Monday, December 28, 2009

Behold the Glory-National Championship Highlight Film

This Morning, I stumbled across this video and I just had to post it.  Thanks to SeanDon, creator of just about every awesome Villanova video ever made.  The Theme from Armageddon  really adds to the mood and frankly it makes me pumped up. 

It almost brings a tear to my eye.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, Bitches

Hope everyone's having a great Christmas. I think Pope Benedict might be feeling a little sore after this hit last night:

I think Andy Talley needs to make a visit to this bitch's house. I mean look at that speed around the end and the way she finishes the tackle. Seriously, sign her up, shes good for at least 5 sacks a year. Plus she's in a church, so she's probably looking for that good catholic education Villanova can provide her with. Get a commitment from this bitch and Andy Talley will be wearing a second ring come next December.

P.s. I give the Pontiff props for taking the punishment, shaking it off and getting right back up again, his team's going to need him out there for third and long after that play for a loss.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"sports is the best thing to happen since do dirty" - Shane Clark

It looks like a Mugshot
A friend of mine recently uncovered webpages that well known Villanova athletes made years ago for computer science class.  These pages happen to reinforce just about every stereotype on earth.  Just for shits, I've decided to share these with the rest of the world in a weekly segment until they run out.  The Athlete in question this week is Shane Clark

What We've Learned This Week:
  • Shane likes cats because they are "soft" "cute" and "fun to rub down on."  By cats, Darkness may have been talking about jersey chasing basketball sluts.
  • He also really likes money, as he lists money as one of his five favorite things and counting money as one of his hobbies.  I never had enough money to count.
  • Shane likes to draw.. I wonder if he colors in between the lines. 
What a gem.. Where did we get this guy?

V for Villanova, FU for ESPN

This kid is at the game and even he knows the ESPN announcers suck.

I think this kid has what it takes to be the official unofficial mascot of Villanova Basketball in about 10 years, reminds me of my young blue self.

100 bucks says that dad quickly realized he too was on tv and finished that beating at home.

In other news, I didn't see any of the game or gamecast tonight, but after reading the recap I'm going to say that was a solid win. I know its only Delaware, but a win is a win. Another thing to note: God damn did I miss Reggie Redding (or should say "Jah damn" in Reggie's case), its looking like things are coming together now that he's back in the lineup.

I'll leave you with this:
I like dogs because you can do alot of things with them to have fun also because some of them are mean and aggressive.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Does Villanova Football Have The Tools in Place To Repeat?

It's Championship or bust in 2010
I know that next Football season is way far away, but I think it is interesting to address whether or not Villanova has what it takes to repeat as Champions.  One of the big questions regarding a repeat is whether or not Matt Szczur returns for his senior season.  If Szczur does return, that should make Villanova a near unanimous preseason number one selection as they return so many starters on both sides of the ball.   In total, Villanova will definitely lose seven starters, a fairly managable number when you consider the high volume of returning players with starting experience of some kind.  In Short: I do think Villanova has the talent in place to make yet another run at a national title.   

Now I'll go position by position to give the state of the team for next year. 

Quarterback- With a career record of 25-5 and a National Championship under his belt, Chris Whitney may already be the Greatest Quarterback Villanova has had in the Andy Talley era.  The mere fact that he is returning makes The 'Cats a contender for another National Championship.  Not only was Whitney the team's leading rusher this season with almost 1,000 yards, but he demonstrated this season that when needed, he can lead the team to victory throwing the ball.  The backup situation takes a hit with the graduation of Antwon Young but next year's backup Chris Johnson was highly touted coming out of high school.

Running Back- For the past couple years, Villanova has been Stacked at Running Back and that shouldn't change in 2010.  Aaron Ball and Angelo Babbaro should each return for their senior seasons and hopefully next year they will both be healthy for the entire year.  Ball, a downhill runner who is a load to bring down has shown his ability running the football as he ran for over 1,000 yards in 2008 as a sophomore and was third on the team in rushing in 2009.  Babbaro, who is more of a scat back and a legitimate receiving threat out of the backfield had his moments in 2009 and should have a larger role in the offense in 2010.  Behind the two main backs is Lawrence Doss who has good hands and decent speed.  With the return of the top three players on the depth chart at running back, Villanova should be stacked at that position yet again in 2010.

Wide Receivers- In theory, The 'Cats could be hit very hard by graduation at Wide Receiver.  Brandyn Harvey, one of the most prolific wideouts in school history will graduate so Villanova must replace his production.  There is also the question of Matt Szczur.  It is not a foregone conclusion that Szczur will leave Villanova to play professional baseball but that is a spector that should loom over VU Football for this entire offseason.  I've heard #4 quoted as saying that football is his first love and that's why he decided to go to Villanova so this situation is very touch and go.  I happen to believe that he has as much of a chance in the NFL as he does in Major League Baseball.  Behind Harvey and Szczur is Norman White, Dorian Wells, Mikey Reynolds, Larry Jackson, Kenny Miles and freshman Joe Price.  Should Szczur leave, expect White and Wells to pick up some of the Slack left by both him and Harvey with the rest of the receivers getting the rest of the available touches divided between them.

Tight End- Since Villanova runs a run-heavy spread offense, the Tight End was used mostly as a blocker this season.  Returning starter Chris Farmer did get slightly more involved in the offense down the stretch in the playoff run and scored what amounted to being the game winning touchdown in the National Championship.  Villanova has lacked a threat at the Tight End position since the graduation of Matt Sherry.  The role of the Tight End in the Villanova Offense could change next year as Brennan Erbeznik (who was redshirted this year) compares favorably to Sherry according to Coach Talley.  The more diversified the offense becomes the better and if Tight Ends are making plays in the passing game, that bodes well for The 'Cats.

Offensive Line-  The Offensive Line was the strongest position group on Villanova's 2009 team.  While two players graduate, the Offensive Line returns its two best players.  Anchoring the left side Villanova Offensive Line for the fourth consecutive year in 2010 will be Left Tackle Ben Ijalana and Left Guard Brant ClouserIjalana (who is a legitimate NFL prospect on The Blind Side) and Clouser have been starting for The 'Cats since the day they walked onto campus in 2007 and have not missed a game since.  At Center, Villanova loses a four year starter in Brian Brannigan but sliding in his place will be Dan Shirey, who is very talented in his own right and started several games this season as a true freshman including the National Championship.  Right Guard is a question mark and spring practice will probably sort it out but I'm guessing that freshman Josh Bucci may have the upper hand if he is able to slide to guard from his natural position of tackle.  At Right Tackle, Chidozie Ekweozor should be the opening day starter if he is able to recover from his torn ACL that he suffered in the Holy Cross game.  With these five in place and a talented transfer from Hofstra coming in, The 'Cats should be in good shape on the Line in 2010.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Whew! Recapping a Long Weekend Low on Suck and High on Awesome

It was a long weekend.  Everything about it was long; from the 11 hour drive to Chattanooga to the almost 24 hour layover in Atlanta after our initial flight got canceled.  One thing made the entire ordeal worth it: Villanova taking home a National Championship in Football for the first time in program history.  Matt Szczur was ridiculous, as he racked up 270 all purpose yards and two touchdowns to pace the 23-21 victory for The 'CatsChris Whitney was able to rebound from a shaky start to gain over 100 yards on the ground and throw a touchdown to Tight End Chris Farmer.  Perhaps most importantly, the 'Nova defense was able to hold Montana Wide Receiver Marc Mariani to zero catches in the second half after he torched the Wildcat secondary for 178 yards in the first half.

