Georgetown Announces “Dad Bod Day”

If you have been eagerly anticipating the sequel to the women basketball team’s “Hail to the Kale” night promotion from last February, rest assured, Hoya fans, as the wait for original Georgetown University game promotions is just about over.

Yesterday afternoon, Georgetown Athletics announced an upcoming game promotion called “Dad Bod Day,” a special event aimed toward, “the elimination of the new sensation,” known as, “the Dad Bod.”

For those curious about what a “dad bod” entails, Georgetown Athletics’ promotion includes a photo of a man whose stomach protrudes from his pants’ waistline, all while said dad dons a short-sleeved button up shirt tucked into a pair of khakis.

Whether all the fathers out there interested in watching the game have a “dad bod” or not, the special game promotion offers all fathers free admission to a Georgetown men’s soccer team’s upcoming match. Fans in attendance for the match will have the opportunity to participate in a halftime, “dad bod dance off” and a spare tire relay race, in addition to receiving, “dad-sourced healthy recipes” as giveaways.

The promotion is scheduled for Georgetown’s match against UCLA, the second-ranked squad amongst all Division-1 teams last season. The Sept. 7 game will pit the Hoyas, then the No. 5-ranked team that lost to Virginia in the Elite Eight, against the Bruins, who fell to Virginia in the NCAA Championship match.

This latest promotion adds to Georgetown Athletics’ unique marketing campaigns aimed to get Hoya fans in the seats for Georgetown’s various D-1 teams. The special event joins promotions ranging from the “Hoya Shirt Swap“ for one men’s lacrosse game last spring to the infamous “Hail to the Kale” event, a marketing stunt that garnered the then-struggling Georgetown women’s basketball team — the team had a 2-16 conference record and had lost eight straight games up to that point — national coverage on the websites of ESPN.com and USA Today.

While the recent success of the men’s soccer team, with its 14-4-5 record and Elite Eight exit last season, differs starkly from the women’s basketball team’s most recent season, it never hurts to get a few more spaces on the bleachers filled or get some extra coverage on our Hoyas. If the possibility of watching two of the best men’s collegiate soccer teams in the country isn’t enough to get you on Shaw Field come fall, Georgetown Athletics sure hopes that the “Dad Bod” promotion will.

See you all on Sept. 7, dads of all sizes and fellow Hoyas.

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Rosenberry, Muyl Called into U-23 National Team Camp

Two Georgetown men’s soccer players, senior defender and co-captain Keegan Rosenberry and junior forward Alex Muyl, have been called into a US U-23 national team camp by youth coach Andi Herzog. Known as the College Identification Camp, the training sessions will run from August 5-8.

All 28 players on the roster currently play in college, rather than the professional players who would normally fill out a U-23 roster. The camp’s goal is to familiarize the coaching staff with college players who might otherwise not get called up to national teams. For players, the chance to train with Herzog, a close friend of senior Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann and a member of the America’s coaching staff at the 2014 World Cup, is a valuable opportunity.

Herzog will be guiding his team through qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Olympic soccer tournament is a U-23 event, and the college camp is a chance to view just how much depth the United States has outside the professional ranks at the U-23 level. The team’s first qualifying match is set for October 1.

Muyl has some previous experience at the national team level, having participated with the U-20 team Most recently, he made a provisional roster for the U-20 World Cup, though he did not make the final cut.

Rosenberry, on the other hand, is getting his first chance to participate with a US youth national team. Intriguingly, he is listed on the roster by US Soccer as a midfielder, despite playing three seasons as a fullback at Georgetown. The senior captain played part of a spring exhibition against Duke as a defensive midfielder and could potentially switch positions to replace graduated midfielder Tyler Rudy.

Herzog and his staff called in more than one player from only three other schools. Stanford sent three, while Wake Forest and Maryland both sent two players apiece.

No. 5 Georgetown will open its preseason schedule with an exhibition against No. 10 Syracuse on August 15. The regular season will begin on August 28 against Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Infeld Earns Spot on Team USA

After finishing third in the 10,000-meter run at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Championships, Georgetown track and field alum Emily Infeld (MSB ’12) will take her talents to Team USA. Infeld earned a spot on Team USA with her stellar performance in the 10,000m and now has the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Infeld’s success at the USATF Championships is not surprising. The All-American led the Georgetown women’s cross-country team to its first ever NCAA Championship in 2011, finishing fourth overall with a time of 19:44.3 on the 6000m course.

