Friday, December 31, 2010

We Beat Temple.. Yay

Since I was drunk at a party and barely paid attention to the game i can only offer some cursory observations.
  • It's good that we beat that Temple team.. it was a nice tuneup for the Big East.
  • If I ever see Maurice Sutton on the floor at the same time as Antonio Pena again, I'll scream.  Sutton provides nothing on offense and Pena is a ruhtard.  
  • Four Guards > Three Bigs
  • Corey Stokes- All-American.
  • Juan Fernandez looks like he has german blood.
  • I don't care about the Big 5

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Enjoy Getting Punched in The Dick

i'm feeling like a masochist today.. fucking amateurs

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to my (few and far between) readers.  for some christmas reading, i'll give you some reading on simon of peraea.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wow Ohio State

All the Ohio State football team warrants is one simple line.  Are you really that stupid?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I'll Take a 40 Point Win

Like I said earlier, Villanova would only be stopped by Monmouth in the event of a bus crash.  This wasn't a big shocker.

just bear with the terrible announcing.

Monmouth Preview

Miles Austin went to Monmouth, Kim Kardashian did not
Villanova travels to West Long Branch, New Jersey tonight to face the Monmouth Hawks.  Why Villanova would schedule an away game against a team like this is beyond me.  Really all you need to know about this game is that if VU doesn't win, I will go postal. 

Villanova Wins If- The bus doesn't crash.
Villanova Loses If- The bus crashes.
What I'm Looking For- More contribution from James Bell.
Beer of The Game- Pabst Blue Ribbon.  We're going for the hipster angle this game.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Don't Make Comparisons Between UConn and UCLA

Different eras, different genders, different sports.  That's three immediate distinctions you can make between the UCLA teams of John Wooden in the 60's and 70's and the UConn women of this decade.  Comparing the streaks of the two does an injustice to both of the respective teams.  The fact is that the landscape of college sports has changed so much in the 30+ years since The Bruins were dominating college basketball with the likes of Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor.  Each streak is remarkable when it stands on its own, which is how they should be judged, independently of each other.  Any comparison of the streaks simply takes away from the accomplishments of the teams in question.

Back to Reality

Now that football season's over (bleh) it's time to get back to what everyone is really interested in.. Basketball.  I'll get on that this week.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Tweet From Our Fearless Leader!

Keys to the Game: Villanova-EWU Edition

This is a season of firsts for Villanova.  It is the first time they get to defend a national championship, the first time they've made it to the playoffs three consecutive years, the first time they have won a road playoff game (two and counting,) and the first time they've made it to the semifinals in successive seasons.  On Friday night, The 'Cats will play Eastern Washington for the right to defend their championship.  The Eagles are already missing their All-American running back Taiwan Jones for the semifinal match up and will have to rely on a couple of inexperienced backups to shoulder the ground game.  This is a very winnable game, but complacency is not acceptable. 

Here are the keys to the game:
  1. Harass Their Receivers- Without Jones, the EWU passing game will have to shoulder the load.  Since the VU pass rush has been suspect at best, the best hope is to make the opposing receivers dread making plays over the middle.  Limiting yards after the catch will be paramount.
  2. Capitalize on Mistakes- EWU quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw 33 interceptions in less than two full seasons at Southern Methodist, so it would be safe to say that he's turnover prone.  If Mitchell makes ill advised throws in this game, it is imperative that Villanova makes him pay. 
  3. Play Villanova Football- Luckily for Villanova, their brand of football works in all conditions.  In all likelihood it will be cold and windy with a possibility of snow, which works in our favor.  Solid defense and a ball control offense are paramount when the conditions are less than ideal.  
  4. Ignore the Red Turf- Because it's just obnoxious.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Father Peter Football Letter.. WITH FAQS!

Dear Alumni and Friends:
I hope this note finds you well and enjoying a wonderful Christmas season.
I am committed to keeping you apprised of our decision-making process as we consider the Big East choice we now face. To recap, we currently compete in the Big East Conference in all varsity sports with the exception of football where we are a member of the Colonial Athletic Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly “I-AA”). If we were to decide to join the Big East as a football member, it would require our transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly “I-A”). Since this is such a complex decision, we began a formal evaluation process in September 2010. In this correspondencethe third to-date of my alumni messages on the Big East decisionI want to update you on our progress. At the end of this message, I will also answer a number of questions I have received in recent weeks.
Objective Research and Analyses
Our decision-making process is centered upon one question: Which choice best supports the goals of the Villanova University Strategic Plan? Accordingly, we are conducting thorough research and analyses of the implications of either choice for the following areas: academic quality and a diverse intellectual climate; school spirit and extracurricular activities; finance and budget (projected revenue, expenses, and changes in institutional support); fundraising and donor support; practice and playing facilities; and the impact of media exposure on Villanova’s reputational goals.
In addition, we have externally commissioned several specific studies:
  • A strategic and financial assessment of implications for Villanova (FBS Feasibility Study)
  • An architectural assessment of the scope of improvements needed for practice/training facilities
  • Market research to determine consumer demand/ticket sales at the FBS level
  • An assessment of the value of increased national media exposure
  • An assessment of the effects on our fundraising program
Stakeholder Communication
The decision-making process is being led by the Villanova Board of Trustees and senior administrators. However, open communication with–and input from–Villanova community members is crucial. Accordingly, we have held Big-East discussions with the following groups to date:
  • President’s Cabinet (9/20)
  • Athletic Subcommittee (9/21)
  • Athletic Board Committee (10/11)
  • Administrative Budget Committee (10/18)
  • President’s Leadership Circle (10/20)
  • Senate Athletic Advisory Committee (10/20)
  • Faculty (11/9 and 11/10)
  • Student Leadership Group (11/12)
  • Alumni Association Board (12/9)
  • Board of Trustees (12/14)
Meetings with the University Senate and with staff are slated for January. In addition, my staff and I have been sending regular updates to constituent groups including students, faculty, staff, and you–our alumni–to ensure that our entire community is kept up to date. Senior administrators and I have also spent many hours in conversation with stakeholders. We have listened carefully, and greatly appreciate the input of all members of the Villanova community.
  • January 2011: Continued community meetings, stakeholder dialogue, and research and analyses
  • February 2011: Board of Trustees meeting; discussion of research findings to-date
  • March 2011: Assessment of remaining research findings
  • April 2011: Board of Trustees meeting; discussion of outstanding items; Board decision
Whatever choice we make, it is crucial that we have performed our due diligence and that our community is able to move forward with confidence. I can assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in this evaluation. In the meantime, I thank you for your dedication to Villanova University, and wish you and your family a joyous and blessed Christmas.

