Saturday, December 31, 2011

Villanova Highlights of 2011: Beating UMass

Entering 2011, Andy Talley had never won at Amherst. That changed in 2011 when a dominant defensive effort by Villanova, and Chris Polony's coming out party finally changed that.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Villanova Highlights of 2011: ESPN College Gameday


Forget about the result of that game against Pitt back February for a minute. The mere fact that Villanova hosted  ESPN College Gameday in 2011 was exciting, and a pretty big damn deal. The environment inside The Pavilion that morning was perhaps the most electric I can ever remember it.

Unfortunately, a large percentage of students that attended the Gameday festivities were unable to attended the game, and the atmosphere in the arena was about as dull as you would expect thanks to the pensioners who hold the majority of the season tickets.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Villanova Highlights of 2011: Penn Relays DMR


In one of the most thrilling sporting moments I have ever witnessed in person, Villanova All-American Matt Gibney ran down Miles Batty of BYU in the final 200m of the college distance medley relay Championship of America at the Penn Relays. To put this in context, Batty seemed like he was impossible to beat in the run up to Penn, but Gibney was still able to chase him down and anchor his second career DMR championship. The video above is the highlights of that race, won by Brian Tetreault, Carlton Bowers, Sam Ellison and Gibney.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Big East Play is Upon Us

After a lackluster start to the 2011-2012 season, the Villanova basketball team will begin Big East conference play tomorrow night at 7 PM against West Virginia.

Through 12 games this season, WVU is 9-3 and is currently ranked 31st by Ken Pomeroy. Villanova is currently ranked 60th, hindered by their adjusted defense, which just barely scratches the top 100 teams in the nation. On offense, The Mountaineers are led by senior forward Kevin Jones, who is averaging 21 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. Jones should pose a particular problem for Villanova, because Mouphtaou Yarou is a poor defender and his backup Maurice Sutton, who is a superior defender may not play due to illness. Villanova's best chance at winning is probably forcing Truck Bryant to beat them. While Bryant is scoring a lot of points, he's also shooting below 40% from the field and around 70% from the line.

Villanova is unlikely to win this one, but stranger things have happened. Let's wait and see.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Villanova Christmas Wish List

 I want more of this in 2012, please

There are a lot of things Villanova could use this Christmas and heading into the new year, so I decided to list them so I can haz all of your page views!
  1. A stable conference for Villanova sports- BCS Football is not necessarily a requirement in this equation, but that would be ideal.
  2. Another NCAA Tournament appearance for Villanova basketball.
  3. For Dominic Cheek and Maalik Wayns to stop shooting threes.
  4. Two more outdoor NCAA Championships for Sheila Reid, and two Penn Relays titles as well. Bogdana Mimic can finish second in the 5000m too!
  5. A new defensive coordinator who can adequately replace the recently departed Mark Reardon.
  6. Health for the 2012 Villanova football team throughout spring practice.
  7. An investigation into government waste at Temple and Penn State.
That's about it. A simple list.

    Friday, December 23, 2011

    Don't Read Much Into The Shooting Last Night

    One of the silver linings you could take out of Villanova's victory over American last night is the fact that they shot better than they have all season. When taken in the context of American's earlier games, seeing such a performance as anything better than an expected outcome would be foolish. Entering last night's game, American was 213th in the nation in field goal percentage defense, and 94th in three point defense.You can't count on Dominic Cheek to make two out of three shots from the perimeter every game, even if he wasn't guarded, and you can't count on a team as poor shooting as this to make 40% of its three pointers.

    Unfortunately, the outcome of this game pretty much assures that we'll see Villanova launch 50 threes at West Virginia next Wednesday. Don't worry though, there was this one game where they made a bunch of them!

    Thursday, December 22, 2011

    Villanova Decisively Beats a Bad Team


    After being humiliated last weekend by St. Joe's, the Villanova basketball team won the final game of their out of conference schedule against American 73-52 to enter Big East play 7-5 overall and undefeated (6-0) at home. Leading the way for Villanova with 12 points apiece were Maalik Wayns and JayVaughn Pinkston. More importantly from Wayns, he took only one(!) three point shot. Also in double figures was Dominic Cheek with 10 points. As a team, Villanova shot 40 percent from beyond the arc, much better.

    Not everything was good though. As a team, they shot only 43% from the field and under 65% from the line. Mouphtaou Yarou had an absolutely brutal night offensively, making only one of the six shots that he took, and missing three of his four free throw attempts. Also, Cheek took three outside shots, which is three too many.

    More to come tomorrow.

    Monday, December 19, 2011

    Insanity

    Albert Einstein was famous for defining insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," under that definition, Jay Wright is fit for a straight-jacket in 2011. Despite the fact that Villanova is 273rd in Division I in three point field goal percentage, they are 41st in the nation in three point attempts. In fact, only two teams that shoot more three pointers than Villanova, (William & Mary and VMI,) miss three pointers at a greater clip, and everyone knows that VMI runs a ridiculous offense where players jack shots up at the first opportunity.


    There is also the matter of who is taking the three pointers. The two leaders on the team in three point attempts, Dominic Cheek and Maalik Wayns are the two worst perimeter shooters on the team among players who have attempted more than ten outside shots this season. What's even more puzzling about Wayns and Cheek taking the most three pointers is the fact that they are making nearly 87 percent of their free throws between them, and their contributions to the offense are in the manner that they are least likely to be fouled, shooting jump shots. If the two of them were to drive to the hoop and pick up fouls, the Villanova offense could be markedly better overnight, and it would probably help the defense as well.


    The message is simple: stop the insanity.

