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Monday, March 26, 2007

JT III: Chokes Out UNC

John Thompson III took a page out of the UFC submissions book. Applying a strangle so tight, Roy Williams and his young Heels choked up; and tapped out.

UNC is unquestionably one of, if not THE, most talented assemblages of players in the nation. A group of high school all-americans and future lottery picks that, honestly, no other roster in the country can match. But the Georgetown Hoyas toed the line and showed that they unquestionably are the best TEAM in the country right now.

Brother JTIII led his troops into battle against royalty. The tradition rich Tarheels, boasting a history that can only be contested by the likes of Kentucky and Kansas. Some would argue UCLA. But, although the Bruins had that incredible 12 year run, they simply don't measure up in totality. Georgetown is a team that was at the top of the hoops world for a short period of time in the '80s, but certainly can't be considered royalty. More a working class program that has had some nice highs over the years. But the JTIII led lieges rolled up their sleeves and didn't let the blue blood and name brand roster prevent them from playing their style of ball.

While UNC was able to impose their will and tempo for the first half, they never could shake the Hoyas. And more importantly, the determined eyes set in the basset hound face of JTIII conveyed his confidence and assuredness to his team. The Negro coach knew that his team was absorbing all the power the Tar Heels had; yet, they were still standing toe to toe.

Belief and commitment in mission and ideals. Confidence in family (team). Pride in self. Unwavering leadership. Those are the things that lead one to a righteous existence. Those are the things JTIII provides and instills in his team. Those are the things mere talent can't defeat.

The Georgetown basketball team is back. Once again an HBCU. More than a sports team. A source of pride for Negroes that understand that, although the University itself is made up of a privileged white constituency, those same people rely on the team for their sense of self worth.

A group of alumni in prestigious jobs and institutions. A group of wealthy white people. A group that feels good about themselves and about Georgetown because of what these spirited and determined young Negroes, led now by JTIII, accomplish with one mind, one heart, one soul.

A group of people who will probably write a little heavier gift check to the University this year.

12 comments:

the butler said...

I must say I was surprised UNC let that game slip away...here's to vain hope that somehow that loss will cause Brandon Wright to desire a Sophomore year of revenge. That boy is a beast! I wonder how much he would have dominated had he been in Durant's shoes this year.

If my Memphis Grizzlies end up getting shafted out of one of the top 3 picks in this year's Draft, I'll murder David Stern.

Unsilent Majority said...

As a loyal reader of NOIS and a resident (not a student) of Georgetown I feel compelled to remind you of such notable alumni as Pearl Bailey, Malcolm Lee (director of Undercover Brother!), and Amerie.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

" I feel compelled to remind you of such notable alumni as Pearl Bailey, Malcolm Lee (director of Undercover Brother!), and Amerie"

Sir, we appreciate the mentions of a few of the noteable Negro graduates of Georgetown.

But those mentioned are simply akin to those few and minuscule dark specks of vanilla bean that one sees congealed in a drum of vanilla ice cream.

Amerie is quite doable.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"That boy is a beast!"

Sir, we saw some flashes of the beast within young Brandan.

However, his was an inconsistant season. Several games thoroughly exposed his need for physical strengthening.

A recent visit to Chapel Hill disclosed that, thus far, Wright and Hansbrough have privately assured the staff they will not be leaving.

Of course, that is subject to change.

The HCIC said...

Lily white? You know I went to Georgetown, right? Oh, and come see me in Atlanta with your backhanded compliments to my team. You'll be the one in the bow tie, right?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Lily white? You know I went to Georgetown, right? "

Ma'am, we stand corrected. Georgetown is a rainbow coalition of students. It is a testament to diversity.

See our reference to the specks of vanilla bean in the drum of vanilla ice cream. YOU were a speck.

If I'm going to a game, I'll dress for comfort. I'll be in a crushed velour Fila sweat suit. Probably lime green.

Steve said...

Yep, good ole Roy is back. I guess he forgot what a timeout was at the end of that game, or maybe he didn't call one because he didn't want his players to know he had NO IDEA what to do.

I hope he sent Matt Daughtery a thank you card and offered up his wife. Because 05 is not going to happen again.

Unsilent Majority said...

HCIC, we have the same favorite book...not so sure about movies.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I guess he forgot what a timeout was at the end of that game"

Sir, are you sure UNC had a timeout left?

ben said...

"Sir, are you sure UNC had a timeout left?'

Roy called the TO that set up the awesome play getting Ellington that jumper. He should have drawn up a play for Duke Ellington and had him play his trumpet.

And then you get more timeouts once overtime starts...it's in the rulebook.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Roy called the TO that set up the awesome play getting Ellington that jumper"

Sir, I'm lost in the logic. If he called a timeout to set a play...why is Steve faulting him for not calling a time out at the end?

If the complaint is that he drew up a crappy play. Ok. But what is the beef with NOT calling a time out....when he DID call a time out. Help me here?

Anonymous said...

UNC sucks...and let's leave it at that.