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RIP George Thompson
« on: June 08, 2022, 08:12:27 PM »
Long time scoring leader at Marquette died today. RIP Brute Force.

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2022, 08:14:01 PM »

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2022, 08:23:10 PM »
Had the pleasure of watching him play. Al’s first stud. RIP

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2022, 08:28:43 PM »
Damn.  That’s sad.  Never saw him play but knew him still as synonymous with the basketball program. 

That’s a poor description.  He was more than that to Marquette basketball.  One of the most important players and successful players in program history.  A guy that stuck around the community after his pro career ended.  Him and Homer brought an energy and enthusiasm to calling Marquette games that made them a joy to listen to.  A true Warrior in every sense
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2022, 08:29:10 PM »
He was one of first player that Al got from NY.He was one of the best player in MU history. RIP

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2022, 08:34:18 PM »
Dang.  Never saw him play but his legend endured.  Rest in Peace Brute Force
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2022, 09:01:28 PM »
He was the #mubb blueprint.  MU’s original GOAT.  The most important player for our most successful era.  Someone who made sure to use basketball and not the other way around.

Quick story time:

In 2016 I was backstage after the Wisconsin Athletic HOF induction ceremonies (I co-produced it) and was thanking George for coming.  Sam Hauser (we have him the prep athlete of the year award) walks by so I grab Sam and introduce him to George. 

George grabs his shirt from near the collar and goes: ARE YOU ANY GOOD?!!?!  We NEED players!

Sam was cool and just very confidently and respectfully said, yes sir, I’m alright.

I loved that George cared as much as we all do and was as bothered by the recent seasons as we were.

George was Al’s favorite and for good reason.  From Bed Stuy to Briggs is a hell of story.  He  paved the way for so many others. 

RIP Brute Force, the true leading scorer.
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2022, 09:02:45 PM »
So very sad to hear of his death. I was fortunate to see him play for three seasons at Marquette.
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2022, 09:04:47 PM »
May the spotlight shine on his number in the rafters.  May Marquette never try to give out his jersey ever again.

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2022, 09:06:32 PM »
May the spotlight shine on his number in the rafters.  May Marquette never try to give out his jersey ever again.

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2022, 09:08:04 PM »
May the spotlight shine on his number in the rafters.  May Marquette never try to give out his jersey ever again.

And tomorrow...they announce Sean Jones as #24.  :-\
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2022, 09:15:15 PM »
May the spotlight shine on his number in the rafters.  May Marquette never try to give out his jersey ever again.

Very sad.  I would think that number is retired and perhaps sewn on our jerseys.

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2022, 09:20:11 PM »
It all started with George. As mentioned elsewhere in this thread he was the blueprint of what our program became. Was still a street legend in New York many years after he retired .

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2022, 09:25:26 PM »
The number is retired. It was a big issue when Crean allowed Lazar Hayward to wear it.

I always went to freshmen games to watch George Thompson play.

His passing is very sad news.

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2022, 09:25:44 PM »
As a player, a true Warrior. I also had the good fortune to interact with him on several occasions and he couldn’t have been kinder.

He will be missed.

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2022, 09:26:29 PM »
The number is retired. It was a big issue when Crean allowed Lazar Hayward to wear it.

I always went to freshmen games to watch George Thompson play.

His passing is very sad news.

Oh...right. My bad. 

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2022, 09:34:57 PM »
A legend.  In many ways put MU on the map.  And a very good man outside of his incredible athletic ability.  Had the distinct pleasure of toasting George and Ulice Payne several times at the Wisconsin Club.   I hope his journey was peaceful.
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2022, 09:38:09 PM »
I can still picture George, Dean Memminger, Blanton Simmons and Jim O'Boyle playing poker in our apartment on 28th Street.

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2022, 09:59:59 PM »
RIP. I will always remember listening to the radio when MU won to go to the Final Four and how happy he was.

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« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2022, 10:18:12 PM »
RIP. I will always remember listening to the radio when MU won to go to the Final Four and how happy he was.
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2022, 10:20:22 PM »
The number is retired. It was a big issue when Crean allowed Lazar Hayward to wear it.

You’ll note that stunt was pulled after Al died.  TC never had the balls to pull that while Coach was alive.  It speaks to the power of both men.
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2022, 10:36:16 PM »
RIP. I will always remember listening to the radio when MU won to go to the Final Four and how happy he was.

I liked his game commentary with Wade.  "Electroglide".

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2022, 03:50:59 AM »
George Thompson was my first favorite player. I was lucky to have a lot of favorite George memories, but without a doubt my favorite was the hug he gave my at my Mom’s funeral.



Thanks for the memories and RIP George Thompson.

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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2022, 05:09:35 AM »
The number is retired. It was a big issue when Crean allowed Lazar Hayward to wear it.

And when Wojo initially gave it to Haanif Cheatham. Putting a player in #24 is practically a Marquette coaching rite of passage.
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Re: RIP George Thompson
« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2022, 05:51:50 AM »
Crean fookin' sucks
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