John Thompson III buys Egg McMuffins
Here is something that I would've paid to see: Georgetown Coach John Thompson III standing in line at McDonald's earlier this week and asking to buy dozens of McMuffins.
Georgetown students camped out at McDonough Arena on Monday night in order to be first in line when tickets for the East regional games went on sale at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. You'll recall that they've done this before, last month when Big East tickets went on sale. This time, the most eager ones started queuing up around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, shortly after Kim Frank, the director of marketing and ticket operations, sent out an e-mail with ticket information.
(The athletic department acquired 1,250 tickets for the game, and it is up to the school to determine how they are allocated. From that pool of tickets, Frank and her staff have to take care of everyone from the coaches' and players' families to the big donors to the students. There are no comp tickets, she said. Roughly 15 percent of the tickets were set aside for students, who will be seated together inside Continental Airlines Arena.)
Anyway, Thompson wanted to do something nice for them.
"Our fans, our students, have been great since I've been here," Thompson said. "It might not be good for their health, but I stopped by McDonald's and brought a whole bunch of food for everyone. They seemed happy. To sit out there all night just to get a ticket to cheer us on, that means a lot."
Channeling the Bog, I asked Thompson what he bought.
"I had a smorgasbord," he said. "We had Egg McMuffins, we had Sausage McMuffins, and we had hotcakes and sausage."
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