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What You Need to Know

So the biggest news is Peter Nowak out, Tommy Soehn in as D.C. United coach. And I actually heard a player mention this possibility on Tuesday, and was too busy chasing down Judah Claus to pay attention. I rule. But we'll have live press conference coverage at 11 a.m.

Local No. 3 Georgetown relies on its role players, including Baltimore's DaJuan Summers, in a rout over No. 11 Towson, which got nothing outside of Gary Neal; Local No. [sigh] 1 Virginia gets "absolutely crushed" and "utterly embarrassed" by Utah, as Sean Singletary says the Cavs "fall apart" away from home and a poll voter-slash-beat writer calls them "pathetic," although the Cavs' non-rev sports are doing swell; Seth Greenberg has a homecoming as Local No. 5 Va. Tech heads to MSG as the undercard for Duke-Gonzaga; Local No. 7 VCU wins its seventh straight, Darryl Hudson has sparked Howard's solid-enough start, and VMI beats Richmond! with quick timeouts. Also, Loyola gets "a chance of a lifetime" against the Terps women, who are about to get another superstar which could raise chemistry questions. The football Terps plan to have fun in Florida, and their D-coordinator says he doesn't read message boards (right).

Suddenly Al Saunders is into the deep ball. Ladell Betts--whose recent production would make for 2,100 yards over a full season--says he'll try to compete for the starting job next year, Chris Samuels is nicknamed "The Big Professional," the WashTimes writes an actual story about those Joe Gibbs spiritual talks I'm always writing about, the Rams are the home for elderly ex-Redskins, while Archuleta won't talk about going back to St. Louis, and a blogger says the Rams' troubles are small-time compared to the Skins'.

More Caps talk about their childhood outdoor hockey experiences and inconsistencies; Mr. Arenas--whose chances of being voted an all-star improved with A.I.'s trade--talks 60 points and Halo and shows up early at Arco to shoot. And in his blog he agrees he has no conscience and calls himself "Agent 60."

Svrluga hangs with Nats prospect Esmailyn Gonzalez in the Dominican, Robert Fick signs a minor-league contract with the Nats, saying he thinks he'll get more chances and promising to be "a different guy," and the John Riggins radio show will be simulcast on MASN.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 21, 2006; 9:47 AM ET
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The way the Cavs are playing in hoops, the Gobblers will be the best team in the state. By default.

Posted by: Vincent | December 21, 2006 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, the Santa Cooks aspect certainly looked like the better story at the time......

Posted by: Kim | December 21, 2006 10:24 AM | Report abuse

They let Arch go to the road games?

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | December 21, 2006 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The poll is going to be in shambles!

I think UVA goes for the Hat trick and loses to the PR Mayaguez.

GW apparently stopped playing baskeball so they'll end up falling.

3-5 for ACC-Lite vs. Big East is still pretty good considering JMU and Northeastern are invloved.

Posted by: Marc | December 21, 2006 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Gawd that was a painful game for a TU alum to watch last night! Neal carried that team more than the bus that brought them. Coach must've told the rest of the team not to shoot; the Hoyas didn't give them that many opportunities but the other four guys have got to push themselves, attack and shoot. Especially when the opposition doubles your stud. They'd have had trouble playing a middle of the pack CAA team last night.

I was impressed with the Hoyas size, speed and depth. What with the 'Hoos coming apart like a cheap suit they're neck and neck with the Terps for the local #1 in my book, with the Hookies right behind.

Everyone have a great Christmas.

Posted by: Dave Richardson | December 21, 2006 11:52 AM | Report abuse

So the Hoyas win big and UVa gets crushed...looks like all the Hoya fans who took issue with the bullsh*t local poll this week were right.

Posted by: Hoya Fan | December 21, 2006 11:55 AM | Report abuse

If there was ever an example of kids going to play a tourney in an exotic locale and not giving an S, it's this UVA team.

Posted by: GTB | December 21, 2006 12:10 PM | Report abuse


Glad you think Georgetown has proven themselves with wins over CAA cellar dweller JMU, Oral Roberts, Winston Salem (I believe the only school in the country that takes cigarette breaks instead of time outs), and Gary Neal University. Somebody tell JT III that Karl Hobbs in on line one and he wants his schedule back. The truth is until this week UVA had played better basketball than Georgetwon and thus deserved a higher ranking. This is no longer a true statement.