It Makes Me Happy When: I see something as awesome as that Game in Person

It Makes Me Sad Pissed Off When: The Band doesn't show up, yet again.  The Villanova band deserves to be treated like the bunch of losers they are

What's Coming This Week: Probably back to the regularly scheduled programming (Basketball) and something about why the Villanova Band sucks.

Friday, December 18, 2009



Fact's Thoughts From Chattanooga

Upon arriving at the Hotel in Chattanooga, I realized why there is a movement to Move the National Championship away from there.  I know I shouldn't judge a city by a first impression in a small area, but walking to the game from the hotel makes me wish that I brought a gun with me.  Not only was the weather horrific, but it was the most scared I have ever been in my life behind when I went to Memphis when I was 15 (what a coincidence, they're both in Tennessee.)  One of the good things so far about the trip has been the overall friendliness of the Montana fans.  They have been very polite and friendly in every encounter. Now it's time i go to the game, but aside from the slums, Chatty has been decent.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Unsung Hero: An Ode To Tony Canci

When you think of the Villanova Football Team, you think of Chris Whitney, Matt Szczur, Osayi Osunde  and Tim Kukucka. One player that is usually not mentioned in a list of important players is senior running back/special teams ace Tony CanciCanci started at Villanova as a walk-on and eventually earned his way onto the field by proving he is an excellent special teams player.  This season, he has been able to work himself onto the field a lot more both as a lead blocker in the running game and as an effective receiver out of the backfield.  The trust the coaching staff has shown in him has paid off as he has caught four touchdown passes this year to go along with his always stellar performance on special teams.  While he isn't the fastest or the most gifted player on the field, Tony Canci is exactly the kind of player that every coach loves because he's willing to do whatever it takes to help Villanova win games.  In the bright lights of The National Championship game, the storylines will all be about the star players, but one story that will be lost in the minds of everyone is the fact that someone who embodies every good trait in a football player will be playing the final game of his career.  Thank you for five excellent years of service Tony Canci, I certainly do not take your contribution to the team lightly and no one else should either.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Is It Friday Yet?? Fact's Thoughts on The National Championship Game

As regular readers of this blog know, I'm a huge fan of Villanova Football.  I'm a rarity in that I care as much about the Football team As I do about the Basketball team.  In the four years since I first started at Villanova, there has been an unprecedented era of success in both sports.  The Basketball team has made it to the Final Four and now the Football team is headed to Chattanooga where they will play for a National Championship.  Tomorrow night, I leave for Tennessee and hopefully when I head back home, the Villanova Football team will have won their first National Championship.  I know how far this team has come since 2006 when they started the season 2-5 only to win their last four games to finish 6-5.  Since I've been at Villanova, they have yet to have a losing season or lose to Delaware.  If they can cap off this four years with a National Championship, this senior class will have come full circle and cement themselves as one of if not the greatest senior class in school history.  Winning a Championship will not be easy, as they have to play against a formidable (undefeated) opponent in Montana.  While it won't be easy, The 'Cats have all the tools in place to win a Championship NOW.  While Matt Szczur does have one year of eligibility remaining after this year, he may leave early to play professional baseball so there is the lingering possibility that Villanova could lose their best offensive threat in the offseason, something that is never easy.  The 'Cats must go for broke in this game because they may not have the opportunity to get to a Championship again.

National Championship Game
When: Friday December 18th at 8 PM
Where: Chattanooga, TN
Televised Live on ESPN2

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Keys To The National Championship Game: Villanova vs. Montana

Andy Talley has finally cleared the hump and made it to the National Championship.  The opponent in the Championship Game will be the undefeated Grizzlies from the University of Montana.  While Villanova is making its first trip to the National Championship, Montana is no stranger to playing in Chattanooga as their most recent trip was last season when they lost to Richmond 24-7.  The 'Cats need to finish what they've started and not allow Montana to get in their way. 

Here are my keys to the game:

Go For Win Four With #4- There is no doubt at this point who Villanova's best offensive player is.  Matt Szczur has been beyond phoneomenal, especially in the last few games. Look for a heavy dose of Szczur in the wildcat as it is no longer necessary to budget his touches.  In my opinion, they should give the ball to him until Montana finds a way to stop him.  Few teams have been able to stop him yet this season so VIllanova should challenge The Griz to stop #4

Cut to The Chase- Montana running back Chase Reynolds absolutely torched Appalachian State last week on the ground by running effectively behind his huge offensive line.   It is imperative that The 'Cats get penetration and cut Reynolds down in the backfield before he can get into the second level.  In order to stop him, Villanova must rely on the quickness they have defensively to get into the backfield, otherwise the brute strength of the Montana offensive line could pave the way for a big day on the ground for Chase Reynolds.

Play Smart- All season, The 'Cats have been extremely disciplined, they are in the top five in the nation in penalty yardage and fewest turnovers lost.  They cannot afford to lose themselves and play undisciplined football for the first time in the most important game of the season.  This doesn't only extend to penalties and turnovers, Montana possesses a good passing attack so The 'Cats cannot afford to be out of position on defense or else they will be burned.  If The 'Cats are able to play mistake free while forcing mistakes at the same time, they will greatly increase their chances of winning the game. 

Get Pressure on The Quarterback- Montana's quarterback Andrew Selle is a very good player when he has time to throw.  He also has a plethora of receivers to throw the ball to, especially All-American wideout Marc Mariani.  Montana's offensive line has done a very good job pass blocking this year so Villanova must try to keep Selle and The Griz offensive line confused with timely blitzes and pressure from the front three linemen on top of that. Villanova defensive end Tim Kukucka, who has been fantastic this season, must continue his high level of play and get pressure off the edge.  In last year's national championship, Richmond defensive end Lawrence Sidbury was the difference in the game as he had four sacks.  If Villanova is able to get that many sacks as a team much less from one player, they will put the offense in the position to win.

That's it for now, probably more tomorrow or Thursday before I leave for CHATTY.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

If Villanova Football Wins It All, Then is It Time to Upgrade?

Villanova Football is heading into uncharted territory.  With the win on Friday, Villanova has become the first FCS team from a school that belongs to a power conference (in all sports other than football) to reach the championship game.  Even former Yankee Conference (The Precursor to the CAA) member UConn never made it to the championship game and they made the decision to move up to the Big East last decade.  As you can tell, I quite enjoy the product that Villanova puts out on the Football field, but it is very hard for the average Villanova fan to get excited about playing Towson, a school in which Villanova has absolutely zero ties to outside of playing them once a year in Football.

One thing to take into consideration is the long rumored fissure of the Big East in which the football schools (Syracuse, Rutgers, WVU, UConn etc.) would kick the basketball only (Catholic) schools to the curb, forcing them to form a new conference.  If that ends up happening, Villanova will ultimately have to make a choice, elevate football and stay in the Big East or do nothing and force Villanova into Mid Major status in basketball (and lose Jay Wright in the process.)  In my mind, Villanova has no other option but to begin upgrading their football team in every way possible from facilities to infrastructure.  Another necessity is that Villanova once again takes a look at the costs and benefits of moving up in football.  Unlike the last study regarding the football program, this study must be given a chance by the higher ups among Villanova's Administration (especially in the president's office.)  Jay Wright has put in too much time and effort to return the Villanova Basketball program to national prominence and I want it to stay that way, which is why football must be addressed.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


What a year 2009 has been for Villanova Sports.  First, the Basketball team made it to the Final Four for the first Time since 1985 and now the Football team is going to Chattanooga on the strength of their 14-13 win over William & Mary on Friday Night.  They already have set a school record for wins in a season with 13 and hopefully next week they make it 14. 

It Makes Me Happy When: I see Andy Talley finally exorcise his demons and make it to the Championship Game.  About three years ago, I was about to write him off but it's a good thing that he stayed.  This team has some scary potential, they return most of their starters next season including most of their top offensive weapons. 

