In what would become a theme with GW basketball, my first favorite player was a disappointment with momentary flashes of brilliance and/or promise. Arriving in 1984, out of the Philadelphia area, I had followed my "first favorite" as a high shool player, when we were at schools about five miles from each other. I had chosen GW, as had he, and I had read about his eploits (on the court...the other stuff came later...). Yes...none other than Ma Blank.
Ma....Ma had so much promise and evidently a ton of talent. I followed his stats my senior year of high school, and then became sort of friends with him at GW...which really means as I worked at the equipment desk and he threw dirty towels into the bin over my head, that I would say Hi, and he would say the same back..., but I learned quickly...like being a Cubs fan (which I'm not) or a Mets fan (which I was throughout my childhood and most of my adult years - until I renounced them for the Nats in a move to solidify my son's rooting interest in our "new" favorite team...although privately I still love seeing the Mets do something right, so you understand how I am used to disappointment), the first day of the season is generally better than the last. Outside of 1992/93 and the Pops/Hall/Pinnock years, this tends to be the case. I can live with that, but you should know where I'm coming from...but I digress.
So, I believe I am the first who can say my first favorite Colonial was Ma Blank.
Note: By mid-season in 1984/85, with Joe Dooley (who, in a coincidental note I went to elementary school with in New Jersey) storming off the court in a fight with Coach Gerry, and Ma...well...being Ma, I realized that Mike Brown was a basketball god, and he became my 2nd and most longlasting favorite Colonial, until Pops replaced him...simply by being Pops. I wish everyone had the spirit on and off the court that Pops has shown over the years.
Looking forward to another opening day (net year) with no intent to ignore the comeback GW has had this year, I say for the last time this year.... "Go Colonials..."