Some Notes

hoyas scarlet knights

Question of the day:

Somehow our ESPN got switched to Spanish. Should we call the cable company to fix it? …Or should we just save time and learn Spanish?

…I must say “Downton Abbey” offered the viewer a rare pleasure when Phoebe Nicholls appeared in the Christmas special as the Marchioness of Flintshire. She has aged very gracefully since portraying young Cordelia in Brideshead Revisited in the 80’s and Elizabeth Elliot in Persuasion in the 90’s.

Phoebe NichollsHowever: I do think this Christmas special ran roughshod over peoples’ nerves. Ending the season with arbitrary death? I cry foul. Especially since last years’ special inspired so many consoling reflections on God’s grace.

…The most important thing we need to discuss, though, is of course the Georgetown Hoyas.

Beating Cincinnati on Friday night meant the end of a two-year Bearcats curse. The sky is now the limit. A truly epic Big-East regular-season finale lies before us.

First, we must beat DePaul. Then…the ‘cuse. Two games against the Orange in two weeks.

What? Yes.

Will we lose them both? Probably. Could we win them both? Is the Pope Catholic? (at least until February 28th at 8:00 pm Rome time?)

Of course, smack dab in the middle of all this super-high-level intensity: a Saturday-night contest (March 2nd) against the venerable, the respectable, the eye-of-the-tiger-flashing Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Just because they are called the Scarlet Knights does not mean they are not tough.)

And who, pray tell, will be present at the sure-to-be-mega-epic Saturday-night Verizon-Center contest? A game that could set the stage for a Hoyas Big-East championship and Final-Four run?

Yes! That’s right! The parish cluster of Frank’n’Hank Counties, Virginny, represented by a busload of young people and their unworthy pastor! Bring on the noise, peeps. We are stepping into some serious Big-East-basketball drama.

2 thoughts on “Some Notes

  1. Father Mark,

    May I respectfully suggest learning Spanish? It may not add much to your understanding of the game (which is already outstanding), but the language has an almost lyrical lilt; and the announcers love to scream very loudly every time “their” team scores.

    In God we trust.



  2. Just briefly:
    I never watch ESPN with the volume on so it matters not.
    As for DA….not sure that I’m ready to even speak about it yet.
    Woot! Go Hoyas!

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