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Georgetown banner: ‘Basketball is our religion’

The group of young Georgetown fans dedicated to creating a soccer-style supporters group inside the sometimes sterile Verizon Center took things up a notch from “Traitors and Liars” banners when they unveiled this massive 25′ by 20′ banner before the Marquette game Monday night.

The hooded figures painted and hoisted by the Stonewalls represent St. John’s, Seton Hall, Marquette, DePaul, Villanova and Providence, with the Georgetown figure in the middle. These are the seven basketball programs that are setting off on their own after the Big East’s football-fueled expansion.

“The tifo echoes Georgetown coach John Thompson III’s sentiments that while the schools forming this new league each value their Catholic identity, it is their long tradition of and commitment to basketball that will bond them together,” according to the group’s Web site. “The Stonewalls support these schools’ trailblazing move and want to demonstrate to the sports world that fans of the ‘Basketball 7′ are passionate and excited for this new venture.”

See a slideshow here, and a full gallery of the tifo’s construction here. Second image via @benstandig. Other images by Flickr user katmatsa.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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