Fr. Peter Donohue, O.S.A.

Pitino- You Suck at Life

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I Will Never Make Fun of Another Name

After seeing this:

Combing The Internet Doesn't Accomplish anything

It seems that every week, a new person (me included) comes out and says that they have privileged information about a potential Villanova football upgrade coming from a "rich uncle" or "someone close to the situation".  The fact is, that unless you're hearing it directly from a trustee, the information is unreliable at best.  In high stakes situations like this, opposing factions often put out false information in order to quell expectations/influence others.  I don't think many people really know about the results of a "straw poll" or anything along those lines, or if such a thing really took place.

Regardless of what you hear, keep the movement alive.  If it is ultimately voted down, get indignant (and if you're a student, go on a hunger strike or something.)  I will not shut up about this unless VU issues a report rejecting the Big East that is absolutely bulletproof.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Villanova is Not a Top 20 Team

At this point they may not even be a top 30 team.
  • Maalik Wayns is out of control.
  • Corey Fisher can't shoot for shit.
Something needs to change before the Big East season starts.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Nova Catches an Early Break- EWU's Best Player Out

Just Desserts for Your Ugly Turf
Eastern Washington's star running back Taiwan Jones broke his foot and won't play next Friday.  Expect a heavy dose of  the pass from EWU's transfer quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

If LaSalle Wins

Expect dire consequences

Friday, December 10, 2010

Keys to Villanova-Appy State

Tomorrow at noon, Villanova will head to Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina to face Appalachian State.  This is a match up of great intrigue as the two teams in this game represent four of the last five FCS national championships (three of those belonging to Appalachian State.)  Aside from the pedigree of the two teams, both teams feature high powered spread offenses and dynamic play makers on defense.

Here are my keys to tomorrow's game
  1. Stay at Home- Blitzing hasn't been working and containing quarterback DeAndre Presley must be paramount.  Since Presley runs like he's a tailback, Villanova must find a way to keep him contained and force other players to beat them.  Villanova saw with Rodney Landers two years ago that if you blitz a running quarterback and miss a tackle in the backfield, he can easily turn it into a 20 yard game.  Rush four at most and keep the rest in coverage.  
  2. Don't Get Caught Up in The Moment- It will be a raucous environment in Boone, one that The Wildcats have never seen before, even at Delaware.  Now is not the time to get stupid and start making dumb mistakes that cost teams games. 
  3. Win The Turnover Battle- The single biggest factor in last week's thumping of Stephen F. Austin was the turnover margin.  The muffed punt recovered by Villanova was the turning point of the game.  Without that turnover, Villanova very well could have lost that game. 
  4. Run The Ball- It's cold outside and that means that it's time to run the ball.  Appy gives up 160 rushing yards a game, something that bodes well for VU.  With a healthy Matt Szczur and a stable of running backs including Aaron Ball and Angelo Babbaro, Villanova will try to pound it at The Mountaineers.  That should set up the passing game for Chris Whitney and give the team a better chance at winning.  
Let's do this..

Index of App State Players You Need To Know

DeAndre Presley
Here is the full five part series of Appalachian State players you need to know:
Part 1- Quarterback DeAndre Presley
Part 2- Wide Receiver Brian Quick

Part 3- Runningback Travaris Cadet

Part 4- Defensive End Jabari Fletcher

Part 5- Safety Mark LeGree

I'll be back later today after my final with a comprehensive list of keys to tomorrow's game/matchups to watch.   

Villanova Upgrade Case

A well argued case courtesy of

Update: 2:31 PM- A more comprehensive study

App State Players You Need To Know: S Mark LeGree

Part 5 of a week long look at the Appalachian State Mountaineers
Part 1- QB DeAndre Presley
Part 2- WR Brian Quick 

Part 3- RB Travaris Cadet

Part 4- DE Jabari Fletcher 

Perhaps the best and most decorated defensive player on either team, Mark LeGree was recently named a first team All-American for the third consecutive year.  After backing up Corey Lynch, the hero of Apppalachian State's upset of Michigan (and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer) his freshman year, LeGree has been a force in the secondary for The Mountaineers for the last three seasons.  His 22 career interceptions are second in SoCon history behind only the aforementioned Lynch, and his 10 interceptions his sophomore season are the highest single season total in App St. history.  If Chris Whitney makes a mistake throwing it deep, you can be sure that Mark LeGree will be there ready to capitalize on any mistake.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

App State Players You Need To Know: DE Jabari Fletcher

Part 4 of a week long look at the Appalachian State Mountaineers
Part 1- QB DeAndre Presley
Part 2- WR Brian Quick 

Part 3- RB Travaris Cadet

While they are much better on offense than they are on defense, Appalachian State still has some solid defensive players.  One of those players is senior defensive end Jabari Fletcher.  In 12 games this season, Fletcher leads The Mountaineers in sacks with eight.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Yet Another Preview of Coming Fans

App State Players You Need To Know: RB Travaris Cadet

Part 3 of a week long look at the Appalachian State Mountaineers
Part 1- QB DeAndre Presley
Part 2- WR Brian Quick 

After spending last season as a receiver and backup quarterback, Junior running back Travaris Cadet is the second leading rusher (591 yards 5 touchdowns) for Appalachian State behind quarterback DeAndre PresleyCadet proceeded his college career as a prep quarterback at Miami Central Senior High School, one of the better programs in the country and saw significant time at quarterback last season behind the legendary Armanti EdwardsIn addition to his duties as running back in App State's spread offense, Cadet is also the primary kick and punt returner for The Mountaineers. Given his experience as a wide receiver, Cadet is a danger catching passes out of the backfield (17 catches 207 yards and 1 TD this season.)

Tomorrow I'll Profile defensive end Jabari Fletcher followed by wrapping up this series with safety Mark LeGree.

App State Players You Need to Know: WR Brian Quick

Part 2 of a series previewing teams leading up to the game on Saturday.. Part one (QB DeAndre Presley) is here

Appalachian State may be a running team primarily, but that doesn't change the fact that junior wide receiver Brian Quick is arguably their most dangerous offensive weapon.  With his size and athleticism, Quick compares quite well to Villanova starting split end Norman White.  Digging into Quick's bio, i found it interesting that he only played one year of high school football (he played basketball) so he is still quite new to the game.  Relative inexperience aside, Quick has had a monster season for The Mountaineers; during which he is averaging more than 18 yards per catch (by comparison, Brian Finneran averaged 14.5 yards per catch in his Walter Payton Award winning senior year at VU)   and has scored 8 touchdowns.  Stopping Quick with as few players as possible may be the single biggest key for The 'Cats to stop the App State rushing attack, so neutralizing him must be a huge priority for Villanova in the lead up to Saturday.

