GMU Could Be This Year’s George Mason

In what is a complete, utter and altogether pleasant surprise, GMU is headed back to the NCAA Tournament.

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It was pretty clear throughout the season that this was a team that had to win the CAA tourney to get a bid, and thanks to William & Mary taking down VCU, that goal went from pipe dream to reality over the past few days.

And when I say “thanks to William & Mary” I mean it. Seriously, thank you for taking out the clear-cut best team in the conference so we could beat your lovable, yet ultimately inferior, group of whiteboys. And I don’t say that about the Tribe with hate in my heart. If W&M had been playing anyone other than Mason in the final, I too would’ve jumped aboard the same bandwagon that Will Leitch was a passenger on. As Mr. I’s friends at Gheorghe: The Blog accurately pointed out, this loss tonight does nothing to diminish the amazing run the Tribe put together in Richmond.

So, now I’m stuck feeling the same way I did this time two years ago: just elated that this team is in the Dance at all. If they can win a game or two next weekend, well then, that would be incredible. But, of course, I know better than to say it would be impossible.

Maryland, it’s your turn.

15 thoughts on “GMU Could Be This Year’s George Mason”

  1. First off, I don’t think you’re allowed to root for Maryland and Mason. Sorry. I mean, why don’t you just start rooting for Georgetown and Virginia too?

    Second, I posted a photo of a W&M fan sign just for you, C-Mottz. It said “you can’t spell minimum wage without GMU”

  2. Well, I do root for G-Town. But could never, ever root for UVA.

    Why can’t I root for both? I was a MD fan before I went to college at Mason. Sorry, a MD education wasn’t enough to lure me into out-of-state tuition.

    Regardless of where I went to school, MD, G-Town, Mason are all hometown teams to me. UVA, Tech, etc. are not.

  3. And I suppose if you lived in New York, the Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants, Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Nets and Knicks would all be hometown teams. Plus Rutgers. And the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

  4. Isn’t college basketball a bit different? I mean, there are 300-plus Division I teams. Maryland, Mason, G-town, GW, American etc. are all in different conferences and hardly ever play each other. So, yeah, I pull for all of them, and all of the local teams across all sports, really.

    I’m like a sheep that way.

  5. Yeah, if you grew up in NYC, sure, you can root for all those teams should you choose to.

    I don’t see your argument. Are you inferring that I’m a bandwagon fan for rooting for my hometown teams? If so, that’s just ridiculous, especially seeing as none of them have been particularly good at basketball or football throughout my lifetime (with the exception of the 01-02 basketball Terps).

  6. 1. Or, you could root for 20-9 Morgan State and be done with all of it.

    2. I’m shocked, SHOCKED that this Larranaga photo isn’t stalk-tastic.

  7. did i say that it’s an impossibility for chris to be more of a douchebag? it is entirely possible for a new yorker to be more douchey. they’re rampant up there.

  8. Well I’m willing to keep this up till we reach triple digit comments if you are.

    I’m certainly not calling you a bandwagon fan; just a bit wishy-washy. Most of the Gtown and Maryland fans I know have nothing but disdain for each other, a disdain that goes back to the ’80s. And it doesn’t matter if they don’t play against each other, because they sure recruit against each other, which is even more important.

    The Mason thing, from the fans I know, is more a pent-up resentment at Gtown and Maryland for sucking up all the local fan and media attention. But there’s certainly no love lost between Gary and Larranaga.

    As for rooting for all local schools, GW and Georgetown fans despise each other and GW fans constantly belittle AU fans, just to give two examples concerning teams that never play each other.

  9. I certainly appreciate you explaining to me how I’m supposed to feel about other schools. I’ll promptly start disliking G-Town now.

    Let me be more specific with my earlier comments. Maryland was/is my No. 1 team. Then, I went to Mason, so I think it’s okay for me to cheer on my alma mater, right?

    Beyond those two, I merely wish the other local schools good luck. In other words, if G-Town is on, I hope they win. But I wouldn’t say I’m really a Hoya fan — like I said before, I will root for them, however.

  10. Hey man, I’m not telling you what to do. Personally, I’m happy to simultaneously beat the drum for UMBC and Mount St. Mary’s, which is the same concept. My sense is just that most Terps fans wish ill upon the Hoyas, and vice versa.

    But just in case that would threaten to be the last word, how was last night a complete and utter surprise? I think Mason was picked second in the conference, they battled for first place all year, they have two senior starters from a Final Four team and they were 8-point favorites last night against a team that appeared to be starting a Lithuanian and two Jews.

    You know I still love you, Chris.

  11. I wasn’t referring to last night’s game as a specifically. I meant getting a spot in the NCAA Tourney was a surprise. I though I made that pretty clear in the post.

    VCU was — in my mind, at least — the preseason favorite to win the conference, and thus the CAA Tourney. And that was obviously true heading into the conference tourney as well.

    See, when something unexpected occurs, it usually qualifies as a surprise.

  12. Michael Wilbon was not surprised.

    Seriously, I want this comment thread to get to 100, or at least 20, so …

    I understand why a MD fan may despise a G-town fan who despises a GW fan, etc., but I’d rather save my hate for NY, Philly and so on. Is it so wrong to root for all the local teams?

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