Perusing Hoya Suxa I read this "Open Mic Essay" entry. I think it beautifully describes the rivalry not just in general, but for anyone who attended Syracuse in the past 10 years or so (maybe less than that). At first Georgetown didn't mean too much to me. UConn, Pitt, ND, BC, Johns Hopkins. These were teams I hated for their Syracuse relationships. Georgetown was ancient history. But somehow, without even realizing it really, I hated them come my final year. Perhaps it was because as I grew into Cuse the history meant that much more and the rivalry became real for me. I'm not sure, but whatever the reason, beating Georgetown never felt better. Those wins became big. Really big. So big I was convinced that's all they needed to lock up a tourney bid. Anyway, I really just wanted to point out the essay over at Hoya Suxa because it says it better than I could right now.
But I will end with this: I think it says a lot about a our basketball team when students who never attended sporting events at Syracuse knew that they had to see one basketball game before they left school. And it says even more about a rivalry that they bought tickets and went to the Dome to see Syracuse battle Georgetown. I was not one of those kids, but I had multiple conversations with several recent grads who were never sports fans (I work in a creative field, it happens) and those that chose to attend one game all relayed the above story in some form or another.