A Pollster (who technically didn't vote last week)

Posted by: Jon | December 21, 2006 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Hoya Fan, you and Bleeding Hoya Blue really make me sad to be Georgetown grad with your whining. At the point of the poll, Virginia and Maryland's resumes were better than Georgetown's, that's a fact. I like the way Georgetown has looked as of late and I am very optimistic of how the team will continue to do, but the fact is, cruising against Towson means nothing and does nothing to put forward the notion that Georgetown should have been voted #1 in the poll this last week.

Posted by: Chris | December 21, 2006 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank the Heavens that the Robert Fick era is not over in DC!

Posted by: Kim | December 21, 2006 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I see, crusing against lesser teams doesn't do anything for oyu, and tough losses to quality teams like Duke and Oregon are ignored and everyone makes hay out of an admittedly terrible loss to ODU.

Penalized for wins and losses...Looks like all the Hoya Haters have come out of hibernation after 20+ years and it's just like the mid-80s again, looking to throw as much sh*t at the wall and hope something sticks.

Hoyas are the best damn team in the area ban none in any way you want to slice it. Get over it.

Posted by: Hoya Fan | December 21, 2006 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Chris, it's actually you who make ME sad to be a Hoya. To be a fan means to passionately love your team no matter what. So support the Hoyas without reservation or shut the hell up.

Posted by: More from Hoya Fan | December 21, 2006 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Hoya Fan,
There is a big difference between supporting and passionately loving your team and being a blind homer. There was nothing in the past 3 weeks to suggest that Georgetown was better than UVA. This week there is. So sit tight, and relax.

Posted by: Innocent Bystander | December 21, 2006 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I do love the Hoyas, the problem is, you seem to think that being a fan means losing all objectivity and complaining when people who aren't fans don't think your team is the best. In what way is Georgetown's resume better than Maryland's? I personally think that right now, Georgetown is better than Maryland and that if they were to play, that Georgetown would win, but I also realize that I am not objective and that Maryland's win's have been much more impressive than Georgetown's. That is just a fact and Georgetown has not been able to take advantage of their chances to add quality wins to their resume thus far.

Since when does being a fan mean you have to turn into a slobbering idiot? I certainly hope that you are not a grad or else I will have to rethink how good Georgetown is in terms of imparting critical thinking skills to its students.

Posted by: Chris | December 21, 2006 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hoya Fan,

I think I speak for the rest of us when I say that we don't hate the Hoyas, we just hate you.

Posted by: bryc3 | December 21, 2006 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't give a flying f*ck if you like me or hate me.

The problem here is that nerds like all of you take all the fun and passion out of sports by needlessly breaking it down into minutae. Who gives a cr*p about a team's 'resume'? That's like saying that one team should be ranked above another because Team A played with more fire in the first five minutes of the second half compared to Team B that came out a little flat. Who cares?

When you pinheads did the ranking this week, Virgina didn't get even a single vote in one poll and G'town got votes in both. Seems to me the conversation begins and ends right there. Goergetown is better, 'nuff said.

Posted by: Hoya Fan | December 21, 2006 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If it takes all of the fun passion to analyze like this, then why do you even care about the local poll? Honestly, you got all worked up about it, calling it a BS poll, and now you are saying that it is pointless to do anyway. It's a fun excercise for people who are interested in all of the local teams. Seriously, I don't understand why you got a bug up your butt about this especially when people start trying to explain to you why they voted how they did, you just say you don't care anyway.

Posted by: Chris | December 21, 2006 3:40 PM | Report abuse

One solid point from Hoya Fan, though.

We could call the Poll the Mid-Atlantic Pinhead Poll.

Posted by: Kim | December 21, 2006 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Huge game this Friday. Ovechkin takes on the Devils.

Posted by: Tartarinov | December 21, 2006 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I would like to congratulate UVA on handing defeat to a winless D2 program, Puerto Rico-Mayaguez by a score of 59-52. Sure the win doesn't count for NCAA consideration, but at least they were able to win a game on the road.
In all seriousness, the Hokie win over Seton Hall was a good win to build the year on. The Hokies easily dominated a small, bottom-picked Big East team at MSG.

Posted by: sitruc | December 21, 2006 9:01 PM | Report abuse

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