It Makes Me Sad When: I realize that in the state the program is in now that nobody will ever support the Football team, even in it's finest hour.  I was however very happy with the student turnout at the game.. If only we could boost the support of the team with the alumni and casual fan, that would be nice.

Looking Ahead: I desperately want to go to the Championship game.  On message boards Appalachian State and Montana fans were sitting on their high horses about Villanova's fan support.  As far as I'm concerned, they can go eat a dick.

That's it for today.. More to come after the Basketball Game tomorrow. 

Friday, December 11, 2009

What to Look For Tonight: Villanova-William & Mary Preview

Hopefully We Will See A lot of this From A Ball

Tonight, Villanova will play in their biggest football game during Andy Talley's 25 year tenure as head coach at the school.  The opponent, William & Mary is a familiar one to The 'Cats as the two teams face each other every season (Villanova beat The Tribe 28-17 earlier this season.)  W&M comes in boasting a stout defense and a solid offense so The 'Cats must play solid in all facets of the game if they want to come away with a win.
Here is my guide to the game:
  • Who Can Run The Ball? Both teams have particularly stout run defenses and solid running offenses.  Bill and Mary comes into the game with the nation's number one ranked run defense which could hurt run-heavy Villanova.  Villanova is an extremely difficult team to stop on the ground though as they average 237 yards a game running the ball.  In the last four games, The 'Cats have been averaging nearly 300 yards a game on the ground.  In the first game between these two teams, Villanova Running Backs Angelo Babbaro and Aaron Ball were both banged up yet Villanova was still able to have some success running the ball.  With both running backs healthy and Babbaro coming off the best game of his college career, Villanova should be in a better position to run the ball than they were in the first matchup between these two teams.  Early on in the game, try to observe who is winning the battle at the line of scrimmage as that is the ultimate key to the game in my opinion. 
  • Who Will Pass Protect? Both teams stop the run so there could be some long third down situations that force the quarterbacks to throw.  In order to throw however, the signal callers will need time to throw as both teams in this game are among the nation's best at harassing quarterbacks.  Defensive End Adrian Tracy, W&M's top pass rusher has lived in opposing backfields this season, he's very difficult to block and he had a big game against Villanova earlier in the season.  I expect Villanova to pass block better than they did in the last game against William and Mary as it seems they have turned a corner but I still expect W&M to make some plays in the Villanova backfield.  Villanova's pass rush is nothing to sleep on as End Tim Kukucka is coming off a monster game against UNH in which he had six tackles and two and a half sacks.  Neither team will be able to win this game if they can't protect the passer so it should be interesting to see who wins this battle.
  • Who Handles the Elements? Compared to last week, the conditions for this game will seem nice for The 'Cats as they played their game last week in a wet wintry hell.  The conditions will still not be great though as it should be well below freezing with heavy winds.  Wind and cold together make passing the ball a bitch as the ball gets very hard and slick when it's cold added to the fact that it's never easy to throw in the wind (ask Eli Manning.)   If the wind has an effect on the ball in the passing game, the team that performs better in the kicking game has a decided advantage as I don't expect either team to run the ball too easily.  Last week, Nick Yako had an incredible game kicking the ball even though it looked to be near impossible to get footing. 
  • What Quarterback Steps Up? This game is a matchup between the two best Quarterbacks in the CAA (as voted by the coaches.)  Villanova signal-caller Chris Whitney was voted to the first team and Tribe QB RJ Archer was named to the second team.  Both quarterbacks are very athletic (Archer is a former Wide Receiver) and can run with the football.  Whitney is a load to bring down and he is the Ultimate X-Factor in this game due to his running ability.  If Whitney is able to run the ball early, that will ultimately slow down the William & Mary pass rush and it will give Villanova an opportunity to throw some passes and throw the defense off balance.  Archer had a big game throwing the ball earlier in the season statistically, but he made some mistakes.  If Archer is able to replicate his early season performance without the turnovers, it will be very hard for Villanova to beat William and Mary. 
  • Who Gets in a Rhythm Early? Villanova has made a living in the first quarter of games this year.  In 13 games so far this season, The 'Cats have given up only 30 points in the first quarter while they have scored 135.  So on average, The 'Cats have been leading by more than eight points at the end of the first quarter.  William and Mary on the other hand has been struggling in the first quarter as of late as RJ Archer has found it difficult to get into a rhythm early.  If Villanova is in the lead by more than a touchdown after the first quarter, they will be in very good shape for the rest of the game. 
That's it for today, come to the game tonight.. It's at eight o'clock at Villanova Stadium.  Student Tickets will be 10 dollars at the door.  If you can't make it, the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Go 'Cats!

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Weekend in Villanova Sports

This was yet another good weekend to be a Villanova fan, the basketball team pulled off a win against Maryland in DC last night and the football team destroyed UNH on Saturday.  The football team finds itself one win away from a National Championship appearance in Chattanooga
Here are my thoughts on the weekend. 
  • Aside from nearly literally freezing my ass off, the football game this weekend was some of the most fun I've ever had at a sporting event of any kindThe 'Cats absolutely destroyed UNH and to add insult to injury, the UNH football team had to deal with snowballs while they were walking off the field (awesome.) 
  • UNH played like they were barefoot on Saturday.  I've never seen a team slip around a field like that.  They should have been given Ice Skates
  • Friday night's game against William and Mary is on ESPN2 my over/under on the number of times Matt Szczur's name is butchered will be conservatively placed at three.
  • Greivis Vasquez is such a huge twat.  Then entire game, he was talking shit to the Villanova players (I'm not sure what language he speaking in) all while he was having an epically terrible game.  It's all good though, because Scottie Reynolds made that piece of shit his bitch all night long.
  • Taylor King's range is all the way out to the parking lot.. He can take (and make) shots that would make me throw things at the television if anyone else took them.  Thank god Dook didn't know what to do with him.
  • Corey Fisher does things that are straight out of the And 1 mixtape.   He's a bonafide playground legend.
  • The ACC is gahbage this year.  Between losing the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and North Carolina's loss to Kentucky (who are overrated) I think it's safe to say that this is the worst ACC in quite a while. 
  • Flozell Adams needs to grow the fuck up and the NFL needs to drop the hammer on that fatass.  Anything less than a two game suspension by the league would be absolutely outrageous at this juncture.
  • I would like to beg anyone within 100 miles of Villanova to come to the football game on Friday night.  I know it's not "big time football" but this is about as big time as we're going to get.  Nothing else will be worth watching on a Friday night in December so come out and support The 'Cats as they go Injun Hunting. 
I'm lazy today so That's all I'm going to say, I'll be back throughout the week.  Go to the game on Friday, bring friends. 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Soapbox #8: Why Seton Hall Sucks

He is no Jay Wright
Editors Note: This is the first soapbox entry in quite a long time but I saw something that greatly offended me and I thought it was worth pursuing. 

