Georgetown Mascot-in-Training Drops Out (Updated)

It looks like there will be one fewer Hoya on Georgetown University's campus next year.
The university confirmed today that Jack Jr. or "J.J.", its canine mascot-in-training, will not be returning to campus in the fall.
"J.J.’s caretaker and walkers have worked to orient him to campus and train him for mascot duties," Georgetown spokeswoman Rachel Pugh [...]

The Needle: Alpacas For All Edition

Alpaca Party: Forget the circus and its elephant march—Friday afternoon brought a new kind of four-legged creature to the streets of downtown. A pair of alpacas ("a domesticated species of South American camelid," but you already knew that, right?) joined a protest to kick off the National Occupation of Washington today. Still unclear: Exactly what [...]

The Needle: Better Than Google+ Edition

Metro+: Rush hour on Metrorail is not, for the most part, a pleasant experience. Crowded trains, jammed platforms, occasional delays—it's enough to make you stay at work late just to avoid it all. The transit system is rolling out a new plan to deal with the worst of it, called Rush+, which will expand service [...]

The Needle: Power to the Powerful Edition

Send Me To Jail!: Merely getting arrested for D.C. voting rights doesn't really get you that far in a local election anymore; these days, it's more like the cost of doing business in politics. But Pete Ross, a candidate for D.C. shadow senator, took things a bit further by demanding jail time for a civil [...]

The Needle: Hoya Paranoia Edition

The Beasts Of The Big East: Six weeks ago, the Georgetown Hoyas went to Pittsburgh and got absolutely spanked, 72-60, in a game that wasn't even as close as the final score indicated. Today, in their first Big East tournament game, the Hoyas returned the favor, sending Pitt off to the Atlantic Coast Conference with [...]

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Bayi Rockets: The Video

Video of yesterday's brawl between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets, the professional basketball team sponsored by China's People's Liberation Army, started making its way around the Internet just after the incident. But this version is by far the most amusing.

The Needle: The Real Big East Edition

Hoya Paranoia: Big East basketball is tough—plays that might be called technical fouls in other conferences barely merit a glance from the refs. But that doesn't mean the Georgetown Hoyas were ready for what they got today in China, in the second game of their "goodwill tour." A bench-clearing brawl ended the game in the [...]

The Needle: Montel Williams Edition

Medical Montel: Between infomercials for blenders, financial counseling, and security companies, Montel Williams may soon be busy here in the District. The talk show host is part of a group that's applying for one of the medical marijuana licenses up for grabs; he's the public face of a dispensary in Sacramento, Calif., already. (Williams has [...]

The Needle: Gay Marriage Turns 1 Edition

Happy Anniversary!: One year ago today, the institution of marriage came under a withering assault here in the District, when same-sex unions were first allowed after the mandatory six-day wait for a license (the law took effect March 3). Or at least, so the forces who want to deny a basic human right to people [...]

The Needle: Council Won’t Go Gaga Edition

No Meat Suit for D.C. Council: Behold, the awesome power of sunlight and transparency! Just days ago, D.C. Council members were whining to each other about how they couldn't get free tickets to their luxury suite at the Verizon Center. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the city, some of them also whined to The [...]

Did That Mexican Dude Pull a Freddie Brown?

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Mexico's loss to Argentina in the World Cup had shades of the Georgetown Hoyas' loss to North Carolina in the 1982 NCAA basketball championship game. The play all fans of the losers are going to remember was a flub.
Mexican defender Ricardo Osorio dished off to [...]

The Friday Limerick Review

Behold the new club on the block
For nights when it's dancing o'clock
I hear that the bass
Now that is some serious rock
'bout Rhee there is always some scowling
And Hardy has many folks howling
Now Council proceedings
Take cues from kids' readings
With villainous jabs based on Rowling
Some sunshine, both real and instructive
We citizens find quite [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: Ex-Hoya Brendan Gaughan Provides Excuse to Re-Rehash Georgetown Basketball History?

It's been said by the guy who types Cheap Seats Daily that "Big Threes don't work in Washington basketball."
But the quick and brutal collapse of the Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison regime ever since Arenas got all firearmy with a teammate made us all nostalgic for the serenity of those days when Chris [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: UDC’s Gym, the Finest Place in Town to Take a Dump?

This week for the suddenly revitalized and again adored print version of Washington City Paper, I, um, repurposed a piece about the UDC basketball team having to finish up the season with five players, and sometimes fewer.
For the newspaper, my story is headlined "Four on the Floor." Go pick up a copy! Patronize the advertisers [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: Is Ralph Friedgen Now the NCAA Heavyweight Champ?

We were told last night that President Obama "has taken us beyond black and white in our politics."
Oh, for somebody to do the same for Georgetown basketball!
(Full disclosure: Repeatedly bringing up the role of race in the Hoyas basketball history will only do wonders for the value of my Tom Lang trading card collection. I [...]