I think that most of the GW posters are unnecessarily giving hard time to DFW Hoya.
He is being reasonable and IMO has a fairly unbiased look at the facts. We have to grow up and realize that GU is the biggest bbal program in the city (I would say the area) and that playing them every year makes a lot more sense to us than them.
1 game every year at the Verizon with hosts switching every year is a reasonable proposal and a win-win for all. If their game against AU drew almost 10,000 people during the break the GW-GU game can draw a lot more. I understand MV's point that Smith Center is an easy walk for GU students but if they games were played at the Verizon it would be city wide spectacle and would be interesting to a lot of people in the area not affiliated with either school. It would be a tough local rivalry for them, one of the biggest games of the year for us of and the city would get an annual game to look forward to. DC/DC area doesn’t have a big football rivalry and it’s a city that appreciates basketball so this could be a hit.
win-win for all.
We are a smaller program, less famous and less successful that they are and we can look at it in 2 ways:
1) Have an inferiority complex which many on this board display every day.
2) Be comfortable with ourselves and go out there and compete.
I've witnessed this in the business/finance world and through some internships. Some of our alumni love to talk crap about GU and in 95% of the time for no real reason. They are a top tier academic institution and are producing great leaders and very good people. And so do we. I have not witnessed any difference in the quality of alumni the 2 schools produce so far (of course there are always positive and negative deviations from the mean). I have nothing but great things to say about their school and alumni. I've had great work and personal relationships with them and they have always treated me and other GW alums with as equals and as what we all are - alums of top tier schools.
IMO we can choose to look at our rivalry in 2 ways – of equals in many regards like Harvard vs Penn (where one has been historically better in basketball and the other one gets it but doesn’t b**ch about the other one all the time) or as a younger sibling always having inferiority complex of the older one while they’re forced to live in the same house and won’t ever stop talking about it while the older one is going about their life not caring.
My 2 cents - I read this thread and find it useful but rarely post so forgive me for a long-er posting.