Friday, May 31, 2013

An important thing to remember



No resting on their laurels.

Villanova football season countdown: 92 is for Tanoh Kpassagnon

Tanoh Kpassagnon (middle, obviously)
 
For the next three months, we will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.

Defensive End: 2012-Present (Redshirt Freshman)

I don't think many people aside from the coaching staff know what Villanova has in the massive Tanoh Kpassagnon, but he is one of the more intriguing Villanova recruits of recent memory. At 6-6 and 250 pounds, Kpassagnon was a three sport star at Wissahickon High School, playing football, basketball, and as a thrower on the track and field team. So tall, athletic, raw, awesome name. That's basically what we have on the big guy.

Stats:
None accumulated

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lofty expectations for Villanova football in 2013


Today, the preseason Sports Network Top 25 poll, was released, and the Villanova football team was released, and the Wildcats have been tabbed to win the CAA outright, and are ranked seventh in FCS football headed into the season.

The Sports Network poll is voted on by the coaches, and is widely considered the definitive poll in FCS football.

This coming season there will be 24 teams in the playoffs compared to 20 last season.

Villanova football season countdown: 93 is for Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton

For the next three months, we will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
 
Kicker/Punter 2009-Present

When incumbent placekicker Nick Yako, who had been nearly perfect in the National Championship 2009 season decided that he could no longer make even short field goals in the 2010 season, Villanova turned to then walk-on Mark Hamilton to handle kicking duties, which he has held ever since. 2013 will be the fourth season that the Maryland native will handle field goals and extra points, and the third season that he will punt.

Career stats:

KickoffsGKickoffsYardsAvg.Touchbacks
2009000--0
20108529959.80
201111419849.50
20121200--0
TOTAL31949755.20
KickingGFG-MadeFG-Att.FG%LongPATs
2009000--0undefined - undefined (NaN%)
201086875.0%3823 - 23 (100.0%)
201111101376.9%4518 - 20 (90.0%)
20121291275.0%4146 - 46 (100.0%)
TOTAL31253375.8%4587 - 89 (97.8%)
PuntingGPuntsYardsAvg.TBFCInside 2050+BlockedLong
2009000--000000
20108523146.21332165
20111155235242.82101711058
20121253219841.5526198163
TOTAL31113478142.38393921265

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Villanova Football season countdown: 94 is for Phil Matusz


 Phil Matusz

For the next three months, we will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.

Nose Tackle: 2006-2009

As the starting nose tackle on the 2009 national championship team, Phil Matusz's most important role was to occupy blockers for the defensive ends and linebackers and to stop the run. When you look at the fact that the 2009 team gave up only 66 rushing yeards per game, I think that he did a pretty good job in his duties.

Since his graduation, Matusz has not gone very far, as he is now the team's strength and conditioning coach.

Phil Matusz career stats:

TACKLES                G    UA     A Total    TFL-Yds    PD   FF   FR Blkd
2006................   7     1     7     8    1.0-2       0    0    0    0
2007................  10    10    10    20    1.0-2       0    1    0    0
2008................  13    14    14    28    3.5-4       0    0    0    0
2009................  15    17    13    30    5.0-9       2    0    0    0
TOTAL...............  45    42    44    86   10.5-17      2    1    0    0

SACKS                  G    UA     A Total   Yds
2006................   7     0     0   0.0     0
2007................  10     0     0   0.0     0
2008................  13     0     1   0.5     1
2009................  15     1     0   1.0     4
TOTAL...............  45     1     1   1.5     5

Monday, May 27, 2013

Maalik Wayns partying with John Wall, Lil Wayne, Diddy, and Meek Mill in Vegas


Interesting.

Pretty surprising that Lil Wayne is doing any kind of partying considering he almost killed himself a while back. Also, isn't Diddy like 50 years old?

Video: Sheila Reid in the Adidas Grand Prix 1500


Reid finished sixth, running a seasons best, and beat former World #1 Morgan Uceny, and more importantly, Canadian Olympian Hilary Stellingwerff.

She'll compete this coming Saturday in the 1500m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

Andy Talley's foundation/Matt Szczur get mention in Sports Illustrated


Granted it was just a letter, but still pretty cool.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Memorial Day from Villanovan Toby Keith


This song is basically obligatory on situations like this. Also, Toby Keith  went to Villanova during the 1979-1980 school year.

Thanks to all the Villanovans serving around the world in the armed forces.