As the week continues, i'll take a look at Running Back/Return Specialist Travaris Cadet, Defensive End Jabari Fletcher, and Safety Mark LeGree

Monday, December 6, 2010

App State Players You Need to Know: QB DeAndre Presley

Nobody knew how Appalachian State would function this year without Armanti Edwards, who quarterback who led them to consecutive national championships, and became the first player to win the Walter Payton Award twice when he won it for the second consecutive season in 2009.  The answer to how The Mountaineers would function this season was answered definitively with the performance of Junior signal caller DeAndre Presley.  In 12 games this season, Presley has amassed nearly 3,300 yards of total offense and accounted for 34 touchdowns. While DP (parents, think about giving your kids unfortunate initials when you name them) as he will be referred to from now on is a dangerous runner, he is also 11th in the FCS in passing efficiency.  Stopping a dual-threat (that's scouting lingo for "black") quarterback is very difficult because you must respect both the arm and legs of a quarterback.  Villanova will probably attempt to spy Presley in hopes to contain him running the ball and hope that they won't get burned through the air. 

Tomorrow this feature will continue with wide receiver Brian Quick

JVP- No Surprise

In the dog house
The news about JayVaughn Pinkston being suspended for the season did not surprise me in the least.  I had heard earlier that there was a chance that he was going to be thrown out of school permanently.  I would like to applaud Villanova for not ruining a young man's life and giving him a chance to redeem himself.  It would be very easy from a PR perspective for them to sever all ties with JayVaughn and they didn't so kudos to VU.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Preview of Coming Attractions

What to expect in Boone


So after a tense (shitty) first quarter, Villanova essentially put on a 7-7 drill for the final three quarters, outscoring Stephen F. Austin 47-7.  The win sets up a quarterfinal match up with Appalachian State in Boone, NC next week.

Some highlights:
  • Andy Talley won his first road playoff game.
  • Jeremy Moses isn't very good.  This Moses would have done a better job (and he's dead.)
  • Chris Whitney is a beast.  He went over 2,000 passing yards in a season for the first time in his career with his performance today.
  • Welcome back Szczur Christ.  11 catches is a career high for the messiah.
  • The gay Lumberjacks offense should have had a laugh track attached to it in the second half.
  • Norman White had 3! touchdowns.
  • Marquis Kirkland is a monster.
  • 4-4 on field goals! Mark Hamilton was able to double (plus one) the number of total field goals Villanova made all season.
  • The 14 point comeback was the biggest since Delaware (fuck you joe flacco) in 2006.
  • We're the Wildcard Bitches!
  • Bring on the rednecks!

What Happened to the Perimeter Game?

Shooting Blanks
Before this season, 29% is a figure that i thought i was most likely to see on an English exam taken by a Kentucky recruit.  Through twelve games this season however, Villanova has been unable to find any kind of rhythm from behind the three point line and as a result they are shooting a paltry 29% from downtown.  It is early in the season and we are still working on a small sample size and no team in the Jay Wright era has shot under 34% from three point range over a full season, but seven games is enough to identify disturbing trends.  Most alarming about this trend is the fact that Big East season and the most difficult games of the season have yet to come along.

Interesting (or alarming if you're a pessimist) nuggets about the shooting ineptitude-
  • Corey Stokes is leading the team in three point percentage at 38%. That would be the lowest number since his freshman season when he was a bit player.
  • I cannot believe how poorly Corey Fisher has been shooting.  Fisher is shooting just under 23% from beyond the arc.  I have an idea for you Fish- TAKE IT TO THE BUCKET! 
  • Dominic Cheek is the only player other than Stokes converting more than 30% of his three point opportunities.
  • Maalik Wayns should just stop taking outside shots.  He's 5-30 on the season from beyond the arc (16.7%.)  I think someone should remind him that he's not a shooter.
  • I miss you Scottie.
  • This team must develop a perimeter game to be competitive later on in the season.  If they don't, they will be spectators come March.
With Penn (a bunch of athletically challenged white kids) on the horizon, this team has ample opportunity to stop this garbage.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Damn Straight

Keys to Villanova-Stephen F. Austin

The Road to The Repeat

Before last Sunday, all i knew about Stephen F. Austin was that it's in Texas and they have some quarterback who puts up gaudy statistics.  Since then, I've learned that it's in Nacogdoches, the quarterback is named Jeremy Moses, and they're pretty good.  I don't think that this is some unclimbable mountain, because i think on a day where both teams played their best, Villanova would come out on top.  This will be the healthiest that The 'Cats have been since the first game of the season and it's safe to assume that they'll be ready to play tomorrow afternoon despite the layoff.   

Here are the keys to the game
  1. Play Like You're at Home- Andy Talley is 0-6 in his career on the road in the playoffs.  This is probably the best road matchup that Villanova has ever had in the playoffs under TalleyVU must get up for the game without psyching themselves out too much.  With a veteran team like this, i think they'll be okay.
  2. Don't Blitz if it's Not Working- Moses, the quarterback for SFA is pretty good and the last thing that Villanova needs is for him to have all day to throw the ball.  The Wildcat defense should blitz early to see if it works and if it doesn't, stop blitzing and drop eight guys into coverage.  Any spread passing coach would rather face a blitzing team because it opens up the door for big plays after the catch.  If The Lumberjacks (such a gay nickname) can throw the ball at will, they will be very difficult to beat.
  3. Score Touchdowns- Villanova kickers cannot be counted on to do much of anything, therefore touchdowns are of the utmost importance.  
  4. Win the Turnover Battle- Every game this team has lost this year was the product of turnovers one way or another.  I'm confident that if Villanova wins the turnover battle, they'll win the game.  You cannot give an explosive offense like Stephen F. Austin extra opportunities to score.
  5. Just Win Baby

The "Holy War" Means Nothing

Older Villanova fans eagerly wait for the St. Joe's game every year.  Why do they care? Nostalgia.  While this is the Super Bowl for The Hawks (and the St. Joe's student body who are 95% Nova rejects,) the average Villanova fan under the age of 50 views this game as just another annoyance on the road to the Big East  regular season.  The Big 5 is a tired institution that barely even has bragging rights attached to it at this point.  The City Series is a lose-lose scenario for Villanova, because they are expected to win it every year at this point and it's simply embarrassing if they're unable to finish the job.  Tradition is well and good, but what good is tradition if a huge sector of your fan base simply doesn't care about your "biggest" rivalry game. 

