Another excellent defensive performance.
Another Senior Night (or Day in this case) ruined.
Another one of these:
If you’ve read my previous post, you should know why I was unable to get a proper review of the Georgetown game up in a timely manner. Though I did toss off a few mid-game tweets from my perch in the first row of the upper deck at Verizon Center. (For reference: I was directly behind, and a hundred feet above, President Clinton.)
I haven’t even had time to read any game coverage, whether by the Post-Standard or by my fellow blogonauts, so I don’t know how much this has been talked about yet, but when I got to my seat I was totally STOKED to see that there was a significant Otto-man invasion in the arena, despite the shenanigans engaged in by Hoya Ticketing. Their attempted “Gray-Out” was demolished by swaths of orange throughout the stands, even including a few brave specks in the student section. They thought that forcing us to donate to GU Athletics, or to pay exorbitant StubHub prices, would keep us away. How sadly mistaken they were. I don’t blame them, though. They planned their strategy as if we were only mildly passionate about our team — as if we had the level of commitment that Hoya fans have towards their team. You know, the kind of enthusiasm that had them selling tickets to the Cincinnati game for 50%-60% off via Groupon two weeks before the game. Not to mention the variety of other promotions and advertisements that have been arriving in my inbox all Big East season, trying to rally crowds to Verizon Center. (For example.) If we cared as little about SU as Georgetown fans do about Georgetown, we’d never have made the extra effort, or dropped the extra cash, to have such a serious presence in the building on Saturday. Well done, all of you. Well. Done.
And before any G’Town fans try to defend yourselves in this, figure out how to explain why there were HUNDREDS of empty seats at a “sold out” game. The official ticket allotment was, indeed, sold out. The box office was closed except for will call. But there were large chunks of seating in the upper bowl that went unused. Row after row, totally empty. Even more pathetic, these empty seats were mainly in — wait for it — the student section. So here’s how it went, if I’ve got this right. GU Athletics refused to put tickets on sale to the general public because they wanted to ensure that every G’Town student and alum who wanted to go, could go. At least that was their official, publicly stated reason behind this policy. If that was their goal, then they obviously succeeded. Because, with so many empty student seats, it’s clear that all the students who wanted to go did actually go. There was no ticket shortage to stop them. Think about it. Every student who wanted to be there, could get a ticket to be there. And they still didn’t fill up the space they had reserved. On a Saturday afternoon, on Senior Day, with three senior starters making their final appearances, and Alonzo Mourning in the house. That’s some weak sauce, no matter how you look at it. Compare this to the Boeheimburg tent city that sprouts outside (and inside) the Dome in the days leading up to major matchups. It’s not even a contest.
I award the Georgetown students no points.