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Local Poll Week One: More Pithy

First, a look at yesterday's highlights, headlined by:

UMBC, moving to 2-0 for the first time in four years with a massive win at LaSalle. Love that A-10. "You know the saying about nice people and where they finish," snarks the Daily News.

Local No. 4 George Mason improves to 2-0 for the first time in 12 years with a home win over mighty Cleveland State. Beat writer Steven Goff reports the presence of electric violins in the Mason pep band.

Local No. 10 American is downed by unranked Loyola in a game that appears to have been covered by zero newspapers but which your trusty blogger watched on MASN. American blew a 17-point lead. Gack.

Local No. 11 Richmond comes up with a huge overtime win at East Carolina for the second year in a row to reach .500. There were 52 turnovers, which sounds like breakfast at Mark Mangino's house.

Also, Longwood beat Norfolk State (which beat Richmond) and Liberty beat (Smoker Al) Coker.

Tonight's action: Howard is at Local No. 3 Virginia, Local No. 6 GW hosts Boston U., Local No. 9 Towson hosts Bucknell in the clear Game of the Day, winless VMI hosts West Virginia Wesleyan, winless Radford hosts Presbyterian, Navy hosts Robert Morris and Morgan State is at St. Francis (Pa.). Busy slate. Pithy hilarity after the jump.

No. 1 Georgetown

As an exercise in building team unity, John Thompson has Hoyas sew their own Final Four banner. Jessie Sapp has a killer cross stitch and can really (wait for it ... ) thread the needle. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Only a matter of time until reporters start asking JTIII if he thinks his team can go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team. In the Bog Poll. (Sean McLernon)

Games like that William & Mary affair won't cut it against Jacksonville and Radford. (Matt Bonesteel)

Hoyas not No. 1 in national polls; Hoya fans blame the Post. (Jason Anderson)

There must be a misprint in their schedule. It says they play at Old Dominion. The Hoyas on the road against a non-conference opponent? Nah, gotta be a misprint. (Matt Mandel)

No. 2 Maryland

Good news: Terps beat North Florida handily. Bad news: Can't find state where North Florida is located on a map. (Ted Gotsch)

From now on, the term "Fall Classic" should only apply to the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. (Jamie Paquette)

Sadly, Vegas is not taking bets on fouls assessed on Gary Williams for the f***-ing new NCAA cursing rule. (Gavin Weiss)

Boom Osby is like a kinder gentler Ben Wallace. Hopefully he will not be replaced by a kinder gentler Ike Austin. (Markus V.)

After Gardner-Webb and Mercer asserted the Atlantic Sun's dominance with road victories, does the Terps' win over North Florida qualify as an upset? (Scott Allen)

No. 3 Virginia

F#&#! Just helping Dave Leitao out since he can't say such things anymore. (Jon Lauder)

Playing with big men named Pettinella, Mikalauskas, Sorensen, and Meyinsse this year will ease Sean Singletary's adjustment to European basketball next season. (Markus V.)

Mark it down: will not win one close game the entire year. The football team used up all of the athletic department karma. In fact, Mikell Simpson against MD used up all their karma for next year as well. (In the words of comic book guy "Worst. First. Down. Spot. Ever. I know this is a basketball venue, but justice is appropriate in all venues.) (Matt Mandel)

No. 4 George Mason

Will Thomas goes for 16 and 17 against Vermont, delighting those of us who gambled on him with a second round CAA Fantasy League draft pick. (Bill Fitzgerald)

How long until we see signs at GMU that read Vlad "the Impaler" Moldoveanu. (Kevin O'Connor)

Rejected Ben & Jerry's flavor idea: Gunston's Goo. (Scott Allen)

Somebody once googled me (who knows why) and then the next day they reported to me that all that comes up is a bunch of comments on something called a bog. I have no point except I think I know why the thighmaster doesn't go by his real name. Also, that had nothing to do with Mason. (Jon Lauder)

No. 5 VCU

Rams win opener against UMES, which actually stands for United Methodist Elementary School, but those kids ball like middle schoolers, yo. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Considered moving them down, as I am sure I could round up 5 dudes from LaPlata Beach in College Park and beat UMES by more than 21. (Jason Anderson)

Coach Grant, repeat after me: "I can always go to Gainesville on Spring Break, I can always go to Gainesville on Spring Break..." (Glenn Arnold)

No. 6 George Washington

Win over Mount St. Mary's is another great moment in Colonial overachieving. (Ted Gotsch)

Should be well-prepared for the UCLA game after Mount St. Mary's, BU, and UMBC. (Sean Perkins)

This is what coach Hobbs said about the upcoming season: "What's intriguing about us this year is we're going into the season with some uncertainty." Wow, that even gives ME goosebumps. (Glenn Arnold)

Hopefully with the big UMBC battle looming, GW won't overlook Boston U. (Todd Turner)

I'm ranking them seventh because I want Karl Hobbs to go on a rant against me. (Paul Campbell)

Sometimes I wake up at night in a cold sweat, scared that my low votes for GW will end with Karl Hobbs crashing through my window and ending me. (Jason Anderson)

Karl Hobbs asked the crowd at Colonials Invasion if we knew why we had only one loss at home in the past two years. His desired answer was "the crowd," but all I could think was "maybe it's the same reason we've only won one NCAA game in that span: cupcakes." (Robert Lintott)