What to look for tonight:
  • I really don't expect anything other than a win.  A VU loss would be cause to commit seppuku as St. Joe's recently lost to Drexel
  • Pray that Corey Fisher doesn't play like an invalid again.
  • The sheen on Phil Martelli's head.
  • The MAC Championship Game.. just kidding.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Big East Football Chatter Makes it to ESPN (on a Basketball Broadcast)

This is old news, but it's still pretty awesome.

TCU to Join the Big East.. Time to Commit

This Makes Me Horny
TCU is making a big move toward the stabilization of the Big East and has decided to join the conference as an all sports member according to the NY Daily News.

Well Villanova administration, it's time to stop dragging your feet and make a fucking decision already. 

Friday, November 26, 2010

That Kinda Really Sucked

What sucked about that game:
  • The officials
  • The gameplan
  • Corey Fisher 
More on this abortion later

Monday, November 22, 2010

Uncharted Territory

For the first time ever, Villanova has made it to the NCAA Division 1 Football Playoffs three straight years.  One ominous hurdle in their way is the fact that they have never in their history won a road playoff game.  There have been close calls such as the highway robbery that took place at the hands of the officials at McNeese State in 2002, or the devastating loss against Rodney Landers and JMU in 2008, but they have never been able to do it.  Stephen F. Austin presents a whole new challenge, as Nacogdoches is the furthest a Villanova team will have ever traveled to play an FCS opponent.  Luckily for The 'Cats, they will have a bye week to prepare for the long trip and The Lumberjacks (such a homoerotic nickname.)

Winning while facing adversity is kinda what this team does best.. so let's do this.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

5 Years in a Row

joe flacco vs. Villanova: 0-2 
pat devlin vs. Villanova: 0-2 
Chris Whitney vs. delaware: 4-0 
5 in a row baby.

more to come on this later

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Villanova-BU Highlights


A Letter to The Villanova Football Team- PLEASE Beat Delaware

Dear Villanova Football Team,
I will forgo my normal "Keys to The Game" this week to make a plea to you.  The last two games have been a clusterfuck of everything that you haven't done for the past two seasons.  Turnovers, giving up big plays, ill-timed penalties, special teams mistakes, and a lack of energy out of the gate seem to have put this season into a tailspin.  If you win, you will have a very realistic shot at the playoffs, but if you lose you have no chance and will be sitting on your asses most likely watching another CAA team play for or win a national championship.  Delaware is a VERY good team, but they aren't so good that they cannot be beaten. 

Chris Whitney- You have cemented your place as the greatest quarterback in the Andy Talley era, if not the history of the program by winning games just like this one.  Do everything in your power to prevent your fantastic career from ending in Newark this Saturday.

Matt Szczur- Your senior year has been derailed by unfortunate injury, but you still have the opportunity to come back this week and do something heroic (something rather common in the Szczur file.)  Rest up, get treated and play as if nothing ever happened. 

To the rest of the team- don't let the fantastic start you got off to go to waste.  Take any opportunities you can to win this game and continue the season, because if you don't win, there will be blood you will have missed an opportunity to be something truly great.

Good Luck,


Thoughts After Three Games

We've seen three games so far, and as expected Villanova's record is unblemished.  The first real challenge comes next Wednesday when they play UCLA at Madison Square Garden (with a game against Lafayette coming on Saturday.) 

Here's what i think i think i think after three games
  • Corey Fisher won't shoot under 28 percent from three all season, that number should correct itself.  
  • I'm not getting too excited about Maurice Sutton's performance against Marist.  It's a small sample against lesser competition.
  • I can't remember the last time that a Villanova point guard had 12 assists in a game.  Through three games, Maalik Wayns has 22 assists and only eight turnovers, not bad.
  • I've realized that I'll never be able to consistently count on Antonio Pena to do anything unless he does something to prove otherwise.
  • Mouph finally gives Villanova a shot blocker, something they haven't had in over a decade. 
  • Isaiah Armwood looks like his ears are stapled to the side of his head.
  • Stop saying that Cheek even looks like Kerry Kittles.. That's what you call placing unrealistic expectations on a 19 year old.
  • Defense at the beginning of a season!? ZOMG

Thursday, November 11, 2010

KEY to the Game- Eating Crow (UNH) Edition

District 5 Villanova Wildcats
Last week i came out and said that Villanova should slaughter URI and I was wrong so this week i'll keep my mouth shut and leave you with one (and only one) key for this game that The 'Cats need to win in order to make the playoffs. 

Here it is:
  1. Don't play like you did last week! that is all

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Some More Clarity on The Football Situation

Recently, Brian from reached out to Father Peter to get some more specifics as to a potential football upgrade

here is the gist of what is being considered from the horse's mouth:
The implications of a move from FCS to FBS
  • On our present Strategic Plan
  • On our Academic programming and the ratio of Athletic spending to Academic spending
  • The positive or negative effect on the question of National exposure
  • What effect it might have on our Basketball program
  • The need to upgrade playing and practice Facilities
  • Financial issues:
    • Our endowment in comparison to many who participate in the FBS
    • The increased cost of salaries and personnel
    • The necessary upgrade of women’s sports due to title IX requirements
    • Potential expenditures and revenues
So as you can see, nothing on that list is really earth shattering.  It's basically what any rational human being would consider because this after all is a big decision.  There is nothing about a timeline on there, so keep holding your breath and vocally stating that you are in favor of such an upgrade.

Friday, November 5, 2010

New E-Mail From The President RE: Football

Read Between the lines if you must, it looks intentionally neutral.  I just want an answer as I support the Football program either way.
Dear Villanova Alumni,

I wanted to update you on some recent happenings at the Big East Conference regarding its FBS football program. As you may recall, the Big East Commissioner paid a visit to Villanova in early September and reported that the members were interested in adding Villanova as a football member of the conference.

Earlier this week at our bi-annual conference meeting, the Big East presidents officially approved a process to evaluate terms and conditions for expansion in order to enhance membership stability and to assure our competitive position for the future. Because of this, there has been increased media interest, and therefore you may once again hear rumors and speculation as to possible plans and expansion strategies for the conference as well as how it impacts Villanova's decision.

I want to assure you that this announcement in no way affects the Board and my commitment to the process or our in-depth and thorough evaluation of this opportunity. We are continuing on our exploratory path--looking at all possible scenarios and working diligently to compile the necessary information in order to make a thoughtful, informed decision.

