How could I not fall back on Rhino for number one? If you can’t be IN the Verizon Center to watch a game in DC or are looking for the best place to order some wings and pitchers for an away game, you cannot beat the atmosphere in Rhino. This is the Georgetown watering hole, and one of the best sports bars in Washington! There are flatscreen TV’s all over the place, projectors, pool tables, and masses of Hoyas everywhere! Pitchers are $8 and wings are 25 cents for all NCAA games on Saturdays. In fact if you make it to Rhino when the team has a night off- you may very well find them there relaxing
I ventured to Philadelphia last spring to catch the Gtown vs. Nova game and got to experience first hand the thrill of upsetting a conference rival on their own turf! As long as fans are respectful- there is not a better feeling in the world.
See the hilites from that game!
Thanks to the Georgetown Club of Metropolitan New York, I have found these places to meet up with my friends from Georgetown and watch the games! Both bars hold game watch events with drink specials, and the crowd is always a blast!
These are great events for both young and older alumni to congregate in support of our team!
I would recommend ear plugs. My mother has turned into the biggest Georgetown fan I know to the point where she cries if we lose, and she cries if we win. I only wish I lacked the decency, and shared with you some of the ridiculous text messages and phone calls I get during games. She will make your head spin. We have a pretty big couch- so come on down!
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The Civil War had a profound affect on the students and administration of Georgetown. After the war, the school adopted the traditional blue and grey as the official colors we know today. The school’s motto in latin Utraque Unum or “both in one” inspired school officials to adopt the blue from the uniform of Union soldiers and the grey from the uniform of Confederate soldiers. This decision promoted unity throughout the country. Our uniforms still bear these mighty colors today!
Few schools are lucky enough to have a live mascot on campus, and Georgetown is one of them! Meet Jack the Bulldog- who lived on the 4th floor of my dorm freshman year with one of the Jesuits in Residence
Students are able to apply for a spirit program to walk Jack during the week, and escort him to make appearances at school events including… every home basketball game! His fixation with cardboard and plastic water bottles has spawned one of my favorite traditions! Although Jacks come and go throughout the years like students, our Jack will always be remembered in my heart for EAT THAT BOX!
Another fan favorite tradition is to worship JTIII in any appropriate way shape or form! This has evolved into several chants at games holding the #3 up on your fingers… and a lot of really cool t-shirts
Ah the music stylings of the Georgetown Hoyas! As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, every true Hoya knows how important Bruce Channel’s legendary “Hey! Baby” (as made famous by Dirty Dancing). You will know you are in Hoya territory when this song erupts at random on the streets and in the bars!
But nothing beats the tried and true original Georgetown fight song.
It’s been so long since last we met,
Lie down forever, lie down;
Or have you any money to bet,
Lie down forever, lie down.
There goes old… Georgetown
Straight for a… touchdown
See how they… gain ground
Lie down forever, lie down,
Lie down forever, lie down.”
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Hurrah for Georgetown
Cheer for victory today
‘Ere the sun has sunk to rest,
In the cradle of the west
In the clouds will proudly float
The Blue and Gray.”
We’ve heard those loyal fellows up at Yale
Brag and boast about their Boola-Boola
We’ve heard the Navy yell
We’ve listened to Cornell
We’ve heard the sons of Harvard tell
How Crimson lines could hold them
Choo Choo, Rah Rah, dear old Holy Cross
The proud old Princeton tiger
Is never at a loss
But the yell of all the yells,
The yell that wins the day
Is the ‘HOYA, HOYA SAXA!’
Of the dear old Blue and Gray.
HOYA SAXA, HOYA SAXA, HOYA SAXA!
Many people ask this question, but the answer lies in the building blocks of the university… really. As the story goes, John Carroll and The Jesuits that first built Georgetown after the American Revolution were working on the cornerstones of the university building. On one of the large stones, one of them had written “hoya saxa”, which is Latin literally translates to “what rock”. Although this version of the origin may be slightly embellished, it is the popular truth on campus, and we must simply all admit that a Hoya is really a “what”, but the HOYA SAXA cheer has become WHAT ROCKS (we do, duh).
