Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I Hate Georgetown.

From a very young age I learned two things: 1. Love the Orangemen and 2. Hate the Hoyas.

My parents both attended Syracuse University in the mid-1970s and attended games during the raucous days of the Manley Zoo. In true "How to Grow an Orange" fashion, one of my earliest memories is going to the Big East Tournament waayyyy before tip-off because my Dad wanted to watch warm ups. I learned about the way Manley Field House's last game ended and it was engrained in my brain seemingly from birth.

During the year I always say that my hate for Connecticut runs deeper. That the Georgetown rivalry was more of my parents rivalry than my generation. But then the calendar turns to game day against Georgetown and something in my brain clicks on, and my basic instincts take over.

All of a sudden my hate for UCONN, the NY Rangers, the Boston Red Sox and the National Socialist German Workers' Party recedes, and I become enraged and totally preoccupied with my disgust for all things Georgetown.

Tonight's game is no different from the games we all grew up watching. Syracuse comes in ranked #12/13 in the nation and those despicable meth cookers from Washington D.C. come to the Carrier Dome ranked 11th. It's the 34th time in Big East play that both teams have matched up with national rankings. Syracuse is boasting a 20-4 record while the other team is 18-5 and riding a six game Big East winning streak.

The Orangemen know a thing or two about ending Georgetown streaks. In 2007 the Hoyas came up to Cuse riding an 11-game Big East winning streak and a #10 national ranking. Unranked and possibly out-matched, the Syracuse Orangemen beat the crap out of the visiting team 72-58 before the student section danced on Jim Boeheim Court.

The last time Syracuse and the other guys met up was March 11th, 2010 in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. With 5:07 left in the game and Syracuse down by 6 points Greg Monroe and Arinze Onuaku collided under the basket and Onuaku collapsed on the floor grabbing his knee.

Arinze missed the remainder of the game, a 91-84 loss, and Syracuse lost it's starting senior center for the rest of the season. If not for that injury who knows what may have happened in that Sweet 16 match up against Butler. One thing I do know, I definitely blame that P.O.S. school for taking out Onuaku and ruining our season.

Let's get some payback tonight!

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