Sunday, March 25, 2007

Hoya Saxa!

When I picked Georgetown to go to the Final Four two weeks ago, a small part of me doubted that the team could get that far. 11 years ago, when Georgetown started the NCAA tournament as a #2 seed, I had them losing, and, not that I'm the great prognosticator or anything, my instincts then were correct. Georgetown lost to UMass in the regional final in 1996. This time around, I saw a team that had all the right pieces for a deep tournament run. I put them in my bracket as the champions with confidence. But as this year's games have been played, my confidence has eroded just a little. The Hoyas had to come back against Boston College last Saturday. Then, on Friday night, they were down late to Vanderbilt before getting a last-second shot to win the game. So when Georgetown was down by 10 with six minutes to go against North Carolina today, I prepared myself for the worst. Then the Hoyas cut the lead, and all of a sudden it was tied at 81. I couldn't believe what happened next, when UNC couldn't get a basket in overtime. We won. We won the damn game.

Georgetown is back in the Final Four, for the first time since 1985. I've waited a long time for this. I remember the 1985 championship game against Villanova. I'm still bitter we lost. Now we've got a chance to get a championship for a younger John Thompson, and a younger Patrick Ewing, and Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green and the rest. We play Ohio State on Saturday night. That's going to be a tough game. The worst part for me is that I have my next concert that night, so I won't get to see much of the game (if I get to see any of it). I may wear my Georgetown cap on stage at the concert. If nothing else, I'll have it under my chair. Gotta support the team.

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