With the upcoming season of basketball only a few short weeks away, it only means one things ladies and gentlemen: Midnight Madness!
And who better to discuss the ins and outs of this magical night than the man who has been mixed in with all this chaos for his four years here at Georgetown â€” Eric Cusimano, a senior member of the cheerleading squad.
â€œMidnight Madness is the biggest pep rally of the year and the biggest event on campus during the year,” he said. “On this night the lights go out and itâ€™s show time!â€
Eric loves being a Georgetown University cheerleader and in fact, after he graduates in May, he hopes to continue his studies at Georgetown Law and he would love the opportunity to keep cheering.
â€œMy favorite part about being a cheerleader has to be the games<” he said. “The excitement, the noise, the focus that everyone has on one thing is awesome. I am able to be the fan on the court.â€
Coming in as a freshman, Eric was the only male on the cheerleading squad. He has had to deal with similar situations his entire college career, as he was one of three his sophomore year, one of two his junior year, and the lone male again for the beginning of this year (two males have luckily joined in the past few weeks!).
â€œItâ€™s such a plus,” Cusimano said. “I love being around such a good group of people. Now that I have a few other guys on the team, itâ€™s better because we can go to the gym together while the girls practice their dance routines.”
However, there are a few negative factors that come with being one of very few males on the team. Eric explained how there is a lot of pressure on the guys because if something goes wrong or if someone falls, it usually comes back to the boys.
â€œThere is so much pressure to do well,â€ he said.
Eric said that even if he werenâ€™t a cheerleader he would still be at all of the games. He loves the events and he loves the atmosphere.
â€œI would have to say that my favorite sport to cheer for is the fan favorite, menâ€™s basketball,” he said. “Itâ€™s just something about waking up on a Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to go to the Verizon Center that gets me so excited.”
Excited would be a very understated word to use to describe Eric Cusimano before a basketball game. Many of you have seen him trying to jump as high as the menâ€™s basketball team and yell louder than Coach Thompson. And if you arrive early to either the menâ€™s or womenâ€™s basketball games, you can see Eric getting himself mentally prepared just like the team: iPod in, tunes cranked and mind focused. Here is his playlist:
- Voo Doo Child-Jimmy Hendrix
- Dream On-Aerosmith
- The Way I Am-Eminem
- Stuntinâ€™ Like My Daddy-Lilâ€™ Wayne
- We Ready-Archie Eversole
And no matter how much time is left he always finishes with Heart of a Champion by Nelly.
Cusimano and the rest of the cheerleading squad have been amazing at all of the sports events. They cheer all of our sports teams on but are a huge factor as the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball teams play in their out of conference games, Big East conference, and post season. They cheer on the sideline as the teams face and get knocked around by many of the Big East powerhouses. As the team gets bumps and bruises from UConn and Syracuse, Ericâ€™s megaphone gets beat to death each and every game.
â€œI actually go through more than five megaphones a year,â€ Cusimano said.
Meredith Cox is a senior on the women’s basketball team and a contributor to Hoya Insider.