Three more Wildcats off to NCAA Championships

Sam McEntee

After Sam Ellison made it to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Friday, I said that most of Villanova's contenders would be competing on Saturday. As it turned out, the three previous individual all-Americans who were competing in the 1500m made it to the show. Emily Lipari and Rob Denault will be making their first appearances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while Sam McEntee made it to his second in a row. Just missing was freshman Jordan Williamsz, who was .04 seconds from making it.

Everyone should be back next year.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sam Ellison advances to NCAA Championships in the 800




This is the second consecutive year that Ellison, a junior will advance to the NCAA meet.

The majority of Villanova's contenders compete tomorrow.

Villanova-BC kickoff time set


It's nice to have a Villanova football opener on a Saturday for the first time in five years.

The game will be on August 31 at noon on ESPN3.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sydney Maree documentary trailer


The documentary Maree v. State is being made by his son, Daniel Maree.

Sydney Maree was recently released from a South African prison. The documentary is expected to be released sometime next year.

Villanova has a new assistant coach


That was quick.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ryan Arcidiacono receives Team USA tryout


Rising sophomore Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono will try out for the US team for the FIBA under-19 World Championship next month at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

If he does well for the camp, which is being overseen by University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan, he could be selected for the 12 man team that will be going to Prague, Czech Republic to compete against the best junior teams in the world, which could also include Arcidiacono's Villanova teammate Mislav Brzoja on the Croatian squad, who are in the tournament.

If selected, it would be the second consecutive time that a Villanova player was picked to represent the US at this tournament after James Bell was selected for the 2011 tournament in Latvia.

The tournament will take place between June 27 and July 17 of this year at as-yet undetermined venues in the Czech Republic. Best of luck to Hubris in his efforts to make the team.

JayVaughn Pinkston gets a big break


Officially sentenced to ARD. He'll do 375 hours of community service and pay more than $8,000 in restitution, which is nothing petty, but importantly, he will not go to jail as long as he stays out of trouble.

Be thankful that Villanova disciplines their players severely for their infractions, because that surely played a part in the favorable disposition of this case.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Will Sheridan pens Jason Collins op-ed on ESPN.com


Just published today on ESPN.com, Sheridan shares his thoughts on Jason Collins, an active NBA player coming out.

In the piece, Sheridan also touches on Mike Rice belittling his players, and Baylor coach Kim Mulkey telling Brittney Griner to stay quiet about her sexuality while she was in school.

I previously opined on this a little over two weeks ago.

Monday, May 20, 2013

RIP Ray Manzarek


In my life I have bought very few band t-shirts despite the wide breadth of my musical interests. I do remember the first though, it was one with a picture of a shirtless Jim Morrison on the front that I bought when I was 14. Despite the fact that I'm way too young to be an original fan of theirs, The Doors were one of the first bands I truly appreciated from a purely musical standpoint, rather than groups that made three-chord music that spoke to my teenage angst. At one point when I was about 16, an adult I knew called me "Mr. Mojo Rising" because of my affinity for the group, perhaps the only of the many nicknames I have been given in my life that I did not initially hate, including my current nom de plume.

As the frontman, Jim Morrison was the unquestioned leader of The Doors, but Ray Manzarek's keyboard was the engine that drove the car that Morrison drove. Very few are musically gifted enough to play two instruments for a band and the same time, but that is exactly what Manzarek did, because the band had no bassist.

I hate piling on to random, often insignificant celebrities deaths, but Ray Manzarek and The Doors were neither random nor insignificant.

Monmouth completes the Villanova basketball schedule

The game will be at home according to some digging by VUHoops.com.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Something highly improbable happened this weekend

The Villanova baseball team swept a three game series against Georgetown this weekend. This more than doubled their total conference wins.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Why Jay Wright can never leave Villanova



No surprise. Jay Wright is Villanova's single greatest asset from a fundraising and public relations perspective.

Friday, May 17, 2013

From the Villanova Vault: Don Bragg wins gold in Rome


Villanova's third all-time individual gold medal. For more on Don Bragg, his desire to be Tarzan and his ego, read this article from 1980.

Add Mount St. Mary's to Villanova's basketball schedule


At least according to this guy, who is a Mount recruit. The addition would leave one vacancy in the Villanova schedule.

The Mountaineers finished 18-14 last season and ended their season with a loss to LIU Brooklyn in the NEC final.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Raphael Chillious Officially Out

Today, Villanova confirmed the news that came out the other day of assistant coach Raphael Chillious returning to Lorenzo Romar and the University of Washington.

