Only a special pair of opponents could overshadow the Georgetown men’s soccer team’s upcoming Dad Bod Day promotion. Akron University (1-1) and No. 1 University of California, Los Angeles (1-0) comprise such a pair.
The Hoyas (0-1-1) will take on the Zips Friday and the Bruins Monday, both at home. Both opponents have had recent success — Akron won the national championship in 2010, while UCLA lost in the title game last season — and have produced dozens of professional players. This weekend certainly presents a difficult challenge for No. 12 Georgetown.
With the suspension saga of Tom Brady nearly behind it, the NFL has officially devolved into a yearlong drama worthy of a Shakespeare play. As mind-numbing as that sideshow was, it almost pales in comparison to the latest actors to take center stage: D.C’s own head coach Jay Gruden and owner Daniel Snyder. To paraphrase Shakespeare’s “Richard III”: “A quarterback! A quarterback! Our kingdom for a quarterback!”
Three years ago, Snyder gave the St. Louis Rams a king’s ransom for the rights to draft Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor who was heralded as franchise player and a sure success. Snyder gave up three first-round picks to St. Louis for a quarterback who, as of this week, finds himself an injured, mistreated benchwarmer behind former backup Kirk Cousins. While Griffin’s performance has been a near 180 from his stellar rookie season in 2012 when he led Washington to the playoffs, he is not wholly responsible for his downfall. Snyder and Gruden — two beacons of incompetence whose approval ratings are almost guaranteed to be lower than those of Congress — also share some of the blame.
Coming off of a disappointing 2014 season in which the Georgetown football team went 3-9, senior quarterback Kyle Nolan and the Hoyas have a lot to improve upon if they are to achieve their goal of finally winning a Patriot League conference title.
A considerable amount of the team’s success will depend on the offense, led by Nolan. Last year, Georgetown’s offense was outscored by opponents with a cumulative score of 248 to 149, and Nolan himself completed only 51.3 percent of his pass attempts to go along with just nine touchdown passes.
The senior quarterback from Branford, Conn. knows a lot is expected of him this season, and he is confident in his ability to lead this team to a Patriot League title.