    Friday, December 16, 2011

    St. Joseph's (PA) Has a Math Problem


    30-2= Perfect season. It's fantastic to see such embrace of moral victories to the point where outright falsehoods are perpetuated.

    Just to rub some salt in the wounds:

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Recruiting: Villanova Out of Amile Jefferson Derby


    According to a source that I trust that has provided me with correct information on numerous occasions, you can scratch Villanova off of Friends Central power forward Amile Jefferson's final college choices. I normally don't even report on recruiting because there is so much fluidity, but this one is something I feel is necessary to report on due to the fact that many Villanova fans are holding out hope that Villanova will sign Jefferson. It's not going to happen though, especially since other schools with "resources" unavailable to Villanova have entered the race. If Jefferson does indeed commit to Villanova, you should be concerned that the school has sold its soul.

    The good news about this is that Temple has even less of a chance to land Jefferson.

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    An On Court Incident Is Not a Crime


    Ray Mancini is a killer. On November 13, 1982 in Las Vegas, the 21 year old Mancini deliberately and viciously pummeled 23 year old South Korean native Duk Koo Kim for nearly 40 minutes. Kim, bruised and battered by the beating he received suffered a severe brain injury and succumbed to his injuries five days later. Ray Mancini was never charged in connection with Kim's death despite the fact that it was witnessed by thousands of people in person and millions on television.

    In the above paragraph, everything is absolutely the truth, but it's deliberately spun so that it makes Mancini sound like a criminal, when he was really a boxer whose opponent tragically died in the ring. It's quite easy to distort things and make Mancini seem like a criminal, just like some people who are making Yancy Gates and other Xavier and Cincinnati player seem like criminals. And now that there's even talk of a potential prosecution of the involved players. I understand that the situations are very different in that the brawl in the basketball game involved actual malice, but the Mancini-Kim fight forced boxing itself to be accountable instead of the individuals involved because they realized that the fighters were having to navigate around an occupational hazard, which is exactly what this brawl was due to the way that the Cincinnati media has fanned the flames of this rivalry, and the fact that it was obvious to any viewer that the officials lost control of this one early. After the fight, matches were reduced from 15 to 12 rounds, The configuration of the ropes on a boxing ring was changed to prevent fighters from falling out of the ring, and most importantly, fighters had to go through far more rigorous pre-fight examinations.

    What corrective action could college take to prevent more fights like the one at Xavier from happening again? They could do a few things that include reducing the maximum workload of officials, sanctions for officials who are involved in games where brawls happen and a generally more liberal use of the technical foul when things start to get chippy and players start to talk shit with one another. Treating the players as thugs or criminals is not the answer.

    Monday, December 12, 2011

    2011-2012 Villanova Basketball In a Nutshell


    Marcus Denmon of Missouri's performance against Villanova last week perfectly sums up the ineptitude of this team defensively. It's woeful at best, and unwatchable at worst. Watch and suffer.

    Sunday, December 11, 2011

    Cincinnati-Xavier: OUTRAGE!

    I know that I'm in a very small minority here, but I feel like the punishments doled out to players on Xavier and Cincinnati after their brawl on Saturday were fair or even excessive. Anybody who has seen one of their teammates get a punch thrown at him should know that coming to the defense of a teammate comes so naturally that it is almost a reflex.

    This is not the time to guilt trip the players, because after all, they're only kids. What it is time to do is take a look in the mirror and wonder why there's a need by some in the media to call for such punitive sanctions after a lapse in judgement that lasts for only seconds. The moral circle jerk by members of the media sickens me even more than the brawl itself because I've come to expect it, and that's far more troubling than something that is spur of the moment and affected by real emotions. Just be thankful that after the fight, the involved players didn't also test positive for performance enhancing drugs.

    Looking Deeper at Dominic Cheek


    Saturday, December 10, 2011

    Villanova-Temple Preview

    Entering the penultimate game of the antiquated Big Five round robin, Villanova is struggling in games that are not in the city series. Coming into the game against Pennsylvania government waste (Temple), Villanova has lost three of four, and has still yet to beat a team that is in the top 50 of any ratings index. Well, tonight's game on North Broad would be the perfect chance to finally get a decent win and end this ridiculous stretch of mediocrity.

    What could get in the way of a positive result? Well, for starters, Villanova doesn't play defense, they jack up threes at an alarming rate despite that being far from the strength of this team, and they're simply undisciplined. Since I can say with a reasonable degree of certainty that Villanova will jack up a whole lot of threes, the percentage of offensive rebounds that they are able to grab off of three pointers will be the second most important factor in this game after the rate in which they sink three pointers. The last thing Villanova fans will want to see is Temple getting long defensive rebounds that will set up a transition game for Temple, further accentuating Villanova's poor defense.

    What is on Villanova's side? Well, for starters, Jay Wright pretty much owns Fran Dunphy and Temple will be missing two of their starters for this game. Against Villanova is the fact that Temple is a better team according to the objective metrics, and the game is at Temple. Basically, Villanova will need to show improvement over what we've seen so far to win this game.

    Friday, December 9, 2011

    Hey Temple Fans


    Self preservation is important folks, you had your chance and blew it. Temple should stop wasting my hard earned tax dollars and become self sufficient before they bitch about another school that is just that: self sufficient.

    Off Topic: Brandon Roy to Retire

     
    If there is one player that Randy Foye will be forever linked with, it is Brandon Roy. Although they never played on the same team, and are from opposite sides of the country, they were linked forever when they were traded for one another on NBA draft day in 2006. For a while, it looked as if the Portland Trailblazers, the team Roy played for "won" that deal as Roy looked to be turning into a perennial all-star.

