Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sorry this is a few days late.

Let's talk about Georgetown.

First off, the media accommodations at McDonough Arena were a joke. I first arrived on campus at 2:30 and was told media credentials weren't going to be handed out until 6:30. Normally, writers arrive two-three hours prior to tip off, not one hour. I left and came back at 5 and was able to get my credential then.

After making my way to the "work room," I was astonished to find the working conditions in place for the media. According to my colleagues, the situation at Georgetown was much better a year ago. This year? How about rows of classroom style desks, no internet access and not so much as water to drink. We are told that after the game, we will be in an adjacent "work room" to talk with coach Geno Auriemma and select players. They claimed we can use their office connections to get online afterwards to file our stories.

Anyone who has seen their fair share of sports writers will tell you we aren't the most physically fit bunch. When you spend most of your time reading, researching, talking and watching games, we are more likely to work up an appetite than a sweat.

The host school is supposed to serve a meal -- sometimes two (like UConn -- thanks, Huskies). How about nothing at Georgetown. That is, unless you count the concession stand, which was EXACTLY like those at high schools all across the country. About five minutes and change before the start of the game, a Georgetown staffer tells us there is food back in the "work room."

We moved like a small herd to get the grub. Thankfully, it was decent food and enabled me to survive a very lopsided game.

After the Huskies dispatched of the Hoyas, I was one of two people to establish themselves at a desk in the offices from where we were to gain internet access. My laptop is on the desk, my bag on the floor, my jacket on the back of the chair. After speaking with Geno and the players, I return to find a member of the local media at the desk, in the chair and using the internet connection. Perturbed, I go over to grab my belongings. What does this guy say to me? "I didn't know anyone was working here?" No, people who work in the office have a desktop computer and a laptop computer on the same desk, plus a jacket ON THE CHAIR and of course, a computer bag. Not having time to argue with the guy, I just plopped myself in a chair and the Georgetown media relations crew came up big, providing a table and connection to the internet.

As for the game, it didn't really provide much in the way of measuring how good the Huskies are. The Hoyas played a good first six, seven minutes. They had seven wins but against poor quality teams.

What impressed me -- and I first started seeing this against Purdue -- was the killer instinct UConn displayed. Can they do that and sustain it against better teams? I don't know. They let the Boilermakers back into a game that should have been over at the half. Turnovers and allowing the three to kill you is not how you want to play the game.

Next week when the team visits Virginia will prove to be a solid test. Better than Purdue, I think. Maybe you say I am crazy. But a tough (near top 25) team on the road should allow an opportunity to see how well the Huskies handle more difficult situations than they have seen all year. If the Huskies come out against the Cavaliers like they did against Holy Cross a week ago, UConn will lose.

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