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Thuc Phan, and More Atlantic 11 Pith

Image stolen from da Mason blog.

All hail George Mason student manager Thuc Phan, TV and Internet sensation for sitting out in the rain with his computer in an effort to get loggable Hofstra footage for the Mason coaching staff.

All hail also UMBC's defense, which held Boston U. without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes yesterday.

All hail the copyright lawyers who decided to crack down on some Georgetown fans for using improper music with their animated Hoyas videos.

All hail Boom Osby as a shark.

All hail HBO for featuring the Dead Tree Crew on Real Sports as a sign of what's wrong with America.

All hail Atlantic 11 voters for posting enough good pith that it took me until 7 pm yesterday to choose the right answers, much to the dismay of my yelping infant daughter. The other answers are after the jump.

1. Georgetown

Next year's obtrusive ad campaign for the Verizon Center: "Unnecessary Drama Lives Here." (Matt DeTura)

Roy still needs a catchy nickname. Might I suggest "Turn-and-Pivot Hibbert"? That's gonna sell some shoes. Or at least some Tom Emanski style big man fundamentals videos. (Sean McLernon)

The Hoyas are undefeated when Roy Hibbert attempts a three-point field goal. They should've stuck to their game plan against Pitt. (Doug McKinney)

Georgetown PR Office trying to squelch the announcement that New Jack has been voted Best New Mascot by NAMFLA, the North American Man Furry Love Association. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody's face has the unofficial nickname of 'Frightening Irish.' (Michael Palan)

After Saturday's game, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey asked Roy Hibbert if he would be so kind as to inadvertently elbow all memory of the Hoyas' domination from his mind. (Scott Allen)

Lost at Pitt. If they're not careful, they could end up losing another eight games and having the #2 team catch up to them. (Paul Campbell)

Question from a roommate: How many consecutive losses would it take for the Hoyas to fall from the #1 spot. My answer: five. (Jason Anderson)

The only school on the poll where voters' pith is judged for cleverness and historical value. (Jarrett Carter)

Is it just me or does the new Georgetown mascot look like the dog version of the ODU monarch (not the actually mascot but rather the illustration on the schools website)? (Pausing so you can google it). It seems G-Town has some explaining to do.... (Joshua Meredith)

2. VCU

If only this was the "Most Streets Named After Leaders of Failed Attempt to Ruin Our Country" poll.... (Jason Anderson)

3. Maryland

They beat UNC. Heel fans cried. Gary sweated. Roy shilled Coke. College Park couches trembled in fear. Bog Poll voters reverted to tried and true cliches and moved the Terps up with gritted teeth. (Paul Campbell)

The Williams' had quite a tangle, Gary emerged sweaty and victorious...but mostly sweaty. (Natrone Elliott)

For a change, the Terps made the other team's fans cry. (Scott Allen)

I am absolutely not going to say anything even remotely negative about them ever ever EVER again. Well, at least not until Sunday. (Glenn Arnold)

Just stop playing now. Seriously. It's not going to get better than this. (Max Wass)

So, the Terps do pretty much nothing for months and then think they can salvage it all with a big win in mid-January. Apparently, Rudy Giuliani has replaced Gary Williams as the coach at Maryland. (Tim Lemke)

Remember when American beat Maryland? We didn't immediately crown the Eagles as champions. (Greg Cota)

When the smoke clears over College Park, Terps disappointed to find that they are still in seventh place in the ACC. (Bill Fitzgerald)

The unranked Terps have now beaten the top ranked Tar Heels in two consecutive decades ending with the number 8. Is it 2018 yet? (Michael Palan)

The turtle has awakened! FEAR THE TURTLE! (Chimpanzee Rage)

4. Virginia

College basketball coaches taking away locker room privileges from their underachieving teams is the new black. (Scott Allen)

They're gonna have to do a lot to fall any lower than fifth on this ballot. Then again, I thought the same thing three weeks ago, when I had them, No. 2. (David Larimer)

Their fans are hampered at games because they only use taunts found in Thomas Jefferson's notes. (Max Wass)

5. George Mason

Dre Smith made all ten of his threes over the weekend, including both money balls, which are worth double. (Markus V.)

Dre plays money ball. (AP Photo)

James Madison's scouting report identified the Patriots' primary scoring threats, but they forgot about Dre. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Following 10-for-10 performance from beyond the arc, teammates lobby Dre Smith to legally change his name to Tre. (Scott Allen)

Dre Smith was 10 for 10 from beyond the arc against James Madison. Meanwhile, Jai Lewis ordered 10 number 10s at Taco Bell. (Max Wass)

Dre Smith was 10-for-10 for three? GW just called seeking an emergency transfer so he can play Saint Louis one-on-five in the A-10 tournament. (Paul Campbell)

In honor of his surgical performance against JMU, Dre Smith was given the nickname "Attending Physician" by team cut-up Vlad "the Stabber" Moldoveanu. (David Larimer)

After shooting the lights out at the Convo. Dre Smith ate ten plates of scattered, smothered, and covered at The Waffle House. (Natrone Elliott)

(Win at JMU + Win at Hofstra)*5 = Win at UNC. (Jason Anderson)

Performing well but getting overlooked. Just like their namesake. (Sean McLernon)

6. Virginia Tech

In his apology following his two-game suspension, Hokies' Jeff Allen promises that he "ain't gonna bump no more with no big fat referee." (Bill Fitzgerald)

They made Mike Causey look like Bob Cousy, only with much much longer shorts. (Markus V.)

