About the only competition George Mason encountered during its visit to Livorno on its Italian exhibition tour came during an impromptu dance off after the game.
Hours after the Patriots thumped GMV Ghezzano, 108-38, on Monday night, the Italian club invited its opponents to a post-game dinner party at a local tennis club. George Mason coach Jim Larranaga explains on his blog what happened next:
"Before too long, music was playing and the two dozen girls who were also invited were dancing," Larranaga wrote. "A 35-year old guy from Livorno started dancing as well and soon enough the roof top was like a scene from 'Dancing with the Stars.' Vertrail Vaughans was urged, cajoled, and finally volunteered to represent. The whole team was up dancing and cheering on 'V' who put on a dance performance that had everyone standing, laughing, cheering and applauding."
Although I'm about as qualified to judge a dance-off as Elaine Benes from "Seinfeld," I'd have to give Vaughans a landslide victory here. And the entire George Mason team deserves plenty of credit for turning what could have been a monumentally awkward situation into a fun one for all involved.
It's not every day a balding 35-year-old Italian man challenges a redshirt freshman mid-major guard to a dance-off on foreign soil, so this probably went as smoothly as could possibly be expected.
(Thanks, DC Sports Bog)