Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
More to come on this later.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
There's the Blue Man partaking in the action. Wouldn't expect any less. Photos courtesy of philly.com
Let's Go 'Cats! Final Four!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Ok so we're down two at half, but we've been looking good. We just need to hit some more of our shots. Now DeJuan Blair is sitting with two fouls, we can take advantage of that. Very disappointing that we gave up the 10 point lead to end the half down, but I'm still feeling good about this, if we come out in the second half like we did to start the game we'll be in great shape.
On another note, Fuck Jim Calhoun, I just watched that interview with him and for some reason I just really hate that guy, no real reason. Fuck UConn.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Now for your viewing pleasure, some Newspaper articles
- The Boston Globe on our Superstar of a Basketball coach.
- The Sporting News gives reasons why both teams could win.
- Joe Juliano of The Inquirer on the ties between the players on each team.
- Rich Hoffman of The Daily News sends a blast from the past, including a picture of Jay in action at Bucknell.
In other notes, Jay was on Mike and Mike in the Morning today.. They do a repeat of the interviews from 2:00 to 3:00 every afternoon on ESPN2.. It was pretty good.
One More thing, off the topic of basketball. Villanova Head Football Coach Andy Talley has been championing bone marrow donation for some time now and there will be a bone marrow testing drive on the 26th at the Connelly Center. It's not a difficult process, all they do is take a swab from your mouth, no blood required. There aren't nearly enough people in the registry and there can never be enough. Help Coach Talley and the football team fight cancer by going out on Saturday and getting tested!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
- Firstly, who else recruited Gerald Henderson? Villanova. Why? His sister was already enrolled here. I know, because she was in my upper level theology class. I give her a pass for dating Mario the R&B singer, who sings one of my favorite songs. However, the rest of her family can seez my deez. Gerald Henderson Jr. = douche. As much as I don't like Tyler Hansborough because he looks like a dumb hick, Gerald Junior intentionally knocked him the fuck out. Gerald Henderson Sr. = double douche. After playing Jay Wright like a cheap whore does Fact for his love and money, and getting a scholarship offer from Villanova, Gerald Senior and his son went to Duke. No Big Deal. But...when you sign with Duke and say, yeah we were thinking about other schools (i.e. Villanova) but we were looking for a higher standard of basketball. Fuck you. Fact check: Last two years Duke had Gerald Junior - second and first round exits. Before he got there- sweet 16. At the same time Villanova has been putting in work: a sweet sixteen and a first round exit too. Before he made his move- elite 8. Suck a dick Henderson family. I'm sure your mother is a wench and the same goes for any other family members I left out.
- Taylor King. They didn't want him. We got him. Where's the angst? I don't know, ask the McDonald's All American walking around this campus still pissed as hell at Duke and Coach K for being assholes. I'm not suggesting he give up his year of eligibility to fuck up the Blue Devils this Thursday, but he needs to be the vocal leader these couple of days leading up to the game. These next couple of days are the most important couple of days leading up to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. I think this is the second biggest difference maker in the Duke game. The first is if Scottie actually plays like he should be playing and stops this half assed offense effort stuff. All the retarded ESPN analysts say the way Scottie goes is the way this team goes. It's as if they haven't watched a game in the past 3 weeks. News flash, Scottie hasn't been producing the same he used to and we are still ballin'.
- They get all the press and publicity. When can I walk into a Champs Sports or Modell's wherever I want and buy some Villanova garb--hopefully soon. I mean what does it take. I know we don't have a robust football program (although I pray for one every night), but come on (/GOB voice)! I think we've proven ourselves and will continue to do so this tournament and the coming years (especially next season).
Monday, March 23, 2009
Kevin Armstrong talks about Villanova-Pitt being the best matchup, Villanova no longer having homecourt advantage, Dante Cunningham being the difference maker in the bracket, and picking the 'Cats to advance to the Final Four.
- John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News writes about the possible effect the men with whistles will have in this game. This is important because Koach K is a ridiculous whiner.
- Mike Kern of the Daily News gives an argument as to why Villanova is in elite company with its recent success
- Former Philly Columnist Dana O'neil of ESPN gives a great recap of the slugfest that was the UCLA game.
- No link yet, but Dick Vitale is excited about this game.. I wonder why?
That's all for now folks, tomorrow or later today i'll do a rundown comparing Duke and Villanova in areas outside of basketball.. Some are inane and others are quite relevant.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The plight of anyone in this tournament doesn't matter because if UConn doesn't win.. it would be a huge shocker because they have clearly seperated themselves from every other team in the country.
