March 30, 2009

BU Dance Team Tournament: East Region: First Round: #24 Angela Rodriguez vs. Kaitlyn Busconi

The 11 o'clock hour was a nail-biter for the Allie Bradley and Katrina Bucu matchup. At the end of the night, the freshmen continue their hot streak and make it 3-0 in the tournament so far.

Let's take a look at the updated bracket:

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Tonight, we see if the freshmen can now go undefeated in the tournament's first round as Freshman #24 Angela Rodriguez takes on Senior Co-Captain #22 Kaitlyn George-Busconi:

And as always, remember the criteria

- Dancing abilities
- Spirit
- How well you think she cooks
- Smile
- Skills in a mud wrestling cage fight
- Driving abilities
- Provided bio


Let's get to our contenders:

#22 Kaitlyn George-Busconi

I saw Kaitlyn in the GSU today. She was unaware that her matchup was today. Such focus. Anyways, Kaitlyn, who I only know as KGB because of the obvious similarities she shares to the Russian intelligence services of communist Russia (in Soviet Russia, cold catches youuuu), is currently the co-captain of the BUDT. She is known for being in "The Greatest Picture Ever," as labelled by yours truly, but I've been asked not to post that. Ha haaaaaa. Professor Magee was very disappointed to hear such news.

Poor guy.

KGB is one of few people I know who actually owns a car. In Boston. As a student. And it's an SUV. The driving skillz on this girl must be uncanny. She once drove me 2 blocks in her car, and while I probably could have walked quicker, I wouldn't pass up a ride for the world.

Kaitlyn also owns two donkeys. The Hot Dog thinks they should be named Brutus and Paulina, but we actually have no idea. That would be weird.

In terms of dancing, KBG is a 2-time all-american. I haven't seen one of those since 'Nam. She must have an outrageous pro career ahead of her, Matt Gilroy style. The sky is the limit. I'm thinkin like Exosphere style.

Here is her bio:

From Berlin, Ma. Enrolled in the university’s School of Management with a concentration in Marketing. Named Top-Gun Turner in August of 06 and All-American in August of 08. Before Boston University, trained in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Tap. Danced at Worcester Performing Arts Center for four years. Danced and competed for Dawn’s School of Dance for ten years and Dance Arts Center for five years. Four year member of the International Showcase Dancers.

Here are them pics:

#24 Angela Rodriguez

Angela Rodriguez, aka "Jeezy," is the last of the freshmen to take action in this tournament. I'd assume she is a lock given this tournament's history. Freshmen are a career 7-0 in the first round, and Jeezy can make it 8-0 with a win here today.

But onto a more troubling topic, why in hell is her nickname Jeezy? Why not A-Rod?? Let's be serious here, I've seen "Jeezy" on the dance floor and I can only say one thing: Roid Rage.

Too soon? How about this:

Anyways, I don't think BU club sports tests for steriods, but let's just say I've seen her take down...Um...heat-seeking missiles...bloodhounds...and foxes...barracudas...all simultaneously with her bare hands. Unreal.

Jeezy spends her summers racing street cars in downtown New Haven, and was actually the inspiration for 2003 summer blockbuster 2 Fast 2 Furious:

I'm scared. But here's a little more about what she has to say about herself:

Angela Rodriguez is a freshman at BU from Wethersfield, CT. She's in the School of Education and is an elementary education major. Angela has been dancing for 12 years now and has done jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap, modern, lyrical, and dance team. She was on her high school dance team for four years and is excited to be part of a college dance team at BU. Her favorite memory on BUDT is warming up with the cast of So You Think You Can Dance and touching Twitch! Angela has also had the opportunity to perform in Tomorrowland in Disneyworld twice.

And here are the photos:

And that is it for me. I'll let all y'all decide.


March 29, 2009

BU Dance Team Tournament: West Region: First Round: #2 Allie Bradley vs. #33 Katrina Bucu

Voting was down over the weekend, as to be expected. We're just two matches away from the Elite 8, and the first round of the West region will finish tonight!

That being said, Emily Plucinak took down Nikki Dibz in the East and the winner of the Bradley-Bucu matchup will face off against tournament Cinderalla, Nicole Farin, who did what many people said was impossible - take down Jorie Larsen.

Many are attributing the defeat to Jorie's absence from the country and her inability to muster support for herself. At the end of the day it doesn't much matter, as freshman continue to run train on this tournament with a perfect 3-0 record thus far.

