Well we opened up the hate series with a clash of the titans. Titans of terrible. In a slap fight where both combatants are looking for someone to hold them back, Fordham and La Salle generated as much venom as a garter snake. La Salle in particular had the distinction of barely registering on the 49erfanatics.com HateMeter, coming in at a paltry 1. 76% of reader respondents agreed, voting either 1 or 2 on the hate scale. Of course there was 14% who voted them a 10 -obviously hipsters who are trying to be cool (or J Felt using multiple proxy servers to vote).
We at GTG sense the hate is soon to start flowing as we work past some of the usual bottom feeders and on towards some schools worth F-bombing. Stepping into the batter’s box and digging in are the Hawks of Saint Joseph’s. We’ll greet them in our customary style and knock them down with a brush-back pitch, of course.
First, the vital signs:
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Colors: Crimson and Gray
2009-2010 record: 11-20 (5-11 conference)
2009-2010 vs. Charlotte: Charlotte 95, Saint Joseph’s 58
All time vs. Charlotte: 5-3
NLP: So yeah, Saint Joseph’s. Actually let’s just call them St. Joe’s. A10 programs with possessive names based on Catholic saints get really uptight when you mis-abbreviate their names. Fun times to be had for all.
I’m not a fan of the Josies. It all starts with the hawk. I absolutely hate it. When we’re winning against the Josies, which hasn’t been often enough, it’s annoying and I want to smite it with the Lite Brite scoreboard. When we’re losing, I want to pluck each faux feather off of it and stab my eyes out. I also hate the way they rolled over for us this season. Coming off a three-game losing streak it appeared the Niners had righted the proverbial ship, hitting 56.9% from the field and 50% (12-24) from the Lutz-point line.
Ship not so righted as the Niners then proceeded to lose out. Literally. Those are words you never want associated with your team. So for that one night everything thing seemed right with the world again and it all came crashing down the next time the Niners took the court against George Washington. Wow, just mentioning the GW name almost made me put my keyboard through the monitor. I wonder if that’s a sign of some serious hatred coming up. We shall see.
Oh yeah, 49erFanatics.com HateMeter is buzzing. I’m entering all the data… 49erAlumnus has come up with a pretty complex formula here… working working… okay here we go. The HateMeter reading for Saint Josephine’s for me is 5.
J Felt, how do you feel about the Fawkes?
J Felt: I actually do hate the Hawks. I hate a lot about them, in fact. I hate that back in 2004, I picked them in my high school bracket challenge to win it all, and they proceeded to put me out of that precious $5. At the time I was still a :gulp: Tarhole fan but I still maintained that bitterness as I went to college at Charlotte, despite not knowing that eventually St. Josephine’s Falconry School would become a regular opponent.
When we joined that A14 in 2005, Saint Jo’s was one of the first schools I hated. Because the damn Hawk. It’s not even
a Hawk, it’s more like a mutated pigeon or dove or some other similar, harmless bird. Hawks don’t wear sneakers. They have vicious talons that tear flesh apart. In actuality, I have to give some props to the student manager that opts to spend an entire game flapping his arms like an idiot. Though, I would give the Hawk major props if it actually flapped both arms the entire game and didn’t wuss out.
I also think it’s stupid that the Hawk joins in on the team huddle. I’m starting to hate SJU as I write this thing.
What I also hate about Saint Joseph’s is how particular they are about their name. Trying having “UNC” in your name, assholes, then complain about people getting your name wrong.
I hate Saint Joseph’s, and Phil Martelli still looks like a dinosaur. My 49erFanatics.com HateMeter is registering at a definitive 6.