- Also a nice article here about our game yesterday and our intesity
Saturday, March 21, 2009
It takes a special team to make it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament four out of five years, but this Villanova Team has done it with their 89-69 beatdown of UCLA. The 'Cats gave it to the Bruins but didn't offer them any Vaseline. In my opinion, this is the best game Villanova has played in the Jay Wright era. Reggie Redding was simply outstanding today by scoring 13 points, grabbing six boards, dishing out six assists and getting six steals. Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson each had double doubles. Cunningham finished with 18 points and ten rebounds and Anderson had 10 Points and 11 rebounds. All in all, six Villanova players scored in double figures and Shane Clark came close with eight points. Anyway you slice it, this game was a beatdown of epic proportions.. Once Villanova took the lead, they never looked back. The Villanova players set the tempo of the game and made it a slugfest that UCLA's group of finesse players couldn't keep up with. Along with the Villanova players outplaying the UCLA players, Jay Wright thoroughly outcoached Ben Howland because the 'Cats kept breaking the press that the Bruins were attempting to apply with tremendous ease. While it's great to make it to the Sweet Sixteen, I pray to god that Villanova comes out next game with the same fire that they did in this game.
By The Numbers
- 28- This season's win total, Tying the school record
- 100- The total number of wins for this Senior Class, another school record.
- 1,572- Scottie Reynolds' career point total after today's 11 point effort. Scottie is now 428 points short of 2,000 and 671 short of Kerry Kittles' School Record. His career point total ties him with Harold Pressley for 18th all time in school history.
- 176- Jay Wright's win total since arriving at Villanova.
- 4- Wins needed to be champions.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Why does our opponent this week have the right to be named American University? Just because they're in the D.C. doesn't give them the right to call themselves American University. So because of this, I'm proposing a change to the Villanova administration. We should rename our fine institution to Villanova, The American University. That's about all I have to say about that.
So anyways.. News that is directly and indirectly related to Villanova, The American University
- Villanova is a "Study in Consistency" according to the Daily News' Rich Hoffman
- Villanova father John Franco did some work as a spring training instructor for the Mets.
- My least favorite Paper, the Washington Post is trying to drum up hope for our upcoming opponents by saying they're "experienced. Call me when they win. While we're on the Washington Post, check out Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog.. one of my personal favorites even though I hate D.C. Sports.
- The Evening Bulletin states what we already know.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
"Villanova (65). Wild-card pick based on the inside-out production of Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds, the solid coaching of Jay Wright and the commitment to guard for the full 40 just about every game. But Reynolds needs to be hitting from the perimeter or this team can sometimes struggle for baskets. " Full Article
Thats Right, We're the Wild-Card Bitches...
Friday, March 13, 2009
In March of 1995 I was six years old. The 1995 season is when my first memories of Villanova basketball were formed so needless to say, the mention of Kerry Kittles, Eric Eberz, Alvin Williams, Jason Lawson, Jonathan Haynes, Chuck Kornegay, Zeffy Penn or Ron Wilson strikes a special chord with me as this was the Villanova team that I cut my teeth with.
I remember walking down the street to my uncle's house in Northern New Jersey (which was right around the corner from mine) to embark on a trip to my first Big East Tournament game. Little did I know at the time, but this would be the game where Villanova finally cleared the hurdle and won a Big East title. Kerry Kittles played out of his mind that season, averaging over 21 points a game, six rebounds and three and a half assists a game on his way to Big East Player of The Year in what was possibly the finest season by a Villanova player since the great Howard Porter graduated from Villanova. Kittles' chief rival in that game was no slouch either.. the sophomore sensation that he was up against is known to some as Jesus Shuttlesworth, but to the masses as Ray Allen.
So anyways.. back to the story. I got to my uncle's house where he, my grandfather and my uncle's good friend and 1985 National Championship hero Harold Jensen were waiting. Standing at six foot five, Harold towered over my four foot tall first grade self. They were waiting for me to get there so we got in the car and took off for New York. When I first walked into the lobby of the Garden, I can remember being in awe of the electric atmosphere, I still get that feeling walking in during the tournament 14 years later. Back then I didn't have the appreciation i have now for the history of that building. I didn't know that Muhammad Ali had suffered his first career defeat at the hands of Joe Frazier in that building, almost 2o years before to the day of my first experience at the Big East Tournament. I also didn't know that this was the sight of countless great pro basketball games from back when the NBA didn't suck. These facts didn't matter to me at the least. All that mattered to me was that the Villanova Wildcats, a team that meant so much to my family that was chock full of Villanova graduates was about to face the UConn Huskies, a team that had previously been ranked number one in America until Kerry Kittles and Villanova shocked them in Gampel Pavillion.
When I walked into Madison Square Garden I saw pictures of legends like Patrick Ewing and Mark Messier. I had remembered that the Rangers won the Stanley cup the previous season in a dramatic seven game series against Trevor Linden, Pavel Bure and the Vancouver Canucks. But anyways.. enough stalling. Kerry Kittles had been magical that season and he continued his magic in the Big East Tournament that year. In the semifinal he scored 29 points in a 15 point victory over the defending champs Providence who were led by Austin Croshere who had a pretty decent career in the NBA. It was clear from this performance that Kerry Kittles was ready for prime time. The matchup was a great one.. Catholic schol against public school, Kerry Kittles against Ray Allen, Cats against Dogs etc. Kerry Kittles and Jason Lawson were simply outstanding. The Junior guard from New Orleans scored 27 points and the Sophomore center from Olney High School in Philly also added 27 points on 10 for 14 from the field. In the End, The Wildcats clinched their first Big East Championship handily, winning by a score of 94-78. The score of this game reflected the high flying nature of a Villanova team led by Kerry Kittles who would eventually become the all time leading scorer at Villanova, finishing his career with 2,243 points.
