Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Towson-Villanova Highlights

No fun.

Villanova Basketball Team: Call Me Maybe

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Norman White Dealing With MCL Injury

Good thing that Villanova has a week long break beforet their next game, because star wide receiver Norman White has "a little bit of an MCL," according to Andy Talley. The extent of said damage is unknown, but the injury was visible at the game against Towson. Hopefully he'll be okay by the next game.

Video: Blue/White Scrimmage

Looks like a raucous atmosphere.

Friday, October 26, 2012

PROOF: Rick Ross at Villanova


Welcome Back

It's good to be back.

Villanova Men Finish Fifth

A little bit of a disappointing result for the guys, but they'll be back racing in two weeks at the mid-Atlantic regionals, when the distance switches to 10K. The good news is that this is a very young team with three of the top four sophomore or younger.

Villanova results:

17.  Sam McEntee          So    25:04.13 
19.  Mathew Mildenhall    Sr    25:06.93 
21.  Robert Denault       Fr    25:12.18 
26.  Jordan Williamsz     Fr    25:19.83 
31.  Alex Tully           Jr    25:25.88 
43.  Brian Basili         So    25:47.34 
47.  Matthew Kane         Sr    25:58.73 
53.  Greg Morrin          Jr    26:12.13 
59.  John Pickhaver       Jr    26:19.82

Team Results
 1.  Syracuse         37
 2.  Georgetown       67
 3.  Notre Dame       70
 4.  Providence      109
 5.  Villanova       114
 6.  Louisville      129
 7.  Cincinnati      216
 8.  Marquette       240
 9.  Connecticut     278
10.  DePaul          303
11.  Rutgers         307
12.  Pittsburgh      321
13.  South Florida   418
14.  Seton Hall      434

Villanova's Emily Lipari Wins Big East XC Title

Nicky Akande finished third. This is Lipari's first Big East cross country title.

 The women finished fourth, three points behind third place Providence.

Full Villanova results:

 1.  Emily Lipari         Jr   20:45.33 
 3.  Nicky Akande         Jr   20:48.84 
14.  Summer Cook          Jr   21:24.65 
28.  Megan Venables       So   22:01.11 
42.  Stephanie Schappert  So   22:31.97 
48.  Courtney Chapman     So   22:46.85 
49.  Meghan Smith         SR   22:49.69 
66.  Kelsey Margey        Fr   23:25.82 
67.  Ariann Neutts        Jr   23:25.92

Team Results
 1.  Georgetown      58
 2.  Connecticut     68
 3.  Providence      80
 4.  Villanova       83
 5.  Notre Dame      90
 6.  Syracuse       117
 7.  Marquette      222
 8.  Cincinnati     296
 9.  Pitt           297
10.  Rutgers        302
11.  South Florida  330
12.  St Johns       391
13.  Louisville     398
14.  Seton Hall     407
15.  DePaul         418

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Perfect Hoops Mania Quote

'When Jay says, "Let's make this the best Hoops Mania ever," does he mean they're bringing back the surprise 50 Cent concert? Must be right? There will not be a better Hoops Mania than that one.' - Blue Man
 When you know there's going to be a performer, it becomes way less fun than this was:

Jay Wright's Hoops Mania Warning to Students

AKA: You fuck up, we're throwing you the hell out of the arena.

Your 2012 Villanova Basketball Team

At the World Trade Center. Originally posted on Jay Wright's Twitter feed.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rumored Performers For Hoops Mania

This is always an interesting time of year, because there's a ton of misinformation coming out about Hoops Mania performers. Who's right? I don't really care, to be honest.

Can't play one of his most famous songs. (More after the jump)

Is Towson's Football Program in Trouble?

