Coupled with the seemingly daily changes to the Big East conference, Georgetown athletics faces perhaps its most difficult and unclear era. However, for the football program, that could signal the restart of continued progress.
And so, with his second Super Bowl and subsequent MVP award under his belt, the question isn’t whether Eli is better than his brother Peyton, or even better than Tom Brady. The answer to those question remains a resounding and unequivocal no. The real question should be how long we, as fans, should wait to judge a quarterback’s legacy.
At the beginning of this season, football experts looked at the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants and immediately wrote both off as pretenders, saying that no one in the right mind would pick either to win their division or capture a Wild Card spot. And honestly, who could blame those experts?
The nuclear winter that almost came out of the NBA lockout could have been the most devastating occurrence in the league’s history. Just a short time ago, it was looking like the NBA was going to suffer a fate similar to that of the NHL in 2004, when the hockey league missed out on an entire season.
After witnessing just two wins in 2008, the Georgetown football faithful had to be confident that things could not get any worse in 2009. Then the unthinkable happened: the Hoyas lost every game on the schedule, finishing the season at a hopeless 0-11. At the time, few could have foreseen the turn of fortune that lay ahead.
This season, the Hoyas’ hopes hinge on seniors Jason Clark and Henry Sims, players that were viewed four years ago as nice complementary pieces in a consensus top-ten recruiting class. The star of that group was a smooth, sweet-passing, program-changing big man from Louisiana—current Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe.
Since their magical run to the 2007 Final Four, the Hoyas have entered each preseason burdened by expectations. Analysts and fans have tempered their excitement a bit after four years of first-round tournament exits, but this year’s squad maintains its confident attitude—they expect to win.
In the midst of last weekend’s snow, the Georgetown football team (7-2, 3-1 Patriot League) defeated Holy Cross for the second straight season with a 19-6 victory. The Hoyas won playing smash-mouth football, rushing for 220 yards and recovering five fumbles on the afternoon.