This is it, boys and girls. This is the one. Well, it's one of two. Maybe. It could, possibly, be one of four depending on how the postseason breaks. Anyway, you get the point: Tonight is really important. Like, bigger than if Godzilla won a Senate seat and unilaterally declared war on Japan, causing China to retaliate against the United States by calling in all the loans it has made to the American government.
Sure, there are other ones. But those others ones weren't the foundation of Big East basketball. Those other ones didn't declare an old barn closed. Those other ones haven't thrown fists, and embargoed tickets, and set annual dates at Madison Square Garden for titles and pride and some of the most intense basketball you could imagine.
You see? The other ones have history, but the other ones aren't tradition. This one, tonight, is tradition. That's what makes Syracuse-Georgetown special: it's the separation of "rivalry" from "competition"; it's the delineation between "competitive spirit derived from wanting to beat the best" and "wanting to bash in someone's brains on principle." That's what binds these two schools together, like Edgar Allan Poe's William Wilson. That's what turns institutional incongruities into perfect symmetry.
That's why tonight is the best night. That's why you abandoned the office at 3:00. That's why you burned all your blue and gray clothing this weekend. That's why you went to City Hall and tried to have your name legally changed from "John Thompson" to "Not That John Thompson." That's why we write words upon words about 40 minutes of basketball that shouldn't have an impact on 40 years of your life. But it does anyway, because that's what this game is like.
And that's why, boys and girls, this is the one.
I rarely pimp my own stuff on this site. It's kind of a tacky thing to do. As this is Georgetown Day, though, I'll quickly pop some stuff I wrote this week to get the hype machine working at full hyping capacity:
- A Play of Fancy
- Daily Affirmation: Feburary 3, 2011
- A Day in the Life
- Daily Affirmation: February 4, 2011
- The Bet: Georgetown-Syracuse 2011
- A Geography Lesson for Georgetown
- Monday Hype: Dagger
- Daily Affirmation: February 7, 2011
- Tuesday Hype: Destroying the Hoya
- Daily Affirmation: February 8, 2011
- A Short Monologue
- 90 Million Professionals and One Professional Imbecile
- Wednesday Hype: Beautifying Georgetown
- Daily Affirmation: February 9, 2011
- The BlackFinn is on the Blacklist
- Fury, Love, and Basketball
Be safe out there, kids. Oh, and to all our Hoya friends that may be reading this: