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GW Men's Hoops » Ira Lee Injury » 1/14/2022 8:37 pm

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Thomas wrote:

Did Ira Lee really get hurt in a pick-up game in California? I thought he got hurt in a pick-up game(or practice) with the team on campus. Is Ira Lee planning on turning pro or playing at another school next year? Ira Lee definitely would have helped the rebounding and interior defense, but the poor shooting, the poor shot selection and disorganized/ pick-up ball offensive sets likely would have remained with him, just like it did last year with Moyer. 

A reason for optimism is, there seems to be plenty of BCS big men looking to transfer down, so it may not be that difficult for JC to find the next Matt Moyer and Ira Lee!

And with so many open scholarships he can try with two or three at once!

GW Men's Hoops » Ira Lee Injury » 1/14/2022 6:32 pm

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Godspeed, Ira. I have no issues with him leaving if he doesn't feel like it's  best for him to stay (also, I had no problem with the guys actually playing last year leaving). Ira may very well have been an impactful player this year--it's obviously impossible to know. But the team clearly had no depth behind him and that would be problematic regardless (though less problematic than having him). The team has simply struggled on the big man front. And, now we're banking on a kid from C of C and a freshman to fill those holes next year. From a GW basketball perspective, Ira leaving is bad news. That's two scholarships we thought we had next year that we no longer have. And then I assume Nixon will leave, Lindo will leave, and who knows who else. So that's 4 open spots, at least, with two filled. Here's hoping something happens to make those spots work.

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs VCU Game Thread » 1/12/2022 9:22 pm

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Whether or not GW will or won't get rid of JC (and whether they have the financial ability to do so) is not the point, to me. The point, to me, is that this team with JC is just awful. Awful to watch with an awful record. He may be back for business reasons. But I hope to hell he does something on the recruiting front because I'm not particularly excited about who is coming in so far and I don't want to watch this mess again. COVID plays a role for GW and other schools- but as I said last year, I don't see a strategic plan on or off the court to improve this team. I still don't. That's a problem.

I don't have the money to pay for a buyout, nor do I care enough about GW basketball to make such a payment (even if I could). That doesn't mean I can't bitch about how shitty JC's teams have been.

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs VCU Game Thread » 1/11/2022 9:23 pm

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You’re all way too concerned about the lessons jc is teaching these guys about basketball. He is teaching them about life. Sometimes you lose and you just have to learn how to keep on losing. Life isn’t always going to give you winners. This will teach these guys from entering the transfer portal.

Ml just got the team a 65th place trophy. Jc is teaching these guys lessons that will last a lifetime.

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs VCU Game Thread » 1/11/2022 5:51 pm

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Is this the game Brayon starts? The game Nixon plays??

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Dayton Game Thread » 1/08/2022 2:15 pm

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Is this the last game Brendan Adams
Starts over freeman? Gotta make sure Freeman stays

GW Men's Hoops » Postponements » 1/04/2022 2:03 pm

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If the goal is to protect the kids, testing makes sense. If the goal is to generate money off the backs of these kids, testing does not make sense. I'll take testing, please.

Recruits » Recruit: Tafara Gapare, Forward, 2022 - Offered » 1/03/2022 4:06 pm

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This looks less and less like a situation that turns out to be a win-win. 

GW Men's Hoops » Postponements » 1/02/2022 10:46 pm

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GWRising wrote:

If everything goes well this week, I suspect our first A-10 game will be on Saturday against Dayton at home sans ticketed fans.

With all our starters?

GW Men's Hoops » Who Do You Like? » 12/29/2021 2:47 pm

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As a student during the Hobbs era, they get my vote, hands down. Especially if you add not-Hobbs' recruits in Monroe and TJ. It'd be really fun to watch Mike Hall battle Yuta. It'd be really fun to watch Carl and Pops and JR fight through the 1-3-1 of Lonergan. Reece would be crucial, I think.

But man these would be fun to watch!

