Author Dominic Pody

11 entries

Lost in Transition

"Well if we take all these things and we bury them fast, And pray that they turn to seeds, to roots and then grass, It'd be all right, it's all right, it'd be easier that way. Or if the sky opened up and started pouring rain, Like it knew it was time to start things over again, It'd be all right, it's all right,...

Let Conference Season Begin

I had a hard time psyching myself up for this game. The Tribe of William & Mary and their 2-12 record traveled to the Patriot Center as 18.5-point underdogs against the George Mason Patriots. The weather in Fairfax was cold and windy. The DC metro area traffic was predictably sluggish. And my residual New...

An Outsider in His Own City, or A Philadelphian's Existential Crisis

I'm filing this article very, very late the game took place over three weeks ago but I believe I have a legitimate excuse, and it has nothing to do with my undiagnosed case of CPS...

Hello again, Hoops Nation

For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~ T.S. Elliot, "Little Gidding"Hello again, Hoops Nation! My words last appeared on this site over a year ago. After a few months of watching the action from the sidelines,...

Visiting Sacred Grounds

What new can be said about an arena so mystical, it is called a cathedral; so important it inspired a book and documentary; and so influential it is emulated hundreds of miles away? This was the challenge facing me in recapping my first game at the Palestra, and the answer is: nothing, or at least nothing that...

Bubble Benefits

James Madison and Old Dominion are not, in the strictest sense, rivals. Virginia's most prominent and most vitriolic sub-Red Line rivalry is ODU-VCU, and JMU has a less-celebrated rivalry with George Mason. But intrastate programs are natural foes nonetheless, and matchups between Virginia teams tend to get...

Drexel Pressures, Mason Survives (This Time)

This was supposed to be Drexel's year. A year removed from a heartbreaking snub by the NCAA selection committee, the Dragons were poised and expected to dominate the new-look Colonial. Guard Frantz Massenat was the conference's preseason player of the year, the team's core players were all returning, VCU had...

A Wild Finish for an Uninterested Crowd

The middle game of the Saturday CAA quarterfinals began as the quietest. George Mason fans had traveled well for the opening game of the tournament, and a solid number remained for this one. James Madison was also well represented, as a number of Dukes fans trickled into the Richmond Coliseum prior to their...

Things That Do Not Happen

Top-seeded teams in a conference semifinal do not enter the first media timeout without recording a point. Top-seeded teams in a conference semifinal do not enter the second media timeout without recording a point. Top-seeded teams in a conference semifinal do not trail 13-0. Top-seeded teams in a conference...

Seniors Power JMU Past William & Mary

The CAA Saturday quarterfinal night session revived some of the fan-based intensity of the opener after a somewhat uninspired supporting crowd in the intermediate contest. With the tournament in its final year in Richmond and two teams from Virginia in action, that was no surprise. And despite William &...

Donning the Black and Gold

When George Mason announced its move to the Atlantic 10, I tweeted that I hoped the A-10 community was as good as the CAA community. The Colonial fanbase's Twitter contingent has had a number of great moments over the years, but one sticks out in particular: #3bids4CAA. The term's origins are cloudy, but the...

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