    Well now, with Foye no longer on the Timberwolves, and Roy set to announce his retirement due to balky knees, the trade looks to be a wash, and Randy can finally have a career without incessant comparisons to another player.

    In other NBA news: Scottie Reynolds was invited to Utah Jazz training camp. Best of luck to him.

    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    The Big East Unveils New Logo


    Despite the revelation that they won't change their name in lieu of their new additions, The Big East has unveiled a new logo for the new-look conference. They say that it's edgy and fits in with the new identity of the conference.

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    Villanova-Missouri Postmortem: Player By Player


    In lieu of a game recap, I'll be going player by player and airing my frustrations.

    Mouphtaou Yarou- For the most part, I'm fine with you. Cut down on the fouls and make free throws like you did last season and you're good.

    Maalik Wayns- Just stop shooting threes. STOP IT. Here's an idea, since you're shooting over 90% from the foul line this season, how about you go to the lane and hope you get fouled. An old fashioned three pointer is the only one you should attempt from now on.

    Dominic Cheek- See: Maalik Wayns.

    Darrun Hilliard- You are already the best guard on the team, I would like to see more of you.

    James Bell- I honestly do not remember a single instance in which you were on the floor.

    Markus Kennedy- See: James Bell.

    JayVaughn Pinkston- Improvement, that's what I like to see.

    Tyrone Johnson- Not enough data.

    Achraf Yacoubou- Decent from what I saw, but not enough data.

    In other news, if you want to make a lot of money, bet against Villanova covering the spread. They have beaten the spread two times in their last 21 games.

    I'm done.

    Searching For Optimism: Villanova-Missouri Preview


    In a season where Villanova has proven to be a young team that is deeply flawed on defense, it probably isn't a good thing that they're playing a top ten team that has one of the most efficient offenses in America, but they happen to be facing exactly that when they play Missouri tonight at Madison Square Garden. Despite being near the bottom of the country in rebounding, (an overrated statistic,) Missouri is one of the highest scoring teams in the nation, partially because of the fact that they turn the ball over less than ten times per game, and partially because they make 52.5% of their field goal attempts.

    Entering Tuesday's game, Missouri is ranked tenth in both polls, eighth by Ken Pomeroy, and ninth by Jeff Sagarin. Villanova, on the other hand is unranked, 54 and 116 using the same standards. If you're willing to count this game as a true neutral site, Sagarin's ratings say that Villanova should lose by 14 points, and Villanova is currently an eight point dog according to betonline.com, and as I noted yesterday, Villanova is pitiful against the spread since the latter part of last season.

    Villanova wins if: They suddenly learn how to play defense in a game against one of the most efficient offenses in the country.
    Villanova loses if: They play like they have been playing
    Maalik Wayns three point miss counter: Through seven games this season, Maalik Wayns has missed 23 three pointers this season while making only 10.

    The old school rap song of the day is Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Peculiar Stat

    In their last 20 games, the Villanova basketball team is 2-18 against the spread.

    It's probably just a function of Villanova being overvalued by the common degenerate on the strength of a recent Final Four berth, but it is interesting nonetheless.

    Friday, December 2, 2011

    On Retiring Jersey Numbers

     The gold standard

    Conventional wisdom says that the best way to honor an athlete after his or her career is to retire their jersey number. In this case, conventional wisdom is wrong on two counts. First off, there are only so many numbers you can retire before you have zero numbers left, and  it's also a poor way to honor the greatest players to wear such a uniform.

    The best way to honor a great player is to instill in the athletes what it means to wear the number worn by a legend. At Notre Dame, players are given a card with the legends who have worn their particular number, and they don't retire any number regardless of how legendary of a career that player has had, and it makes sense. If Notre Dame started retiring numbers, they would have no numbers left, and would also have to disrespect great players by not retiring their jersey. My New York Giants ran into this exact problem with Harry Carson, who is a Hall of Famer, but every week, a player lines up wearing his number 53 jersey despite the fact that some lesser Giants have had their numbers retired. This is simply an inequitable system and it cannot be sustained over a long period of time.

    At Syracuse, their #44 was worn by Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little, three of the greatest players in the history of college football, and thus: the number has a special meaning to the point where there is even a blog named in its honor. There would be no better honor to the legacies of those three men than to allow someone else to wear 44 for their senior season, and retiring it permanently was a stupid decision made by a bunch of bean counters to sell jersies and t-shirts.

    If you instill tradition, and adequately give respect to the prior wearers of the numbers in question that there is no greater way to honor a player than to allow him to wear the number of an all-time great. If no one on a particular team is worthy, hold the number until there is a player who is worthy, but never unequivocally retire a number.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    55 Years Ago Today in Villanova History


    Ron Delany of Ireland wins Villanova's only Olympic gold medal in distance running at the 1956 Olympic Games at Melbourne, Australia. Delany was the seventh man, and the first Irishman to run a sub-four minute mile, and his gold medal in the 1500m is the most recent Olympic gold medal won by an Irish runner, and with the dominance of the East Africans in every event above 400m, it may be the last won by an Irishman. Just two days earlier, Delany's Villanova teammate (and future Villanova track coach) Charlie Jenkins had won the 400m, Villanova's first Olympic gold.

    There is video of the end of the race (with the commentary from some mick) at the beginning of this video:

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Poll: What is Villanova's most likely outcome in 2011-2012?

    The first five games of the 2011-2012 Villanova basketball season have been a mixed bag, and the losses have been undoubtedly disappointing. My question to the audience is this: What is the most likely postseason scenario for the Villanova basketball team?