In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to you, as it is important that we engage our entire community. This is a major decision for Villanova--with many pros and cons--and throughout the process we are dedicated to being as open and transparent as possible.

As I shared with you in September, a decision will be made only after we conduct a careful and complete analysis and weigh all the options. We expect this assessment to conclude by early spring 2011. Regardless of the timeframe, we will do what's right for Villanova, and you can be confident that whatever decision we make will fully support our community-wide commitment to the University's strategic objectives.


Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.

What are Realistic Expectations For Corey Fisher?

Cheesasaurus Rex
From the rumors of the spring to the buzz of the summer, there is no doubt that Corey Fisher has had an eventful 2010.  Fish enters the 2010-11 season with very high expectations both nationally and among Villanova fan circles.  This made me wonder what expectations should realistically be for the senior guard from The Bronx.

Past Performance and Improvement
The best predictor of future performance is past performance.  In his first three years on the Main Line, Fish has improved his per game scoring average from 9.1 his freshman year to 13.3 last season.  It's safe to assume that this number will improve further with the graduation of Scottie Reynolds necessitating the replacement of that production. 
Offensive Role
Over the last few years, Villanova fans have been repeatedly teased by the (maddeningly) inconsistent play of Antonio Pena and the (at times) hot and cold shooting of Corey Stokes.  There is no question that Fish will see an increased number of looks, but there are some factors that could mitigate his potential scoring output.  I think the ultimate wild card in Fisher's ultimate scoring output is how well Mouph Yarou is able to score in the post.  If Mouph is able to score in double figures, then Fish may ultimate have the biggest impact handling the ball and dishing it into the paint.
Unforseen Factors
Newcomers are always a wild card on a sports team.  The question is always the speed in which they become acclimated.  JayVaughn Pinkston could see action early in the season, but James Bell has fallen victim to a pair of stress fractures in his legs that should slow down his ability to get minutes until well into the season.  An injury to an established player (Stokes or Pena) could force Fish into the unquestioned primary scoring role, which he would undoubtedly take advantage of.

I think that this team will be more of a scoring by committee type team, and that will limit Fish's ability to put up gaudy stats and get recognized on All-American teams.  I do have no question though, that Fish is the best player on Villanova and one of the better players in the country.  Temper your 22 point per game expectations folks, because this team will be more dangerous if they don't have to rely on one player.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Keys to the Game- Villanova-Rhode Island Edition

On Saturday afternoon, the 6-2 (4-1) Villanova Football Team will head to the University of Rhode Island to try to improve their record to 7-2 (5-1) on the season.  While I could be nice and say that Rhode Island is "a team that is on the rise" or that they are "rebuilding," I'm simply not going to do it because the fact is that this is not a good football team and Villanova fans should be satisfied with no result other than pounding this team into the turf and winning by at least three touchdowns.

Okay, here's what i think Villanova needs to do to win:
  1. Show Up- Seriously.. this team is bad.  If Villanova brings its C- game and URI brings its A game, Villanova still might win.  You'll hear quotes talking about a hostile environment, traveling and other garbage, but the fact is that there will probably be 3,000 people in the stadium and a few hundred will be Villanova fans.  As long as The 'Cats don't drink copious amounts of alcohol the night before, they should win big.  Not that it means much, but Villanova is 14-2 all time against Rhode Island.  
  2. Avoid Turnovers- The only way i see this game being close is if The Rams win the turnover margin by two or more.  Luckily, VU is generally pretty good at protecting the ball so URI's defense will have to put on a virtuoso performance, especially since they're negative in the turnover margin for the season.  
  3. Score Touchdowns- Nick Yako has been pretty abysmal this year when he's tried kicking for three points, so it makes scoring touchdowns even more important because it's hard to count on someone who is missing field goals that used to be routine.
  4. Throw Early- I enjoy when the coaching staff gets aggressive and lets Chris Whitney air it out on early downs, and I hope that they aren't afraid to air it out on first and second downs.  With a stable of receivers including Norman White (who has a touchdown catch in the last five games,) Dorian Wells, Mikey Reynolds and others, Villanova's biggest strength this season has been throwing the ball down the field.  When VU establishes the pass, they are a very difficult team to beat.
That's it for this week.. I'll start with basketball soon, I promise.

    UCF.. Really?

    The Big East has every reason to desire expansion beyond its current (undesirable) lineup of eight teams, but one of the names being floated around, University of Central Florida makes me scratch my head.  While producing solid NFL talent (Brandon Marshall, Mike Sims-Walker, Asante Samuel and Daunte Culpepper to name a few,)  UCF has been inconsistent at best in Conference USA, a "mid major" FBS conference and would offer next to nothing in any other sport, which would make them joining as a football only school the most likely scenario (see: Temple if you need convincing as to why this doesn't work.)

    The conference needs to assess its priorities and see whether they're really desperate enough for the (mediocre) Orlando market and another team to accept a school with a questionable football (and academic) reputation to go along with the fact that they wouldn't be able to contribute anything in any other sports.  I would personally rather see Memphis or (especially) TCU join and I think UCF should be nothing more than an absolute desperation move.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010

    The Big East to Expand to 10

    What this means for Villanova at this point, i don't know.  It is certainly a decent sign.

    Ben Ijalana Getting Serious NFL Love

    If you have been following the Villanova football team at all, Ben Ijalana is a name that you should know.  Not only is Ijalana, an offensive tackle getting the respect he deserves on the FCS level, but NFL scouts seem to be drooling over the guy.  Here is a quote from Wes Bunting of The National Football Post regarding Ijalana's recent performance against Richmond:
    "Watching the Villanova/Richmond matchup this weekend was fun on a couple levels because when you get these two teams together the overall talent level is good enough to definitely compete and even beat a fair amount of the FBS teams that are out there. But, from an NFL prospect type view, there is also one guy who is really starting to shine above the rest and that’s ‘Nova OG Benjamin Ijalana. Ijalana is a big, 6-4, 320-pound kid who can bend and block with leverage in the run game as well as sit into his stance and anchor vs. the pass. However, he really stood out on the move to me this weekend when asked to pull, get out to the second level as he absolutely demolished downhill attacking defenders with a compact punch and powerful leg drive."
    As you can see, this guy has all the tools and could end up a very early draft pick and a productive NFL starter.  Depending on his performance at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine he could end up climbing all the way to the second round (no Villanova player has been drafted in the second round or higher since Pro Hall of Famer Howie Long was taken 48th overall by the Oakland Raiders in 1981.)

