How Georgetown Fans View The Program, 2020 Jun 26, 2020 18:07:48 GMT -5 TC, mapei, and 11 more like this
Post by DFW HOYA on Jun 26, 2020 18:07:48 GMT -5
Except it's not.
There are probably 50-60 active posters here who around back from the Ice Age when things were really negative (i.e., Craig Esherick, 2002-04). By comparison, these conversations are the message board equivalent of the Prime Minister's Question Time. And Georgetown fans are notoriously calm by comparison to fan bases which will spend 364 days complaining about last year's outcomes (the original secret sauce of the Paul Feinbaum Show) or fans that will passionately tell you why Nick Saban is letting all of Bama down because he's won only five national titles and not ten.
But what do you consider negative? The people that are truly angry over Georgetown's first to worst direction since 2013 have already left the conversation. They vote with their wallets and they don't show up at games and their handles on Hoyatalk are remembered only in passing.
There is a segment who is concerned that Georgetown is still playing in the 1980's and has made little effort to reform its approach to the current era. They ask inside the Thompson Center, "does Big John run the show?" as if it's still the days of Marion Barry, Glenn Brenner, Chocolate City, Hoya Paranoia, and Starter jackets for everyone. Except it's 2020 and Georgetown is under .500 over the last five years.
Another segment remembers Patrick fondly as a player and thinks he can succeed on his own, with or without the past regime. But fairly or unfairly, he's dug himself a hole after three seasons and these fans are growing frustrated that Georgetown is left chasing two and three star kids in Louisiana instead of a multi-year plan for "rebuilding" the program and the fan base, a phrase Ewing and the basketball office almost never say in public. To that point, neither Jerry Jones or Dan Snyder likes that word, either, and their brands are diminishing over time, too.
There are a sample of readers who are the #InPatWeTrust crowd, 110% committed to the coach no matter what he does and no matter what it takes. Not being in the Big East running doesn't mean as much as long as Ewing is out front because of who he is and what he represents. A ten year extension would be fine with them regardless of the record because "it's Patrick" and that's good enough.
Others support Ewing heartily as a hedge against the alternative--that if Ewing does not succeed it opens the door to what I call "the uncomfortable conversation": that Georgetown would go outside the John Thompson-approved lineage for a replacement who takes a fundamentally different approach to basketball, top to bottom, and they are not in favor of that.
And finally, there are some who are just getting tired of the losing, tired of hearing it at work from the Villanova folks, tired of the same-old same-old approach to home games, worried about the declining Hoya presence at road games the dwindling turnouts at the Garden in March, and wonder why students don't even bother to show up anymore. While supportive, they wonder (some silent, some out loud) if Ewing can really turn this ship around.
What do they all have in common? They still SUPPORT the team! The summer soldiers and sunshine patriots aren't around anymore. After the last five years, if you're still reading these pages and setting your watch for when the next game is on FS1, you're committed to this team, but there is less consensus on the "when" and the "how" and, most concerningly, the "if". If you feel that's out of bounds, that's one opinion, but it's an opinion, no more or less.
I'll create a new thread for this over the weekend.