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Bonnies Game Thread » 12/25/2021 12:24 pm

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Hope everybody is healthy. This is the worst. Lots of teams can’t play. I hate to say it, but may be worth shutting down for a bit to keep the kids healthy.

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Maryland ES Game Thread » 12/22/2021 5:08 pm

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GWRising wrote:

Gwmayhem wrote:

What data and what science you ask?  

Two and a half weeks ago in this country, Omicron accounted for 3% of all U.S. covid cases.  A week and  half ago, this rose to 12%.  Today, it sits at 73%.  This is what's known as a rapidly spreading virus.

Over 926,000 new Covid cases within the U.S. in the last 7 days.  Over 150,000 within the past 24 hours.

A 440% rise in Washington, DC cases over the past two weeks.  A 57% increase in Maryland over this period, and a 55% increase in Virginia over this period.

And your argument to all of this is that new cases are up because testing is up?

Two thoughts:

1) Why do you suppose testing is up?  Do you chalk it up to some coincidence that mid-December happened to be the point in time where so many Americans decided to get tested?  Do you account all of this to the holidays...people wanting to travel, etc., and none of it due to a rapidly spreading virus?

2) Using your logic, namely that cases will always spike when testing spikes, are we to conclude that the variants themselves have nothing to do with any of this?

 

Yes cases up, testing up. Are hospitalizations/deaths due to Omicron up? No one can answer that yet. Isn't that what matters in the end? If you get what amounts to a bad cold from Omicron how is that different from the other human coronaviruses for which we did not try and stop the world? Wouldn't that information be relevant? 

By the way the percentages of Omicron are estimates. The test doesn't tell you whether you have Omicron or Delta or Alpha. They can't even tell you that in the hospital. The percentages are based off of samples sent to a specialized lab and then extrapolated to public testing positives. Not necessarily completely accurate but an estimate with margins of error depending on how many samples are being tested versus how many tests. But because 70+% are coming back as Omicron doesn't mean Omicron exists equally throughout the U.S. For exa

GW Men's Hoops » No Fans » 12/22/2021 12:16 pm

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GWRising wrote:

No they didn't ask me and I bet they didn't ask you either. I'm not an expert. Unfortunately, all the experts keep coming up short don't they?

It's weird that scientists have a hard time knowing definitively what to do in the height of an unprecedented event. Here's what everybody knows, with almost 100% certainty. If we all stayed home, nobody would get sick. Yet, people want to go to sporting events, indoor events, and holiday parties. And so, people will get sick. The problem, of course, is not everybody has a "choice." Those people who choose to go to the events will also wind up commingling with the people who work at grocery stores, hospitals, offices that demand their employees come in, and retail stores.

We've put a value on the economy as a significant factor in the discussion about what to do about COVID. I'm placing no value judgment on that. But as long as the economy and people making money plays a role, there will be no end in sight.

GW Men's Hoops » No Fans » 12/22/2021 11:07 am

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GWRising wrote:

FWIW, Montgomery County continues to play HS games with fans including tonight though many are postponed.

And Montgomery county cases continue to spike. Why are you touting this decision as a good one?

GW Men's Hoops » No Fans » 12/22/2021 9:54 am

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GWRising wrote:

Seriously. The Washington Post? All you have to do is read down a few paragraphs and when they start talking about percentage of worldwide deaths you know Biden has lost. A third grader knows that the U.S. saw this virus before many parts of the world so, duh, it would have a larger percentage of the worldwide deaths initially.

But keep on believing BC. Maybe when the next wave rolls through you will start to understand that the man with a plan to end the virus had no such plan at all. And he was equipped with a vaccine. 