Jay Wright:
"Raphael did an outstanding job with our team last year. He and his wife Charlene and daughter Zaya quickly became a part of our Villanova family. Raphael has an opportunity to return to Washington in a more integral position on that staff. The Nova Nation will miss `Chill' and his family."
 So that's that. Best of luck to coach Chillious in the future.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Coming this summer

This summer, we're going to be less lazy and more substantive. Tackling politics, social issues, larger picture sports etc. with more long form opinion-based pieces.

Examples:
  • The failure of The Wire to articulate its stated goals.
  • In depth evaluation of Villanova's athletic priorities.
  • Film, music, and television reviews.
  • Reader submissions.
Basically, all the stuff I've been too lazy to talk about for years and material for when Villanova isn't playing games.

Report: Raphael Chillious out at Villanova



Assistant coaches are a very volatile market. Best of luck to Coach Chills in the future.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Villanova recruit Ben Malone runs NJ state record in 1500m



Malone, a senior at Pascack Valley High School in Bergen County will be skipping the state meet to run the dream mile at the Adidas Grand Prix on Randall's Island next month. 

Finishing first and second were Sam McEntee and Josh Lampron (running unattached).

The Villanova baseball team is 11-39

That's a .220 winning percentage.

By comparison, the hapless 1962 New York Mets had a .250 winning percentage.

2-19 in the Big East.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Villanova's 2013-2014 out of conference schedule



Towson is the new addition to that group.

Villanova confirms two game series against Syracuse

Starting December 28, 2013 at Syracuse, with the next game being in the 2014-2015 season at the Wells Fargo Center.

Still don't like this series. Vince NiCastro should have told SCC to shove it and looked elsewhere.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Found in the Villanova Archives: Charlie Jenkins wins gold at Melbourne


I had been looking for footage of this for quite a while because it was one of the missing pieces of the Villanova Olympic puzzle. 

On November 29, 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, Charlie Jenkins earned the distinction of being Villanova's first ever Olympic gold medalist, winning the 400m dash two days before his teammate Ron Delany of Ireland won gold in the 1500m. Jenkins also has the distinction of being the only Villanova alum with two gold medals, winning gold in the 4x400m relay in the final event of the Olympic program. Jenkins owns the distinction of being the only American athlete from Villanova to have won an individual gold medal in an international championship. Jenkins also holds the distinction of being the first man to stand atop an Olympic podium where four men were awarded individual medals as Ardalon Ignatyev of the Soviet Union and Voitto Hellstén of Finland were determined to have tied for bronze.

In 1981, Jenkins took over as the head coach of the Villanova track team following the death of legendary coach  Jumbo Elliott. As head coach at Villanova, Jenkins coached his son Charles "Chip" Jenkins, Jr. who would later win Olympic gold as a member of the American 4x400m relay team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. They are the first father son pair to win gold medals in the same event.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Welcome back Tony Chennault


I guess he's not transferring after all.

Kinda awkward.

Enough with the bullshit: Boycott Radnor businesses



Villanova's plans to expand along Lancaster Avenue were dealt a decisive blow by Radnor township last night,when the planning commission voted 8-1 to deny Villanova's proposal after listening to public comment on the issue (See: Protecting your ass).

This comes after more than a year of stalling Villanova, asking for more plans, giving the school false hope that the plans would be approved, in addition to the normal Radnor-Villanova chicanery. Those of us who have been around forever should not be surprised by this turn of events, but things have finally reached the point where decisive action must be taken by the Villanova community.

One of the main issues with this whole situation is the total ignorance that Radnor and its residents have on the sizable economic impact that Villanova students have on the local economy. The fact that Radnor businesses are willing to accept the Wildcard despite the fact that it's a huge pain in the ass is prime evidence of this.

So what can be done about this problem? The simplest remedy would be to keep your money away from Radnor's ungrateful hands. This means no more shopping in Radnor stores, no more renting properties in Radnor, and no more parking in parking lots in Wayne that are where quarters go to die.

This is not an easy decision due to the convenience of certain Radnor businesses. It's unfortunate that these business owners are the people who would have to bear the brunt of the mess, but a portion of every dollar you spend in Radnor will end up in Radnor's coffers in one way or another, so it's time to start denying them that.

If Radnor business owners begin to feel the hurt and make noise about it, the township will be put in a position where they will have to capitulate to Villanova's eminently reasonable demands or risk having businesses flee.

It's time to treat these jerkoffs with the same contempt they've been showing Villanova for decades.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blech: Villanova and Syracuse to continue rivalry

Do not get me wrong, beating Syracuse is always a great feeling, and I greatly enjoy rooting against them, but when I found out that Villanova will continue their series against the Orange, I was angry.