Seton Hall guard Keon Lawrence, who got into an accident while driving drunk in the wrong lane on the Garden State Parkway last month (he also was driving on a suspended license and had two outstanding traffic warrants) will be cleared to play against Temple on December 19th, a little over a month after the fact.  The fact that he is even on the Seton Hall roster is complete and utter bullshit.  The Lawrence situation and the recent suspension of fatass freshman center Melvyn Oliver serve as proof that Bobby Gonzalez is running a halfway house at Seton Hall without a license from the State of New Jersey.  Is Seton Hall really that desperate to win basketball games that they'll put up with these shenanigans from a coach who has barely won 50 percent of his games since he arrived at the school in 2006?  It absolutely sickens me that a player who's potentially fatal actions received the same suspension that Reggie Redding (who had an otherwise clean record) was handed for being in possession of marijuana.  The NCAA needs to form some sort of guidelines for this type of offense because it seems to me that where a player to school has a big effect on the consequences they get (see: Eric Devendorf.)  I can hope for nothing more at this point than for Seton Hall to lose every single Big East game they play in this season

Villanova Beats Drexel 77-58, Exorcises Demons In The Process

Thank Yahweh that this wasn't the same game or the same Drexel team as three years ago.  With yesterday's 77-58 win, Villanova further asserted itself as the undisputed heavyweight champ of Philadelphia Basketball.  All that remains in this year's quest for Philly supremacy is for The 'Cats to take care of business against Temple and the Safety School Better known as St. Joe's.  Even though they didn't play very well offensively (especially in the first half,) The 'Cats put in arguably their best defensive effort of the season as evidneced by the fact that they collected eight blocks as a team (three by Maurice Sutton) and nine steals (four by Corey Fisher.)  Scottie Reynolds had arguably his best game of the season scoring 14 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists and only turning the ball over twice.  Leading the way in scoring was Antonio Pena who scored a career high 19 points and grabbed 11 boards in the process.  Taylor King continued to provide instant offense off the bench as he had 16 points (on four of six from three point range) and five rebounds.

Here's what I'm thinking:
  • Tone is playing like a man possessed.  If he can sink free throws at around 70 percent like he did last night, he could be a very dangerous weapon.  We've needed a post scorer for the longest time that didn't have to resort to jump shots to get points.  I can't remember the last Villanova player who had this many double doubles this early in the season.
  • The whiner also known as Coach K is a retard for letting Taylor King leave Dook.  If he had T-King last night against Wisconsin, they would have won the game and The ACC would have won that stupid challenge over the Big Ten.
  • I'm shocked that Tim Higgins was officiating the game yet Drexel still had five more personal fouls than Villanova.  I guess he knows he'll get fired if he tries to ruin another Villanova season.  I hope he's still enlightened come Big East conference play.
  • I could care less that JayVaughn Pinkston is committing to play at Villanova.  It seems that every other Villanova Blog devotes anywhere from 30-60 percent of it's energy on recruiting when it's an inexact science.  For example, did you know that if you went by Rivals Rankings, the 2002 recruiting class was ranked from highest to lowest Jason Fraser, Curtis Sumpter, Randy Foye and Allan Ray.  The order in which they were ranked happens to be the exact opposite order of their career scoring numbers.  Pinkston also could still change his mind and sign somewhere else. 
  • This isn't basketball related but I'm absolutely disgusted that Hofstra took the coward's route and decided to drop their football program.  It seems that football is made into a pariah whenever the going gets tough financially.  I hope Andy Talley lets out the welcome mat for any Hofstra players (granted they meet the necessary requirements) who want to finish their eligibility at Villanova.
That's it for this, I'll probably have something else on the UNH Football game and something on the Maryland game (probably both of them bunched into one post) by tomorrow or early Saturday.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009

    Villanova Versus UNH Game Deux Preview Part Deux: Matchups

    I released the preview for the game the other day but I thought that since this is a playoff game, I'd dive a little deeper in and give you a position by position breakdown to see who has the upper hand.  Looking at the stats only, both Villanova and UNH are very evenly matched, which is why i felt it was worth it to go down the line and do it position by position to see who has the advantage.

    Quarterback- Villanova: This is a fairly obvious choice for me as Chris Whitney has been absolutely sensational so far this season, both throwing the ball and running with it.  That's not to say that New Hampshire Quarterback RJ Toman is not dangerous, he can be very dangerous.. he's just a much more streaky player than Whitney is. 

    Running Back- Push/Villanova: Before the season started I would have told you hands down that this was in favor of Villanova, but Aaron Ball and Angelo Babbaro have been just good this year as opposed to last year when they were great.  UNH has two good running backs this year in Chad Kackert and Sean Jellison.  Villanova is generally good at stopping the run so it will be interesting to see what New Hampshire's two pronged running attack will do this week.  Babbaro did not play in the first game due to turf toe, but he should be ready to go out and prove what UNH didn't have to deal with the last game. 
    Wide Receiver- Villanova: Villanova wins this matchup running away as the Combination of Brandyn Harvey, Matt Szczur, Dorian Wells, Norman White and Mikey Reynolds may be the best receiving corps in the nation. UNH's receivers are good, but they're nothing to really brag about.

    Tight End- UNH: New Hampshire Tight End Scott Sicko is worth Bragging about though.  This category was far and away the easiest to pick because Sicko is an absolute stud, he blocks well and catches passes like a wide receiver.  The best receiving threat on UNH, Sick torched Villanova in the last meeting with a few long plays up the middle for touchdowns.  As for Villanova, Tight End may be the weakest position on the team.  Converted Defensive End Chris Farmer has done a servicable job at Tight End (mostly blocking) but he's not nearly the threat that Scott Sicko is in the Passing Game.

    Offensive Line- Villanova: Even without starting Right Tackle Chidozie Ekweozor, Villanova still gets the advantage on this one.  The reason I give the advantage to Villanova is that they have proven all season that they are a force in the run blocking department (even in the absence of Chidozie.)  Expect to see a lot of runs by The 'Cats to the Side of Stud Junior Left Tackle Ben Ijalana and his counterpart (and roommate) Left Guard Brant Clouser along with Center Brian Brannigan and Right Guard/Tackle Jon Bugli.  With those four along with either Freshman Guard/Center Dan Shirey or Freshman Tackle Josh Bucci (who may get his redshirt pulled), you'd be hard pressed to find a better Offensive Line in the nation.  UNH's O-Line on the other hand is an Achilles Heel for the team, but apparently they have turned a corner.

    Remember Where You Heard It First: Mouph Tests Posititive For Hepatitis B

    Last Month we broke the story that Mouphtaou Yarou's mysterious "viral infection" was actually a case of Hepatitis B.  Excuse the initial report where we said he might have tuberculosis, but that is what was reported to me at the time and according to  The Voice, Mouph thought the TB test was a false positive which at this moment appears to be the case.  The diagnosis all but solidifies the fact that Mouph will be out for the rest of the season.  Luckily, his condition is not life threatening and Hep B is not nearly as problematic as Hepatitis C.  All we can wish for at this point is for Mouph to make a speedy and full recovery.

    Monday, November 30, 2009

    Villanova-Drexel Preview: Philly Champs Versus The Big 5's Retarded Cousin

    Three years ago I witnessed firsthand one of the most depressing Villanova losses in memory and it still stings to this day to think about that game.  Bruiser Flint brought in his Drexel Dragons and beat Villanova at The Pavillion.  I remember walking back to my room that night thinking that The Golden Age of Villanova Basketball was over, Allan Ray, Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry were gone and were not going to be replaced by the new crop of freshmen.  Thank Joe Pesci that I was wrong, because three years after that game, The Golden Age of Villanova Basketball is still cruising down the interstate at 100 MPH.  One name that I will never forget is Frank Elegar not only for his performance in that game, but his taunting of Villanova students on Facebook afterward.  Luckily, that game was a long time ago and Bilal Benn is no longer able to cough the ball up at mid court for The 'Cats (that's Niagara's problem.)  I don't have too much to work with on Drexel, all I know is that they lost to those cunts at St. Blow's (who lost to Rider tonight.  Anything less than a decisive Villanova victory is simply unacceptable. 

    If Villanova Wins- Big Fucking Deal, We're supposed to win.

    If Villanova Loses- The Call for a Mass Suicide in the event of a Villanova loss is still in effect for this game. 