One of my favorite traditions at Georgetown, has become an urban myth of sorts… although I have met a few parental alumni who claim they had something to do with the last incident! Once upon a time it was tradition for overzealous and possible inebriated Georgetown seniors, to scaled the Healy Hall clock tower- and steals the hands off the face of the clock! A couple of weeks later the missing hands would show up in Rome, in a package addressed to the Pope! Maybe no one in my time at Georgetown is quite that brave (or foolish) to get up to the tower, but I am hoping that one day the this tradition is resurrected! Read the article about the last culprits in 2005.
Wish a legendary movie had been filmed at your alma mater? Well, the original Exorcist film was shot at Georgetown. Today you can see students working out or shotgunning beers on the famed Exorcist steps that lead down from Prospect St to M Street next the Car Barn.
Pretty Spooky huh?
Rumor has it, that other places on Georgetown’s campus have REAL supernatural power. Campus legend has it that one of highest rooms in Healy Hall was blocked off and sealed in the 1960′s because an actual exorcism took place in it! Think its true? There are two cemeteries on campus… Either way I would never want to be a Syracuse fan walking alone through the grounds at night! Every Halloween the school provides a huge screening of the Exorcist on Copley Lawn.
But The Exorcist is not the only form of film to feature Georgetown…
Before I left Georgetown, I made sure to establish a couple traditions of my own amongst my friends. Aside from Homecoming, visiting the monuments, and GEORGETOWN DAY- which I have written about previously, Gtown offered me many opportunities to forge my own traditions.
Since I can’t give away ALL of our secrets, but here are a couple of my favorites!
Perhaps the most fun I had all of college… there is a tradition amongst our friend passed down from an older sibling that once before graduation, you must take a day senior year to try and frequent every bar within a square mile of Georgetown! It is the ultimate Hoya pub crawl! My friends and I decided to give it a try for the last girl to turn 21 and wow- definitely a tradition worth testing!
Run for Rigby is an organization run by Georgetown students to raise fire safety awareness in response to the tragic passing of a beloved Georgetown Student in 2004. Each year students organize a 5K run and charity ball to honor Daniel Rigby. It is a beautiful way to remember a life lost too early, and raise money through a student run organization to promote awareness on the Georgetown campus. Many of my friends and I worked to help Friends of Rigby all four years at school!
Please visit http://www.friendsofrigby.org/ for more information
One of the only steeplechase races you can go to- and never see a horse! Just outside of the University of Virginia’s campus, the Foxfields Race Course hosts a magical day of springtime delight that is a must for Georgetown students! My friends and I always arranged a charter bus and spent the whole day under a tent in the infield enjoying champagne and sun hats. This is an annual tradition not to be missed.
I think their pancakes are lucky?
Of course this car has to be Georgetown Hoyas colors. The Seville grey metallic would be my standard finish of choice… however… if this is the ULTIMATE Georgetown Volvo S60 then I would have to opt for a custom paint job! I would get a midnight navy blue with a bit of sparkle (which was also the color of the union soldiers‘ uniforms, whom Lincoln address on campus during the civil war). The interior would be a deep rock grey with perforated leather upholstery. I love the metal accents on the 2012 Volvo because it matches perfectly with the Georgetown colors! I would however replace the standard 18 inch Ixion alloy wheels with some really really matte black 20 inch RIMS. People do not mess with matte black rims… just like teams should know better than to mess with the Hoyas!
I am going to add all three packages to make my Volvo UNSTOPPABLE in any sort of weather because everyone knows anything can happen during the months of the Big East basketball season!
The climate package includes heated seats which I must have to toast my buns after a long tailgate for basketball or before I face the frigid Syracuse winter before the Hoyas take them on in the Carrier Dome this season.
The Hoyamobile must also include as much technology and entertainment as possible. Not only will it make it the coolest car around, but I happen to think that the versatility of this car will reflect Georgetown’s motto of “cura personalis” which in Latin, refers to the education of the “whole person”. My Volvo will have the ability to comfort, protect, and ease transportation of all people! I can listen to my favorite music and navigate back to DC with the GPS system included in the multimedia package and jam out to this GEORGETOWN TUNE on the stellar Dolby sound system!