    Getting In The Election Day Spirit

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    Dumb Idea Hall of Fame: Preseason Game at The Wells Fargo Center

    don't waste your time or your money
    Exhibition games of any kind in any sport are undoubtedly the worst type of sporting event on earth.  What makes them worse is the fact that teams generally charge full price for them.

    Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with Villanova's desire to have a couple exhibition games on their schedule to warm the team up for the upcoming season.  What I do have a problem with is charging 25 bucks for the game and playing it at the CoreStates First Union Wachovia Wells Fargo Center.  What the hell is wrong with The Pavilion? This is just a desperate grab on behalf of the athletic department to try to earn some extra money, and it probably won't even work.

    Saturday, October 30, 2010

    Thoughts After Villanova-Richmond

    That was perhaps the most arduous and taxing game I have ever been to where the team i wanted to win won by three touchdowns. Villanova ended up beating Richmond 28-7, but it felt closer (and probably should have been closer.)

    Here's what I think:
    • Chris Whitney- Beast Mode
    • Richmond offense- Not beast mode
    • I'd like to see a little bit more pressure on the quarterback in the very near future.
    • Norman White has a TD reception in five straight games.
    • Dorian Wells: if you are going to be back to return punts, catch one once in a while.
    • The officials didn't know their asses from holes in the ground.. that "fumble" in the fourth quarter that set up the final score was probably a forward pass.
    • Marquis Kirkland may have a future playing on Sundays.  
    • 15 straight wins at Villanova Stadium.
    • Congrats to the Girl's Cross Country team for winning their third consecutive Big East title.
    • Beat Rhode Island.

    Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Keys to the Game- Villanova-Richmond Edition

    Coming off wins in consecutive weeks against Maine and James Madison, the Villanova football team will take on The Spiders of the University of Richmond this Saturday at noon.  Richmond has run into a great deal of bad luck this season, losing their starting Quarterback, USC transfer Aaron Corp and his backup so they have been forced to start true freshman Montel White at the position (a similar siuation that Chris Whitney was in during his freshman year.)  Although UR has been relatively successful since the injuries, if Villanova doesn't win this game they are in big trouble.

    Here's what Villanova needs to do to win:

    1. Stop the Run- Richmond boasts a dismal passing offense, one of the worst in the nation in both yards and efficiency.  Their offense on the whole isn't very good (averaging fewer than 20 points per game,) but they are much better at running the ball than they are throwing it.  The runner to watch is Kendall Gaskins who is big (6-1 230) and powerful and flashed against VU last year at Richmond, scoring a touchdown.  Other than running backs Gaskins, Tyler Kirchoff, Garrett Wilkins, and Jovan Smith (a committee if there ever was one) there should be no real threat coming from the Richmond offense.  If you force them into throwing the ball with White, you have about a 99 percent chance of winning. 
    2. Be Wary of The Gadget Play- Teams that are over matched will try some desperate things.  Fake punts/field goals, flea flickers, passes with people other than the quarterback etc.  I wouldn't mind a relatively conservative defensive game plan (not too conservative,) simply to account for these types of things.  That doesn't mean to call the dogs off by any means, but they should be aware of the fake (especially on special teams.)
    3. Throw Throw Throw- Richmond's passing defense is not great and Chris Whitney has been a monster so far this season.  So I think a heavy helping of the pass is in order.  stay in a four receiver set for most of the game and just chuck it around the yard.  Dorian Wells, Norman White, and Mikey Reynolds have really picked up the slack from Matt Szczur, our fearless leader since he has been out from injury.  Throwing it in the first three quarters makes for prime conditions to run the clock out in the fourth quarter.  Part of the problem last week was the coaches got too conservative with their play calling in the second half and weren't willing to use Whitney's arm to put the game away. 
    4. Don't Let Up- The 'Cats Felt like they let up a bit in the second half on offense against JMU, that has to change down the stretch.  Four quarters of inspired football every game is necessary for a successful stretch and playoff run.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Cue The Mike Nardi Comparisons

    I always get annoyed when comparisons are made simply due to race or location.  For example, Matt Szczur's game bears little resemblance to that of Wes Welker (it is in fact closer to Percy Harvin's.)  Maalik Wayns being compared to Kyle Lowry is another lazy comparison, because if I had to compare Wayns' game to anyone else it would be Kemba Walker.  Call Wayns a poor man's Allen Iverson for all I care, but his game in no way resembles that of Lowry because Lowry never had a very developed offensive game while at Villanova.

    This brings me to the case of Ryan Arcidiacono, a guard from Neshaminy High School who just gave a verbal committment to attend VU starting in 2012.  I can guarantee that someone on ESPN (probably Fran Fraschilla, who is the main source of my vitriol for constantly trying to convince the audience that he can namedrop more obscure college players from ten years ago than anyone on earth, and for verbally fellating the Europeans during the world championships this summer) will mention Arcidiacono's name in the same sentence with former Villanova great Mike Nardi.  I have never seen Arcidiacono play, so his game could be similar to Nardi, but that doesn't change the fact that the comparisons are always going to be lazy because he is a highly recruited point guard with a buzz cut who is going to Villanova.

    Here's some advice to you Ryan: get a distinctive hair style.  I highly recommend a jheri curl.

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Matt Szczur's Injury Will Make Villanova Better

    Last basketball season, Villanova relied far too much on Scottie Reynolds for offense, and once Scottie hit a slump (in the worst possible time,) the team fell flat on it's face.  During the first few games of the football season, Villanova was forcing the ball into the hands of Matt Szczur, the team's best offensive weapon.  When Szczur was injured, they were forced to reinvent themselves and it simply didn't work in the first game against William & Mary.  Since that game in Williamsburg, the coaching staff has finally realized that Chris Whitney can actually throw the ball, and that in Norman White, Mikey Reynolds, and Dorian Wells there are other weapons at the receiver position.

    When and if Szczur Christ Returns, The 'Cats will be in a much better place as they will not feel the need to force the ball to him with their new found weapons.  The fact that Szczur has been hurt may also help the team next year as the coaches will not scramble to redefine the offense despite the fact that they will be breaking in a lot of new players, including a new quarterback. 

    Wait until you get better before you play again sir, we'll need you for the playoffs.