    It Makes Me Happy When- St. Joe's loses to a team from The MAAC, especially when that School is my Mother's Alma Mater

    It Makes Me Sad When- I find out that Mouph is probably out for the year.  Fucking Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Scottie Needs: 540 Points to pass Kerry Kittles.

    Alright bitches, that's enough for tonight.. I'll probably have something else to say about this game come gameday.

    Villanova-UNH Game Deux.. Revenge or a Repeat of Last Time?

    This coming Saturday, The Villanova Football Team will attempt to exorcise some demons by playing the only team that beat them this entire season; their namesakes from the University of New Hampshire.  In the last game in front of a packed house in Durham, New Hampshire, UNH pulled off the upset by jumping off to an early lead and fighting off a fierce Villanova comeback attempt to win 28-24.  In that game, neither team could move the ball into the strong winds that day and Villanova had the misfortune to have the wind in their face during both the first and fourth quarters.  That game acted as a serious wake up call for The 'Cats as they have rattled off six straight wins since that gutwrenching loss at UNH.  The six game winning streak is the longest for Villanova since the beginning of the 2003 season.  While Villanova rolled through their schedule after the UNH game, UNH cooled down in the last five games of their CAA slate going 3-2 with losses against UMass and William and Mary and a shootout win over CAA doormat Rhode Island.  Hopefully for Villanova, homefield advantage for this game will make up the four point differential for last game and more.  The Sportsbooks are giving UNH 11 Points take UNH getting 11 and Villanova to win. 

    Here's some of my In Depth analysis.
    • Somebody Get Sicko- UNH Tight End Scott Sicko is being watched by NFL scouts and people in the know think he will get drafted.  I happen to believe them.  In the first game against UNH this season, Sicko Shredded the Villanova defense.  This game I think it's important to not allow him to get a free release from the line of scrimmage, they should bump him to try to throw off the timing between him and Quarterback RJ Toman.  Sicko is the most dynamic UNH player in the passing game, they have to find a way to slow him.  If Villanova is able to limit Scott Sicko to shorter gains rather than long passes up the middle, they greatly improve their chance to win this game.
    • Find The Pass Rush- Last game, Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph was not hit nearly enough.  One of Villanova's signatures is getting pressure on the quarterback and they cannot give Toman all day to throw the ball like they did with Randolph.  I personally believe that they will be able to get to Toman this week based on how they did pressuring him in the last game and the fact that Randolph was both very quick at diagnosing the Villanova coverage and finding the an open receiver then getting the ball off.  Certain quarterbacks do very well against Villanova's defense while it gives others fits.  We'll just have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see how Toman handles the Villanova defense. 
    • Ride The Gravy Train- Matt Szczur has been doing everything in recent games.  He's coming off a career best receiving total of 130 yards to go alone with over 50 yards running the ball.  It has become very clear at this point that Matt Szczur is one of the best playmakers in all of College Football.  Expect a heavy dose of Szczur in this game Running, Receiving and possibly even throwing the ball as he's had some of his best games of the season in recent weeks.  If Matt Szczur has as big an impact on this game as he did on the game against HC, Villanova should win. 
    • Protect WhitneyThe Offensive Line is coming off perhaps their best game of the season in the win over Holy Cross.  Not only did the offense run for almost 300 yards but Chris Whitney also passed for 239 yards.  I expect UNH to do a better job pressuringWhitney than Holy Cross did so the O-Line needs to be on top of their game(s).  Making matters a little more difficult is the season ending knee injury to starting Right Tackle Chidozie Ekweozor who I felt was really coming along nicely after struggling a little earlier in the season.  Earlier today in his Conference Call, Coach Talley wasn't sure what was going to be done to replace him.  The two most likely situations would be to pull the redshirt off of True Freshman Josh Bucci or to shuffle the O-Line and move Senior Right Guard Jonathan Bugli at Right Tackle and insert True Freshman Dan Shirey at Right Guard.  The latter of those two choices seems to be the most likely as Bugli has started several games this season at Tackle and Shirey has Started games at Guard.  If Chris Whitney stays off his back this game, Villanova will be very, very hard to beat. 
    • Control The Clock- One of the reasons Villanova was able to pull away from Holy Cross was their long, sustained drives.  As a result of those drives, they controlled the clock for almost 60 percent of the game last week.  If they can do the same thing against the UNH and keep the Villanova defense rested on the sideline, I'm fairly certain Villanova will win this game. 
    That's it for today folks.. I'm sure I'll revisit this later on in the week if I think of something new.  Kickoff is Saturday afternoon at 3:30.. Come early and tailgate in the east lot.

    This week In Sports

    Hello bitches, after weeks of finding other things to do besides my work i have finally run out of options and have been reduced to coming back and writing for this blog.
    This is setting up to be an awesome week in the sports world, Villanova and otherwise.
    I'm sure that some of the other Villanova sports teams have shit this week but I don't really give a fuck about anything but Men's Basketball and Football.
    So here's what's on tap this week
    Big10/ACC Challenge: I really don't care that much about this but I'm sure there are plenty of people interested in seeing the overrated Big10 get ass-fucked by the ACC. One match-up I am looking forward to is the Minnesota Miami clash on Wednesday. This is only because I want to see how Malcom Grant is doing down at The U. Even though he left, I still appreciate what he did fot the Cats during his time on the Mainline.
    Villanova vs. Drexel: Wednesday night at the Pavillion the Cats will take on the Dragons. I fucking hate Drexel for a lot of reasons but mostly because of the fact that they beat us here during my freshman year and because they think that they should be allowed into the Big 5 in basketball. Fuck that, I don't want any more OOC rival obligations with shitty teams. We are already forced to play 4 shitty teams from Philly so we can assert our dominance and I don't want anymore. I hope the Cats will take a giant dump on Drexel and show them how it feels to be part of the Big 5.
    FIFA World Cup Draw: On Friday, the groups will be decided for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The draw will go a long way in decideing which teams will have a shot at taking the whole thing this summer. In 2006 the US got drawn against Italy, Ghana and The Czech Republic, three very capable sides, which played a huge part in the early exit by the Red, White and Blue (well that and some awesomely inept coaching). This year, I'mm really hoping for an easy draw for the Americans (and the English) and I would love nothing more than to see New Zealand and South Africa in our group.
    Saturday: Saturday is shaping up to be an awesome day for Villanova and no-Villanova sports fans and I'm especially looking forward to 3 things. My day will start off with Chelsea vs. Manchester City at 12:30. The Blues have been in great form lately dispatching Arsenal 3-0 on Sunday while City is struggling having drawn a EPL record 7 games in a row. I hate Man City and fully expect the Blues to smash their fucking faces in. Later in the day you have Villanova vs.UNH in an NCAA 1-AA football quarterfinal match-up. I don't really know a lot about 1-AA fottball but I know UNH beat us in a close game earlier this year and that I really want Nova to win. I'll let Fact handle the rest. And last but not least, the SEC Championship Game: #1 Florida vs. #2 Alabama in Hot 'Lanta. I hate Tim Tebow and hope Terrence "Mount" Cody, Rolando McClain and Javier Arenas run train on him all day. Either way it should be an awesome game to watch.
    Villanova and Mayrland: Sunday at 7:30 these 2 face off in D.C. in Nova's best OOC game of the year. I think this could turn out to be an awesome game and I hope the Cats can contiune to play well and beat the turtles.

    So that's all I got, looks like an interesting week and hopefully Villanova will fare well in all its endevours.