Here's the bracket so far:

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And here's a cool looking enlarged look at what's on tap for today:

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So let's meet the competitors:

#2 Allie Bradley

: Allie Bradley
Number: 2
Hometown: Beltsville, MD
Education: SED '10 - History Education
Dance Background: Began dancing at Eleanor Pernia Studio of Dance when she was three, and began competing at age eight. Allie was a three-year member and co-captain of the Eleanor Roosevelt Pom Squad and a two time Universal Dance Association All-Star. She just finished her third summer as a member of UDA staff. This is Allie's third year on the team, and she is very excited to be back on the Back 2 Back Challenge Cup Champion team. She was a 2007 National Dance Alliance All-American and a 2008 NDA All-America Nominee.
Favorite BUDT Memory: Dancing on stage with country music powerhouse, Rascal Flatts, and warmed up with the cast of So You Think You Can Dance? Season 4.
Interesting Fact: One day Allie hopes to own her own all-star cheer and dance complex.
Fun Fact: Words of wisdom" you can peak at semis as long as you peak again at finals.

This all comes from her provided bio on the BUDT website.

Firstly, don't hold the fact that she wears the same number as Matt Wolff against her. She did choose it, in honor of her favorite BU basketball player, but like I said, I don't want you factoring that into your voting.

Allie is probably the most knowledgable member on the team in regards to basketball. She understands the game and even enjoys it. Heck, I mean, when I was watching like the third overtime of the epic UConn-Syracuse Big East tournament game I got a text from her saying, "I hope you're watching this game." OF COURSE I WAS! It's fun/easy/a huge change to talk to Allie about basketball.

In addition to strongly liking basketball she has a vested interest in Hannah Montana, as her creepy blanket shows:

Finally, Allie is the captain of the BUDT. She rules with an iron fist that is smooth and gentle to the touch. Allie was an all-American last year and was a finalist this year. I think it's safe to say that her achievements are because of her extreme flexibility:

Allie is a great cook, I will say that. She's mastered the art of the break-and-bake cookie and makes some mean personal pizzas. In the video game realm she puts up some stiff competition. Jesus and I once played her in NHL 09. We were Great Britain and she was Canada. We won in a shootout (and we may or may not have been under the influence of alcohol), but she put up one hell of a fight.

Allie is from south of the Mason-Dixon line - the only member on the team. Like wearing number 2, I don't want you to hold her geographic origin against her.

Here are some more pictures of Allie:

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Now onto her competition:

#33 Katrina Bucu

: Katrina Bucu
Number: 33
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Education: SMG '12 - Marketing and International Management
Dance Background: Has danced for 14 years at 3 different dance studios and for 4 years on her high school varsity team. Katrina has danced almost every style, except tap, beginning with ballet, to jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, and kickline where she competed at dance competitions and performed in ballet shows.
Favorite BUDT Memory: As a new member of the BUDT she is most excited to get to know all the girls and go to nationals in Daytona Beach! Also, her favorite dance team memory so far is having a Long Island moment with Courtney Galliano from So You Think You Can Dance? and warming up with the rest of the cast.
Interesting Fact: No one on the team calls her "Katrina." They call her "Bucu."
Fun Fact: Bucu means coconut in Filipino.

This all comes from her provided bio on the BUDT website.

Katrina adds to the Asian flair on the dance team that they so desperately need after losing captain and winner of the BUDT tournament last year, Grace Lam. What a perfect replacement if you ask me.

"Bucu" has a heart of gold and a brain of a child-genius. It's clear from her bio that Katrina was probably a child prodigy in not only brain power, but also dance - she has done (almost) all forms and being on the DT certainly caters to that.

One time Bucu scared the crap out of Jesus in the library. So, her scaring abilities are defintely superior to Allie. I don't know how this will help her in a mud-wrestling cage fight though.

Finally, Katrina lives in Shelton Hall - one of the furthest dorms from the central area of BU. This sucks because it requires a lot more planning for travel time and all, but it definetely gets you to walk more. So, putting all this factors into play, Katrina must have very powerful legs, being that she has to walk to and from the FitRec almost every day. I'm guessing this helps in her kicking abilities (and her membership on the kickline in high school).

