This Week in Halftime: Mario Balotelli sure is crazy

The sports and leisure fanatics on Halftime put together a great week’s worth of posts. Rob Ponce defends Italian soccer player and overall insane person Mario Balotelli, terming him “the most interesting man in the world.”

On the pitch, he’s one of the most captivating figures in professional sports. His critics call him “erratic” and “crazy,” two claims that even his biggest fans would have trouble denying. The striker, nicknamed “Super Mario”, is one of soccer’s most gifted athletes; a player who is capable of making the difference in any contest. Despite his impressive tactical and athletic prowess, his occasional on-field meltdowns and whimsical attitude during important contests have made him reviled as well as renowned throughout the world of soccer.

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Men’s basketball schedule released

Let the countdown officially begin. The Georgetown men’s basketball team announced its 2014-2015 schedule today, with only 67 days (but who’s really counting?) separating Hoyas fans from watching their dear Blue and Gray take the court for the first time this year on November 15 against St. Francis (NY).

Along with their 18 games against Big East opponents, the Hoyas have a challenging 11-game non-conference schedule, which includes three games against the talented field of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving break, a game at New York’s Madison Square Garden against Indiana on Dec. 27, and a home date at Verizon Center with national powerhouse Kansas on Dec. 10.

The Blue and Gray are scheduled to play at Verizon Center 16 times this season, nine of which will be played on weekend days. One disappointing note, however, is the dates and times of the more attractive home games. The Hoyas’ Dec. 10 game against Kansas falls during the beginning of the final exam period, while matchups against Big East contenders such as Villanova, Marquette, Providence, and St. John’s are all scheduled on weeknights, with some of those slated for a tardy 9:00 p.m. tipoff.

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Georgetown sailing team wins World University Championships

The stellar Georgetown sailing squad has done it again. On Saturday, a foursome consisting of Hoyas Nevin SnowAJ ReiterAlex Post, and Katia DaSilva won the six-day championship after besting the defending champs from Australia.

The World Championships were hosted on Lake Ledro in Trentino, Italy, and Georgetown won the right to represent the United States by winning Nationals last November.

Georgetown’s sailing team, in terms of championship success, puts men’s basketball to shame. The sailing Hoyas have won Nationals three times in the past 10 years and placed five other times. This World Championships title puts them even further over the top.

Photo: Georgetown Voice/Josh Raftis


Where to watch the World Cup games in D.C.

The World Cup games begin today at 4:00 p.m. and dozens of bars and restaurants around D.C. are featuring the games, along with great food and drink deals. Washington City Paper compiled an impressive list of basically every World Cup viewing deal and location in the city. Vox will highlight some of the ones closer to Georgetown below the jump, but check out their map to see all of them.

Read below the jump for a list of places near Georgetown. Most are in the Dupont area.

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Georgetown and Syracuse agree to renew rivalry with set of home-and-home series

On Tuesday, Georgetown and Syracuse announced that their intense basketball rivalry would not go down with the old Big East conference, which dissolved in early 2012. The two schools agreed to play one game against each other each year for four years.

The first game will be played in the 2015-2016 season, when the Orange will visit the Verizon Center to play the Hoyas. The following season, the Hoyas will travel up to Syracuse.

The last time the two teams faced in the regular season was when the Hoyas clinched the 2012-2013 regular season Big East title by beating the Orange 61-39 at the Verizon Center.

Photo: Georgetown Voice

Washington Nationals

This Week in Halftime: Baseball’s back

The baseball season is back, and with it comes lots of posts on Halftime about, well, baseball.

Voices editor Steven Criss discusses what it will take for D.C’s Nationals to actually successful this year. With high hopes for the team, it might just be possible.

The entrance of Bryce Harper and his Rookie of the Year season in 2012 brought with it a glimmer of hope for Nats fans that maybe, just maybe, their team wouldn’t have to finish at third place or below every season.

Assistant sports editor Brendan Crowley also delves into the world of the MLB, but instead of looking to the future, he looks to the past at the 1998 Yankees and “El Duque,” a Cuban baseball player with an unorthodox pitching style and a “cult hero.”

‘El Duque,’ with his hat pushed down over his eyes, sported an unorthodox pitching motion; before each delivery, Hernandez kicked his left leg wildly upwards, almost to eye level, before delivering an array of pitches that kept hitters permanently off-balance.

Follow the jump to find out what’s going on in the leisure world of Halftime.

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Voice launches new online magazine, Halftime (so go check it out)


Just a few months ago, sports editor Chris Almeida decided launching a sports podcast wasn’t enough, so he also began working on a new site for the VoiceSports assistant editor Chris Castano and leisure assistant editor Daniel Varghese also joined in and helped him launch Halftime, the Voice‘s new online magazine dedicated to pop culture and sports (hence the name of the site). 

Halftime will cover topics in the entertainment industry ranging from reviewing The Lego Movie to discussing what it takes to be a Formula 1 driver.

Follow the jump for links to a few more Halftime posts Vox enjoyed. Read ‘em and go check out the site! And you can check back on Vox every Wednesday to see a weekly roundup of posts on Halftime.

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NPR is latest to tackle Washington Redskins’ name controversy: is the Voice next?

After the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected the use of “Redskins” for heart attack-inducing pork rinds and for potatoes, NPR released Wednesday a critical reflection on the morality of the media’s use of the controversial name. The reflection comes after Weekend Edition host Scott Simon referred to the D.C. football team as “the Washington football club whose team name I refuse to utter.”

According to NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos, although Native Americans actually have tanned or brown skin, they were to first to use the word to distinguish themselves from the mostly white-skinned British and French. In 1933, Boston Braves owner George Preston Marshall changed his then Boston-based football team to the Redskins, apparently in honor of former coach William Dietz, who identified as Native American. The Redskins moved to D.C. four years later.

In the past year, Democratic leaders such as Barack ObamaHarry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi have pushed the Redskins to change its name, even though current owner Daniel Snyder has refused to do so. Pew Research Center has found at least 76 news outlets and journalists who oppose or refuse to the name. Schumacher-Matos said that NPR should fall into the opposition camp.

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Voicebox: Men’s basketball’s upcoming game

Sports editor Chris Almeida and assistant sports editors Joe PollicinoChris Castano, and Brendan Crowley talk about last week’s NIT game against West Virginia and today’s game against Florida State.


Postgame Roundup: Lively McDonough helps Hoyas climb past Mountaineers

Although the circus prevented the Georgetown men’s basketball team (18-14, 8-10 Big East) from playing their NIT 1st Round game at Verizon Center, that did not stifle the Hoyas and their fans from putting on their own show Tuesday night at McDonough Arena. Feeding off the raucous sold-out crowd of 2,133, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (18-14, 8-10 Big East) advanced to the 2nd Round of the NIT by defeating former Big East rival West Virginia (17-16, Big 12), 77-65.

“It was unbelievable. The energy that we got from the fans – the students, the young alums, the old alums. It was great,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said after the victory. “It was a great environment. I want to thank our fans and I want to thank everyone for that because it helped.”

As has been the case for much of Georgetown’s 2013-14 season, the staunch backcourt of sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and senior guard Markel Starks led the way for the Hoyas. Smith-Rivera, especially, had his best all-around game as a Hoya, as he scored a game-high 32 points, including 23 in the second half, and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for his second career double-double. Smith-Rivera also went 10-of-10 from the free-throw line for the second consecutive game.

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