    It's a Good Day To Be a Villanova Fan

    Yes friends it is a good day to be a Villanova fan.  The Football team beat Holy Cross 38-28 and is headed to the quarterfinals of the playoffs for the second straight year, The Men's basketball team beat LaSalle handily and the Women's basketball team won a tournament in Chattanooga. (good omen?) I'm going to just meld all of my bullshit into one super awesome post rather than waste my time and write the equivalent of a novella on something that could be accomplished in much less than that.  Plus.. nobody reads this shitty blog anyway, not even my friends.

    Here's My Take on the Day In Villanova Sports

    • I hate bitching about officiating, but there was some bullshit going on by the men in stripes.  It Seemed every time Villanova had a chance to stop Holy Cross and finally put the game away, a flag was thrown.  It was annoying to say the least, I'm not going to get into too much detail, but it was definitely fishy.
    • There is no better way to say it, Chris Whitney is a fucking winner.  Not only did he have one of the best games of his career passing the ball, but he ran for 60 yards to go along with it.  He and Matt Szczur (all hail Szczur) were in sync the entire game as Szczur ended up with 130 yards receiving plus 55 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.  Aaron Ball also toted the rock well as he finished with 99 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
    • Holy Cross' Quarterback Dominic Randolph is the truth.  He absolutely shredded the Villanova defense (especially in the first half.)  Look for him when it comes time for the NFL Draft.
    • The Men's Basketball team looks like it's finally getting it's shit together. Early Season MVP: Antonio Pena.  Villanova has not had a consistent low post scorer since the failed Michael Bradley experiment toward the end of the also failed Steve Lappas experiment.
    • Sighting at The Football Game: St. Patrick High School (Fish, Nardi, Al Harrington and Marcus "Big Dog" Austin to name a few) Coach Kevin Boyle.  Word on the street is that his daughter is a cheerleader (I hope she isn't one of the beasts.)
    • The Women's Basketball Team winning the finals of their tournament over hosts UT-Chattanooga has to be a good Omen (right??)  Hopefully another Villanova team will be playing in Chatty in a few weeks (for those of you retards in the audience, the correct answer is Football.)  Please at least try to go to at least one women's game this season.. The team barely gets any support from the students and Harry Perretta, the coach is worth the (cheap) price of admission (free for students.)
    • The reported attendance for the game was a load of dookie.  There were closer to eight thousand people there than the 4300 listed.
    • I'm really hoping for a win against UNH on Saturday and then a matchup against SIU the following week.  I have some personal ties to The Salukis that I'll revisit if necessary. 
    • Matt Szczur- Baseball sucks, you're better at Football.. Please don't leave Villanova.
    • The BCS sucks, but they made a website to try to prove otherwise. Well they failed to convince me. 
    That's about it.. Oh yeah, Jason Colenda isn't on the basketball team anymore.  Big Fucking Deal, it's not like he's going to do anything anyways. 

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    The Favored Son Versus The Bastard Child: Villanova-LaSalle Preview

     Tom Gola Will not be playing tomorrow

    In recent years, LaSalle has been far and away the worst team in the Big Five.  In fact, LaSalle is the only team in the Big Five that has not made the NCAA tournament this decade.  I don't see that changing any time soon when they have to compete against Temple and St. Joe's for recruits (it's like picking between the electric chair, lethal injection and the gas chamber.)  If you expect

    What Should Happen: Villanova should cruise to victory as they are simply better than The Explorers.

    What Most Likely Will Happen: Villanova will allow LaSalle to stay in the game for too long.

    If Villanova Wins: They will need two more wins to prove they are the Daddy of the Big Five for yet another year.

    If Villanova Loses: I recommend Mass Suicide.  Just drink the Kool-Aid before me.

    Scottie Needs: 554 Points

    If you go to the game tomorrow, I'd like to encourage you to show up a few hours early and at least show up to see some of the Villanova Football Team's first round playoff game against Holy Cross.  As I said earlier today, the team we have this year is special.  Don't let the year pass by without going to at least one game.  Kickoff is at noon.  Peace out and Go 'Cats

    Football- Why This Team is Special: Seventh Floor Crew Edition

    Heading into the Playoffs, The Villanova Football Team has already achieved something that has never happened in the long history of the program: two straight ten win seasons.  I have been going to games for over half my life and after the Delaware game I came to the conclusion that this team has something about it that cannot be measured on a stat sheet or from a scoreline.  They have intangibles out the ass to go along with the tremendous talent up and down the roster.  In short: they know how to win football games.  Perhaps it's a shitty comparison, but when I see similarities between the swagger this team shows on the field and the legendary swagger shown by the thugtastic teams from The U earlier this decade.  One thing I can promise, you won't see a lewd and unintelligent (yet awesome) rap song come from the Villanova Football Team.  One thing I can guarantee is that The Villanova Football Team (in its entirety) don't mean to disrespect any women (in its entirety.)


    I really Just Wanted an excuse to post this.. sorry

    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    Villanova-Holy Cross Playoff Game Preview

     Who Will be Playing the Role of Muslim in the Crusade?
    On Saturday Villanova will host a playoff game for the second consecutive season.  Last season, The 'Cats dismantled Colgate 55-28 in a game that was more lopsided than even the four touchdown differential indicated in the final score.  This game could be different though.  Last year Colgate was a one dimensional running team which played into Villanova's strength of stopping the run.  Holy Cross is a team that spreads the ball around the field through the air which is something that Villanova has been vulnerable at from time to time.  In the end though, I think Villanova wins handily. 

    Here's How I think they do so:
    • Make the Game a Track Meet: It has been apparent in the last several games against Patriot League opponents that Villanova has simply has had superior athletes to their opponents.  In games like that, as long as the team with the better athletes does not make too many mistakes they will generally win.  I expect Villanova to use their speedy players such as Matt Szczur, Dorian Wells, Mikey Reynolds and Angelo Babbaro on runs and short passes to the outside early in the game to force the Crusader defense to play conservatively in order to stop the outside run.   If the Holy Cross defense is forced to contain the outside run, it will open up other facets of the game such as power runs up the middle with Aaron Ball and passes to the middle of the field. 
    • Limit Yardage After The Catch- Holy Cross has a prolific passing game courtesy of their NFL prospect Quarterback Dominic Randolph.  Based on the Delaware game last week, Villanova will most likely try to take away the run and the deep pass while conceding short to mid range passes.  If they can limit or eliminate the yardage the Crusader receivers get after the catch, it could mean a short day for the massholes in purple.
    • Don't Reinvent Yourself- I'm glad that Villanova's offensive coordinator Sam Venuto can make adjustments because if he wasn't able to make said adjustments Villanova would be screwed.  Villanova is classically a passing football team but Chris Whitney is better equipped to run the ball.  Andy Talley, Venuto and the rest of the coaches realized that Villanova had the best chance of winning if they ran the ball.  Now is not the time for that to change, they must continue to pound the rock.  The forecast is also calling for wind another reason to rejoice because HC will struggle more if theres a lot of wind.
    • Get a Consistent Pass Rush- When The 'Cats get a good pass rush, their defense is near impossible to get yardage on but it can be picked apart through the air if they don't.  Expect to see blitzes from all angles (per usual) and hope that the players from the good team will dwell in the Crusader backfield.  Junior linebacker Terence Thomas  and Senior defensive end Tim Kukucka have had great seasons rushing the passer as they have combined for 14 sacks between the two of them, with Kukucka also registering 14.5 Tackles for loss total.  During the regular season, Villanova had ten players register at least one sack.  If Randolph doesn't have time, Villanova wins simple as that.  

    So that's it for the game preview, Let's go 'Nova!
    This is your time:  

      Wednesday, November 25, 2009

      Where Does Chris Whitney Stack Up?