    Just vote in the poll in the upper right corner of the front page, and leave your comments on this post. Just remember that we're not trying to represent this as a scientific poll of any sort.

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    Deja Vu

    Since the magical Final Four run during the 2009 season, it seems that every Villanova team has been exactly the same. There is no offensive organization, no defense of which to speak, and no scoring when the team has a small amount of time to do so. The offense seems to have one objective: find an open three pointer and shoot it. Such an offense is unacceptable when the best shooter on the team is streaky at best.

    How do you go about changing this? Well, it should be a matter of developing a half court offense, but Jay Wright has demonstrated that his teams struggle to do so when they don't have prolific three point shooters. It seems that the only options are the burn, or the "catch and shoot" offense. Neither of those options work unless the players are exceptional, and the team also happens to play fantastic defense. Villanova does not have exceptional players at this point, and they definitely do not play fantastic defense.

    My suggestions:
    1. Get boring- This team has a few very pronounced strengths, and perhaps the greatest of all of them is the ability of nearly all of the players on the floor to handle the ball, and make passes. That is the textbook of a motion offense, something that Jay Wright unquestionably knows a lot about given his tutelage under Rollie Massimino. The only problem is that the four out, one in motion seems to not fit the blueprint of this team, so some adjustment might be necessary.
    2. Find a rotation- Nothing about this team frustrates me more than the volume of substitutions that affect the rhythm of the game. This team would be much better off if they found a rotation of seven or eight players and stuck with it.
    3. Mouph- Get the ball to Mouphtaou Yarou please.
    4. Stop shooting threes, Maalik- Please, just stop. You hurt me.

    Sunday, November 27, 2011

    FIRE EVERYBODY


    No excuse to lose to that team. Excuse me while I go to Philadelphia airport to throw eggs at the team.

    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    Villanova beats UC Riverside 71-46


    Maalik Wayns led Villanova with 23 points as they easily dispatched of UC Riverside in the first round of the 76 Classic. They moved a step closer to being ranked in the top 25 for the first time this season, and will play Saint Louis University in the second round of this tournament tomorrow.

    Maalik Wayns Three Point Miss Counter:With his 0-4 performance tonight, Maalik Wayns has missed 15 three pointers on the season.

    Happy Thanksgiving


    Please accept our offering of smallpox and measles in keeping with the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Sheila Reid repeats, women finish third

    In what seems to be a scripted narrative by now, Sheila Reid outkicked Jordan Hasay of Oregon to win the NCAA championship by a very narrow margin. After some runner from SMU with a very hard to pronounce/spell name made a suicidal attack early, Reid and the pack reeled her in and the girl ended up a non-factor in the finish.

    In the team race, the women weren't as lucky, finishing third behind Georgetown, who won their first national championship and Washington. Anyone who had been following this team all season could foresee that result, given the lack of a competitive fifth runner.

    On the men's side, Villanova finished 13th, very respectable.

    Villanova-Delaware highlights


    It's a loss, but Jamal Abdur-Rahman makes me excited.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Villanova loses, ends a forgettable season


    After beating Delaware five seasons in a row, everyone knew that Villanova's streak was bound to come to an end at some point, and if it had to happen, this season was perfect for it. Even though they lost, and there were some highly questionable calls by referees that led to that decision, I'm not upset because with 21 starters returning (including Jamal Abdur-Rahman <3,) I know that there is a foundation for success in the future. There were some things in this game that I would have done differently, but I can say one thing unequivocally: this team is light years better than the team that was on the field against Temple in the beginning of September, and in Chris Polony, they have a quarterback capable of doing some pretty big things.

    Yes, when we look back on this season it will say that Villanova went 2-9, but they were a few breaks away from being 5-6, so it could be much, much worse. The 2012 season starts right now, and we have basketball season to hold us over until then.

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Delaware transfer quarterbacks through the years: Pat Devlin


    Quarterback at Delaware from 2009-2010
    Originally attended Penn State

    After the one season Rob Schoenhoft era was an unmitigated disaster, Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler decided against renewing Schoenhoft's scholarship and pursuing another transfer quarterback. Luckily for Keeler, there was a quarterback who was disgruntled with his situation at Penn State named Pat Devlin. When he was at Downingtown East High School, Devlin established himself as one of the most prolific high school quarterbacks in Pennsylvania history, breaking the state record for career record for passing yards in the state, and at the time he was considered the best quarterback to come out of Southeastern Pennsylvania in quite some time. When you consider Devlin was from the same county that produced future Pro Bowlers Matt Schaub and Matt Ryan you can realize that he was a big damn deal in high school.

    Once he got to Delaware, Devlin seemed to be the real deal. While the team surrounding him his first season was garbage, Devlin still put up huge numbers and Delaware gave some very good teams runs for their money.  The next season, Devlin led the Blue Hens all the way to the national championship game, but they coughed up a comfortable lead in the second half to Eastern Washington and lost.

    Pat Devlin was 0-2 against Villanova.

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Look at the fear in Joe Flacco's face


    It's beautiful. Go Nova, beat delaware.

    Delaware transfer quarterbacks through the years: Rob Schoenhoft


    Quarterback at Delaware in 2008
    Originally attended Ohio State

    After being moved to tight end by the Ohio State coaching staff, Rob Schoenhoft decided it would be a good decision to give KC Keeler a call, since Joe Flacco's departure left Delaware with a gaping hole at quarterback that needed filling. Needless to say, Schoenhoft did not fill that hole, and Delaware was forced to suffer by the single worst season in the proud history of the program, finishing 4-8. In fact, Schoenhoft and the Delaware offense were so inept at one point, that the coaches decided to incorporate a weird type of option offense using the tight end and a wide receiver at quarterback.

