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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/16/2011

George Mason players growing their hair

By Dan Steinberg

If there's' one thing that's sure to earn a mention in this space, it's a D.C. athlete, media member, fan, resident, or cousin of an uncle of an arena janitor pledging either to cut or not to cut his or her hair.

And thus, let me present the George Mason basketball team -- winners of 12 straight, hottest team in the country, closing in on an NCAA at-large berth -- and their newest project.

"I told the press I'm not cuttin my hair til our winning streak is over," Ryan Pearson tweeted Tuesday night, after someone suggested he needs to get cleaned up. See above.

"#masonBball is about to be looking ROUGH for a while, no haircuts until we get this chip..." Paris Bennett tweeted Wednesday morning.

"lol im cutting my hair before we leave for our next game. Lol cant handle it nomore.lmao," Andre Cornelius wrote, perhaps putting an element of disunity into what should be a glorious day of unified growth.

I mean, you win three more games and start getting some noticeable ROUGH looks, and this hair will become a national storyline. I'm telling you.

Pearson, by the way, asked two more vital questions on Twitter in recent days.

1) What more do we have to do get ranked n the top25?

2) Anybody knows what the weather is like in Northern Iowa this weekend?

By Dan Steinberg  | February 16, 2011; 11:07 AM ET
Categories:  College Basketball, George Mason  
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I take exception with one of your comments above: "closing in on a NCAA at-large berth". I think they have the CAA automatic berth locked up right now. VCU is fading at warp speed and ODU is calling it in for most of their games (shot only ~35% last night, yet still won by 17). Those are the only two teams that have a shot at taking down GMU in the tournament. Maybe Hofstra (tied for 2nd with the other two above) or JMU (a rival of GMU) but they aren't exactly going out there ans shining either.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | February 16, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins play in a 32-team league, in which they consistently produce the highest team salary in the NFL. They finished the 2010 season ranked 23rd out of 32. The closest they've been to a championship in 19 years was advancing to the quarter-finals.

The Patriots - a mid-major program - play in a 345-team league that is consistently dominated by the 60+ BCS programs. Their current RPI is 21st out of 345. The closest they've been to a championship in 19 years was advancing to the semi-finals.

20 years ago, the Redskins were winning Super Bowls. George Mason's school logo was its name written in Times New Roman.


Posted by: jmorrisa | February 17, 2011 1:14 AM | Report abuse

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