Spare Me the Hype. Just Give me the Opener.

Georgetown Hoyas open the season tonight. (Proof #gazillion of God’s love: Basketball season comes every year.)

Game will be played on an amphibious-assault helicopter ship. Yawn.

Players will wear camies. Big woop. Spare me.

Can’t watch the game on t.v., even if I had a t.v., because college hoops is nothing but a cable-network racket now, and if you don’t pay for premium channels, you can kiss it, no matter how loyal a fan you have been for four decades.

So I would actually be pretty much over this game; I would not give it any nevermind at all. The one thing I hate more than ESPNews is the NBC Sports Network.

But Chvotkin is on the ship, and he’s got his streaming radio info on his Facebook.  And this is the Hoyas season opener.  I’m in.

…And to the Gators fans, and SEC peeps in general, I wish you well. Let us unite in friendship and amity against a common enemy, a loathed, dispicable, can-barely-utter-the-name enemy. The ACC.

May the best team win tonight. Games on boats don’t really count.

The Bad News…

1. Redskins’ season an utter shambles. Becks Grossman and John Rex both stink.

2. World economy hitting the skids, big time, and do we have a leader? ¿Dónde ‘stá?

3. Find myself under the weather with a nasty little headcold.

4. Every assistant football coach in the world will now face the stereotype that they molest boys.

(Oh, wait a minute. Maybe they won’t actually have to deal with such a vicious stereotype. Hmm…)

But the good news:

The great Rich Chvotkin will sound out on the radio at noon on Saturday, calling the Georgetown Hoyas season opener!

Samaritan Well

Perhaps you will find this brief essay for Saturday of the Second Week of Lent interesting, or even edifying–even though it was written by the most annoying person in the world…

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…A little groggy today, since it took the mighty Rams until nearly 1:00 a.m. to send the ‘Noles home to Florida. Robby Robinson took a page from Rich Chvotkin and yelled, “He blocked the shot! He blocked the shot! He blocked the shot!” about seven times, and then “Rams win! Rams win! Rams win!” about twenty times. It was awesome.

…Here’s a homily for the Third Sunday of Lent:

Last week we talked about what salvation is. If you missed last week, I’m sorry. We talked about our father Abraham, Dairy Queen ice-cream treats, Mount Tabor in the Holy Land, and Sophia Loren movies.

Anyway, we do not know yet what heaven is like, but we know that it involves being personally united with God forever.

If we hope to have communion with God in the end, then we probably need to have some kind of communion with Him now, right? Some kind of practice or spring training for the Big Show, so to speak.

Here is an easy question: How do we develop a friendship with the Lord now while we are still here on earth? Easy… You got it: By praying.

Has anyone ever heard of the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Everybody know that the Catechism is divided into four parts, for the four pillars of the Catholic faith?

Part IV of the Catechism concerns prayer. This part of the Catechism begins with the gospel reading about the Samaritan woman at the well.

To pray is like going to a well. Someone who prays opens up his soul to God like a thirsty throat opening up for cool, refreshing water.

When we open up like this, when we go to the well of prayer, we find Christ waiting for us there, like the Samaritan woman did. Upon meeting Him, we discover three amazing things, like the Samaritan woman discovered.

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Rich, Who Won?

In this old clip, he only says “Hoyas win!” twice.

This afternoon, he said it nine times. It was unbelievably AWESOME!!! Yeah, buddy!!!!

We beat UConn soundly at the beginning of last season. But today’s win at the Verizon Center was one of the sweetest ever. The Hoyas are BACK, people!

…Here is a little homily for the Feast of the Baptism of Christ:

After Jesus had been baptized…a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” –Luke 3:21-22

These were the heavenly Father’s words to His Christ. The Son of God had just been baptized—not because He needed to be cleansed, but rather to give us the sacrament.

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Not all it’s cracked up to be

The internet isn’t, that is.

Find ANYTHING on it? I don’t think so.

I defy you to find an English translation of St. Gregory Nazianzen’s Dogmatic Poem V, on Providence. Can’t be done.

Anyway…BIG game this afternoon. 2:00 on Comcast Sportsnet. Chvokin the Great will be calling it on AM 980 and 92.7/94.3 FM.

The Huskies are playing all humble, talking about “going up against Georgetown is like playing Duke or UNC”…”all I can think about is Alonzo Mourning* and Allen Iverson”…Yadda yadda.

What a smokescreen. Give me a break. The visiting Hoyas are playing the PAC-10 champs IN CALIFORNIA. The Hoyas didn’t even get into the NCAA tournament last year, and we got knocked out of the Big East tournament in the first round by St. John’s.

Come on, man. The Hoyas are the underdogs. This game is huge. Root hard.

…Happy Virgin of Guadalupe Day!

*By the way, I was at the Woodrow Wilson High School prom with Alonzo Mourning in 1988. I mean, he wasn’t my date–we were both there. You know what I mean.

Super Bowl? What Super Bowl?

Raphael Nadal
Raphael Nadal
Don’t forget about the Georgetown Hoyas game at Cincinnati this evening.

Once again, it is a Chvotkin special on AM 570 (i.e., not televised). 7:30 p.m.

Will you call me un-patriotic if I admit that I want Federer to beat Andy Roddick (and Nadal to beat Fernando Verdasco) to set up a Federer-Nadal re-match in the Australian Open Finals?

If so, no me importa. Quel dommage.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer
It was hot last summer in Wimbledon, and it will be hot on Sunday in Melbourne (owing to the way the seasons fluctuate in the northern and southern hemispheres).

If it’s a Nadal-Federer re-match, it will be the most interesting sporting event on Sunday, for my money. Of course, the Finals match will be at 3:30 a.m. EST. It will be long over by the time THE GAME begins, Steelers fans, so don’t panic.

Meanwhile, let’s not forget about one of the world’s most beautiful women: Serena! She is also in the hunt for the championship.

See–I am not as unpatriotic as you thought. I may be for the Swiss in the men’s, but I’m for the American in the women’s.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams

December 25?

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Allow me to begin by mentioning that your servant is thoroughly annoyed.

I went to check the time and channel for tonight’s Hoyas game. I discovered to my chagrin that the game will be broadcast on exactly zero t.v. channels.

We live in a world of thousands of channels. We live in a world where channels grow on trees. There are entire channels dedicated to sub-species of Cajun cuisine.

fiuAnd yet the (potentially) epic contest at the Verizon Center this evening will not be broadcast on any of these countless channels–not a single one!

Perhaps certain sports-network executives think that the Hoyas’ game against Florida International will not be very exciting, just because Florida International doesn’t really have any good players.

Best announcer on earth
Best announcer on earth

But these tall foreigners just might roar into Washington and make things interesting. If they do, I guess we will hear it on the radio (AM 570).

But who can really complain? Listening to Voice of the Hoyas Rich Chvotkin is actually better than being at the game!

Let’s move on to our main topic…

Was the Lord Jesus really born on Christmas?

First give a listen to the Christmas proclamation from the official datebook of the Church (the Roman Martyrology).

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