I just caught the very end of Georgetown's 103-90 victory over second-ranked Villanova. The Hoyas have been impossible to pin down of late. Nearly two weeks ago, they were hammered by Syracuse, losing by 17. A week later, they beat Duke in a much publicized game due to an Obama appearance. Then on Wednesday, they lost to a team they should have creamed: South Florida. Now, today's win. Who are these guys? Are they really as good as their #7 ranking suggests or are they doomed to disappointment in March? They have seven more regular season games to go, all in conference. Then the Big East Tournament. They SHOULD be good enough to make the NCAAs but they completely fell apart about this time last year. They've proven they can beat good teams - just not every night.
Just how crazy good is the Big East these days? Four of the nation's top 7 (Villanova, Syracuse, West Virginia and Georgetown) are in the conference (though that will change) and none of those four is the same as the three which made it to the NCAAs as 1 seeds last year (Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Louisville). It's the mid-80s all over again - only better.
We submitted a haiku for Serious Eats's Seriously Delicious Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Mike Mills Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork but, alas, failed to win. Here is our losing entry:
Vermonters snowed in,
Weber Grill hibernating,
Ribs heal our frostbite.