Individually, the Ohio native was a three-time state champion in the 1600m, 800m, and 4x800m relay during her high school years. At Georgetown, she was the runner-up at the 2010 Cross Country Championships, the runner-up in the 1500m at the 2012 Outdoor Championships, the runner-up in the 5000m at the 2011 Outdoor Championships and the NCAA Champion in the 3000m at the 2012 Indoor Championships.

Infeld placed eighth in the 5000m at the Olympic Trials in 2012, setting a new school record with a time of 15:28.60.

After a brief hiatus due to two stress fractures, Infeld’s running career hung in the balance – however, with this recent qualification for Team USA, it’s clear that her current path is still defined by her achievements on the track. Infeld now runs for Nike’s Bowerman Track Club.

Despite the 91-degree temperatures on the day of the USATF Championships, Infeld pushed through the unfavorable conditions and crossed the finish line. In an interview with the writers on Georgetown’s athletic website guhoyas.com, Infeld expressed her gratitude and joy at finishing the tiresome race.

“I’m still in shock – I was so happy crossing the line,” she said to GUHoyas. “I feel really great and so excited. It’s really fun, this is what I wanted so badly, and running just makes me so happy.”

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Jordan’s Indecision Reflects His Flaws

“JJ Redick is being mobilized,” Yahoo! Sports’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on the afternoon of July 8.

Mobilized? It sounded a little dramatic, but such was the case with the DeAndre Jordan saga, playfully called “The Indecision”.

In a shocking change of mind, Jordan reneged on his verbal commitment to join the Dallas Mavericks, letting down owner Mark Cuban, forward and friend Chandler Parsons, as well as the entire fan base. And it wasn’t just the fact that Jordan changed his mind — he actually had every right to do so. It was the fact that he handled it so immaturely. In returning to the Los Angeles Clippers, Jordan sent the entire league into a frenzy for a day.

Sure, it was entertaining; downright hilarious, actually, but it speaks to a greater issue with Jordan. We could sit here and talk all day about how disrespectful and childish it was for Jordan to ignore texts and phone calls from both Cuban and Parsons, or how he had Redick, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul hang out with him, order pizza and play video games and cards until Jordan officially signed his contract to return to Los Angeles. But we won’t. For me, there’s something greater at play than just an indictment of how Jordan handled his free agency: it’s his entire legacy as a player.

Chandler Parsons spoke to ESPN candidly about the Jordan situation, with the honesty and poignancy of not just a disappointed player and friend, but of a fan of the game:

“He’s complacent in L.A., and I think that was a safer bet than for him to make a big decision and branch off and go do his own thing. He was probably nervous. He was probably scared. I don’t know because I haven’t talked to him. He’s a good dude. I don’t think he’s a bad person for this. I think he’s just confused. This decision was just way too big for him and he wasn’t ready to be a franchise player.”

He wasn’t ready to be a franchise player. The Mavericks were about to pay someone $20 million per year to not be a franchise player. Jordan averaged 11 points per game and led the league in rebounds at 15 per game last season in Los Angeles. He also led the league in field goal percentage, at 71 percent. Parsons and Cuban sold Jordan on being something more than that, the cornerstone of their franchise, someone who could elevate his game and become more than just a dunk machine and lob catcher.

But part of Jordan’s change of heart really did seem to be about shying away from that challenge. For the entire 2014-2015 season, 69 percent of his points were assisted and 27 percent were off of offensive rebounds, per NBA.com. In other words, Jordan created for himself only four percent of the time. Those are far from franchise center numbers.

But, that really isn’t a bad thing, if you play on the Clippers with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, two of the ten best players in the NBA. Parsons was absolutely right; Jordan wasn’t ready to take the next step in his career. And, I’m almost sorry to say it, but he never will be.

Jordan will turn 27 in two weeks, and for a center who relies as much on his athleticism as Jordan does, his athletic, peak vertical and flat out physically dominating prime will be over in just a couple of years, coincidentally when Griffin’s contract expires. Even if Griffin were to leave Los Angeles, allowing Jordan to take on more of a load, how much time does that really leave him? And what can he really do with declining athleticism?

Jordan is more than happy to be third fiddle to Paul and Griffin. He catches lobs, finishes hard, rebounds hard, blocks shots and shoots an abysmal 40 percent from the free throw line. These are all traits of a content third option. Make no mistake, Lob City is exhilarating to watch, but I can’t help but fault Jordan for not wanting greatness. In reality, Parsons wanted it more for him than he did.

