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It’s time for Part 2 of the Big East / TV Show Comparisons.
Part 1 took a lot more heat than I was expecting, so hopefully these comparisons do not disappoint.
In case you missed Part 1 on Butler, Xavier, Creighton, Marquette, and Providence, you can find that post here.
Without further ado, here are the comparisons for the remaining five Big East teams:
GEORGETOWN: Law & Order
Originally airing in 1990, Law & Order made it 20 seasons before its series finale in 2010. Set in New York, the show follows a crime investigation and the eventual prosecution of the defendant. Remembered for its long run and its revolving cast, Law & Order won a couple Emmys in the 1990s, but it never won any more. Everyone is familiar with Law & Order, as it will always hold a place in history as one of television’s best crime dramas.
The Georgetown Hoyas are the class of the Big East. Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson, and Dikembe Mutombo are just some of the names that have helped the program build a lore very few other schools in the country have. The team has five Final Four berths and won the national championship in 1984. There was a brief “Craig Esherick era” in there somewhere, but when you think about Georgetown coaching, you usually associate the Thompson family first. Under John Thompson III, the team has used a variation of the Princeton Offense and has revolved a great cast of players through the university doors, from Jeff Green to Roy Hibbert to Otto Porter Jr.
The program has its place in history, but like Law & Order, it hasn’t won much in a while. Yes, they made the Final Four in 2007 – but the most recent Elite Eight appearance before that was 1996. Everyone knows Georgetown, and everyone knows the Thompsons – but no one under the age of 30 knows what a Georgetown championship team looks like.
DEPAUL: The Michael J. Fox Show
Let me start by saying, I love Michael J. Fox. He is extremely talented, and I love that he has not let Parkinson’s disease keep him from doing what he loves. However, The Michael J. Fox Show, which premiered on NBC on September 26 of last year, is not good at all. In fact, I regret spending any time watching it – and that is a shame because I am also a big fan of Betsy Brandt, his on-screen wife and Breaking Bad’s Marie Schrader. Word began to spread during the beginning of the Winter Olympics that NBC had cancelled the show, but the network later clarified it would be airing new episodes in April.
Like The Michael J. Fox Show, I wish I could get the time I’ve spent watching DePaul this year back. Oliver Purnell had something good going while coaching at Clemson before he left to take the same position at DePaul, but he has done nothing significant in his tenure just outside of Chicago. DePaul fans have had enough, and they want him fired – and quite honestly, I agree. I think DePaul is in need of a total makeover. NBC needs to cut its losses and cancel The Michael J. Fox Show, and the administration at DePaul needs to do the same and restart by firing Oliver Purnell.
VILLANOVA: The Good Wife
Depending on whom you ask, The Good Wife is one of the best shows on television. With a cast led by the great Julianna Margulies, the series follows her title character immediately following her state’s attorney husband’s arrest for a sex and corruption scandal. Nominated in several categories at both the Emmys and Golden Globes each year since its start in 2010, The Good Wife has never won Best Drama and has only three wins for Best Actress (Margulies) and two Guest Appearances.
Under Coach Jay Wright, Villanova has seen a significant amount of success. From a 1-seed in 2006 to a Final Four run in 2009, the Wildcats have been a contender for the better part of Wright’s tenure on the Main Line. This season has been no different, as Villanova is currently ranked 6th in the AP Poll and primed to receive yet another favorable seed from the NCAA Tournament selection committee. However, the comparison to The Good Wife comes from this simple fact: the Wildcats under Coach Wright are always a contender, but they have never been a winner. The Good Wife is a tremendous TV show, but it has never gained any real traction as television’s “best drama”. Coach Wright’s team is obviously tremendous – but it has never really been thought of as a national championship contender. A deep tournament run is surely in the realm of possibility, and the conference could really use that, but it often seems like that is the best-case scenario for Villanova.
When someone asks you what the best show on TV is, have you ever really considered saying The Good Wife?
When someone asks you who the best team in the country is, have you ever really considered saying Villanova?
ST. JOHN’S: Oz
Oz was an HBO series set in Oswald State Correctional Facility, a fictional prison in New York. The show followed unit manager Tim McManus (Terry Kinney) and his experimental unit of the prison. Oz ranks 26th on IMDB’s list of highest rated TV Series, and Entertainment Weekly named it to its list of “New TV Classics” in 2008. Despite its critical acclaim, the series never won an Emmy or Golden Globe.
The 7th winningest program in NCAA basketball history, St. John’s holds the record for most NCAA Tournament appearances without a national championship. Coach Steve Lavin has brought a refreshing new regime to the university following Norm Roberts, receiving an NCAA Tournament bid in his first season as head coach, but his talented teams of the past couple seasons have disappointed. This season appeared to be yet another disappointment just a few weeks ago, but D’Angelo Harrison and his teammates have turned it around of late. Like Oz is considered one of the best TV shows to never win the big award, St. John’s remains one of college basketball’s best programs without a title.
SETON HALL: American Idol
American Idol is an American-singing competition that has been around since 2002. In its run, it was the number one ranked show in terms of television ratings from 2003-04 through 2010-11, but what we are focusing on here is that post 2010-11 era. Everyone tuned in for Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson in the early years. The show had great talent and high entertainment value, but recently it has gotten old. FOX has tried to rework the structure by hiring new judges and changing the format, but the viewers know exactly what to expect from the content these days. FOX recently cancelled The X-Factor, but it has held onto American Idol to squeeze every last ounce of life out of it.
Seton Hall had its glory days, too. The Pirates made the NCAA Tournament every year from 1988 until 1995, including three trips to the Sweet 16, two trips to the Elite Eight, and one trip to the Final Four and National Championship game. During that time PJ Carlesimo was the man in charge, but he left to coach in the NBA, and the program’s relevance began to fade. Seton Hall has made only three trips to the NCAA Tournament since he left following the 1994-95 season. Much like American Idol faded after Simon Cowell’s exit so did the Pirates after Carlesimo’s.
Seton Hall has tried to breathe life back into the program with hires like Tommy Amaker, Bobby Gonzalez, and Kevin Willard – but Amaker bailed to coach at Michigan, and Gonzalez had a temper and was fired for not being “a good representative for Seton Hall.” The jury is still out on Willard, however, and I admire the way he has handled the program in his 3+ year tenure. Hopefully, Seton Hall has the right man, and he brings this program back to where it was in the late 1990s. Otherwise, like FOX did to The X-Factor, it soon may be time to pull the plug.
Let us know in the comments or on Twitter (@BEandBeyond) what you think! Feel free to send us your comparisons – and we’ll give you our thoughts!