Morning Pixels: When the Hoyas closed Manley Field House

February 25, 2013

When Georgetown finished off Syracuse Saturday evening during the Hoyas’s final Big East trip to the Carrier Dome, every Hoyas fan of a certain age immediately thought about the final Manley Field House game.

John Thompson’s post-game quote — “Manley Field House is officially closed” — has to make the short list of iconic quotes in D.C. college basketball history. His son, of course, referenced it on Saturday; “I’m sure you guys are waiting for a Manley Field House-type of statement; you’re not going to get it,” he told reporters.

So I finally went back and read The Post’s next day coverage from that building-closing game 33 years ago. Amazingly, that wasn’t even the first quote used in the game story. Here’s Mark Asher’s story:

Georgetown’s cardiac Hoyas battled back from 21 percent first-half shooting tonight [to] upset Syracuse, 52-50, on Eric Floyd’s two free throws with five seconds to play.

This was the finale in Manley Field House, and supporters of the nationally second-ranked Orangemen started singing Auld Lang Syne when their team led by 15 points with 14 minutes to play. Syracuse’s 58th straight home-court victory appeared well in hand.

“We heard, and we’ve heard before,” Georgetown center Ed Spriggs said. “The game isn’t over till the buzzer goes off.”

And, when the buzzer went off, Louie Orr’s desperation 30-footer had bounced off the rim.

“Manley Field House is officially closed,” Georgetown Coach John Thompson said a few minutes later. May it rest in peace.

And so on. Here’s the Sports front, featuring John Feinstein on Maryland, David DuPree on the Bullets and Len Shapiro on Lake Placid.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* A1 story on Nats fans at Spring Training. “Sales of travel packages have jumped more than 200 percent over last year as more Nats fans have vied to get a head start on 2013.”

* Maske explores what would actually have to happen if the Redskins wanted to change their team name, which they don’t.

* Bradley Beal is emerging as a team leader and star.

* Adam Oates saw Ovi’s breakout coming.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Nats prospect Anthony Rendon has a high opinion of Davey Johnson:

“I can’t say no to the dude.”

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards are in Toronto at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. The Orioles host the Yankees at 1 on MASN. All TV/Radio listings are here.

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT

Another photo of Jayson Werth at the Daytona 500. See more here. Via Nats Enquirer and @recordsANDradio.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

Just Niles Paul, with yet another string of possibly offensive but mildly amusing award-show tweets.

WORRY IN RGIII’S CAMP?

Out of nowhere, amid widespread headlines of optimism and hope, comes this story from Yahoo’s Jason Cole about some worries in the RGIII camp. “The feeling from some of those close to Griffin is that both the team – which took great criticism for allowing Griffin to play through injury in the playoffs against Seattle – and others around Griffin will put undue pressure on him to return too quickly and risk reinjuring the knee.”

IKEA’S HORSEY MEATBALLS

“Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.” I still say Ikea has the world’s best breakfast, even if it turns out to be made out of cardboard and caterpillar brains.

HENRY ROLLINS ON THE REDSKINS

Is Henry Rollins a Skins fan? “I live in L.A.,” he told Hogs Haven.

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