Why I Like Georgetown Part III, The Easter Bunny
Dan Steinberg here. I promise I'll cede this space to Kilgore after this final item. Also, go to Basketball Lifestyle Mag for more Hoyas blogging, including a Brandon Bowman Q&A.
Point being, some of you might recall I wrote about costumes at Hoyas' games a while back. Some people apparently thought I was making fun of Georgetown fans. Couldn't be further from the truth. Honestly, I believe sporting events need fans in costumes in the same way Adam Kilgore's belly needs Brazilian steak. Which is why I was thrilled when a random caller last weekend told me a Hoya fan in an Easter Bunny costume was at a New Jersey Wendy's, and why I was even more thrilled when he was shown on CBS, and why I was even more more thrilled when Luke Winn saw fit to blog about said bunny before I had a chance. Who is Luke Winn and why does he hate me?
Anyhow, I finally got the Easter Bunny on the phone, the Easter Bunny being Georgetown senior offensive lineman Andrew Rehwinkel, a history and psychology major set to graduate this spring who hoped that talking to me might convince some Georgetown alumni to give him a nice job. (Note: That, and what follows, is all sort of tongue in cheek. Please, do not think I'm making any commentaries about Andrew, Georgetown students, Georgetown alumni or Easter Bunnies. I love all of those things, a lot. And, not to puncture the illusion, but Andrew was playing along with me here.)
So what happened was, Andrew and four friends were driving to New Jersey for the UNC game. They had written pro-Georgetown messages on their car in deodorant; "Secret or something, one of those girl brands," Andrew told me. (And it didn't wash off in the rain; "long lasting," Andrew said, approvingly.) They saw a Target Greatlands and exited the highway, figuring they'd buy some facepaint and capes and tassels and whatnot. Once inside, they randomly stumbled into the Easter section, and then, magic.
"It was the perfect moment," said Andrew, who runs about 6-2, 240, down from his football-playing weight of 287. "Lo and behold I found this bunny suit that was huge. I put it on immediately and started prancing around the Target, making little kids happy as hell. A lot of their parents were apprehensive. It was interesting."
Agreed. The costume cost just $50, and it fit him well--"this thing was made for a big boy," he said--so it was a done deal.
"Immediately I knew what I wanted," he told me. "I needed that right then and there."
Andrew also picked up a basketball-themed Easter basket, and 10 bags of candy. And he wore the costume out of the store, riding the final 30 minutes to East Rutherford in the passenger's seat, eliciting honks from nearby cars, visiting a Wendy's, passing out candy to children, living the Easter Bunny experience. Oh, and he had a Patrick Ewing Sr. jersey on. Oh, and like any good son, he called his mother before the game started to warn her.
"Look out for a giant white bunny," he told her. "My grandparents were visiting my mom, they all saw it....Her son was on national TV. It was a moment of great pride, I guess, for my family."
Naturally. Anyhow, the rest is perfectly familiar to sports fans. Andrew worked the crowd in the parking lot; at first, the tailgaters asked "what the hell are you doing?" but after a few refreshing drinks the tailgaters said things like "that's the coolest thing in the world!!!" Once inside, he ran up and down the stairs, pumping up the crowd, passing out candy, talking about how Easter was coming early for the Hoyas. The suit changed, subtly, through his efforts.
"I guess I'm a sweater," he told me. "At the end of the game I just had to rip it off, I was just drenched head to toe, it was just disgusting. A combination of beer spilled on me by other people, just sweating, and an assortment of other bodily smells."
And by the time he got home, he was a celebrity. You know, 10 missed calls, 15 text messages, that whole thing. When the players returned to campus, he got hugs and compliments; "Yo, where's the bunny costume?" Jessie Sapp asked him. And students have given him the ol' high fives and peppered him with obvious questions: are you going to Atlanta? Are you bringing the bunny? Here are your answers.
Atlanta? Leaving at midnight tonight.
Bunny? You even have to ask?
Really? "Ohhhhhhhhh yeah. It's a staple of the program now."
Other costumes? "If I find another magical Target down there."
Wish list? "I wish they made life size nutcrackers, because we're going to break those Buckeyes."
And if not? "We shall see....We're Georgetown. We'll think of something."
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