Rear seat entertainment to play pump up highlights videos of teams past would be necessary, as well as rear and front assist parking! I am an EXCELLENT parallel parker but I couldn’t be quite as talented without the help of the beep beep warning! Definitely not as good of a driver as this guy in his VOLVO!
Slapped right on the read window in the center would be one of these bad boys. Cursive is as classy as the S60 but the “G” gives it some edge.
There would also be an epic doggy bed in the back seat… just in case JACK ever decided to take a ride with me
Don’t forget to follow my road trip to Georgetown from NYC on February 25th in a Volvo S60- I can’t wait to get one on the road! Or check out my ULTIMATE BIG EAST Road Trip. Go Hoyas!
3,157 miles of Big East glory“Our battered suitcases were were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”- Jack Kerouac, On the Road
As the holidays are upon us, I find myself wishing for one thing in particular this year- a new Volvo S60! But if me singing Santa Baby and replacing the “’64 convertible too, light blue” line doesn’t work then I am hoping this blog will help me out in the long run. For the 3rd blog post of the Biggest Fan of the Big East Contest, we have been asked to take notes from each other’s previous post and plan the ultimate 3 city Big East college road trip!
Being born and raised in New England and then transplanted to Florida, the east coast is all fond and familiar territory (excluding New Jersey, sorry)… and being that the conference is in fact called The Big EAST… I cannot deny that I am tempted to make this a straight north and south tour of the best coast. However, I have planned for a few potential detours for our Midwestern members! Led by my taste for food and adventure, this trip is uniquely Stephanie. Hoping that I fair better than Tom Green in the film”Roadtrip”… let’s hit the pavement!
It is my current address, so… I would kick off my trip from the Big Apple- home to St. John’s University. The red storm are lucky enough to play their basketball games (and the Big East Tournament) at Madison Square Garden- one of the most famed arenas in sports. Before we get started I would suggested filling your stomach with a quintessential NYC breakfast, after all it is better to travel on a full stomach! What’s better than lox and a bagel? This is my absolute favorite food and there are so many great spots in the city to try. My personal favorite is Ess-a-Bagel on 51st and 3rd.
Obviously the road trip could only be by taxi and stay in Manhattan for a year before I ran out of things to see, taste, and do… but after breakfast I would hit the highway and cruise east to my next stop, which is also the place of my birth!
The smallest state and my home away from home is 199 miles and 4 hours of 1-95 North from Manhattan and definitely worth the trip! Any PC student will tell you it is a unique city that revolves heavily around the arts and delicious food. After 4 hours of driving, I would be hungry and am parking my Volvo S60 right on Atwells Avenue in Federal Hill, which is the city’s take on Little Italy. Here you can find the best Italian grinder (yup GRINDER, not sub) of your life! All authentic Italian good imported and sold in family run markets. I also love the Italian cookies and bread from Tony’s Colonial take a look at THE MENU
My big sister is in grad school for her MFA in directing at Brown University, also in Providence. Between Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design, this little city has 4 universities including Johnson and Wales! I love going to the Providence art club to have a meal and admire the work for sale there. The city is filled with beauty in its details! You could also catch a Big East conference game at THE DUNK… perhaps my favorite Big East venue because it is named for my all time favorite coffee!
I am a New Englander at heart and I could not have a road trip without a stop in my birthplace of Providence. In fact, it means so much to me that now we are going to back track south down I-95 and stop for the night in my other favorite city in the Northeast!
***To make up for my comment about New Jersey earlier in the post and appease my competitors from Seton Hall and Rutgers… I would stop there for gas, because in New Jersey station attendants pump it for you by law
Obviously anyone who knows me I am shameless and would never skip mentioning Georgetown on my ultimate Big East roadtrip! For all the great things to do in DC, read my Challenge #2 post HERE
My lungs filled with fresh Hoya Hilltop air and a breakfast at Bus Boys and Poets in my tummy… I am back on the road
This is the part of my road trip where the Allman Brothers boxed set comes in! In anticipation of SMU joining the Big East for basketball in the next 2 years…
A grueling 21 hour drive from Washing across 6-7 states is a great way to see the USA! I’m taking the time to drive here because Dallas-Fort Worth is one of my favorite cities in the country. Although it is very spread out, you can see the best of what Texas has to offer in the metro area. As a competitor in the American Quarter Horse Association, I am no stranger to this place, and have stayed here for weeks at a time for several horse shows in the past. You can eat the best steaks outside Oklahoma or Nebraska and wash them down with the best Margaritas north of the border! Visit the Fort Worth stockyards to see bull-riding and rodeo shows in the historic little western town that also offers a boot shaking nightlife.
