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Hoyas Fans Sleep Out For Tickets

Got an e-mail last night from Local Poll voter Robert Lintott who, though he is decidedly not a Georgetown fan, recognizes a Bog story when he sees one. Turns out Robert is friends with Local Poll voter Paul Campbell, who is, in fact, a Georgetown fan and who was in the process of sleeping outside McDonough Gymnasium for student tickets to the Big East Tournament, which were to be distributed at 10 this morning.

Hoya fans, sleeping with the trophies. (By Nick Waters)

There were about 65 students, and a sign that said Thompson Town, and tents, and intermittent pizza delivery, and a handful of students who were..."I'm not sure the euphemism I want to use...'enjoying the college experience,' so to speak," Paul told me, although he assured me that anyone who might have enjoyed an adult beverage was strictly of legal drinking age.

Anyhow, when the athletic department realized what was happening, many of the students were allowed into the lobby of McDonough, which is now officially known as the John Thompson Lobby, where they spent the night, as Paul put it, "sleeping among the trophies."

And the highlight came at 9 this morning, when John Thompson III arrived for work. He asked the students if they were camping out for Pitt tickets. They explained that they were waiting for Big East tourney tix.

"Are we in that yet?" he asked.

Talk about staying on message.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 23, 2007; 2:04 PM ET
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What a great 14 hours (1 hour of sleep) it was. It will be worth it in two weeks.
I am very grateful that they let us inside. It was rather cold last night.

Posted by: NickSixers | February 23, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It's good to know the corporal works of mercy aren't all forgotten. The next step, campers: remembering that lots of folks camp out *every day*, and not because they want to.

Posted by: ouij | February 23, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

How awesome that the school supported it and made it easier for you guys! Good luck in the tourney, Georgetown.

Posted by: wdss | February 23, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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