Unfortunately, the euphoria didn't last long as the third seeded Wildcats were knocked out in the first round of the NCAA tournament against against 14 seeded Old Dominion, Something that became all too familiar under the tenure of Steve Lappas.
Even with the disappointment of the NCAA tournament, I'm proud to say that I got to witness one of the great moments in the history of Villanova Basketball in person.
Yesterday this man, who goes by a variety of names, saved Nova Nation from an embarrassing defeat at the hands of a Marquette team who was down 16 at the half and was missing their starting point guard. While I am very very happy that we did, eventually, pull out the win, the fact that it was even that close in the end disturbs me. This is another example of a time when our team had a solid lead and failed to close out our opponent like in the first Provy game and the second Cuse game. I hope yesterday was a wake-up call and we can play a focused 40 minutes tonight and down Louisville in and attempt to win only our 2nd Big East Tourney Championship ever after our only other win in 1995.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Coming off a season where Villanova's football team made it to the second round of the FCS playoffs; hopes are high for next season. The only issue is the starter at Quarterback next season. Chris Whitney, a rising junior is the incumbent starter but Antwon Young who struggled at the Beginning of last season when he was the starter is a hell of a player. There is an old saying in football that "if you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks." Andy Talley, the head coach of the Wildcats prefers a wide open passing attack where Quarterbacks and receivers put up gaudy numbers. To longtime observers of Villanova football, the last season and a half was somewhat bizarre because the 'Cats were driven by their defense and running game. We used to be driven by the passing game that would heavily compensate for a mediocre defense. Both of Villanova's quarterbacks have their strengths, but both of them have areas that they can improve on as well.
Antwon Young has protopical size for a quarterback (6'4 215 lbs) and packs an arm that can make any throw on the field. When he's in a rhythm, he's as accurate as anybody, but he has a tendency to make poor decisions. Along with his arm, Antwon is an impressive athlete who can run the Zone-Read option play with good success. Another thing Antwon has going for him is the fact that he's very difficult to bring down in the backfield because he moves around well to extend plays and breaks arm tackles with ease. With his impressive skillset comes a price however. Last season he almost cost Villanova a win against an inferior UPenn team by throwing several interceptions on plays that he should have either thrown the ball away or pulled down the ball and ran.
Chris Whitney is not as physically gifted as Young, but simply stated, he's a winner. When Young tore his ACL in the middle of the 2007 season, Whitney came in as a true freshman and led the 'Cats to the Brink of the playoffs. I don't want to say he's as good as possibly the greatest college football player ever, but if I had to compare Whitney's skillset to anyone on earth the best comparison I can think of is Tim Tebow because he's built like a fullback and runs like one too. In the Richmond game last year after converting a long first down on a broken play by reversing direction and running across the field toward the opposite sideline that the play originated, he lowered his shoulder and absolutely trucked a defender instead of sliding or running out of bounds.. things that a normal minded Quarterback would do. When handing the ball off to a running back, Whitney doesn't just stay in the backfield; he runs up field and tries to cutblock the nearest defender to the ballcarrier. From examples like this it can be stated with a good degree of certainty that Chris Whitney is not just a Quarterback, but a football player and a very good one at that matter. The only problem with Whitney is that he isn't nearly the passer that Antwon is and that can be an issue in games that we may have to come from behind in and he doesn't have as much experience in the offense.
Now to my opinion as to who should start..
While both of these Quarterbacks are very capable players and can win, I personally believe that Young Should be the starting Quarterback next year. The reason isn't because I think he's the better player.. I think he should start because if he does, Whitney could use a redshirt this season and have two more years of eligibility starting in the 2010 season. While taking a redshirt season, Whitney can further learn the offense and it gives the coaches more time to develop him with the guarantee that he'll have two more seasons after this one to lead the 'Cats on their quest to that elusive championship. In the meantime, I think Antwon is more than capable to run the offense and win football games. Whichever guy starts next season, we can be confident that the football team is in good hands for the future because both of these guys are very talented signal callers who bring a unique skillset that lends itself to winning football games.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Even though the 'Cats handled Providence in a close game earlier in the season at the Dunkin Donuts Center, The Friars have proven that they're a dangerous team in desperation mode fighting for a tournament bid. With some Villanova players possibly thinking ahead, this could very well be a trap game. Providence is not worried about seeding like we are at this point, they're worried about simply making the tournament and not having to settle for the NIT. Playing in the NIT is like a bad rash that doesn't go away and simply winning one game in the NCAA tournament beats winning the NIT by a mile.
Anyways here's a few articles I found interesting while browsing today.
Joe Juliano of The Philadelphia Inquirer on Shane Clark's role on the team.
Mike Kern of The Philadelphia Daily News in regards to Big East Tournament Seeding
The Charleston Daily Mail making a case for Bob Huggins to be Coach of the Year. I'll reserve judgement until someone from his program graduates.