action to talk with former Hoyas Sead Gadzuric

Front of my brand new Hoyas jacket  that came in the mail the same day as open practice made my day!!!

Back of brand new Hoyas jacket 

Hoyas huddled up

Banners! 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2013 Hard Work! 

Coach John Thompson III during drills & he's sporting the Georgetown retro shorts also

Autographed photo of our 2012-2013 Georgetown Hoyas

Hoya Hoop Club faithful at Georgetown's open practice 


Monday, October 15, 2012

The Hoyas basketball season is "officially" in session

Hoyas #1 fan at Midnight Madness
Courtesy Pam Chvotkin


It's time to glide! Glide is BACK! The college basketball season is "officially" here! It's the moment we've been waiting for since last Spring. Although I'm always happy for our seniors, once the season ends I tend to get the blues especially after our seniors graduate and go on to bigger and better things. As far as basketball the next big thing I look forward to is the Kenner League played on the campus of Georgetown University in the legendary McDonough Arena. The summer league normally starts after July 4th.

I, along with the Hoya faithful get a chance to see the beginning of a new season and players (Hoyas) put their talents on display. We get to see how much our upper classmen have developed since the end of the season. We also get to see firsthand all of the incoming freshmen play. After all, the old saying is, "players are made in the off season between March and November", and our motto is "It Always Basketball Season on the Hilltop." 

So, say from March until July there should have been some looks in the mirror from our players saying, "let me be honest with myself, what part/parts of my game do I need to work on so I can see an improvemen in the near future..You think? I think so! Although you may be good, or great you should never be satisfied with where you are because there's always someone better than you or getting better. So, keep working hard.

From the upper classmen down to the freshmen I saw nothing but fire in their eyes once again during the Kenner Summer League. It was like the Hoyas knew they had a job to finish from last season's NCAA's ending with a 66-63 tough loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Columbus, Ohio. 

They played like it all summer. It seemed to be relayed to the freshmen because they too played with a "sense of urgency" during the summer league. The freshmen normally play on the Tombs team. Super sophomore Hoya Otto Porter played with new kids on the block, and they followed his lead winning most of their games. We didn't get the chance to see freshman Hoyas' Bradley Hayes and Tyler Adams due to injuries.

One player that stood out happened to play a very critical position was Markel Starks at the point guard position. He played like a man possessed. I guess from hard work and soul searching from last season's end really paid off for our floor general and leader. We all how essential and important the point guard position is. This position is like the engine in a car. If the engine doesn't start the car won't move. The Hoya faithful was surprised as Markel's turnaround from last season during the summer league. His timing and decision making and ability to attack at will were key. He knows his job. He knows the ball belongs in his hands at the most crucial moments to make split second decision to get the ball where it needs to go. Last season Starks gave himself a C-. I thought was pretty fair of himself. Seeking to make a bigger impact his junior year, Starks said he dedicated himself to basketball over the summer, putting in more work than he had since high school. People will see a huge upside to Markel's game. This is just what Hoyas ordered.

Hoyas Junior Markel Starks going in against Memphis last season

In case you didn't see the photo shots of the our 2012-2013 Georgetown Hoyas here are some:

Back left to right: Moses Ayeba, Brandon Bolden, David All 
Front left to right: Otto Porter, Greg Whittington

"The Original Fresh Five"
Left to Right: Mickael Hopkins, Otto Porter, Jabril Trawick, Greg Whittington, Tyler Adams

Hoya Salute from sophomore guard Jabril Trawick

Left to Right: Freshmen Bradley Hayes, Brandon Bolden and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

Left to Right Hoyas freshmen Brandon Bolden and Bradley Hayes

The Hoyas definitely have the pieces to the puzzle. Now it's about putting the pieces together. I'm very confident the pieces to the puzzle will all fit into place. There's no doubt in my mind because I believe in our coaching staff full throttle as I've always have. The Hoyas will be tested early and I'm sure they will be ready and confident to accept the challenge. They are tough are ready to begin the "Road To The Final Four."

In case you missed the Hoyas Midnight Madness here's the video:

It's Our Time Hoyanation!