Trevor Walker

I already brought you the story of Towson running back Terrance West, but here is something new from Towson linebacker Trevor Walker, who wrote this letter to the editor to Towson's school newspaper about the practices of head coach Rob Ambrose. I want to preface this with saying that people get angry when they're refused playing time, but man this is some pretty salacious stuff.
This letter is being written on behalf of many current and former players of the Towson University football team. Head Coach Rob Ambrose has openly disrespected and mistreated members of the team on a consistent basis. This is also true of the Defensive Coordinator Coach Matt Hachmann. Please excuse the language but this is a descriptive example of a statement coach Ambrose made following a practice during the week of our game against St. Francis this current season.
In as exact words as possible he stated: “I do not care what your religion is. I do not care if I offend anyone. But even if Jesus and his disciples come in here on Saturday, we are going to fuck them up and get them the fuck out of here.”
That particular statement offended many players on the team especially those with strong Christian beliefs. On top of that, there are many other questionable things said we believe are crossing the line of ethics He has also made remarks on the lines of ruining players live to the point where they would not be able to transfer to any other school if they cross him to a certain extent. Some members of the team are scared to speak up because of the perceived personal repercussions if the coaches caught wind of it. But it has gotten to the point where many players have talked about quitting even in the midst of winning games.
There is also many violations in practice hours per day. We have been presented with practice logs that coach Ambrose submits weekly which we have found to be completely inaccurate. Ambrose holds punishment runs almost daily throughout the week at 6 a.m. but does not post them on any of his practice logs.
He also logs inaccurate time lengths of our practices and meetings. This is an issue we have already presented to the compliance office.
We are held to a very high standard as student-athletes to do the right thing on a consistent basis regardless of it is popular or not. In return we expect the same thing from the coaching staff and the athletic department. We have a very sincere love for our University and we know you do as well. We take it upon ourselves to represent the school well on and off the field because we know it is a privilege to be able to do so. We are sending this meesage in hopes that this urgent issue will be addressed and that the wrongs will be corrected in ways the University sees fit. We appreciate you taking the time to hear our concerns.
Thank you.
* Another former player also drafted this letter, but did not consent to having his name published.
If the claim about practice times is found to have basis, Ambrose could be in some serious trouble with the NCAA, who have strict guidelines about that sort of thing. At the same time, coaches are mostly dickheads and kids need to learn that.

Saturday's X-Factor: The Mercurial Terrance West

Last year, Towson running back Terrance West was the best freshman in the FCS football, and he was voted so by the media, winning the inaugural Jerry Rice Award. After running for 1,294 yards and a ridiculous 29 touchdowns in only 11 games, West looked prime to dominate this season, leading Towson to another season near the top of the CAA.

That wasn't to be, because seven games into Towson's 2012 season, it's unknown whether West is still even on  the Towson football team, and it's much cloudier than that as to whether he will be available to play against Villanova ever since he posted a (since deleted) tweet last week that hinted to his departure from the program. The next week against Old Dominion, West did not get a single carry in the game, and apparently looked detached from his teammates and his status for this Saturday seems to be up in the air.

If West is available, Towson is a very dangerous team, but if he's not, they're in a significantly worse position against this Villanova team, which has been playing very well lately.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Villanova Football Now Ranked #19

After finally breaking into the top 25 last week on the strength of their victory over Old Dominion, the Villanova football team continued their upward ascent in the rankings, movingup to #19 in the most recent Sports Network top 25 poll after this weekend's victory over Georgia State.

Full rankings:

1. Eastern Washington Eagles (125) 6-1 4014 1
2. Georgia Southern Eagles (14) 6-1 3787 3
3. North Dakota State Bison (13) 6-1 3746 4
4. Montana State Bobcats 6-1 3489 5
5. Sam Houston State Bearkats (5) 5-2 3218 6
6. Old Dominion Monarchs 6-1 3089 7
7. Wofford Terriers 6-1 3060 8
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3) 8-0 2839 3
9. James Madison Dukes 5-2 2779 2
10. Stony Brook Seawolves (1) 7-1 2704 10
11. Cal Poly Mustangs (3) 7-0 2437 14
12. New Hampshire Wildcats 6-2 2434 12
13. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 6-1 2083 16
14. Central Arkansas Bears 6-2 1654 19
15. Indiana State Sycamores 6-2 1416 21
16. Appalachian State Mountaineers 5-3 1404 13
17. Illinois State Redbirds 6-2 1394 11
18. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 6-2 1152 23
19. Villanova Wildcats 6-2 1135 24
20. Delaware Blue Hens 5-2 837 25
21. Tennessee State Tigers 7-1 786 17
22. Youngstown State Penguins 4-3 686 15
23. Towson Tigers 3-4 515 15
24. Albany Great Danes 6-1 483 NR
25. Richmond Spiders 5-3 456 NR

Others receiving votes: South Dakota State 337, Southern Illinois 306, UT Martin 246, Harvard 223, Bethune-Cookman 107, Alabama A&M 78, The Citadel 68, Sacramento State 59, McNeese State 55, Jacksonville State 39, Chattanooga 35, Northern Iowa 28, Stephen F. Austin 26, North Carolina Central 25, Princeton 24, Eastern Illinois 14, Samford 9, Montana 6, Southeastern Louisiana 6, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4, Drake 3, Colgate 2, Fordham 2, North Dakota 1