    Schoenhoft was 0-1 in his career against Villanova.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Delaware transfer quarterbacks through the years: Joe Flacco

    Quarterback at Delaware from 2006-2007
    Originally attended Pittsburgh

    If Dave Wannstedt were to look back at his career at Pitt, I think he would find that burying Joe Flacco behind Tyler Palko on the depth chart, which left Flacco disenfranchised and ultimately caused him to transfer to Delaware. In his two seasons at Delaware, Flacco made himself into a first round draft pick despite having crappy receivers and a very suspect offensive line during his entire time in college. In his senior season, Flacco led Delaware to a national championship game by winning two games on the road against Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois before eventually losing to Appalachian State in the national championship game.

    Most importantly though, Flacco had an 0-2 record against Villanova.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Villanova takes its sweet time to beat La Salle

     

    In a game where Villanova couldn't buy a basket for much of the game, they were able to overcome La Salle largely from the free throw line in a 76-69 victory. For much of the game, Maalik Wayns was absolutely excruciating to watch, but when things counted, he made some key shots, and he made all ten of the free throws that he took and he wound up leading Villanova with 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and four assists (three turnovers). Dominic Cheek added 18 points and eight rebounds, and James Bell (Who?) had 15 points and five rebounds. When he was in the game, Mouphtaou Yarou was an absolute monster on the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds to go along with his ten points, but for some reason, he was on the bench in the end of the second half and during much of overtime (he was not in foul trouble).

    In other news, Friends Central senior Amile Jefferson was in the crowd

    Maalik Wayns Three Point Miss Counter:
    With his 2-7 performance tonight, Maalik Wayns has missed 7 three pointers this season.

    Delaware transfer quarterbacks through the years: Sonny Riccio


    Quarterback at Delaware from 2004-2005
    Originally Attended Missouri

    The success that was had at Delaware under Andy Hall, which included a national championship was bound to create a situation where his successor would have extremely high expectations from the start, but that didn't prepare Sonny Riccio (who is a legend to some) for the vitriol he would unfairly receive from Delaware fans, which included a Facebook group dedicated to their disdain toward him titled "Sonny Riccio Sucks".

    Although he was from Western Pennsylvania, Riccio went with Gary Pinkel's staff to Missouri when Pinkel, who had originally recruited him to go to Toledo became the new head coach for the Tigers. Once he was in Columbia, playing time behind future NFL stud Brad Smith was few and far between, and he really only held kicks and saw mop up duty. Naturally, a  kid wants to play, and that's where K.C. Keeler came into the picture.

    Riccio's two seasons at Delaware were largely unspectacular, but he was nowhere near as bad as Delaware fans said he was, and he had two more wins against Villanova than any Delaware quarterback since.

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Delaware transfer quarterbacks through the years: Andy Hall


    Played at Delaware from 2002-2003
    Originally Attended Georgia Tech

    After languishing on the bench for three years at Georgia Tech, Cheraw, South Carolina native Andy Hall decided to start a tradition and in 2002, he became the first transfer quarterback of the K.C. Keeler era. In his second season, Hall did something that no other Delaware transfer quarterback in the past decade has done: led the Blue Hens to a national championship with a blowout victory over Colgate in the 2003 national championship game.

    After he graduated from Delaware, Hall was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL draft, but he never played in an NFL regular season game, and ended up playing a bunch of arena football before eventually retiring.

    Villanova-LaSalle primer


    Aside from Villanova, the only Philadelphia school to have won an NCAA title is La Salle, but that was in the 1950's, and their basketball team has been dog shit for the last two decades, not having made a postseason tournament of any kind since an NCAA berth in 1992.

    Tomorrow night, The Explorers will travel to The Pavilion to face a Villanova team that is fresh off of pounding Monmouth into the floor. Although the matchup between the two teams last season was a close one, La Salle lost Aaric Murray, their best player in a decade when he decided to transfer to West Virginia. He was a headcase anyway. In their first game this season, La Salle beat Lafayette by a sizable margin, but that was Lafayette. Anything less than a convincing Villanova win is unacceptable.

    If Villanova Wins: They are 2-0
    If Villanova Loses: I will jump off the Ben Franklin Bridge.
    Maalik Wayns Three Point Miss Counter: Through one game this season, Maalik Wayns has missed two three pointers.

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Sheila Reid doesn't care if your race is 500 meters too long

    Suck it Georgetown

    In an apparent gaffe by the person driving the pace cart at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic cross country regional women's race, the course went about 500m long, only delaying the inevitable Sheila Reid kick and victory.

    From Villanova's official website:

    While the team scores were remarkably close the individual finishing times were a little higher than expected due to a re-route halfway through the race. Each of the 199 runners in the field ran 500 meters longer than the original 6,000 meter course would have entailed.
     How something like that happens is beyond me, but if Reid had somehow been outkicked with 50 meters to go (not likely) I an imagine that Gina Procaccio would have been pretty pissed. Anyways, Reid won, both the men and the women qualified for nationals, and all is right in the world. Hopefully we can see the women defend two titles next monday.

    Battle of the Blue TV Promo


    I've seen about five of these on TV in the past few days, so it's good to know that they're advertising this.

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Harry Perretta wins his 600th game


    My father graduated from Villanova in 1979. Earlier that year, Harry Perretta was just completing his first season as the head coach for the Villanova women's basketball team, a job that he began when he was a 22 year old recent college graduate, and women's basketball women's basketball wasn't even an NCAA sport.

