Local Poll Week V: Mumble Mumble Mumble
The biggest enemy of sporting enterprises, from teams to media outlets, is boredom. If you're in the entertainment biz, and you're stuck in a rut of rotting repetition, then what's the point?
What I'm saying is, the Atlantic 11 needs something. A quintuple overtime thriller between GW and American this week. Virginia Tech losing to Columbia. One-win Howard winning the back-end of its bizarre home-and-home with Oregon State. Longwood joining the ACC. Something.
Because five weeks in, we're already facing boredom. This week's rankings were identical to last week's with just one exception: George Washington moved up to ninth, on the strength of that impressive home win over Harvard, and Virginia slid down one spot.
No. 1 Georgetown was unanimous. No. 2 Maryland was nearly unanimous. No. 3 Virginia Tech wasn't punished for losing at Georgia, presumably because voters aren't ready to reward George Mason. Me, I say Liberty deserves to be No. 3, for variety's sake if nothing else. Plus, we've already shed like 50 percent of our voters. I'm thinking about selling these unused D.C. voting slots to Philly fans on Craigslist.
Rankings after the jump; pith to follow shortly.
1. Georgetown (7-1) 620 (62)
--Next: Saturday vs. Mount St. Mary's.
--Had to go into overtime to bring down a John Calipari coached team. Remember a time when all it took was cash? (Jack Lambert)
2. Maryland (7-2) 553
--If the Redskins' defense makes Greg Blache feel like Forest Gump's mother, I wonder what Maryland's big men make Gary Williams feel like. (Devin Perry)
3. Virginia Tech (6-4) 382
--Next: Saturday vs. Columbia.
--Dorenzo Hudson one-upped the Iraqi shoe-throwing journalist Sunday by going 0-3 from the field. (Markus Videnieks)
4. George Mason (6-2) 373
--Next: Friday vs. Radford.
--You might be a mid-major if...your next three games are against the Highlanders, the Green Wave, and the Flyers. (Brian Bald)
5. VCU (6-3) 351
--Next: Wednesday vs. Akron, Saturday at Oklahoma.
--Actually plays longtime rival residing in own city, unlike a certain team whose name rhymes with Borgebown. (Matt Bonesteel)
6. Liberty (6-2) 334
--Next: Tonight vs. Anderson, Wednesday at DePaul, Friday at Saint Louis.
--Seth Curry did not play this week, but he aced his finals, prompting academic departments heads at Harvard, Princeton and MIT to ask their admissions officers why they did not recruit him more heavily. (Bill Fitzgerald)
7. VMI (8-2) 234
--Next: Sunday at Army.
--Beat Southern Wesleyan, better known as Wesleyan's cousin school that they don't talk about. (Max Wass)
8. Navy (8-2) 169
--Next: Saturday at Canisius.
--Mount St. Mary's win makes them 8-2 this year, 1-0 against teams that made the NCAA Tourney last year, and 1-0 against teams that barely made the NCAA Tourney last year. (Paul Campbell)
9. George Washington (4-2) 132
--Next: Wednesday vs. No. 11 American.
--Karl Hobbs's substitution patterns confuse even the kids from Harvard. (John Albers)
10. Virginia (3-3) 104
--Next: Wednesday vs. Longwood, Saturday vs. Auburn.
--How long before Craig Littlepage decides not to extend Leitao's contract as well? (Ben Shlesinger)
11. American (4-4) 47
--Next: Wednesday at No. 9 George Washington, Saturday at UMBC.
--Kinda feels like Jeff Jones and the boys are sitting at Holsten's diner right now, doesn't it? (Christopher Ring)
Also receiving votes: Richmond 25, Old Dominion 24, UMBC 18, Mount St. Mary's 10, Hampton 5, Towson 5, Radford 3, James Madison 2, William & Mary 2, Longwood 1, Norfolk State 1.
December 15, 2008; 3:52 PM ET
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