Official Sheila Reid to Nike Press Release

22 Oct) -- Flynn Sports Inc. today announced that Sheila Reid and Cameron Levins have signed multiple year agreements with Nike USA, Inc. Reid (22) is a five-time NCAA champion, formerly of the University of Villanova, and Cameron Levins (22) is the 2012 double NCAA outdoor champion at 5000m and 10000m, while attending Southern Utah University. 
"Nike is very excited to sponsor two of Canada's biggest distance talents. It will be fun to watch them develop over the next several years", said John Capriotti, Global head of Sports Marketing at Nike USA Inc. Reid, from Newmarket, Ontario and Levins from Black Creek, BC, recently competed in the London Olympic Games for Canada.
"I am delighted that Sheila and Cam have decided to begin their professional careers with Nike where they will be well supported" said Ray Flynn, President, Flynn Sports Inc.

A quick Google search reveals that both Sheila Reid and Cam Levins are 23 years old, but hey, age is a number, right? Link to the release here.

Video: Villanova-Georgia State Highlights


In other news, Poppy Livers was named conference special teams player of the week.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

STATS: John Robertson Leads FCS Quarterbacks in Rushing

With  89.3 rushing yards per game. That makes him 37th among all players. Kevin Monangai is 25th with 98.9 per game.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Villanova Destroys Georgia State 49-24

This Calls for a celebration. 

Game wasn't even that close.

Villanova Leads 35-10 at Halftime

John  Robertson, Kevin Monangai, Norman White, Poppy Livers, and Eric Loper all scored touchdowns for Villanova to propel them to a 35-10 halftime lead against Georgia State. Villanova had 277 yards of offense in the first half including 190 rushing yards. Monangai led the team with 87 rushing yards, while Robertson was close behind with 81. Dorian Wells led the team with two catches for 40 yards, while Norman White had two catches for 26.

  • Of note: Villanova scored two non-offensive touchdowns. The first by Poppy Livers on a punt return, and the second by Eric Loper on an interception return.
  • Livers' punt return touchdown was Villanova's first since October 25, 1980. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sheila Reid Signs With Nike

I alluded to this late on Wednesday, but she's made it official via her Twitter account. This makes her the first Villanova track athlete to ink a contract with Nike since Irish World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Sonia O'Sullivan did so in the late 90's.

Sheila will make her debut in a Nike kit at the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K on November 3. Later in November, she'll be at the Canadian XC Championships.

Photo: Michael Jordan Manhandled By John Pinone

Such a baller picture. Villanova lost that game 70-60. It looks kind of weird to see Michael Jordan wearing Converse.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

44 Years Ago Tonight: The Greatest Record Ever

The most earth shattering feat in the history of sports. I don't care what you're interested in. Bob Beamon's preparations:
"Everything was wrong. So I went into town and had a shot of tequila. Man, did I feel loose. I got a good sleep."
That same night, Villanova sophomore Larry James won silver behind Lee Evans in the 400m. He is still one of only 10 men to run faster than 44 seconds. (Video after the jump)

Jay Wright Public Service Announcement

I like posting PSAs because I find them to be an interesting phenomenon.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sheila Reid to Nike? Signs Pointing to Yes

To paraphrase Michael Jordan: Canadians buy shoes too.

In other news, Athletics Canada, the same group that initially denied her appeal to compete in the Olympics is using her likeness to promote their national cross country championships. (photo after the jump)

Villanova's Most Favorable Matchup of the Season

Football is a game of matchups. A significant advantage by one team over the other can tilt things significantly in one team's direction over the other. Villanova's game at Georgia State this weekend happens to be one of those games. The 2012 Villanova football team runs the ball as well or better than they ever have, averaging 258.6 yards per game and 6.1 yards per carry. The 2012 Georgia State football team is absolutely woeful at stopping the run, giving up 212.7 yards per game, and 4.7 yards per carry while allowing 17 rushing touchdowns on the season. Every team Georgia State has played this season with the exception of one (Richmond) has run for more yards than their season average, which includes Rhode Island, who have one of the worst rushing offenses (and offenses) in the country. On the other hand, Villanova has rushed for more yardage than their opponents allow per game in every game with the exception of one (also Richmond).

If for some ungodly reason Villanova is unable to run the ball, Georgia State also has the second worst pass yardage defense in the conference, the worst pass efficiency defense, and allows the highest yardage per passing attempt of any team in the CAA by nearly a full yard while allowing a conference-high 15 touchdowns to only five interceptions. To put that in perspective, Villanova's only given up 15 touchdowns on defense all season. They have also have a total of five sacks all season, fewer than Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox has on his own

I didn't even mention that they're the worst team in the conference at defending kickoffs and one of the worst at returning kickoffs, because that would just be overkill.

