Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Has Hoops Mania become overrated?

I was a freshman at Villanova in 2006, when 50 Cent  famously and completely unexpectedly started the trend of major rap artists performing at Hoops Mania. This season marks my 20th of following Villanova basketball religiously, and despite the hundreds of games I've been to, that night in October, 2006 is easily in my top ten in person Villanova basketball moments.

The subsequent years have not been too kind to the event, from the 2007 debacle where hundreds of students were locked out in the rain, to the 2008 edition, which saw T-Pain put on an underwhelming set that you could barely understand. There have been highlights, like Rick Ross last year and Drake two years ago, but the event has lost its luster, because 95% of the excitement surrounding the event involves who is going to be performing that night, and none of it involves seeing the team.

In 2006, there was no anticipation about a performer, because we didn't know that there would be a performer. That is no longer the case, and Hoops Mania is a less compelling event now because of that. My suggestion to Villanova would be to have no performer this year, and make it strictly a basketball event, and make it so that performers are not a given from year to year.

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