    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    My Thoughts on Saturday's Game

    Villanova held on to beat James Madison 14-7 yesterday despite dominating the entire game.
    Here's what i think:
    • The play calling in the second half was WAY too conservative.  Chris Whitney was hot, they should have given him more opportunities to throw it down field.
    • Norman White is a beast.. Plain and simple.
    • I still love Mikey Reynolds.
    • Thomas Weaver may have had the best game by a Villanova defensive player so far this season.  He was so incredibly disruptive, even though his position (nose tackle) simply dictates that he occupies blockers and stop the run. 
    • What the hell is wrong with Nick Yako?
    • The fake punt call was incredibly ballsy.  It's good to have an athletic punter like Scarnecchia.  
    • Please find a way to stop the intermediate pass.
    • Villanova should move up in the rankings after Delaware lost to William & Mary
    • The band showed up!
    • Get healthy soon Matt Szczur.
    • Beat Richmond

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    Keys to the Game- Villanova-JMU Edition

    The last time Villanova lost at Villanova Stadium was two years ago, October 25, 2008 (I remember the date, because I was arrested that afternoon.)  In case you don't remember, the game (which was soggy, wet and cold) ended on a last second hail mary by James Madison, which is tied for my number one all time sports buzzkill moment.  JMU is an enigmatic team this season, beating Virginia Tech and not doing much since.  This game should be full of emotion as it is a virtual must win for both teams. 

    Here are my Keys:

    1. Stop The Running Game- JMU always tries to force the ball down the other team's throat on the ground, and traditionally they're quite good at it (think Oregon's offense.)  Drew Dudzik, the Quarterback for The Dukes should be the focal point of their running game along with several running backs including Jonathan Sullivan and Griff Yancey.
    2. Keep Chucking It- The strength of this Villanova team is the down field passing game, as evidenced by last week's beat down of MaineChris Whitney should throw the ball at least 20 times, unless JMU has success stopping the passing game.  Throwing the ball keeps defenses honest and will set up the running game toward the end of the game. 
    3. Play Hard for 60 Minutes- JMU has shown that they can play with just about anyone for an entire game, so VU must play with a swagger.  This is absolutely a winnable game, and it's also homecoming so there will be a larger than usual crowd.
    4. Forget About Last Year-  Last season, Villanova traveled to Harrisonburg and shut JMU out 27-0.  As far as I'm concerned, that game never happened.  The team must completely forget about that game and play like they were the ones who were embarrassed last season.
    5. Don't Get Arrested- (for the fans) Self explanatory.

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Rick Pitino Loves St. John's (and adultery)

    Notorious premature ejaculator Rick Pitino has made it known through his preseason coaches poll that he thinks St. John's will win the Big East this season.  Apparently the grease that emanates from his person has slipped into his brain, or he just thinks it's 1987.  If Mr. Pitino is right, he may just be Nostradamus (if Nostradamus cheated on his wife in a closed restaurant and lasted only 15 seconds in the process.)

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    He Toys With People

    Because I'm lazy, but I still want to post.. i am going to inundate you with Villanova YouTube Videos!

    Video courtesy of SeanDon

    Matt Szczur and Ben Ijalana Invited to Senior Bowl

    According to Villanova Football's twitter page, senior Wide Receiver Matt Szczur and senior Offensive Tackle Ben Ijalana have been invited to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl.  Fantastic news, and good for the future of the program to have two representatives at such a publicized event.

    Saturday, October 16, 2010

    Postgame Wrapup: Without Vaseline Edition

    So Villanova ran train on Maine today to the tune of a 48-18 beatdown.

    Here are some nuggets from the game
    • Chris Whitney became Villanova's first 300 yard passer since Frank Jankowski in 2005.
    • I literally cannot remember the last time a Villanova player had 5 total touchdowns.
    • Whitney almost had a career high in passing in the first half.
    • Norman White and Dorian Wells both had huge games. 
    • The coaches need to find ways to get Aaron Ball and Angelo Babbaro on the field at the same time, preferably offset or with Babbaro in the slot.
    • Meh performance by the defense, but they forced turnovers.
    • The Delco Times really took a dump on my new found credibility by saying that Matt Szczur was likely to play.
    • The TV announcers were just straight up bad.
    • I think this game was proof positive that the shackles need to come off the VU passing game. 
    • Mikey Reynolds is awesome.  Just straight up gangsta.
    I'll get more on this when Villanova posts the stats on their shitty official website.

    Why Should You Stay Away From Maine?

     Because Lady Gaga tried to act serious there

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Old Dominion's AD Calls Villanova a "Natural" in the Big East

    In an article in today's Virginian-Pilot discussing the virtues of teams studying to move from FCS to FBS competition, Old Dominion Athletic Director Wood Selig called Villanova a "natural in the Big East" along with CAA commissioner Tom Yeager calling Villanova's situation "dramatically unique" compared to other schools studying a potential move up. 

    This should tell you all you need to know.  Villanova would be a huge loss for CAA Football, but their commissioner is willing to comment on Villanova's situation.

    Don't be stupid VU Administration, other schools would kill to be put in this position.

    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    Matt Szczur is Expected to Play Against Maine

    After practicing on a limited basis this week, Matt Szczur is expected to suit up and play against Maine.  Earlier this week, Andy Talley described Szczur's status as "questionable" but I guess he feels better?

    This is huge news for the team if he does in fact play.  I just hope he doesn't get run into the ground and is managed properly.

    Keys to the Game- Villanova-Maine Edition

    Greatest thing to ever involve a Maine athlete

    This Saturday, the battered Villanova  football travels to the great white north to take on MaineAndy Talley historically does not have much success when he travels to Orono, but Maine has not demonstrated its past form over the last several years.  I expect an inspired performance from The 'Cats coming off the bye week and their in conference loss in a year.

    Here are my keys to the game:
    1. Make an Impression Early- Falling behind against William & Mary absolutely killed the team two weeks ago, and it almost always seems to in a foreign environment.  The Black Bears cannot get the impression that they have the upper hand in any facet of the game as that could be incredibly dangerous (just watch the Penn game from earlier this season.)  Taking an early lead or even a sustained opening drive are things that could send a message to Maine.  Villanova must get it into the heads of the Maine players that they will not lose.
    2. Throw The Ball- Chris Whitney doesn't get nearly enough credit as a passer, but the truth is that he leads the CAA in passing efficiency.  Wouldn't featuring Whitney's arm in the passing game be a better way to compensate for the lack of Matt Szczur?  This team is simply becoming predictable.. throw the other team a curve ball on occasion.
    3. Refrain From Fucktardery- Please please please no turnovers in the red zone?
    4. Play 60- Football teams lose if they come out flaccid like VU did two weeks ago.  An inspired effort and some momentum for next week against James Madison would go a long way toward setting this team up for a playoff run.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    PPL Park is The Answer

     look at that backdrop

    Watching the United States Men's National Soccer Team play against Colombia at PPL Park last night only bolstered my opinion that it is the perfect venue for Villanova Football should they make the move to the Big East.  Not only is the stadium brand new, but it is the perfect size  to accommodate the team in the short term.  Chester is not the most ideal of locations, but neither is South Philadelphia and you can be sure that Delaware County wouldn't mind a second tenant (and thus a second source of revenue) from the stadium.