We’re berating Jordan for the ‘how’ of he handled his decision, but what about the ‘what’ of it all? He willingly accepted a ceiling on his greatness. He wants help, he wants to be coddled; his decision told us, “No, I cannot be the number one guy on a team. I cannot be your Shaquille O’Neal.”

Is that really so fine? We hounded LeBron for choosing to go to Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in 2010, citing how it damaged LeBron’s legacy as a superstar. But he won. And then won again. He shut us up.

We all thought that LeBron was putting a ceiling on his own greatness, but he wasn’t- he was just accepting what he truly wanted: someone (in this case, two) to bail him out when he couldn’t do it all. He took control of that Miami team, maybe not in the way that he made Miami his city (it will always be Wade’s kingdom), but he was undoubtedly their best player.

He rose far beyond superstardom in Miami and allowed his team to shore up his weaknesses. Comparing Jordan and LeBron is a bit ridiculous, I’ll admit, but the principle is the same- they both (fairly) received criticism for accepting a limit on what they could be; LeBron erased his.

What Jordan wants is to spin off of a pick-and-roll and catch a lob. What he does not want is to have to spin off of a defender and dunk it himself. Who knows, maybe he will want that one day, but by then, it may be too late. In the end, this indecision was about more than just the disrespect and immaturity; it was about a Third Team All-NBA center making the choice to never be more than that.

Sure, LeBron was already the best player in the world when he made his decision, but DeAndre Jordan could have been the best center in the NBA. Now, not only does he have the burden of hatred on his back, he also has a looming what-if on the entirety of his career. But despite all of this, Jordan still has a saving grace, the same saving grace that LeBron had: winning. None of this will hold much weight if Jordan wins a title as a Clipper this season; it’s just a shame that he won’t be the one leading them to it.

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Men’s Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule

Georgetown has cemented its place as an elite men’s soccer program over the last several seasons. Its 2015 opponents, recently announced, reflect its position at the very top of Division I. The schedule for this fall starts out with an exhibition match against archrival No. 10 Syracuse and never looks back.

The out of conference portion of the season is difficult enough to give SEC football coaches nightmares. Instead of starting on August 22 with a warm up match against a relatively easy opponent, No. 5 Georgetown hosts the national champions, No. 1 Virginia. The Hoyas will be looking for revenge, or maybe redemption, after falling to the Cavaliers in penalty kicks in last year’s postseason.

From there it is on to Fort Myers, FL, which known for three things: being the hometown of yours truly (Try El Patio on the corner of 41 and Colonial for great Peruvian food or the Publix on McGregor and Gladiolus for the best subs in the country), world-class beaches and the dreaded Florida Gulf Coast University. The 2012 March madness Cinderella story may have put FGCU on the map and in the night terrors of Hoya fans, but its soccer team has been very good as well for several seasons running. After FGCU, Georgetown visits Tampa and takes on the University of South Florida. Both games will take place in early September in Southwest Florida, so the Hoyas will battle heat and humidity as much as their opponents. Continue reading

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John Thompson Jr. Receives Court of Honor Award

Former Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson Jr. has another award to put in his already crowded trophy case.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) bestowed Thompson with the organization’s Court of Honor Award at a gala in New York City this past Wednesday night. It was the sixth Court of Honor Award given out by the NABC, the largest association of basketball coaches in the country, with over 5,000 members from the NCAA down to the high school level.

According to the NABC, the Court of Honor Award is “presented to an individual who has roots in college basketball, values those roots, and has gone on to distinguish himself in his profession, exhibiting the highest standards of leadership.”

In previous years, the award has been given to chairman of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo, former Senator Bill Bradley, Nike co-founder Phil Knight, CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz and ESPN analyst Dick Vitale.

Thompson has been a fixture at Georgetown since his hiring in 1972. He served as head coach of the men’s basketball team until 1999 and can still be seen roaming the halls of McDonough Gymnasium and sitting behind the baseline at every home game.

The first African-American coach to win a national championship, Thompson’s influence has long stretched beyond the basketball court. After his retirement, the Washington DC native established the John Thompson Charitable Foundation to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children in the District.

A crowd of several hundred attended the Wednesday night gala, including Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams, the head coaches at Syracuse, Duke and North Carolina respectively.

Thompson is among the most admired coaches in the history of college basketball, a fact the Court of Honor Award is yet another testament to.

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