Or, how to make GT basketball enjoyable again*.
* - Your mileage may vary on what counts as "enjoyable".
The last few years have been pretty tough if you're a fan of Georgia Tech basketball. Year in and year out we've been plagued by the same problems: a poor free throw percentage and an abysmal turnover rate. My frustration with these problems led me to create the GT Basketball drinking game back in the spring. The rules are pretty simple.
- drink for every turnover Tech commits
- drink for every free throw Tech misses
- drink twice for every incomprehensible timeout Paul Hewitt calls in the final minutes of a game
To give you a rough idea of how many drinks that is, last year Tech played 36 games. Over those 36 games, our players shot 779 free throws - about 21.64 a game - with a 65.7 FT percentage, meaning they missed an average of 7.42 FTs per game. In those 35 games we also committed a whopping 591 turnovers - about 16.42 TOs per game! 7.42 + 16.42 = 23.84, or about 24 drinks per game, before factoring in any CPH mismanagement. (statistics courtesy of ncaa.com)
NoDak_Jacket suggested rules for poor inbounding, which has also been a critical weakness of our teams in the past couple of years. I think it might deserve it's own category. Drink once if:
- an opposing player intercepts the inbound
- the ball is inbounded back out of bounds
our team has to chase the inbound ball
we commit a 5-second violation while trying to inbound
- Paul Hewitt has to call a timeout because we're about to commit a 5-second violation
Take two additional drinks if PH calls a time out and one of the first three things happens. Finish your drink if he calls the time out to avoid the violation and we end up committing it anyway.
If you're tweeting and GT b-ball drinking, the hashtag is #GTbasketballDrink. If you have any suggestions for more rules or a better hashtag, leave 'em in the comments.
Drink responsibly, everyone....