       Chris Whitney has already done something that no Villanova quarterback in the history of the program has done, lead his team to two straight ten win seasons.  I've been following Villanova Football since the magical 1997 Season and Chris Whitney may have already cemented himself as the greatest quarterback I've seen since 1997.  Think about this: Chris Whitney has never lost a game to an opponent ranked outside the Top 15 and has lost a total of one game at home in his entire career.    It's impossible to make an empirical argument for Whitney because his numbers (especially passing) are nowhere near the other two quarterbacks he'd be up against Brett Gordon and Chris Boden.  Ultimately though, the only number that truly matters for a quarterback is the bottom line: Wins and Losses.  When all is said and done, Whitney will have won more games than both of those other quarterbacks and if he wins a national championship, there is no room for question at that point. 

      Chris Whitney is a Tough SOB and he deserves any accolades he gets because he's the straw that stirs the Villanova drink.  

      Monday, November 23, 2009

      Thoughts On a Monday: Police Incompetence Edition

      This is by no means a slow week for Villanova Sports.  To start off, the Football team received the Number two overall seed for the playoffs yesterday and the Basketball team won their tourney in Puerto Rico.  More recently, the women's Cross Country team locked up a national championship!

      Here are some Potpourri things:

      • Matt Szczur received CAA Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year awardsAndy Talley was Named Coach of the Year and fellow 'Cats Chris Whitney, Ben Ijalana, Tim Kukucka and Terrence Thomas joined Szcur on the CAA first team.  
      • Holy Cross has a quarterback who might eventually be Playing in the NFL.  Stopping him means beating HC.
      • Who is this man and what has he done With Antonio Pena? Tone is playing like a bonafide superstar right now on both sides of the floor.  Maybe he had a brain transplant. 
      • Nice to see Scottie have a good game, we're going to need him this year with the young team we have.. Maybe this will give him some confidence. 
      • Hopefully the fact that we have a football and basketball game on the same day could help bring more people (especially students) to the game against Holy Cross.
      • It's very sad to see that Northeastern dropped their football program.  I feel for the true fans of Northeastern football and especially the players and coaches who put in so much of their time only to see it get taken away from them. 
      • The Radnor Police Department really needs to find something better to do than send half of their manpower to break up a house party.  Apparently asking a question amounts to disorderly conduct.  At this point i like cops about as much as these guysACAB
      • Real Nova may be the greatest intramural soccer team in history.  Their reign should last for at least a thousand more years. 
      • I love running, not the physical act.. but the sport.  I'm very glad that Villanova is becoming a power in track again.  It makes my dad happy.
      • More Proof KC Keeler is a horsefucker: Calling a timeout after three straight kneel downs.  He's lucky Andy Talley is a class act because I would have kicked his ass if he had done that.  It was a perfect act of poor sportsmanship
      • I'm really feeling Jurassic 5 right now.  IT's brilliant rap that doesn't have to be ridiculous to work, it's just good old school hip hop. 
      • Sarah Palin is really starting to annoy me, but so is the media's hard on for anyone who is willing to take her on.  The election is almost three years away but MSNBC is obsessed with shooting down anyone who could possibly take on Barry Obama.. newsflash Keith Olbermann.. it's not going to be Sarah Palin.
      • The Giants finally won but should still fire their defensive coordinator.
      • I love UConn for beating Notre Dame.  I love Temple for making us looks good.
      That's all i have to say for now because i'm ready to see some some intramural footy tonight.

      Villanova wins National Championship

      The Women's Cross Country team has won the 2009 NCAA Cross Country National Championship! Congratulations to the team, we'll have another update with individual finishes, etc. when I can actually find out the full results.

      Basketball Ranked #4

      After capturing the Puerto Rico Tip-off Classic title over the weekend, the men's basketball team has jumped up two spots in this week's poll and are now ranked 4th in both the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the AP Top 25. Other significant changes included UNC falling back to 12th and Syracuse moving all the way up from 25th to 9th after their beatdown of UNC.

      Overall a very successful weekend for Villanova Sports, Football wins the CAA and is ranked 2nd in the FCS heading into the playoffs, and Basketball takes home the first hardware of the year and moves into the top 5 in the rankings. Now we just need the 2nd ranked women's cross country team to take home the National Championship today, and this could be one of the most successful weekends in Villanova sports.

      Saturday, November 21, 2009

      Villanova Pounds Delaware to the Turf, Wins CAA Championship

      Well, that was a thumping.. although the stats don't indicate it, Villanova made Delaware its bitch today with a 30-12 victory.  Chris Whitney ran all over the Delaware defense to the tune of 138 yards.  Pat Devlin had 407 passing yards, but he also had three picks as Delaware struggled the entire game to run the ball, finishing with only 45 yards on the game.  It should be noted that Devlin's passing yardage is more a reflection on the fact Delaware was down big the whole game than Villanova playing poor defense.

      Here's what I noticed

      • Chris Whitney is a stone cold killer.  He has no regard for his own body and is one of the toughest players I've ever seen put a Villanova uniform.  He ran all over the Delaware defense today and delivered some blows when guys were trying to take him down.  
      • Pat Devlin is nowhere near the player Joe Flacco was.  Cool Joe wouldn't have made all of those mistakes.  I thought Devlin looked lost in there sometimes.  Maybe he just wasn't getting protection.
      • Matt Szczur continues to astound me.  The guy is just so steady, he never disappears and can always be counted on to make a big play.  It's a rarity to have a big play threat who is as consistent as Szczur.  
      • The Defense didn't get beat on the ground, which will be key come playoff time when the weather gets colder and it's harder to pass. 
      • The kicker, Nick Yako has been pretty good this season and he's only a freshman so he can only get better he had some nice kickoffs and made three field goals and is still perfect on extra point's eleven games into the season. 
      • The Defense is forcing turnovers, which makes me happy.  
      Thats it.. the selection show is tomorrow at 3 on ESPN News  go watch in the Connelly Center with the team if you don't get ESPN News (I don't.)

      Thoughts Early on a Saturday

      Big Day For Villanova Football Today, big win for VU BBall yesterday.  I figured I would just go down and give general two sport list to give you a barometer on how I'm feeling (like you really want to know.)

      • Tone is playing the best basketball of his career.  He's currently averaging a double-double and hasn't grabbed less than seven boards in a game yet this season.  I doubted you before the season, but it looks like you're proving me wrong.. I'm glad.
      • According to The Voice, Mouph is hopeful that he'll be cleared to travel with the team soon.  At least one tests may have also been false positives. 
      • I wouldn't doubt if if Fish leads the team in scoring this year.
      • Matt Szczur won't be donating Bone Marrow until January, and that makes him available for every game of the playoffs.  I wouldn't have minded him sitting out to save the life of a girl, especially one as young as a year old.  
      • My dad does not like the post about K.C. Keeler, go figure. 
      • When you're drunk, nothing hits the spot like a cheeseburger and copious amounts of french fries.
      • I still don't think that we're as good as people say we are.. but I'll take it.  
      • My friend went on a drunken tirade about how he hates the president.  He had a true Glenn Beck moment.
      • In football however, I think we're just as good as people say, maybe better.
      • The average Delaware fan hates Villanova.  The average Villanova fan could give a shit about Delaware.  
      • I'd also like to thank the guys from IBBW for hopping on the Mouph/medical story.  Those guys do a good job over there and even though we (Matsuflex) got into a bit of a scrum earlier this year, they're alright.
       Remember, Follow

        Thursday, November 19, 2009

        Have You Seen This Asshole?

