No one – not even Georgetown University itself – can say for certain where the Hoyas nickname came from. It derives from the college’s yell, “Hoya Saxa,” which is a Greek-Latin mash-up that means What Rocks!” – a saying that apparently once described Georgetown’s stalwart defense on their football team.
Meanwhile, although they’re called the Hoyas, Georgetown’s mascot is “Jack the Bulldog.”
All I know is that if the Creighton Bluejays play like they did on Monday (Jan. 20) against then-No. 4 Villanova – AT Villanova! – then the Jays will most certainly roll over the Georgetown Hoyas when its men’s basketball team plays CU on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St.
And Did you see that mass of destruction on Monday – Creighton's Ethan Wragge hitting 3-pointers like a man on a mission. He made nine 3’s, by the way, tying the 2003 CU record set for 3’s in a single game by Kyle Korver. Amazing.
As I watched Wragge drain 3’s, I kept thinking about those classic 1970s G.I. Joe dolls with the fuzzy hair and beards. Remember those? Uncanny, isn't it?
Furthermore, when you watch Wragge shoot, he ends with his hand in a G.I. Joe kung-fu grip position (see photo above)!
Of course, this all makes perfect sense, because Wragge IS G.I. Joe. After Monday's record performance, every college hoops fan in the country knows who Wragge is. And, as Joe says, knowing is half the battle.
Tickets are scarce for the 7 p.m. match-up Saturday. The game is Creighton's annual "Pink Out," which raises money and awareness for breast cancer.
You can still get tickets at Ticket Express.
The Jays are back at the Link on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to take on St, John's at 8 p.m. #rolljays!