    Detractors will always say that the stadium is not big enough, but there is always Lincoln Financial Field for the games that PPL Park doesn't have the capacity for.  Ultimately the best idea is to use PPL until VU is able to outbid Temple for LFF once their contract expires at the home of the pigeons.

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Szczur May Not Play This Week.. FML

    Matt Szczur is officially "questionable" for this week's game against Maine according to Head Coach Andy Talley.

    This is not good.. ankle sprains are usually chronic and they tend not to get much better unless someone completely rests.  Compounding the issue is the fact that it's both ankles.  Villanova does not "need" Szczur in a literal sense, but he's such a large part of the offense that he is essential to a lot of what they do.  Pray to Szczur that he heals quickly.

    Message to The Maine Offense

    Courtesy of the Villanova Defense

    Year One: Post Scottie

    Scottie Reynolds did wonderful things for Villanova basketball.  From leading The 'Cats to the Final Four to ending his career as the second leading scorer in school history, he was awesome.  Now, a new chapter must be written in Villanova history as Scottie has graduated and moved on after what seemed like a decade on the Main Line.

    I am calling this season "year one" as it is truly a new era as there is a need to not only replace the production of those who left the program, but also to fill the leadership void left behind by Reynolds and Reggie Redding.  Last season, when things were falling apart,  I opined that this team may have been better off in the long run without Scottie because they became dependent on him and surely enough, once Scottie hit a slump the team just flattened out and became as flaccid as Brett Favre's member (better explained by Brian on VUHoops.)

    I really don't know what to think in re: realistic expectations, because frankly the bar was set too high last year after a softy OOC schedule and high expectations from a final four team the previous season.  I hope for low expectations (although basically every "expert" is picking VU to win the Big East.)  This year is a critical season for Jay Wright, because the Final Four appearance two years really just made the fans thirsty for more success, and the highly ranked recruiting classes he's brought in only compounds any of the (subtle) pressure already on him.

    Monday, October 11, 2010

    Basketball Season is Nearly Upon Us

    As you may have noticed, the slant of this blog is mostly toward the football team, but with the basketball season nearly upon us, it's time that I step up what really interests most: the basketball team.  I'll have a comprehensive player by player Villanova Basketball season preview coming up within the next week or so.

    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Bye Week Keys

    Here are my keys to the bye week

    1. Get Healthy
    2. Get Healthy
    3. Get Healthy
    4. Throw the ball more with Chris Whitney against Maine.
    That is all

    36 Days Until Basketball Season

    It makes me want to blue myself

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    Villanova Alum Billy Joe Retires From Coaching

    Billy Joe, former Villanova fullback, 1961 Sun Bowl MVP and 1963 American Football League Rookie of the Year announced his resignation from his position as the head football coach at Miles College on Monday, ending a coaching career which spanned over three decades and during which he accumulated 243 career wins.  His career win total is second to only to the legendary Eddie Robinson of Grambling for wins amongst coaches at historically black schools.  Prior to his time at Miles, Joe had stints at Cheyney, Central State and most notably Florida A&M.

    Well That Kinda Sucked, College Football Thoughts On a Monday

    I'm lucky that I wasn't around to watch that game because I'm pretty sure i would have committed seppuku on myself.  I'm just glad that The Giants redeemed my weekend by giving Jay Cutler brain damage.

    • Let Chris Whitney throw the ball more!
    • Can't read too too much into this game because they were playing against a team desperate for revenge.
    • Get well soon Matt Szczur
    • Beat Maine!
    • Denard Robinson may have already locked up the Heisman Trophy.  The only person with a remote chance to beat him at this point is LaMichael James.
    • The U is finally back- Jacory Harris had a crappy game but they still beat Clemson in a hostile environment.  Really a testament to Randy Shannon as a football coach and as a leader of men.
    • Alabama should be unanimous number one.  Who else do they have to beat?
    • Villanova might be able to compete in the Big East now.
    • Like Brian said on VUHoops, I actually think that TCU to the Big East makes sense.
    • Notre Dame still sucks.

    Thursday, September 30, 2010

    Keys to the Game- Villanova-William & Mary Edition

    In a rematch of one of the great games ever played on the Main Line, the Villanova Football Team will travel to Williamsburg, VA to take on The Tribe of William & Mary this Saturday at Zable Stadium.  Not only did Villanova win both games last season, but they have not lost to Bill & Mary since 2004, so you can be sure that Jimmye Laycock wants very badly to beat The 'Cats.  Without Matt Szczur, this game becomes a little bit more difficult to win, but it's not a death sentence as this Villanova team is plenty talented enough to win without him.

    Here are the keys to the game
    1. Be Balanced on Offense- The biggest issue I had with the offensive game plan last week was the lack of passing even though Chris Whitney only had two incompletions the entire game.  I understand that running the ball is our bread and butter, but Whitney has been simply too good to keep the ball out of the air and a good passing attack is much harder to stop than a good run game.
    2. Forget Last Year- I know that VU beat W&M twice last season, but the past is the past and as far as I'm concerned, those games never happened.  If Villanova's players allow themselves to get big headed about their chances because of last year, that is a recipe for disaster.  It is okay to be confident going into the game, but don't take it overboard. 
    3. Harass The QB- William & Mary will be starting a new Quarterback this week in Mike Paulus (brother of famous Dookie Greg Paulus.)  Paulus, a transfer from UNC lost the competition to start heading out of training camp and thus will be starting for the first time this Saturday.  I hope that Villanova defensive coordinator Mark Reardon is able to use this to his advantage and dial up the pressure to give the young quarterback happy feet.
    4. Take the Crowd Out Early- This game has already been sold out for a while, so a loud crowd should be expected.  The key when you have a hostile environment is to silence the crowd with some big plays early.  Nothing does that better than an opening drive touchdown followed by a quick three and out. 
    5. Play Smart- Now that we're in the heart of CAA conference play, turnover margin becomes absolutely key.  It is impossible to beat good teams like Delaware and James Madison if you hurt yourself with turnovers and stupid penalties.  If Villanova plays smart, efficient football on offense and defense, they are an incredibly tough team to stop.