Conclusion of a series on The Battle of the Orange Line between GW and GMU in men’s basketball on December 2, 2009. We broke down the rivalry. Today: Hail to the buff and blue!
I think friend of the blog @dtearl summed it up best this morning on Twitter:”Wow. Something feels better about riding the orange line this morning, doesn’t it? #GWU”
Indeed it did Dave. Last night, after some good trash talking from the GMU Basketball Blog (glad you liked the banner picture!) GW came out playing some of their best basketball of the year. It certainly didn’t hurt that Mason was missing two of their starters, but that’s how these things work.The Colonials simply outdid the Patriots in every aspect of the game, and a 14-1 run to start the second half put the game out of reach.
So I am, of course, ecstatic that my favorite hoops team is now 5-1 and has a local victory to boot. But what makes me even happier is that this might actually become a rivalry. By all accounts, the crowd of 4,125 was raucous. And it wasn’t just the Colonial Army, apparently Mason fans made up ~35% of the crowd. Now, if I’m at the Smith Center, I hate opposing fans being there. But I kind of like it too. It makes for a fantastic atmosphere. So hopefully GW will return the favor and invade the Patriot Center next year. Regardless, let’s hope this turns out to be a regular thing. The Mason fans wanted to make fun of GW for taking this so seriously, but this can only be good for both schools. A real rivalry would sell tickets, garner media attention, and maybe bring us one step closer to getting GTown and UMD to grow the pair required to take a chance with we mid-majors. Can you imagine if the BB&T were a true local tournament (kind of like what it used to be, but local and with everyone) instead of the 3-game exhibition it is now? The Verizon Center would be insane.
So yeah, the win is great, but the chance at a rivalry is even better. I’ve got the utmost respect for Coach Larranaga and the Patriots for coming into the hostile Smith Center and working with a GW Athletic Department who is notoriously reticent to schedule anything fun for the fans. Here’s to hoping this goes beyond the 2-year commitment.
Secondly, a quick thanks to Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog for the mention of the rivalry today. The more we can get this out there, the better chance it has of becoming a real rivalry. You can read his post here.
Now to today’s debate: the pep bands. This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart, as an alumnus of GW’s Colonial Brass. It’s hard for me to be unbiased here, but I will do my best. And I’ve got good reason. The Green Machine is a fantastic pep band. They were voted (by fans) the best band in the CAA last year, and they’ve got some fantastic songs. I will never forget being at the Verizon (or was it MCI then?) Center for the 2006 Elite Eight game of GMU v. UConn, and listening to the student body sing “Livin’ on a Prayer” with the band. It was incredible. So I’ve got tons of respect for them. And check out this video of them playing Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” They’ve got VIOLINS in the band. Awesome.
Part 2 of a series leading up to The Battle of the Orange Line between GW and GMU in men’s basketball on December 2, 2009. We’ll be breaking down the rivalry in the coming days. Today: the namesakes and other presidents.
As the two DMV schools named after founding fathers, GW and GMU have a lot to live up to. So let’s take a quick gander at the legacies of each namesake.
Table comparing the Georges, Washington and Mason
I feel even the most biased of observers must cede this part of the argument to Washington. Certainly, Mason helped to write the Bill of Rights, but Washington gave birth to an entire nation without so much as an epidural. Regardless, has anyone ever created a video like this for Mason? I didn’t think so.
Since GW reigns supreme in the “named after more important dead person” category, how about living people?
Part of a series leading up to The Battle of the Orange Line between GW and GMU in men’s basketball on December 2, 2009. We’ll be breaking down the rivalry in the coming days. Today: the metro stop.
We know all about FoBoMetro. Sure it breaks sometimes, but it’s so centrally located! You can get to the White House, State Department, GW, Georgetown, and (most importantly) Smitty Cent. But what about the metro station for George Mason? We all know that GMU is working hard to try and drop the label of commuter school, so surely they have some great public transport for those living in the area and wanting to go to hoops games. Right?
Wrong. The Patriot Center’s website recommends using the Vienna/Fairfax stop on the Orange Line. A quick Google maps search reveals a nearly 5 1/2 mile walk. Along highways. Good luck with that. So I think it’s already fairly obvious that the FoBoMetro wins out on convenience (plus, we’ve got the blue line).
But how can we do this more objectively. How about walk score that tells us how “walkable” an address is? A quick check of the addresses reveals Foggy Bottom with a score of 100 (in a scale of 100). Vienna/Fairfax? 57. That looks like a good final basketball score to me. Put it on the board, one point Foggy Bottom/GWU.