    Fast forward 33 seasons, and Perretta earned his 600th career victory when his team beat Iona 76-47 earlier today. That's a remarkable achievement for anyone, but especially for a coach in an extremely difficult conference at a school that can't pay fans to go to women's games. 

    I'm not much of a fan of the women's game, but I am a fan of anything Villanova, and Harry Perretta has given as much of his life to Villanova as anybody else, and he deserves the respect of any Villanova fan for the tremendous work he does.

    Villanova-Monmouth Highlights


    The Dominic Cheek show.

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Villanova beats Monmouth 106-70


    Dominic Cheek led the way with 27 points, Mouphtaou Yarou kicked in 24 to go along with 10 boards, Maalik Wayns had 15 points and 5 assists (zero turnovers!) and Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston kicked in 9 apiece as The 'Cats handled Monmouth easily.

    Maalik Wayns Three Point Miss Counter:
    With his 3-5 performance tonight, Maalik Wayns has missed 2 three pointers this season.

    New Villanova Basketball Highlight Video


    Courtesy of Sean Donovan. It's basketball season!

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    New Series: Delaware transfer quarterbacks through the years

    Joe Flacco

    In the week leading up to Villanova's game against Delaware, I will be profiling the ringers who have led Delaware to all of their success in the decade since KC Keeler took over as head coach.

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    SOCCER!

     A preview will be coming tomorrow, in which I will address why you should go to the Big East semifinal at Red Bull Arena.

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    Villanova wins a meaningless exhibition by 33 points


    So, Villanova beat NYIT 91-58 on the strength of 22 points from Maalik Wayns and 17 points from James Bell. That's about all, I might check back a little later with a new feature for this season: The Maalik Wayns three point miss counter.

    With apologies to Chris Polony


    Well, Chris Polony is proving me wrong. Six quarters does not a season make, but I am now confident that he is the quarterback that should start the Delaware game, and get the first snap next spring. I'm not willing to anoint him as the quarterback of the future yet, because I have still have some concerns, but I am willing to say that I have been pleasantly surprised with how he has done once he has taken the reigns full time.

    At this point, Polony leads all Villanova quarterbacks in passing yards, pass efficiency, touchdown passes and interception percentage. So it's time to give credit where credit is due, and hope that he goes out and torches the Delaware defense.

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Video: Bobby Curtis after his marathon debut in New York


    Sunday in the New York Marathon, former Villanova All-American Bobby Curtis ran a 2:16:44 debut, finishing 15th overall and placing third among Americans. Overall race winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya shattered the course record by over two and a half minutes, finishing in 2:05:06.

    In the women's race, Jen Rhines dropped out in the 16th mile.

    More Video (with Molly Pritz, Lauren Fleshman and #1 American Meb Keflezighi):

    Responding to Ed Rendell, point by point

    Like most of you, I have been following the crazed realignment of the conferences in college sports with a combination of amazement, laughter and a sense of wonder.'

    You are truly a man of the people, Mr. Ex-Governor.

    Texas Christian in the Big East? Oops, not really.

    If you don't think TCU was a good addition to the conference from a money/football competitiveness standpoint, then you are an idiot.

    Pitt to the ACC? Only 7 or so hours' drive from the Atlantic Ocean.

    This happens a lot.. Louisana Tech is in the Western Athletic Conference along with Hawaii, St. Louis is in the Atlantic 10 and Colorado is in the Pacific 12 despite not even being in the Pacific time zone.

    Missouri to the SEC? Don't Missouri's players play for the West in the East-West Shrine Game?

    Arkansas and Kentucky both border Missouri, and the flagship institutions from both of those states are also in the SEC. Also, if you knew anything you'd know that the East-West Shrine Game is not significant anymore.
     
    It's all one big joke that demonstrates how clearly money is the driving force today in college sports. But nowhere has this "it's so funny it's sad" charade played out more laughably than in the Big East.

    Yes, money is the driving force, and that's exactly why Temple wants to play in the Big East.. This is a two way street, Ed.

    Faced with the loss of Syracuse and Pitt and with the potential loss of Louisville and West Virginia, the conference reportedly has reacted by extending invitations to Boise State, Navy and Air Force to join for football only, and to Central Florida, Houston and Southern Methodist for all sports. Good grief, Charlie Brown.

    You fail to realize that football and television markets are the driving force behind expansion, and those schools all have one or the other.

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    A preview of the 2011-2012 Villanova offense


    The Big East has retained Bob Loblaw as counsel


    In serious news, the Big East has filed suit against West Virginia in a Rhode Island court.

    The filing in full is here.

    Villanova Soccer Makes History

    Last night at Notre Dame, the Villanova soccer team won their first Big East tournament game in history by shutting out The Irish 1-0 on the strength of freshman Aaron Dennis' fifth goal of the season, which came in the 34th minute. The win came despite the fact that Notre Dame controlled possession for most of the game, and had a double digit advantage in the corner kicks department.

    Next up for the Villanova soccer team is a quarterfinal match at USF, who are ranked in the top five in the nation and could contend nationally.

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Steve Addazio is an awesome coach

    Okay guys, we're going to run up the middle 60 times tonight..
     
    After Al Golden left Temple for greener pastures, Temple fans were largely convinced that Steve Addazio would bring their program to the next level, deliberately ignoring what Florida fans had been saying for a while, and Addazio was telling recruits the same thing about the Temple program.

    Nine games into the Steve Addazio era, those who left at the decision to hire him are having the last laugh, as it looks like Temple will yet again miss out on the MAC championship game despite having the most talented roster in recent history.