I don't like picking games, but if Villanova doesn't win this game handily, I will be beside myself, and you should be too.

Villanova Picked to Finish 12th in the Big East

 I feel you, Mo

The lowest since Jay Wright has been to Villanova

The list:

(First place votes), Pts.
1. Louisville (14) 196
2. Syracuse 175
3. Notre Dame (1) 166
4. Cincinnati 152
5. Georgetown 136
6. Pittsburgh 132
7. Marquette 121
8. USF 96
9. Connecticut 83
10. St. John’s 73
11. Rutgers 63
12. Villanova 61
13. DePaul 48
14. Seton Hall 42
15. Providence 31

Yes, behind Rutgers.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Video: 2009 Villanova-Duke NCAA Tournament

What a thrashing. Also, the catalyst to many searches directed to my blog for terms like:

"Straight guys"
"Broke straight guys"

Villanova Ranked, Robertson National Freshman of the Week

In the newest top 25 poll, Villanova came in ranked 24th in the football championship subdivision, the first time all season that they have been ranked, and finally a recognition of their achievements on the field.

Also of note, freshman quarterback sensation John Robertson was named national rookie of the week by Sports Network. That comes in addition to being named CAA rookie of the week for the fourth time all season.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Villanova NFL Update: Darrel Young Scores a Touchdown

Today in the Redskins 38-26 victory over the Vikings, former Villanova linebacker turned NFL fullback Darrel Young caught a six yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III.

Good for D-Young.

John Robertson For the Walter Payton Award?

Over the past two games, Villanova freshman quarterback John Robertson has put up numbers that are nothing short of astounding. Aside from the turnovers against Richmond, he was awesome, and against Old Dominion, he was a one man wrecking crew. Through 7 games (six starts) he has already surpassed the 12 game total offensive output of Chris Whitney's sophomore season, and has beaten Whitney's career single game total offense career high, and his career high for rushing yards in a game. Through 7 weeks, Robertson is already putting up historic numbers.

So this begs the question of whether or not we have seen enough that he deserves national recognition. I think the answer is yes. First off, Villanova was just awful last year, and their fuck all contribution from the quarterback position was the primary culprit. This year, Villanova is probably one of the 15 best teams in the country this season, and they're getting historic production from both the quarterback and running game in general. John Robertson is absolutely the biggest reason for that.

Does he deserve to win the most prestigious award in FCS football? I don't know, but he certainly deserves to be on the watch list.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Villanova Dominates ODU 38-14

Going into today's game, I thought Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke was going to be the story. He was not. After the first quarter, Heinicke was a total non-factor though, as Villanova scored 38 unanswered points, including 28 in the second half to win the game 38-14. As mentioned earlier, Heinicke wasn't any good, but the same thing cannot be said for John Robertson, who was absolutely sensational the entire game, running for 189 yards, the ninth highest total in school history with three rushing touchdowns, and throwing for 151 yards and a touchdown while not turning the ball over a single time.

On defense, Eric Loper forced a fumble and picked off a pass to lead the defense.

Huge win today, be proud of these guys.

Villanova Trails Old Dominion 14-10 at Half

In a low-scoring first half, Villanova outplayed Old Dominion while squandering a couple red zone opportunities and head into the half trailing by a score of 14-10. Norman White had a long touchdown catch from John Robertson and Mark Hamilton was 1-2 on field goal attempts. On defense, Eric Loper had an interception and Villanova sacked ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke twice.

Interesting fact: Villanova has already stopped ODU's offense more times in the first half than New Hampshire did a few weeks ago in four quarters and overtime.

Friday, October 12, 2012

BREAKING: Paul Harris NOT Involved in Syracuse Stabbing

We have a composite sketch of the guy who is absolutely not the chief suspect.

Tomorrow Just About a Must Win For Villanova

I hate saying a game is a must win, because it's so cliche, but tomorrow's Villanova football game at Old Dominion is as close to a must win as there is if they want to make the postseason. The playoffs can only be guaranteed if you have three losses. Villanova has two losses with five games remaining in the season. They can only reasonably lose one more game, and possibly two, if they're lucky.

Unfortunately, this game will be incredibly difficult, because ODU quarterback Taylor Heinecke is putting up video game numbers. Just watch:

Yeah, unreal stuff (especially the video quality). Anywho, Villanova needs to move the ball and prevent this from being a shootout. If the winner scores more than 40 points, it's highly likely that Villanova loses.

