We Are Georgetown and You Aren’t: DePaul Preview
This year, Vox is taking a page from Deadspin and New York’s books and giving you a guide for rooting against each of the Hoyas’ Big East opponents. In preparation for Sunday’s game at DePaul, here are three reasons to hate the Blue Demons:
Usually when a team fails to win a game for over two straight months and can’t muster a victory over a single conference opponent, it is an occasion for pity rather than scorn. But Georgetown should have no sympathy for DePaul’s ignominious streak last spring, because despite their historic incompetence, the Blue Demons were actually closer to the Big Dance than the Hoyas.
Thanks to the expanded Big East tournament, DePaul was given a chance to play its way into the NCAA tournament, and unlike Georgetown, the Blue Demons won a game when it mattered, defeating Cincinnati to advance to the second round of the tournament. About two hours after DePaul’s victory, Georgetown lost to St. John’s to end its Big East season.
Blue Devils Demons
This really isn’t DePaul’s fault. Back in 1901 when the student body chose the Blue Demons nickname, they couldn’t predict that 20 years later some school down in North Carolina would pick an eerily similar diabolic moniker. But regardless of DePaul’s innocent intentions, the fact remains–it’s impossible to look at the Blue Demons and not think about Duke. And really, Coach K’s Dukies are so loathsome some hatred can’t help but spill over. So consider Sunday afternoon a chance to warm up your anger for January 30. Again, it may seem unfair to project your hatred for Duke onto DePaul, but remember the words of Omar Epps: all’s fair in love and basketball.
I mean no disrespect to the Second City. I’ve never been, but I’m sure it’s a very nice place. However, it definitely does not have a place in any conference called the Big East. DePaul joined the Big East with four other schools in 2005 to bring the conference up to 16 basketball teams, and today serves as the easiest argument against overexpansion.
The rich history and local rivalries of the old Big East are diluted each time a team is forced to travel half way across the country to take on DePaul. That may be a little hyperbolic, but really, what has DePaul brought to the Big East in five years? If DePaul can regain some of its former glory and become nationally relevant like fellow 2005 addition Louisville, then its geographical failings can be forgiven. Until then, hate away.