    What's the problem with Addazio? Well, he's predictable, and his play calling patterns were all but figured out by the SEC. Last night, he kept running it up the middle with Heisman Trophy Candidate Bernard Pierce despite the fact that it didn't work. If something doesn't work the first 20 times, the chances are that it probably won't work the 21st, and you should adjust your gameplan. His loyalty to quarterback Chester Stewart, despite the fact that there are greater options behind him has been another failing of Addazio so far, although it looks like he has finally realized that sophomore Chris Coyer is the superior option.

    It remains to be seen what will happen when Daz has his own players, but the early returns from the Steve Addazio era show that he really hasn't made any adjustments from what made him despised by Gator fans everywhere.

    Even Hitler hates Addazio:

    Searching for a silver lining in this season for Villanova


    When a team has one win through eight games, it's very difficult to find things that are encouraging, but this Villanova team is just young enough that it's possible to find things to be positive about, especially because we knew headed into the season that this would be a rebuilding year. There are obviously things to be concerned about, like the uncertain future at the quarterback position, but there are many things that can be looked at as positives, especially if the team finishes the season strong.

    Three things to be excited about: 
    1. Young tailbacks- Villanova's leading rusher this season in yards, yards per carry and touchdowns has been redshirt freshman Austin Medley, who is averaging a very impressive 5.6 yards yards per carry. True freshman Jamal Abdur-Rahman, who has mostly been playing wide receiver the past few games has the second highest yards per carry average on the team.
    2. The young linebackers- The last time that two true freshman got as much playing time as Dillon Lucas and Joey Harmon have, it was 2007, when Terence Thomas and Marquis Kirkland were pressed into action early in the season, and went on to be perhaps the greatest linebacker tandem in school history.
    3. General youth- Of the players listed as starters for the game against UMass this weekend, only James Pitts is graduating, which means that 21 starters will return, not including Norman White and Chidozie Ekweozor, who were both expected to be starters, but suffered injuries prior to the season.
    Obviously this is a lost season, but I can't honestly say that any of the young players who have been thrown into the fire have performed poorly. Everyone knew that this was a rebuilding year, and it hasn't gone to plan, but you can't expect to replace the production of the All-Americans that Villanova lost.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Easily The Highest Quality Drake Video Yet


    Because it's professionally shot by the company that produced Hoops Mania.

    This Weekend: Villanova's Bobby Curtis Will Make His Marathon Debut


    Bobby Curtis, a former Villanova All-American who is currently running professionally for Reebok is making his marathon debut this weekend when he will run the New York Marathon.

    This season was easily the best of Curtis' career, setting a personal best in the 10,000m early in the season, and then making an extremely impressive debut at the half-marathon in September in Philadelphia, both times placing him among the top ten Americans ever at each distance. Given his track times this season, a sub 2:10 marathon would not be out of the question for him, but I'd say a time between 2:11-2:12 would be more likely, as New York is a very difficult (slow) course for a marathon.

    Joining him on the women's side will be three time Olympian, and fellow Villanovan Jen Rhines, the only woman in American history to make Olympic teams in the 5,000m, 10,000m and the marathon. Rhines hasn't run a marathon in five years, but the conventional wisdom is that her form translates better in the marathon than any other event. This January, she won the USA Half Marathon Championships, and she was on the World Championship team in Daegu, South Korea in the 10,000m, ultimately finishing in ninth place, and the second American behind 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan.

    Curtis on making his marathon debut:
    Watch more videos on Flotrack

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    BREAKING: All Six Big East Invitations Revealed

    A highly placed source within the Big East has given me an insight into the schools that they are about to invite. Since realignment is football driven, all of the invitees will be NAIA members with football teams.

    They are as follows:
    • Haskell Indian Nations University (KS)
    • Asuza Pacific University
    • Morningside College (IA)
    • Notre Dame College (OH) 
    • Texas College
    • University of Alberta 
    My source thinks that this will be a very competitive conference with "great growth potential" as he framed it.

    The Real Ed Rendell


    Just a bully who tries to protect things with which he can potentially benefit. He also has had been in league with some very questionable organizations throughout his career.

    I'm just waiting to hear about the quid pro quo with Rendell and Temple.

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Don't Mind Ed Rendell, He's Just Trying To Stay Relevant


    Ed Rendell, I appreciate your service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but your time is up and it would be nice if you retired to your Eagles postgame show and big breasted blondes.

    There is no need for you to start throwing firebombs at the school where you got your law degree (5:30 into the clip,) it achieves nothing, and I question your motives for doing so. I hear that university presidencies very often go to former politicians, and what better president is there for a school that is uniquely Philadelphian than a man who is uniquely Philadelphian (well a man who was born in New York but is uniquely Philadelphian).

    Please make your motives clear and understand that Villanova has an obligation to protect its own interests, and that Temple has had a chance with the Big East and failed.

    Let's make another thing clear: John Chaney and Temple were just as responsible or more responsible for ending the Big Five as Villanova was.

    WVU's Lawsuit Against The Big East


    It's relatively short, rambling, full of legalese and at times contradictory, and it's here.  

    Oliver Luck, you're a shyster.

    BREAKING NEWS: A FORMER GOVERNOR WROTE A LETTER!

    In a shocking development, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell and current Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter wrote letters advocating Temple's inclusion in the Big East.

    This is the most shocking development in the last two years of conference realignment. We'll be sure to update you on these stunning developments.

