Twitter Reacts to Georgetown-Syracuse Rivalry Renewal

As all good Hoyas fans should know by now, the Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry lives on. In the 2015-2016 season, the teams will commence a four-year home-and-home series with the first game at the Verizon Center. Twitter quickly exploded with the news as fans from both sides weighed in on one of the most famed rivalries in college hoop’s reemergence. Here, we collected a few of the best reactions.

Most fans expressed relief that the rivalry will continue:

Life plans were even made in reaction:

But some fans lamented that it just wouldn’t be the same:

And, of course, the obligatory ‘Cuse sucks tweet:

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Georgetown, Syracuse Reignite Rivalry

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Hoyas fans didn’t get to hear a lot of good news during a very up-and-down basketball season this past year. However, there was reason to smile Tuesday morning, as it was announced that Georgetown and Syracuse had reached a deal to restart their famed rivalry. The rivals, driven apart by NCAA realignment, will meet again in the 2015-2016 season.

As of right now, the agreement between Georgetown and Syracuse (maybe the only thing the two schools have ever agreed on) is for four years, beginning in the 2015-2016 season, and will alternate locations each year. The first matchup will be played at the Verizon Center, though the official date has yet to be announced.

Georgetown still has a very important year before the rivalry is rekindled, and it could be a very trying time. While Syracuse spent a large portion of their first ACC season sitting pretty as the number-one team in college basketball, the Hoyas — and really the Big East in general — floundered. Georgetown failed to make the NCAA Tournament, and the Big East teams that did manage to go dancing in March quickly succumbed to the Madness. The Hoyas are searching for an identity after Starks’ departure, and are hoping to build a successful team around rising junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and a highly-touted group of freshmen.

From John Thompson Jr. “closing” Manley Field House to Otto Porter shutting down the Carrier Dome — and every showdown in between — this rivalry has provided countless memories throughout the years. Regardless of what this year may hold, Hoyas fans can at least rejoice in knowing that “Juice ‘Cuse” chants will be returning to the Phonebooth in the not-so-distant future.

MORE: Twitter Reacts to Georgetown-Syracuse Rivalry Renewal

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Sports Philanthropy: A Positive Sum Game

The Red Sox Foundation is a great foundation. Period. They have generated over $50 million over the past ten years in donations to a variety of charities and non-profit programs. They have long-standing partnerships (see the Jimmy Fund, https://www.redsoxfoundation.org/about/jimmy-fund) and newer ones (see the Red Sox Scholars Programs, https://www.redsoxfoundation.org/about/red-sox-scholars). They focus on health, education, and recreational opportunities, as well as social service programs. Just take a look at their community report (https://www.redsoxfoundation.org/assets/RSF-CR-2014-0319-Final1.pdf).

What is my point? My point is that this stuff is “good”. Everybody wins. The community is benefitting in many, many ways. The Red Sox are also benefiting. Furthermore, community businesses and organizations also are winning through strategic partnerships with professional sports teams. This makes it a positive sum game. It is not a zero sum game and definitely not a negative sum game. All stakeholders benefit from this sports philanthropy and nobody loses.

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NBA Weekly Rundown

The last full week of the NBA regular season is done, and the playoffs will soon be upon us. This year is the first time in NBA history that the Celtics, Lakers or Knicks wont make the playoffs. The race for the eight-seed out West is down to two, and the seeding in the East could still change in a lot of ways. Not all is settled, and these final few days could tell us a lot about what lies ahead in the playoffs.

*Bolded numbers indicate the teams ranking in previous week

30. (30) Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have clinched the worst record in the NBA. The tank job is done. Now all they can do is pray for the number one pick.

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NBA Weekly Rundown

Some big news this week came in regards to the NBA Draft, as reports were released that Duke star Jabari Parker might stay an extra season in college. Later in the week, reports came out that indicate point guard Kyrie Irving has wanted out of Cleveland for years. The hits keep coming for Cavs fans. If these reports are true, who knows what the future holds for this franchise; most likely it doesn’t include Lebron.

*Bolded numbers indicate where the team was ranked in the previous week.

30. (29) Milwaukee Bucks: May the odds be ever in your favor, Milwaukee. If things go according to plan, the Bucks should have their pick of the litter in this spring’s loaded draft.

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Bowen’s Return

On the heels of reports that Moses Ayegba would not return to Georgetown next season, the school released a statement Saturday afternoon announcing that forward Aaron Bowen will come back for a fifth year on the Hilltop.

Bowen is scheduled to graduate in May, but is eligible to play next season because of a medical redshirt he received during his freshman year. The Florida native had seen only sparing minutes before this past season, when he emerged as a spark plug off the bench. Using his lanky, athletic frame to his advantage, Bowen was a formidable member of the full-court press Georgetown occasionally employed, and he averaged a steal per game to go along with his six points and almost four rebounds in 20 minutes.

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