The Hoyas' Most Eligible Bachelor
First we had D.C. United's Matt Nickell in People as a hot bachelor. Then D.C. United's Bobby Boswell showed up in Cosmo for the same thing. And somehow, I missed the fact that Georgetown's director of basketball ops, Matt Henry, was in Washingtonian over the summer as one of the mag's 20 most eligible singles.
Here are the particulars on Henry: he's 27 years old, he used to be an assistant at DIII Trinity (Texas), he grew up in Alexandria and attended Sidwell Friends, his mom bought 15 or 20 copies of the magazine in question, the players have been killing him over the publicity thing and he's, um, not technically an eligible single. Dating the same woman now he was when the magazine came out.
So did this jolt of publicity really get him more dates?
"It got me more dates with her," he said, helpfully. "It put the pressure on her to treat me better, I guess."
(Incidentally, the folks out here at Mason are pretty upset; their director of basketball ops, Joe Barrer, is a legitimate bachelor, but he wasn't in Washingtonian. Mid-majors just can't get any love from the media, figurative or literal.)
Anyhow, it turns out the G-town basketball secretary sent in Matt Henry's nomination, and he thinks his unique employment carried him through.
"In a city where 90 percent of people are into politics or corporate law, I think a job that was cool and hip stood out," Matt said. "You can only have so many hill staffers and corporate lawyers on your list."
True, but those people, I speculated, likely make more money than basketball operations folks.
"Correct," Matt said. "But it's good enough pay," he quickly added, since his boss (JTIII) was sitting a few feet from us at the time.
(Btw, JTIII later labeled me a "gossip" blogger, a charge I categorically deny.)
(Apropos of nothing, somehow LaCa found time amidst his busy schedule of provoking sports talk radio hosts to take a shot at me. Many thanks, kid. And here's how you link to someone else's blog in a bit of Washington Post-sponsored blog cross-pollination. You'll get the hang of this yet.
And to the LaCa groupie who sniffed at me as "an aggregator," you tell me how many other reporters went all the way to Richmond just to ask Agent Zero what sort of jigsaw puzzles he does in his high-altitude tent, or roamed the 400-level of the Verizon Center feeding high-end American cheese to high school football players, or climbed the rocky terrain of the Top Golf Mountain Course late at night in an effort to make sure information-starved readers had accurate D.C. United mini-golf scores, with only beer and nachos as nourishment. Aggregator, indeed.)
October 13, 2006; 4:57 PM ET
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