A win against Virginia followed by a loss to Georgia Tech is like dating Jessica Biel for awhile and then leaving her for Jessica Tandy. (Glenn Arnold)

Lose to Richmond, beat UVA. Is Tim Kaine trying to ballance the budget by fixing hometown basketball games? Mind you, I'm not opposed, better than a car tax. (Briscoe)


On the men's basketball team's home page on UMBC's official athletics Web site, there's a poorly photo-shopped photo of a dog wearing a mortarboard and carrying a diploma in its mouth. It's pretty awesome. (David Larimer)

Is Binghamton the Chaminade of the Atlantic 11? (Andrew Wiseman)

Binghamton plays well at home because all their players are mad that they go to school in Binghamton. (Max Wass)

Sit Ubu sit...good dog. (Chimpanzee Rage)

Three of their seven losses have been by three points or less, which means they should have recruited Dre Smith more aggressively. (Glenn Arnold)

8. Hampton

Beat William & Mary which beat Towson which beat Loyola which beat American which beat Maryland which beat North Carolina. Etc. The transitive property should be renamed "Property that allows any local poll team to conceivably be #1 in the nation this week." (Dan Diamond)

The Pirates arrrrrrrrrgh going to roll through the MEAC. (Markus V.)

Fellow Alumni Rick Mahorn would be proud to see how his old team has progressed over the years. Look for the real HU to pull off another upset over a major school during March Madness. (Grady Bryant)

Mahorn would like your votes.

Five-game win streak has the Pirates feeling "zestangicy." (Bill Fitzgerald)

9. James Madison

Thanks to Dre Day, there are no more lights, or hashbrowns in Harrisonburg. (Natrone Elliott)

10. American

Jeff Jones was so busy preparing for Colgate that he apparently forgot to put the tape from the Maryland game that Roy Williams had requested in the mail. (Scott Allen)

Easy win over Colgate this weekend, which is still struggling in the post Adonal Foyle era, which has been in progress for the last 10 years or so. (Markus V.)

Naturally this means that when AU wins the Patriot league and gets to play UNC in the 16-1 match, they will prevail. (Kevin O'Connor)

Tartar build up turned out to be a non-factor in win over Colgate. (Michael Palan)

After a loss to Bucknell, nine out of ten dentists recommend Colgate. (Max Wass)

I'm not going to make a toothpaste joke. I'm not. Except for this one: After knocking off Colgate, American faces a tough week featuring road games at Crest Tech and Listerine State. (Jason Anderson)

11. William & Mary

Had so many comeback victories last week that George Mason, VCU and Delaware are considering running attack ads before the South Carolina primary. (Adam Anthony)

Failure bonanza leads W&M into the poll. I feel like this has happened before... (Jason Anderson)

Has anyone looked at the Tribe team picture? This has gotta be the whitest team since Kentucky 1966. (Jamie Paquette)

Tribe forward Laimis Kisielius has more 'i's in his name than the state of Mississippi. (Michael Palan)

Linus Pauling >Laimis Kisielius > Linus van Pelt > Scott Van Pelt (Bill Fitzgerald)

If your nickname is the Tribe, are you allowed to start your own casino? (Max Wass)

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2008; 3:31 PM ET
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"Phuc Than"

Posted by: dontcrossmeout | January 23, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to take that as a compliment Dan.

Posted by: The Mayor | January 23, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Pikachu and the banana man up against the DTC?

Now that's a battle for the ages.

Posted by: | January 23, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the "Mayor" of Fed-Ex Field: Is it too late for a recall vote? Or will I be beaten merciless with their golden bat for even suggesting such a thing? Either way long live the wealthy suburbs where else can such greatness be manufactured?

Posted by: 1st and Goal | January 23, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I was self appointed the Mayor of Fed Ex Field, therefore the title can't be taken away from me until I die.

And you better give props to Sterling, Virginia.

Posted by: The Mayor | January 23, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Mayor = Asshat. Shut up already.

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | January 23, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Long live the Mayor of FedEx Field!!!

Posted by: skinsfan44 | January 24, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

What kind of douchebag honestly feels upset when his fandom is questioned? You're taking a lot of things way too seriously Mayor, but unfortunately none of them involves being a grownup.

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