Here are some more pictures of Katrina to help you with your voting decision:

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There you have it - your participants for today's voting. Will Freshmen remain undefeated in the tournament and keep the Juniors winless? Or can the captain show the freshman wassup?

I can't decide that - nor can either competitor. Only you can. Vote wisely!

March 28, 2009

March 27, 2009

BU Dance Team Tournament: West Region: First Round: #25 Nicole Farin vs. #4 Jorie Larsen

Wooooow-eeee. What a couple of days it has been here on The Hot Dog and Jesus blog. Freshmen are 2-0 while Juniors are 0-2. Will this trend continue? Today's matchup will tell us - we have another junior vs. freshman matchup.

Here's what the bracket looks like so far:

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I love brackets. Let's take a zoomed in look at today's match:

Before you vote I urge you to consider the following criteria:

- Dancing abilities
- Spirit
- How well you think she cooks
- Smile
- Skills in a mud wrestling cage fight
- Driving abilities
- Provided bio

Here are today's participants:

#25 Nicole Farin

Name: Nicole Farin
Number: 25
Hometown: Clinton, NJ
Education: CGS '12 - Undecided
Dance Background: Started dancing at the age of four at the Eleanor Connell School of Dance in Annadale, New Jersey, where she took ballet, tap, and jazz classes. She switched dance schools at the age of seven and began taking recreational classes at Broadway Bound Dance Center in Lebanon, New Jersey. She made the competition team there at the age of eight and competed in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and pointe in various competitions in the tri-state area. In high school Nicole was on the North Hunterdon High School Dance Team and was captain her junior and senior years. The team performed at the school's basketball games and the Teen Arts talent shows in April every year.
Favorite BUDT Memory: Nicole is excited for the whole BUDT experience and sisterhood bonding and cannot wait for Nationals in Daytona!
Interesting Fact: Favorite colors are olive green and lavender and her best friend is her one-year-old Yorkie, Baxter.
Fun Fact: Favorite drink is hot tea with honey and her favorite place is the Jersey shore!

This all comes from Nicole's provided bio on the BUDT website.

First, here's a rough depiction of Nicole's Yorkie, Baxter -

Now before you pass judgement on NJ I must say - I own property in South Jersey and it is simply lovely, despite the stereotypes people give to it (i.e. America's armpit.)

Rough sketch of the wealthier part of Jersey.

Nicole is tan and a fan favorite of some of the BU basketball players. It's clear from Nicole's bio that she has quite a background in dance. Dare I say she's a prodigy? That's yet to be determined I suppose.

It's known that Nicole is quick with posting Facebook pictures. The turnaround time is minimal - I'm talking like eight hours, tops, in posting pictures from a previous night on the town. For her Facebook stalkers, that's a huge, huge plus.

Here are some additional photos of Nicole to see what you're working with:


Now for her competitor:

#4 Jorie Larsen

Name: Jorie Larsen
Number: 4
Hometown: Bloomingdale, IL
Education: CAS '10 - Broadcast Journalism, Minor in Political Science
Dance Background: Growing up, Jorie took jazz classes for twelve years at her studio and competed on two local poms squads. She also competed for four years on her high school dance team, the Lake Park Lancettes (state champs '05 and '06). In high school Jorie danced with the student-run Dance Ensemble troupe for four years.
Favorite BUDT Memory: Performances and shows, team alter egos, national trips, stank faces, the core four, the deck of cards, warm-up (especially when followed by a lengthy wall sit), holiday parties and cleaning Agganis.
Interesting Fact: Jorie is studying abroad in Sydney.
Fun Fact: How many people do you know named Jorie?

This all comes for her provided bio on the BUDT site.

Jorie made a run to the finals last year, only lose to the eventual champion from last year: Grace Lam.

As stated earlier, Jorie is in Australia right now, meaning she may not get support she got last year...or she may get the total support of an entire (backwards) country.

Jorie is in a sorority, which means she'll probably get boatloads of support. It was disappointing to see Jorie change her number from 38 last year to 4. Some say this change caused the downfall of Philadelphia Phillies great, Kyle Kendrick.

Like Nicole, Jorie does have some stalkers. One of which has made his identity known as "Brian E from State College" or "Jorie4L." This man has made such an impact on the team that he's inspired signs to be made in support of Ms. Larsen:

Anyways, here are some more pictures of Jorie:

There you have it. Your two options to advance to the Elite 8. Choose wisely!