         Kurt Charles "K.C." Keeler 

        Wanted For: 
        Fraud, Questionable use of Sunglasses and Suspicion of Buggery 

        Keeler, The Head Football Coach Of The University of Delaware is frequently seen with his head up the ass of quarterbacks at BCS schools.  Known for his signature sunglasses (which are too small for his HUGE  fiveforehead) and his tendency to attempt to justify his team's mediocre season.  Mr. Keeler is surrounded by some dangerous Motherfuckers, including one arrested for stabbing himself.  If you see him take no risks and do not approach him unless it is with the hood of your car.  Mr. Keeler is surrounded by over 50 young men with brains the size of peanuts who know not the difference between their ass and a hole in the ground. Recent intelligence indicates that he may be the bitch in a violent BDSM session at the Hands of Mistress 'Nova this Saturday November 21st. 

        Extreme Caution Should Be Used especially with your horses because judging by his elongated Skull he is at least half horse.  If your horses are not in a secure location they will be penetrated.

        Remember Mr. Ed Keeler.. Nay means Nay

        Villanova Wins! Heart Attack Averted, Refs Get off their Knees Just in Time

        Wow, I really don't have much to say.  Four Players fouled out, there were far too many turnovers and we didn't make free throws, but apparently we have Jesus on our side.  When Isaiah Armwood was taking what turned out to be the Game winning Three Pointer, I almost threw something at the TV.  When He made it I was ecstatic.  Let's go down the line..

        • Piss Poor Officiating
        • Terrible Free Throw Shooting
        • Scottie turning the ball over
        • Jay Wright wearing casual clothing
        • Mouph Sick :(
        I'll have more later.. but a big win that we probably didn't deserve. 

        BREAKING: Mouphtaou Yarou sent Home, Believed to Have Hepatitis B, Tested Positive For Tuberculosis

        Thanks To VUHoops for the picture

        UPDATE: 5:14 PM: As far as I'm hearing this is at least true for Hep B, which would be why he was sent home with a "Viral Infection" TB requires more stringent testing (usually chest imaging.)  Many people who are exposed to TB never actually get full blown Tuberculosis and there is a chance for false positives (5-10 percent of the US population test positive on a Mantoux Test but the percentage of the population with the disease is exponentially lower than that, the rate in which people from less developed countries test positive is much higher, thus Mouph might be ok with regards to TB.)
        I have Received news from a (reliable) source with in depth knowledge of the situation that Villanova Freshman phenom Mouphtaou Yarou has been sent home from Puerto Rico after the discovery that he has tested positive for Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B.  .

        I know that I'm never too serious or reverent on this blog, but please pray for Mouph to make a speedy and full recovery.  At this point, basketball is not the issue, the health and livelihood of a member of the Villanova Family is.

        Scottie Watch: George Mason Edition

        I didn't have time for a full preview so i decided to just do another edition of Scottie Watch before this game.  With 14 points last game, Scottie Reynolds now has 22 points on the season heading into today's contest against George Mason.  Those 22 points give him 1,642 for his Career, good enough for 14th in school history.

        Scottie Is:

        358 Points From 2,000

        602 Points From Passing Kerry Kittles for the Men's Scoring career lead

        767 Points from Passing Shelly Pennefather for the Combined Mens/Womens Mark

        Tuesday, November 17, 2009

        Villanova-Delaware Game Preview

        Villanova will return home to Villanova Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 PM to play it's archrival Delaware in the regular season finale.  The 'Cats are 9-1 and 6-1 in CAA conference play while the Blue Hens are 6-4 and 4-3 in conference play.  Villanova has taken the last three meetings against Delaware including winning last year's Matchup 21-7 at Delaware.  The Blue Hens are a much better team than they were last year, especially at the Quarterback position where Penn State transfer Pat Devlin has stepped in and performed admirably despite lacking weapons at the other skill positions, especially running back. 

        Here are my keys to the game (after the jump):

        Monday, November 16, 2009

        Villanova-Penn Storylines

        Coming off the first win of the season against Fairleigh Dickinson, Villanova will open up the City Series against Penn. Villanova hasn't lost to Penn since 2002 and don't look for this game to be any different.  As the years go on, the gap between the Ivy League and the power conferences continues to grow and The Quakers will need ingenuity and a hell of a lot of luck to beat The 'Cats especially since the game is at The Pavillion

        Here's what I'll be looking for:

        • Scottie Reynolds had a pretty crappy game against FDU and It should be pretty interesting to see how he'll do against Penn.  I'm predicting more than the 8 points he scored last game. 
        • If Corey Stokes shoots anywhere near how he shot last game, we could see a breakout year for "The Bayonne Bomber" (I hate that nickname by the way.)  I expect him to cool down a little bit this game though.
        • I expect Villanova to try to lean on going to the basket more against a smaller, less athletic Penn team.  This could be the game where we really find out what we have in Mouphtaou Yarou. 

        Now for Scottie Watch

        Scottie Is:

        372 Points From 2,000.

        616 Points from Breaking Kerry Kittles' Men's school record of 2,243 points.

        781 Points From Passing Shelly Pennefather's combined school record of 2,408 Points.

        That's all for this abridged game preview.. I'll have more when the games get interesting.  Go 'Cats!

        Friday, November 13, 2009

        Scottie Watch: Preseason Edition

        I'm big into stats, They have less worth than the intangibles, but they're still interesting to follow. With a big season this year, Scottie Reynolds has an opportunity to be the most prolific scorer in Villanova history.  It's already very likely that Scottie will end up with a more prolific scoring career than Randy Foye (who finished with less career points than teammate Allan Ray,) but with a big season he can pass Kerry Kittles to become Villanova's all time leading scorer in Men's Basketball. At this point Scottie has 1620 points and is within striking distance of some big time scoring milestones.

        Scottie Is:
        380 Points From 2,000.
        624 Points from Breaking Kerry Kittles' Men's school record of 2,243 points.
        789 Points From Passing Shelly Pennefather's combined school record of 2,408 Points (national player of the year numbers.)

        Game one is tonight, Expect Scottie to put up big numbers early in the season with a young team around him.  He'll need to do a little better than his career scoring average to surpass Kittles and like I said earlier, he'll need National POY numbers to pass Shelly Pennefather. 

        Wednesday, November 11, 2009

        Villanova-Fairleigh Dickinson Storylines

        Yes, you know it, Basketball Season is upon us.  Villanova will open up the season on Saturday against non conference cupcake Fairleigh Dickinson.  Instead of giving keys for basketball games, I'm simply going to put out some storylines that I think are the most interesting in the leadup to that particular game along with whatever I find interesting that very likely have nothing to do with the game or VU in general.

        Now For our Storylines

        • Jay Bilas You Sly Motherfucker- Jay Bilas either has a bigger man crush on Jay Wright than I do or he just thinks Villanova is really good every year.  Ever since the Randy Foye/Allan Ray team, Jay Bilas has had wood for the Villanova program. Recently on a chat for the four letter word's website, he said that Villanova has "The most explosive guards in the country."  So suck it Dook, not only did we get Taylor King, but Jay Bilas loves us more than you.
        • I was gonna play tonight, but then I got high, I was get out and join the fight but then I got high..  Now I'm sitting out and I know why yea hey.. because I got high because I got high because i got high- Ok, enough of that.  One of the most important factors early in this season is how Villanova plays early in the season without Reggie Redding (especially on defense.)  This game should be a good barometer of that, because while it shouldn't be close, you'll still be able to tell how The 'Cats will be playing defense.
        • The Warden Get's Number 800- We Don't like Syracuse Correctional Center here.  Not only have they produced huge assholes such as Derrick Coleman, Paul Harris, and Eric Devendorf but Jim Boeheim is also a huge asshole. With all that aside though, congratulations Warden Boeheim for win number 800. 
        So the Game against FDU is this Friday night.  Let's go 'Cats!