There is something magical about the Holiday Season on the Hilltop. As I see a little snowstorm hit the DC Metro area today, I cannot help but think of the record-setting winter of 2009-10. It seems like only yesterday that we had a blizzard while I was a Georgetown student living in Village A W-203. I attended a Holiday party this past Sunday in Riggs Library, and a beautiful Mass in Gaston Hall with many of my Georgetown friends. There is something about the raw power of winter, the stress of final exams, and the rush to buy Christmas presents that gets me ready for the next phase of basketball season. I cannot wait for Georgetown to finish its last final exams of the semester with tough games against Loyola-MD, and Memphis on the road.
I do love our current Hoya basketball team. This is perhaps the deepest team we have had in several years. What intrigues me is that in spite of the great leadership provided by the DC Hoya triplets Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, and Jason Clark there is still quite a bit of room for this team to grow. I love our four freshman, and how they all love to be on the court. Vee Sanford shows us glimpses of the future, while Jerrelle adds some muscle to our interior defense.
I love watching our offense, and the explosiveness we possess beyond the 3-point arc. I look forward to seeing our frontcourt, and defense grow with the season. I love our freshman class as all four--Markel, Nate, Aaron, and Moses will compete for playing time with sophomores Jerelle, and Vee. We still have some difficult tests left with Loyola-MD and Memphis before the start of the Big East season.
As I spend countless hours on the internet, and marvel at the hundreds of shows I have access to on my Verizon FIOS I am often puzzled? I have watched the HBO special on legendary coach Vince Lombardi multiple times this week. I love seeing the Jesuit ideals, and focus in Coach Lombardi as his booming voice resonated with his players. He was tough, but he loved his team and players. I do enjoy some of these reality shows like Survivor, Dancing with the Stars, and American Idol. However, as I walk the Georgetown campus I cannot understand their growing popularity. For my taste, they cannot compare to the authenticity of watching a college basketball game. Watching our Georgetown Hoyas battle through the Big East season, to the Big East tournament in New York's Madison Square Garden, and on to March Madness is what I cannot wait to see. Don't get me wrong, reality shows are very entertaining, but I would contend they cannot compare to the real thing like the debut of Moses Ayegba as he drained his two free throws on Sunday! We are Georgetown! Hoya Saxa!
Dr. Thomas A. Wong
Hoya Hoop Club Vice-President--Communications
Proud Member of Generation Ewing