Video: Jay Wright's First Big Win

I got on TV at least once that game.

Part two after the jump

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Josh Hart #Butthurt Fan Tweets

Recruiting decisions bring out the best worst of people on Twitter. 

More after the jump

I Like Josh Hart Already

“What I bring to the table is just no one’s gonna out-work me,” he said. “No one’s gonna hustle more, no one’s gonna dive on the floor for loose balls more than me. That’s one that [Coach Wright] really valued in my game and said that’s really going to set me apart, not just from Villanova but from a lot of other schools.”
That's been missing. 

Josh Hart Commits To Villanova, Sky No Longer Falling

Welcome aboard Josh.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Villanova-Richmond Highlights

Tough loss for a young team.

Video: 2006 Villanova-UConn

One of the great regular season games in school history.

Radnor Is Ridiculous

This isn't Villanova related at all, but this most recent ordinance is the very definition of absolutely ridiculous government regulation for no reason whatsoever.

Take it away Main Line Media News

The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners approved the introduction of an ordinance that would prohibit low-flying airplanes from towing signs through the airspace above the township and that would also establish requirements for banners over public roadways during their Monday night meeting.

Citing noise and safety as factors of concern, the commissioners voted 6-0 to proceed with fashioning an ordinance that would prohibit banner fly-overs during community events or as advertising. The ordinance idea would also establish time limits on over-the-street banners and limit advertising to a percentage of the available space on them. Although the Goodyear blimp was mentioned, it was unclear whether commercial lighter-than-air craft would be included in the aerial signage ban.
Don't ever ask another question about Villanova's inability to build anything as long as they're in a town that has passed an ordinance when it is not likely to have ever been affected by such a disturbance.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Video: 1994 NIT Championship Game In Its Entirety

That was an awesome young team. Alvin Williams sitting on top of the rim after the game is one of my favorite images in Villanova history.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

John Robertson's Historic Season

Chris Whitney is arguably the greatest quarterback in Villanova history. It took him until his senior season to have a game with 300 passing yards, and he never had 400 yards of total offense in one game. Redshirt freshman John Robertson did both last night in only his fifth career start. Even though he lost, that's pretty amazing for a freshman.

Robertson has been historically good this year.

Sunday Reads

Today I'm compiling some good miscellaneous shit from the intergoogle to read.
That's it for right now.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Villanova Loses 28-17

It was closer than that, but it's hard to get over losing the turnover battle so badly in a close game.

Today's losing game sad song is Everybody Hurts by REM

Video: Maalik Wayns Practicing With The 76ers

It seems kind of weird that Maalik is going to make the NBA.

2005 Villanova-Kansas In All Its Glory

I'll never forget this game. I purposely got myself in trouble in high school so that I couldn't leave campus. 

That punch Kyle Lowry threw was so boss.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Greatest Game Preview in History?

Go Spahders!

Former Villlanova Player/Coach Named Interim Coach At Texas Tech

After the calamitous one year tenure of Billy Gillispie, his recent "resignation", and with very little time remaining until the college season, Texas Tech has named former Villanova point guard/two tenure assistant coach Chris Walker as the interim coach of the Red Raiders.

Best of luck to coach Walker.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Midweek Villanova Recruiting News

I hate recruiting. It's generally a waste of time for me, because they do such a good job of it over at VUHoops, but there's two particular developments that are worth noting.

  • Ben Malone of Pascack Valley high school, who is one of the best high school middle distance runners in the US haw whittled his list down to Villanova and Georgetown
So yeah, that's that.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Villanova Men's Cross Country Hops Up The Rankings

The New (unofficial) Logo of Villanova XC

After a ridiculous ranking that led to them being called "criminally underrated" on an infamous running message board, and their first place at last Friday's Paul Short Run, the Villanova men's cross country team is now ranked 12th in the country. The good news about this ranking is that I think they still may be slightly undervalued if they progress and stay healthy. Truly good news.

The women plummeted to 24th from ninth. Yeesh

Monday, October 1, 2012

John Robertson Snubbed

It was becoming customary for Villanova's sensational freshman quarterback John Robertson to win CAA rookie of the week, so naturally you'd expect him to win it again after another very good game.

Well, if you assume that, you'd be wrong. Apparently for the conference, a linebacker from William & Mary who gets five tackles in a game is more worthy than 207 yards of offense and three total touchdowns. Now, this isn't really a big deal, because Robertson has won the award just about every other week, and he's on a better team than the guy who beat him.