The baseball season is back, and with it comes lots of posts on Halftime about, well, baseball.
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.
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 Voice. Sports 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).
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.
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 Obama, Harry 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.
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.
Sports editor Chris Almeida and assistant sports editors Brendan Crowley and Joe Pollicino discuss the disappointment and general sadness surrounding this year’s basketball season, specifically the DePaul game that eliminated the Hoyas’ hopes of competing in the NCAA tournament.
On the bright side, however, this means that the Hoyas will compete in the National Invitational Tournament. The sports editors will also preview tonight’s NIT game against West Virginia, which will take place in McDonough.
The Georgetown men’s basketball team (17-14, 8-10 Big East) may have disappointed many on the Hilltop this season by failing to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. If Hoya fans can take any solace from this disheartening year, however, it’s in their team’s selection to the less prestigious post-season tournament, the National Invitation Tournament.
The most satisfying part of this otherwise inferior tournament is the opportunity for the Hoyas to play a home game at the on-campus McDonough Arena for the first time in nearly five years. The last time the Hoyas took the floor in McDonough was on December 19, 2009 when they faced Old Dominion. The Hoyas lost 57-61.
Since the Hoyas earned a No. 4 seed, they will have the chance to make that Blue and Gray fantasy of victory a reality. They will face off against No. 5 seed and former Big East rival West Virginia (17-15, 9-9 Big 12) on Tuesday night at McDonough.
Tickets are free for Georgetown students with a valid GOCard and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to McDonough will open at 5:30p.m. for all students hoping to seek admission. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Photo: Lucia He/Georgetown Voice
NEW YORK—Entering their first round matchup with DePaul (12-20, 3-15 Big East), the Georgetown men’s basketball team (17-14, 8-10 Big East) had defeated the Blue Demons in 14 consecutive meetings, including twice this season, dating all the way back to 1994. Apparently, DePaul was due for a win in the worst possible way, yet at the worst possible time for the Hoyas, as the Blue Demons grinded out a 60-56 win in a traditional Big East slugfest late Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The loss by Georgetown all but eliminates their chances for a NCAA Tournament at-large bid on Selection Sunday.
“Tonight’s loss is disappointing,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said following the devastating defeat.
Having entered the game needing a win in order to maintain their bubble status, the Hoyas came out rolling from the opening tip to a 17-9 lead, their largest of the game, midway through the first half. The Blue Demons then scored 11 unanswered points, holding Georgetown scoreless for a duration of 6:31. Both teams then alternated leads for the rest of the half with the Hoyas entering halftime with a rocky 25-23 lead.
With the end of the Big East regular-season comes the commencement of the Big East Tournament. And with the Hoyas fighting for their NCAA Tournament lives, Georgetown fans certainly will have their eyes fixated more than usual on New York’s Madison Square Garden starting this Wednesday night. Don’t worry or feel overwhelmed, though, because Vox has you covered. We take to you team-by-team with what’s at stake, who’s worth watching, and our predictions. When you’re done reading this, Vox expects you will be a Big East savant.
Rankings are in accordance with tournament seeding.
First Game: #7 Georgetown, Wednesday at 9:30p.m.
Record In Last 12 Games: 1-11
What They’re Playing For: Having played themselves out of any postseason tournament consideration, DePaul will look to win its first Big East Tournament game since 2009.
Most Impressive Thing They Did This Year: Umm…
Blue Demon to Watch: Senior guard Brandon Young (16.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.6 APG)
For the consistently awful Blue Demons, Young has played consistently well since the abrupt dismissal of then-leading scorer Cleveland Melvin from the team on Feb. 10. A shoot-first point guard, Young has scored 23 or more points in three of his last four games, including 29 against Marquette on Feb. 22.
Chances of Winning Big East: .00000000000000000000000000000000000001%
PHILADELPHIA—The NCAA Tournament bubble might have just burst for the Georgetown men’s basketball team (17-13, 8-10 Big East) in their regular season finale, as they let a prime résumé-building opportunity go to waste against No. 6 Villanova (28-3, 16-2 Big East) in a 77-59 loss on Saturday afternoon.
“We have to play better than we did today,” Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said following the loss.
The Hoyas encountered difficulties right from the opening tip, with five turnovers in the opening five minutes of the game. As a result, the Wildcats jumped out to a 14-7 lead, from which they never looked back.
“We have a small margin of error. We came out early and had unnecessary, unforced turnovers,” Thompson said. “[Our] turnovers led to transition baskets for them, which … got them going. We tried to claw back and had some missed opportunities.”
For the game, the Blue and Gray had 18 total turnovers, which the Wildcats converted into 22 points. Georgetown sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who finished with 14 points and a team-high five rebounds, believes that the Blue and Gray were overzealous on the offensive end compared to their last three games, where they only had 17 turnovers combined.
“We were just trying to make home-run plays instead of being simple, playing how we usually play,” Smith-Rivera said. “We just forced a lot of things that we shouldn’t have. They came up with steals and got a lot of transition baskets.” Read More
Propelled by the strong backcourt play of senior guard Markel Starks and sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Georgetown men’s basketball team will live to fight another day in their quest for an NCAA Tournament berth, as they defeated No. 13 Creighton (23-6, 13-4 Big East) 75-63 on Senior Night at Verizon Center.
On a night where five seniors were honored for their contributions to the program over the past four years, the Hoyas came out with urgency and energy right from the opening tip, as they shot 62 percent from the field in the opening half to give them a 42-28 lead they never looked back from.
“I’m so glad that we came out with the victory, it was a much needed victory on many different levels,” said Starks.