(Even this picture of Texas is BIGGER!)
Visiting Billy Bob’s to listen to country music is a must but make sure you practice your LINE DANCING before the roadtrip! Dallas also offers amazing shopping at the Galleria and some of he best high school football in the country. There is certainly a lot of beautiful scenery and history to absorb as well. Texas was once a sovereign nation before it became a US state! Get ready to saddle up once again, the next stop is the final stop!
Coming Home … well close enough
Considering it takes 16 hours to drive from tip to top of Florida, making it to Tampa in 18.5 hours is not all that bad! The drive will give you a tour of the real south and fill up on as many biscuits and hospitably delicious cups of sweet tea as possible. Tampa is 3 hours dead across the state from my hometown. The city has a beautiful bay which is part of Florida’s west coast access to the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa is renowned for its colorful nightlife and cityscape!
While you are here go to Ybor City and get crazy with your friends. In the day time make sure to visit Busch Gardens ad the Florida Aquarium. Hungry? Catch a Tampa Bay Rays or Buccaneers game in season. Their football stadium has a pirate sip built into the stands! Watch for these Tampa restaurants featured on MAN VS. FOOD NATION
3 hours across Route 60 and I am headed home… and I am keeping the Volvo! Floridian sunset in the mirror I can only wonder why you wouldn’t end your trip here
Welcome to my second blog post as part of the Biggest Fan of the Big East Contest, sponsored by the new Volvo S60! For this post, we have been asked to list five or more things you have to do/see when visiting our alma mater. Georgetown of course is located in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC- and although it has many qualities of an urban school, it is the cornerstone of a historic community within the city. I have divided the “must’s” into four categories: sightseeing, bars and nightlife, restaurants, and on-campus. I have a few crucial suggestions for each as well as “honorable mentions” for a few other options. As I just graduated in May, and am the youngest contestant in Biggest Fan of the Big East, many of my suggestions are geared toward the young adult visitor, although the food and sights can be enjoyed by all. Many of these photos are actually my own! Please enjoy the suggestions below and make sure you visit Georgetown!
DC offers visitors a bounty of visually pleasing and historic venues all across the city. That being said, there are a million things to do and see in Washington, but these are my picks for sights.
How could I skip this?! This includes the Washington monument, reflecting pool, Lincoln Memorial, World War II memorial, FDR memorial Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. On a sunny day, I am confident in stating that there is not a more beautiful place in this country to be than the National Mall.
While all of the monuments have their own special place in our nation’s history as well as the personal connections they establish between visitors, my personal favorite is the World War II Memorial. Although the water elements make the architecture of the memorial, it is particularly moving for me because of the layout and the inscriptions on each side. You can also have your picture taken with your home state to show your pride- below is mine from my freshman year at Georgetown in the spring of 2008.
The monuments are a must see for any group visiting DC, and they are just a short walk (or a great route to run) for all students at Georgetown. Visit the National Park Service for more information.
While visiting the Mall, I also strongly suggest lunch and a tour of the Smithsonian and the Museum of American History. The National Museum of American History was closed for renovation the first two years I was at Georgetown, but it was worth the wait to see! My favorite thing to see at the museum are the original ruby slippers worn by “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz film.
See other curious items in the online catalogue: The National Museum of American History
If you are more interested in art, then I can not recommend anywhere but the Portrait Gallery, inside The National Gallery of Art- which is also home to one of my favorite activities (included below)… ice skating in the sculpture garden! The National Gallery has a varied and extensive collection from Italian renaissance to modern sculpture, and is endowed by Congress. It is indefinitely one of the top ten fine art exhibitions in the world. Hot cocoa and skating on a chilly day is the best thing to do around the holidays!
