Morning Pixels: John Thompson on the Big East pimps

Say this about Georgetown’s rivalry-closing smash of Syracuse Saturday at Verizon Center; it produced many great quotes from some pretty important Hoyas. Here are two.

Ted Leonsis, a member of the school’s board of directors, writing on his blog:

Goodbye, Orangemen. Georgetown closed out your old arena, closed out the final series with a sweep, and gets to continue to play in a newly constructed Big East – the real Big East. I think Syracuse will be sorry that they made this move and will miss playing against Georgetown.

And JTIII’s dad, John Thompson Jr., came up with a particularly flavorful metaphor for the school’s former rivals. Via Fox Sports:

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that it had to happen. We were tied together at the hip. We took a chance, just as they did. What they did was let football pimp us…Football came into the league, utilized our popularity and then destroyed the league. That makes me angry.”

And via ESPN.com:

He called the football schools that caused the fracture of the Big East “pimps,” saying “They came in and used us and left us. Who does that? A pimp,” and sent out the line that Georgetown fans had been waiting for. “We officially closed Syracuse,” he said, paraphrasing his classic line that started this bitter rivalry, “and now we kiss them goodbye.”

Can’t wait until this rivalry resumes next….oh. Right.

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* Alex Ovechkin gets dinged for costly back-to-back penalties, and the Caps lose at home.

* Terps lose a tough one at Virginia; Virginia gets a must-win against the Terps.

* George Mason suffers a horrific loss in the CAA semifinals.

* Seth Greenberg is a rising star at ESPN.

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Ovechkin isn’t thrilled with some recent calls against his team:

“Of course some refs don’t like some personalities on our team, but anyway, you have to respect us. We’re emotional, we’re in the game. When we say something bad to linesmen or bad to referees, we can’t give them two minutes when they yell at me or they yell at coaches or yell somebody. It’s kind of position when they have to give us a break.”

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Nothing local. Get ready, though. The next couple weeks will be busy. Read a novel tonight. All TV/Radio listings are here.

 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

Roger Bernadina replaces “Shark Attack” with “Dutch attack” during the World Baseball Classic.

 

VIDEO OF THE NIGHT

Davey Johnson and Bryce Harper combine to give a little kid something to remember. Or his parents, anyhow. Via the Nexus.

 

D.C. SPORTS LEAGUES BOOMING

The dark side of gentrification and a booming economy in D.C., via Capital Business: “Sports leagues — ranging from inner tube water polo (hosted by the Arlington Athletic & Social League) and dodge ball (Zog Sports D.C.) to more traditional activities such as softball and kickball — have become a multimillion dollar industry in the Washington area….The transient nature of Washington, coupled with the many Type A personalities that flock to the region, has created the perfect environment for competitive, organized activities.” Including Jenga.

 

ANOTHER RESTAURANT OPENING NEAR NATS PARK

The chef of the Park Tavern, a few blocks from Nats Park, says they’ll be open before Opening Day. Two years from now that area will be unrecognizable.

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