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Hoya Handshakes

DaJuan Summers and Pat Ewing Jr. also have a special handshake, but I'm not sure what it is. (Joel Richardson - TWP).

Pat Ewing Jr., you may have noticed, has developed seven or eight unique handshakes that he dispenses to seven or eight different teammates. Each one is distinct. They're all deployed at the start of the game, during introductions, but also on the bench, and on the court after good plays, and in line at the G'town cafeteria, and whatnot. Jessie Sapp told me that their particular handshake involves eight different maneuvers, and is "too much to explain."

"It's hard to remember man," Ewing agreed. "It's tough sometimes,

"He came to me one day like, 'I've got a handshake just for me and you,' " Sapp told me. "He's got a different one for everybody. I don't know what he's thinking. This is new. Last year we had something totally different. Last year all of us had the same one, this year he gave everybody their own one."

The Ewing-Tyler Crawford shake is some sort of homage to a Dave Chappelle skit. Jeremiah Rivers doesn't yet have a shake but they're trying to think of something; "it's taken us all year," Ewing admitted. "I mean, I've used them all, man."

Jon Wallace, though, declined to have a special Ewing-conceived handshake; "I just keep it simple," he said, "high fives and go about my business."

Other notes:

* The Wash Times's Barker Davis was asking the Hoyas who talks the most in the Big East, and at least one player said it was Ewing. Hibbert said Ewing gets in his head during practice, and "it's not a pretty sight." He said Ewing's specialty is to sing at Hibbert "Got no left, got no left," to the tune of Beyonce's "Irreplaceable."

* Tyler Crawford on Chris Wright's sideline wardrobe choices: "He's got style, he's got taste. The dude looks like a coach."

* Crawford on Jon Wallace: "He just doesn't like scary movies. That's not him. He just doesn't go. Anything like 'Saw,' any type of Hannibal Lecter movie, anything with gore, anything like that he doesn't like."

Hibbert on Wallace: "He's terrified of scary movies. He will not watch a scary movie at all."

Wallace on scary movies: "I just don't do scary movies. I just never was a big horror movie type person. I'm sticking to comedies."

Hibbert on Wallace: "Freshman year we were walking across the Key Bridge, he was afraid of walking across the key bridge. He doesn't like bridges very much."

Wallace on bridges: "I'd rather not. Heights, water, that's not me."

This video is not, sadly, of the introductory handshakes, but it does play on the big screen just before intros.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 14, 2008; 12:21 PM ET
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This year's intro video for Georgetown's home games reminds me of the unfortunate fad in the mid-90's when NBA teams came up with their own rap songs. Anyone else remember "That's the Reason I'm a Bullets Fan"?

Posted by: 2004 Hoya | February 14, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

We are... tough guys in spite of our elevated vocabulary and competitive internship opportunities.

Posted by: | February 14, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

You know it's hard out here for a pre-law....

Posted by: athea | February 14, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Shoot Shoot, Slam Slam, That's the reason I'm a Bullets fan.

Posted by: Johnny | February 14, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

as a gtown student i can attest to ewing actually doing those hand shakes in the lunch line (at least on the rare occasion that i see him)

also, "thats the reason im a bullets fan" is the greatest sports related music video since "the super bowl shuffle"

Posted by: Anonymous | February 14, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

When Pat was in the starting lineup it screwed up the natural order of the handshakes. Coach says he wants Pat as a 6 man for his energy or that Austin was just too good to keep out of the starting lineup, its obviously a bunch of lies. Can't mess with the slaps if we want to go far

Posted by: 1234 | February 14, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Did everyone really have the same one last year? I was a fan of the particular Green-Ewing pre-game stylings.

Posted by: paranoia | February 15, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

No recognition of the Craig Esherick years? Are we just pretending they never happened? (I'm not saying that would be a bad thing . . . )

Why is the song so mellow? Shouldn't it be a little bit more upbeat before a game? It reminds me of when my high school, ranked #2 in the city, used to warm up to Lionel Ritchie, just to mess with opponents' heads. And then go out and destroy them.

Posted by: OD | February 15, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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