For some reason the like 80 foot robot that London made of Jason Taylor reminded me of inflatable George. (Jon Lauder)

Jaaron Greene scored two points in the season opener for the ABA's Corning Bulldogs against the Houston Takers. He's on track to becoming the Yinka Dare of the ABA. (Max Wass)

Just discovered there's a Chick-fil-A in food court at Smith Center. Maybe we'll see more games there this year. (Dave Richardson)

Rumor has it that you can't go outside for a halftime smoke at Smith Center anymore. That $13 alumni donation? Forget about it. (Matt Bonesteel)

No. 7 Virginia Tech

Good news: Virginia Tech got valuable practice making free throws in the late stages of a close game. Bad news: It was against Elon. (Eric Swensen)

Would finish behind O'Connell and DeMatha in WCAC, but probably ahead of Gonzaga and St. John's. (Dave Richardson)

No. 8 Old Dominion

Contest: I'll give you the name of ODU's leading scorer against S.C. St. and you figure out where the break between the first and last name goes (i.e. Samharris would be Sam Harris). Ready? Here it is: Abdilidonde. (Jamie Paquette)

At 1-0, has a better record than The Post's entire NFL "Bragging Rights" gang. (Paul Bergeron)

I wouldn't do well in politics, because I'm just following everyone else's vote with ODU. Oh, wait, maybe I would be a good politician. (Sean Perkins)

What do Abdi Lidonde on the perimeter and the Redskins in the red zone have in common? Both scenarios, more often than not, will culminate in three points. (Scott Allen)

No. 9 Towson

Pat Kennedy processed more transfer requests in the offseason than Lieutenant Jonathan Kendrick, Rifle Company Windward, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Bill Fitzgerald)

No. 10 American

By my count the Eagles play seven Bog Poll teams in their non-conference schedule. Is this the most of any area team this season? (Paul Campbell)

No. 11 Richmond

Also Receiving Pithiness

Beat a Tulsa team that is returning 4 starters from a 20-win team. Wait, is a Golden Hurricane anything like a Golden Shower, except much worse? (Jamie Paquette)

Hampton: Call Kornheiser! This voter is aboard their pirate ship bandwagon. (Chris Olson)

Potomac State: This is a one-time thing. I lost a bet with a stripper Saturday night and this is the result. (ArtDonovan'sLoveChild)

UMBC: Retrievers excel at running down long rebounds. Unfortunately they drop them at the feet of their opponents and bark at them until they shoot again. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Air Force: The second recipient of the "beat Notre Dame and earn a Local Poll vote" rule. If Duke shows up next week, hide the women and children because the apocalypse is coming. (Harrison Goodman)

James Madison: Because they gave us Lindsay Czarniak. (D.C. Centurion's Shield)

Loyola: Fun MAAC FAACT: Though it may seem weak at first glance, the MAAC leads the NCAA in made-up school names with five. These include Marist, Siena, Rider, Canisius, and Iona. (Gavin Weiss)

Norfolk State: Because if there is any place to get recognition for beating a mediocre Richmond team, this is it. (Sean McLernon)

Always impressive when a MEAC team wins before January. (Eric Swensen)

Navy: Only got this vote so I could point out that they beat Longwood. Beat. Longwood. Ah, come on, it's funny. I'm not 12. (Jason Anderson)

Longwood: Lancers assistant is Tim Fudd (AU hoops Class of '96). He's married to former Georgetown women's player Katie Smrcka-Duffy. Katie Smrcka-Duffy-Fudd. Awesome. (Matt Bonesteel)

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2007; 11:41 AM ET
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Jamie Paquette's Tulsa comment was the funniest I've read thus far.

Then I saw we have a voter with the last name Bonesteel.

Posted by: smperk | November 14, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Still no CNU. :-(

Posted by: Kenny | November 14, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"There must be a misprint in their schedule. It says they play at Old Dominion. The Hoyas on the road against a non-conference opponent? Nah, gotta be a misprint. (Matt Mandel)"

what's the basis for this?
This year Georgetown plays @ ODU, ballstate, and oh yeah @ memphis( not included vs. alabama in birmingham ( technically neutral)

Last year @ vanderbilt, @ michigain, @ fairfield, @ duke.

2 years ago: @ illinois, @ oregon, @ navy @ JMU (navy and JMU were the first two games of the year)

Posted by: peter keszler | November 14, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Loyola: Fun MAAC FAACT: Though it may seem weak at first glance, the MAAC leads the NCAA in made-up school names with five. These include Marist, Siena, Rider, Canisius, and Iona. (Gavin Weiss)"

Made up names? Someone's not up on their history of 19th European Catholicism! :-)

The UMBC pith was quality

Posted by: Kev | November 14, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Bill Fitzgerald is a f*&^$% genius.

Who's going to come up with pithier commentary than that? YOU? You Lieutenant Weinburg?

Posted by: AIJ | November 14, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear someone watched the AU game.

That defeat was just a blip on the radar... they just had to get their one loss out of the way.

Posted by: KC in DC | November 14, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Fitzgerald is a genius, I especially like the "A Few Good Men" reference.

Not only did Katie Smrcka-Duffy-Fudd play a little college ball at G'town she was also a star back in the day at James Madison High School in Vienna.

Posted by: Dave Richardson | November 15, 2007 7:31 AM | Report abuse

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