Remember this  ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/02/us/politics/biden-coronavirus.html

Or more importantly how about this ...

https://www.wsj.com/articles/bidens-covid-death-milestone-biden-administration-trump-11637708781

I can't believe I'm doing this. Neither leader has effectively handled this. Perhaps because what both leaders have dealt with is completely unprecedented (coupled with completely unprecedented stubbornness on both sides).  Trump's blaming of China and failure to act as quickly as possible while also failing to publicize the true seriousness of COVID was a problem. Biden's general lack of anything other than a vaccine (developed while Trump was in office..but not by Trump) for this has been equally problematic. A "plan" to roll out tests to families without any timeline or specificity is not particularly helpful. A demand that schools stay open as teachers, students, and family members test positive is just as silly as a demand that they automatically close down.

But, to the point of this thread. Kvetching that ticket holders---all hundred of em--can't attend a GW-UMES basketball game in the  middle of a COVID Spike is just silly.  Can't we all just be intellectually honest about this?
 

GW Men's Hoops » No Fans » 12/17/2021 6:51 pm

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The good news is only 1200 people over the last three days got Covid. So it’s probably fine. All we are seeing is teams across the country in all sports getting sick. So risking it all for a game against umes is probably worth it

GW Men's Hoops » No Fans » 12/16/2021 10:18 pm

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Maryland cancels all winter commencement events. 

GW Men's Hoops » No Fans » 12/16/2021 6:59 pm

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GWRising wrote:

GW69 wrote:

Just got off the phone with a dear friend who is a Pulmonologist at a somewhat rural hospital in
Maryland.He is beside himself.Seeing many new cases daily with overwhelming percentage of the
unvaccinated and a small contingent of vaccinated elderly.He’s about had it dealing with folks who 
refuse to get the shots.He is no longer advising anybody to take any precautions because he feels totally 
beaten down by the “politics” of the situation.He cried.

I am well aware of these issues. My father in law was a professor emeritus at GW medical school in internal and pulmonary medicine. My brother and sister in law are doctors, my son is in medical school, my neighbor runs the ER in a local hospital. My college roommate runs a Children's Hospital ER in Minnesota. I hear these stories everyday. But we can't force people to vaccinate even with all the best of intentions. All we can do is control ourselves. We were told to vaccinate and then boost. We are told to wear masks. That's it. We were told if we did those things we could return back to some semblance of normalcy. Now we are told that's not good enough. 

Every player and coach on the team is vaccinated and now boosted I believe FWIW. I am still waiting on someone to provide the "science" on this decision other than the anecdotal notion that no ticketed fans coming to the game means no ticketed fans can be infected at the game.

The science is pretty simple. Covid is a contagious disease that passes with relative ease from one person to another. This is not really debatable. The numbers in dc and northern Virginia are increasing. This is also not debatable. Closing doors to a public event helps prevent exposure, regardless of vaccination status. Im not sure what about this is an issue. You’d like it to be open to those who choose to take the risk the institution is choosing not to allow people to take that risk because it does not want to be a part of it. Looks lik

GW Men's Hoops » No Fans » 12/15/2021 10:53 pm

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gwstudent2024 wrote:

This seems like a temporary measure from my perspective. The university canceled all in person events going into winter break due to a spike in cases among people in their testing protocol (mostly students) so students don't bring the virus home and spread it even further.

The basketball games seem like collateral damage rather than the main place where they were looking to stop the spread (and I'd be surprised if the virus has been spread at a game considering everyone is masked and vaccinated). The university couldn't move finals online, cancel in person events and then let people go to the basketball games next week.

I am expecting they'll mandate boosters to come to games in the future, considering the university is requiring all students and staff get their booster shots before February 1. I hope the case counts go down and they allow fans in the arena for the game against the Bonnies (they'll need all the help they can get from the crowd  in that one) and in the future.

I also found the wording of their statement bizarre. They said no ticketed fans will be permitted in the arena, but students don't need tickets since they get into the games for free. I'd be shocked if they allowed students in but no one else, but the statement was worded weirdly. Not to mention the fact that basically all students will be home for break so barely any students would come even if they could.

I’m assuming that the ticketed is used to exclude invited family and recruits

GW Men's Hoops » No Fans » 12/15/2021 9:43 pm

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This seems prudent. I would not be upset if they canceled games either.

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