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Georgetown's T-Shirt Gun

This is what I get for having lasted 'til February without going to a Georgetown game: I've completely missed the school's new Gatling T-Shirt Gun, bringing the excitement of branded cloth swag to 400 levels across the nation. My friend and neighbor Dave McKenna ably chronicled the gun's arrival onto the Hilltop:

According to Mike "Mex" Carey, spokesperson for Georgetown's athletic department, his school became enamored with the T-Shirt Gatling Gun last year after seeing it during a men's basketball road trip to Marquette. This season, Georgetown became one of 16 teams to use the rapid-fire implement to fire up its crowds.

[Creator Todd] Scheel, 45, wouldn't get into the technology behind the T-Shirt Gatling Gun, saying that he "didn't want to help out the competition." But he promises that no matter how edgy the T-Shirt Gatling Gun appears, it's not unsafe.

"Some people asked us why it looks like a second-year shop project," he says, "but that's intentional. We're going for that Mad Max look, stripped down where you see the barrels spin, you see the shirts shooting out."

Any implication that D.C. college basketball is in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world was strictly accidental. But man, this is cool.

And now, last week's extra Atlantic 11 pith.

1. VCU

I don't even know anymore. (Max Wasserman)

We have reached the point of saturation. Every conceivable Eric Maynor joke has been used during his 10 years at VCU. I got nothin'. Sorry. (Markus Videnieks)

Between the black and gold uniform, the soft hands, and the perfect footwork, I was convinced Eric Maynor caught the Super Bowl-winning touchdown. (Scott Allen)

Has anyone ever won something this prestigious only by the virtue of not completely sucking? Besides you, Mr. Dilfer. (Jack Lambert)

The cream always rises to the top. In this analogy the Atlantic 11 is a bucket of milk. As long as the Milk isn't from those "happy cows" in California, that's probably about right. (Jake Leffler)

Rush Limbaugh is rooting against the Rams because that whole Commonwealth thing sounds a little bit too much like socialism for his liking. (John Albers)

Well, we've gotten to the point where close losses are seen as a positive thing. Shocker that this voter is a Redskins fan. (Christopher Ring)

2. Virginia Tech

Heavy is the head that wears the Atlantic 11 crown. (Scott Allen)

After some soul searching Seth Greenberg decided to go back to his strategy of losing close games. (Matt Holohan)

Hokies adapting Arkansas' famed "40 Minutes of Hell" into "39:59, Then Hell." (Matt Bonesteel)

3. Georgetown

If Georgetown loses another game, what will its students burn? Abercrombie and Fitch catalogs? Trust funds? Will Foxhall Road become Route 1, NW? (Bill Fitzgerald)

Maybe it's a good thing there isn't an annual Maryland-Georgetown rivalry, as both teams are getting that Pacino-De Niro in Righteous Kill feel to them. (Jack Lambert

Soon to be heard from JTIII, "What's that? Ah -- NCAA Tournament? Don't talk about -- the Tournament? You kidding me? Tournament? I just hope we can win a game!" (Chris Bocquet)

I'll put the same effort into this pith that Georgetown puts into their games. (Jake Leffler)

4. VMI

For their work leading the Keydets to the top of the Big South, the Holmes brothers got write-ups in a couple of small-readership publications, including the Farmville (Va.) Herald and ESPN the Magazine. (Max Wasserman)

Thanks to VMI's scheduler, we all learned that Southern Virginia is more than just a recruiting territory for Virginia Tech. (Chris Fish)

Win over NAIA Southern Virginia doesn't county toward Keydets' RPI. Frankly, neither should that win over Virginia. (Matt Bonesteel)

Which is worse for your RPI, beating Southern Virginia or losing to Virginia? (Bill Fitzgerald)

If they keep winning at this pace, they might work themselves up to a 15 seed! (Markus Videnieks)

5. George Mason

At Coach Larranaga's website, not only can you learn about the World Ball Project, but you'll be treated to an instrumental version of Tupac's "All Eyez on Me." (John Albers)

Mason couldn't respond to the pressure of having a Feinstein column written about them. Other things that are too intimidated by Feinstein to be successful -- combs. (Markus Videnieks)

I'm not sure which was worse, the loss to ODU or the fact that the AP called George Mason the "Colonials" in its initial writeup. (Matt Bonesteel)