Where do I begin…? DC is one of the most fun cities to go out in. Georgetown has it’s own amazing collection of bars that people come from all over the city for. My personal top 3 are as follows…
1. BILLY MARTIN’S TAVERN
The best brunch in town! A legend in the neighborhood, Billy Martin’s Tavern is where JFK proposed to Jackie O! It is filled with fun facts about political figures that used to frequent the restaurant, and now have their favorite booths named after them. Billy Martin was in fact, a Georgetown alum! There is also a lovely patio to sit out on during the fall and spring. Every meal is a good meal at Martin’s, and it is delicious comfort food any season. They are renowned for having amazing Christmas decorations as well… hands down my home away from home for food in college.
For dinner: Shepard’s Pie and a Guinness draught … For brunch: Pumpkin Pancakes and a Bloody Mary
2. CAFE MILANO
Certainly the priciest place on my list- but you can’t beat the food! This Italian gem is a great place to go for Parent’s weekend, and a fun venue to people watch. Frequented by celebrities and politicians, Cafe Milano is an upbeat and DELICIOUS place to dine. The bar crowd is older but can get very rowdy on the weekends.
Carpaccio Di Manzo Con Rucola E Scaglie Di Parmigiano and Cappellini Ann Hand with Fresh Tomatoes
This new wave Mexican spot is actually in Glover Park about 10-15 minutes walking from campus. Modeled after Nantucket Island, it is part of a restaurant group that also includes Georgetownians’ favorite sandwich shop, Jetties. Surfside has a rooftop deck perfect for a pitcher of margaritas and endless chips and salsa. The food is fun, fresh, and very tasty! Burritos and salads with grilled ingredients make this a healthy take out restaurant as well. Definitely good for lunch or a quick dinner.
Make your own fish taco with Mahi Mahi and fresh guacamole
Other places to try: On campus sub spot Wisemiller’s Deli, fancy steaks B.L.T., quick grub Ben’s Chili Bowl, sustainable delight Founding Farmers, DC staple Clyde’s, and little French Cafe la Ruche
On Campus @ Georgetown
Welcome to my blog, which for the next few months will focus around Georgetown and Big East Basketball! Thanks to Volvo, a sponsor of the Big East, I have the opportunity to win $10,000 for Georgetown’s scholarship fund and new Volvo S60. The competition has already begun, and I am kicking it off with my first post.
For the first post in Volvo’s Biggest Fan of the Big East Contest, we have been asked to create our all-time Big East dream team. We were allowed to select 12 players- past, present, and future, to be on our squad. I think I have some adventurous picks, and with a history like Georgetown’s, I had lots of players to choose from my alma mater. Take a look!
Point Guard - Allen Iverson (Georgetown)
Shooting Guard – Ray Allen (UConn)
Small Forward – Dwayne Wade (Marquette)
Power Forward – Derrick Coleman (Syracuse)
Center – Patrick Ewing (Georgetown)
Point Guard - Richard “Rip” Hamilton (UConn)
Shooting Guard – Chris Mullin (St. John’s)
Small Forward – Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse)
Power Forward – Alonzo Mourning (Georgetown)
Center – Emeka Okafor (UConn)
Small Forward/Power Forward – Jeff Green (Georgetown)
FINAL TALLY: Georgetown – 5, UConn – 3, Syracuse – 2, Marquette – 1, St. John’s – 1
Kept it less than half Hoya, but I think my team is pretty stacked. Personality and behavior mean a lot to me. I think the success of a team is contingent on the attitude and drive to succeed, and one person acting out or causing a scandal can cost them everything. Some of my choices may seem biased, and I am certainly missing representation from a number of schools in the conference- but I am confident my dream team would be nothing less than unstoppable. If only I knew which of these players drove Volvos!
One of my favorite things about Georgetown, and the Big East is the history that comes with it… the BIGGEST rivals in college basketball are now the BIGGEST FANS of the BIG EAST. It’s going to be quite a season! #VolvoBigEastFan