    2011 Big East XC Championship Videos

    All courtesy of Flotrack

    Women's Race highlights:
    Watch more video of Big East Cross Country Championships 2011 on flotrack.org

    Men's Race Highlights:
    Watch more video of Big East Cross Country Championships 2011 on flotrack.org

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

    Villanova Sweeps Cross Country Championships, Sheila Reid Is a Legend


    It was a banner day for Villanova Cross Country today in Louisville as both the men's and the women's teams took home Big East team titles.

    On the women's side, an extremely close race was essentially won on the strength Sheila Reid's dominant kick for a third consecutive conference title, and a second place finish by 2010 All-American Bogdana Mimic.

    The men finished in a close pack and wound up winning by 53 points. They ran so well together that they still would have won even if all seven of their runners were scored as opposed to the usual five.

    Men's Race:
    PL Points Team Runners: 1 2 3 4 5 (6) (7)
    1 43 Villanova 5 6 8 11 13 (14) (31)
    2 94 Georgetown 7 15 16 20 36 (45) (49)
    3 96 Louisville 3 18 22 24 29 (42) (53)
    4 97 Syracuse 9 19 21 23 25 (26) (30)
    5 116 Providence 2 17 28 34 35 (38) (46)
    Full results

    Women's race:
    PL Points Team Runners: 1 2 3 4 5 (6) (7)
    1 54 Villanova 1 2 12 16 23 (38) (44)
    2 63 Providence 4 6 9 19 25 (32) (47)
    3 77 Georgetown 5 13 15 20 24 (29) (39)
    4 92 Syracuse 10 14 17 21 30 (33) (40)
    4 92 West Virginia 3 7 11 28 43 (46) (56)
    Full results

    Friday, October 28, 2011

    2011 Big East Cross Country Championship Live Stream Link

    Oh, Sheila Reid we stand on guard for thee

    Stream Here.

    The action kicks off tomorrow, October 29th from Louisville at 11:00 AM for the men and 11:50 for the women. The women will attempt to win the meet for the fourth consecutive year, and Sheila Reid will look to defend her title from last season.

    Dana Holgorsen Has His Bindle Packed


    And he's ready to go back to the Big XII.

    Friday Links: Without Alcohol, Realignment Would Be Unbearable

     
    Superman agrees 100%

    Links:
    • In Villanova football news, the quarterback shuffle will continue as Chris Polony will likely start at quarterback against Maine.
    • Here's an article about JayVaughn Pinkston that features a picture that would qualify as an EXTREME CLOSE UP WHOAA!
    • Villanova track alum Bobby Curtis is a little more than a week away from making his marathon debut in New York, and he's finished with his major training, most of which took place at altitude in Mammoth, California. Although he failed to make the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Curtis had his best season as a pro and he should be in the running along with 2009 winner and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi to be the top American finisher.
    • Speaking of track/cross country, the Big East Cross Country Championships are this week. The women are going for their fourth consecutive Big East championship, and should be the favorites despite the strong teams that Providence and Georgetown have. The men go into the competition with a decent chance at winning as they are the second ranked team in the conference and they performed well at a meet a couple weeks ago in Wisconsin.
    • Former Villanova assistant and current Penn State head coach Pat Chambers wants to recruit Philly. I wish him luck, but he may have to broaden his recruiting area.

    I decided to skip the depressing realignment links. Today's old  school rap song is Nuthin' But A G Thang off of Dr. Dre's debut LP "The Chronic" featuring the debut of a young rapper from Long Beach named Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    I Miss This Guy


    The Best Scenario For The Big East: WVU Staying

    If one team in the Big East winds up getting poached by the Big XII, it will be better if the team leaving winds up being Louisville. Yes, Louisville is better than West Virginia in basketball, but West Virginia has command of virtually an entire state, they're consistently a lot better in football, and they have an entire state behind them.

    When the Big Ten picked Nebraska over Missouri when they were expanding, they proved that a marketable national power in football with the eyeballs of an entire state is more important than a program that is consistently above average, but usually no better. I know that Louisville has won a BCS Bowl game within the past five years, but WVU won a BCS game against Sam Bradford and Oklahoma with Bill Stewart coaching them.. Not an easy task. Louisville beat Wake Forest, and they haven't been any good since then.

    From a basketball perspective, both coaches are slime balls, but I'm pretty sure Bob Huggins doesn't have "15 seconds" closely associated with his reputation, unlike Rick Pitino. The recent outspokenness of Pitino with regards to realignment hasn't done him any favors with me.

    Not that it will matter if it both teams end up leaving

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Dear ACC, This Is What You're Getting


    Yeahgoodluckwiththatbro.

    So It Might Be Louisville and Not WVU?

    Something something

    Per Pete Thamel of The New York Times, Louisville, not West Virginia may be the team that leaves. This is further proof that college athletics are a joke that is all about the money and reinforces my feeing that this is just a huge clusterfuck THAT NEEDS TO END.

    My reaction to each successive wave of realignment news:

    Video: 2011-12 Villanova Basketball Roster


    This clip, which was played at Hoops Mania, introduces the 2011-12 Villanova basketball roster. The audio is a little choppy, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    The Big East is Done

    The future site of the Big East Tournament

    Let's do some recapping:
    1. The Big East is fucked.
    2. Villanova is equally fucked.
    3. John Marinatto is a big fat guinea dolt.
    4. I hope Syracuse and Pitt get infected with plague.
    5. The CYO basketball conference is going to be a lot of fun.
    6. #&$&$&$*#*#*@*#*@&#^%#%^^#*#%%^#%^
     Take it over Lil Flip:

    2011 Vilanova Blue-White Scrimmage Highlights


    It's almost basketball season!