6. Maryland

Sources inside the Maryland athletic department have documents proving that Gary Williams cannot be credited with last weekend's win against Miami. (Bill Fitzgerald)

After watching the Super Bowl introductions, Greivis Vasquez immediately considered transferring to Ike Taylor's alma mater, Swagger U. But instead he decided to take a contested three-pointer with 29 seconds left on the shot clock. (Chris Chase)

Paranoia reigns in College Park, as Gary Williams thinks Georgetown is tanking games to hurt the Terps' RPI. (Devin Perry)

Gary Williams probably regrets some of those things he said recently. And maybe he shouldn't have shown up to the athletic department banquet wearing that "I'm With Stupid" T-shirt. (David Larimer)

Gary, the phrase "You can't teach height" does not mean tall people are stupid and therefore you should not recruit them. (John Albers)

Does Chris Knoche's description of Jin Soo Kim as part folk hero and part rock star make him a combination of Exree Hipp and Viktor Tsoi? (Mat Holohan)

Gary gets back in good graces of Maryland students by letting them burn the couch from his rumpus room after Miami win. (Matt Bonesteel)

7. American

Garrison Carr's game is a lot like Garrison Keillor's radio show, only less Lutheran. (Bill Fitzgerald)

[Holds envelope to head] Riley Grafft. [Opens envelope] What do you call the painful skin abrasions you feel after reading a front-page column on (Max Wasserman)

8. Liberty

Won last weekend despite Seth Curry shooting a woeful 25% from the floor. Note: 25% is still a higher percentage than Virginia Tech was in scholarship offers to Curry boys. (Markus Videnieks)

The Big South final could have a huge say as to which team finishes No. 6 in Atlantic 11. (Matt Bonesteel)

At last, Liberty has achieved what Jerry Falwell set out to accomplish when he founded the institution: wins over UNC Asheville and High Point. Who says dreams don't come true? (Christopher Ring)

9. Old Dominion

Because Virginia wouldn't deserve a spot in this poll if it were the Atlantic 21. (Scott Allen)

It's a good thing I don't cover ODU basketball, because I would begin my every interaction with Blaine Taylor by saying, "I mustache you a question." (David Larimer)

10. Mount St. Mary's

The red-hot Mountaineers stretched their win streak to eight by beating Wagner, which I believe is a company that makes vacuum cleaners, and Quinnipiac, which is a type of clam. (David Larimer)

Wore 1962 throwbacks during eighth straight win. You know, 1962, when a stamp cost 4 cents, "Moon River" was record of the year and Jim Phelan was only 81 years old. (Matt Bonesteel)

11. Navy

The Midshipmen hit the Veazey button against Colgate and were rewarded with 17 points.

Also Receiving Pith

Morgan State: In the latest Bracketology, Lombardi matches 16th seeded Morgan State against Duke. Maryland fans everywhere applaud. (Briscoe)

Virginia: Quick Joke - On a beautiful spring day, Dave Leitao, Gary Williams, and Karl Hobbs walk into a building. At the unemployment office. (Briscoe)

James Madison: Madison was the shortest president, which can't be a good omen for the basketball program at his namesake university. This phenomenon may also explain the ineptitude of the William Howard Taft swim team. (Chris Chase)

Radford: Sportsline lists Lazar Trifunovic's home country as Serbia-Montenegro. CBS obviously hasn't been keeping up with international news the last few years. (Max Wasserman)

Richmond: Scoring only 13 points in the first half against Temple this week, UR set college basketball back 80 years... which coincidentally is the average age of the fans at Richmond home games. (Chris Fish)

George Washington: Gardner-Webb has now replaced George Washington as the most feared GWU you can have on your schedule. (Tim Hanson)

William & Mary: You know things are getting tough here in Williamsburg when you're hearing "Man, we could really use Chris Stratton right about now." (Jack Lambert)

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 7, 2009; 10:48 AM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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They need to load it up with these babies.

Posted by: twoeightnine_ | February 7, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Dear Lord - it's only a matter of time before they make the mistake of wheeling that bad boy outside the Phone Booth after a game and get taken out by a Secret Service sniper...

Posted by: jhorstma | February 7, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Man, with that puppy the Nat Pack might have been able to reach the upper decks at RFK. Ah, what might have been...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 7, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Ha that was a good one Jack. Well played sir.

Posted by: chrisstratton | February 8, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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