Why was I angry? Well, it starts from the fact that Syracuse killed the Big East. It basically ends with that too, but I also think that Syracuse gets much more out of this arrangement than Villanova does. Now Jim Boeheim has an extra arrow in his quiver by being able to tell recruits from the Philadelphia area that their parents will be able to see them play more often.

If we know what Syracuse gets out of it, then what does Villanova get out of it aside from a boost in the non-conference strength of schedule? The answer to that is nothing really aside from a game that could draw, but there are plenty of other programs that do that, and most of them didn't stab Villanova in the back.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Jason Collins, social progress, and the dilution of heroism

A hero is someone who can your breath away

Jason Collins is not a hero. 

In order to be a hero, a person must be able to show that they have distinguished themselves by doing something that is abnormal. In order for Jason Collins to be a hero for admitting that he is a gay man, an acknowledgement must be made that being gay is abnormal, being a gay athlete is abnormal, and lastly that being an out of the closet gay athlete who is still playing is extremely abnormal.

If equality means that there is no "normal" sexual orientation, then how is someone a hero for telling the truth about who they actually are?

What Jason Collins' coming out represents more than heroism is social progress. The response from the media and public was almost universally positive, and it looks as if he'll get a chance to continue his NBA career despite the fact that he is a marginal player and has been for quite some time.

Isn't it possible that we can applaud social progress without applying hyperbolic praise to people that admit to an essential trait that doesn't make them any different than millions of other Americans?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Villanova events at the Big East Track and Field Championship tomorrow

After a day of mostly preliminary events, the Villanova track and field team will look to score big points tomorrow afternoon at the Big East Championships at Rutgers (boo).

Here's the schedule of events tomorrow (* denotes an event a Villanova runner will be competing in)

Live stream here

11:00 AM 400m Relay - W
11:15 AM 400m Relay - M
11:30 AM 1,500m Run - W*
11:35 AM 1,500m Run - M*
11:45 AM 100m Hurdles - W*
11:55 AM 110m Hurdles - M
12:05 PM 400m Dash - W
12:10 PM 400m Dash - M
12:15 PM 100m Dash -W
12:20 PM 100m Dash -M
12:25 PM 800m Run - W*
12:30 PM 800m Run - M*
12:40 PM 400m Hurdles - W*
12:50 PM 400m Hurdles - M
1:00 PM 200m Dash - W
1:05 PM 200m Dash - M
1:10 PM 5,000m Run - W*
1:30 PM 5,000m Run - M*
1:50 PM 3,200m Relay - W*
2:05 PM 3,200m Relay - M*
2:20 PM 1,600m Relay -W*
2:35 PM 1,600m Relay - M*

Villanova Lax Loses To Syracuse

After a valiant effort that saw them getting it within two goals at one point in the fourth quarter, the Villanova lacrosse team lost the Big East title game to Syracuse 13-9, ending their season.

Luckily, they won't have to play against Syracuse anymore. Good riddance to bad rubbish I say.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Villanova Lacrosse advances to Big East Championship Game


They'll play Syracuse tomorrow at noon for the conference title. They beat the Orange earlier this season.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

11-33

That is the record of the Villanova baseball team this season

Something needs to change.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Radnor NIMBYs have resorted to an online petition


A "new" group calling themselves "Friends To Preserve Radnor" (not to be confused with Right Plan For Radnor, I guess) has popped up expressing its opposition to Villanova's eminently reasonable plans for expansion.

This new group is circulating an online petition imploring Radnor to say no to granting Villanova a one time zoning exemption claiming that it would allow any Radnor institution to build at will, which is absolutely not true.

Their claim:
If passed, this will change Radnor Township, our community, and our way of life irrevocably. We want to preserve Radnor for now and for future generations.
This amendment will have an immediate negative impact to our Township, as the proposed build would increase density, traffic, noise and sound pollution, and decrease our quality of life.
This amendment would allow any educational institution within Radnor Township to build beyond the current parameters of the building/zoning codes, such as increasing building heights from 3 stories to 5 stories and decreasing setbacks from streets from 120 ft to 38 ft.
I particularly love the ludicrous argument that moving currently commuting undergraduate students on campus would increase traffic to the university.

Oh yeah, they also have a blog:  http://friends2preserveradnor.wordpress.com/
 
In an interesting sidenote, the spearhead behind this new group is comic book artist Rick Leonardi, who has a Wikipedia page, and has drawn for both DC and Marvel during his career. He also must make frequent trips to Comic Con.