My Villanova Wildcats are playing really well right now – I hope they can continue it through the season and into the tournament. Last night they beat Marquette which is particularly nice because my mom, dad, and one sister all went to Marquette as did a good friend of mine who calls me all the time to talk about hoops.
My buddy pointed me to a good VU Basketball Blog which I didn’t know about. It is pretty good reading. I have been relying on the VU Message Board which is all right but not great for VU hoops news. The Rivals.com message forum format leaves a lot to be desired.
Villanova plays this Friday night at West Virginia. This Friday night Big East game must be something new – Marquette played (and lost) to South Florida last Friday night. It is on ESPN so I will get to see it. I only got to see the second have last night as I was at a swim team meeting – yep, it is almost time for swim team to start again.
This evening I was flipping through the channels and came across a Bruce Springsteen concert on VH1 Classic. I have always liked Bruce Springsteen – I have seen him in concert three times, twice on the River Tour and once on the Born in the USA tour.
In particular, I remember the first time I saw him which was at the Capital Center in Largo, Maryland (outside of Washington, DC). I had only been to one or two concerts before that concert so I was ill prepared for a Springsteen show. I had gone with a group of people I had worked with at Hardee’s. The show was unbelievable – the energy, the sound, the crowd, the noise, everything. It just went on and on, I coudn’t believe it. I got home really late and I remember my mom being up and not believing me that all I had done was go to the concert (which was actually true). There was a write up in the Washington Post the next day about how it didn’t end until 1AM or something like that so I was ultimately redeemed!
I am not sure what possessed me to look Bruce Springsteen up on Wikipedia but I did and near the bottom is a link to old concert tours and sets lists. I start poking around it and sure enough, I find the two shows I saw at the Capital Center. I was at the November 24, 1980 show and the August 7, 2001 show. I cannot believe the detailed information available for concerts that happened almost 30 years ago. For what its worth, I also saw him at the Spectrum in Philadelphia when I was at Villanova which would have been in September of 1984. There were six shows at the Spectrum, I don’t recall which one I went to.
My Villanova Wildcats came up shorts against Kansas last night. It was a stretch for then to beat Kansas as good as Kansas is this year but I had hoped they would play better than they did. They looked a step slow across the board for most of the game. Kansas didn’t give them many open looks and the few they did get, they didn’t convert.
If Scottie Reynolds sticks around for next year, Villanova should be pretty good. They still need a real big man though. Until they get one, I don’t think they can be much better than a top 20 team. Still a good year all things considered, better than expected and nice to see them in the Sweet 16.
Now that Villanova is out, I am rooting for the Tarheels (which I do anyway). Living here in the Triangle, you have to a have a local affiliation and the Tarheels are mine. My wife got her MBA from UNC so we have a legit connection. 😉
Villanova’s NCAA hopes took a turn for the worse yesterday when both Va Tech and St. Joe’s won. As much as it pains me, I can’t argue with St. Joe’s – they needed to beat Xavier and they got it done. I’m not so sure about Va Tech although if they beat UNC today they will be in for sure. CBS and ESPN show Villanova out and Va Tech in. If Va Tech loses today then I think their profile isn’t that great – I live in ACC country and they ACC is UNC and Duke and then an enormous gap to the #3 team. I am a Tarheel fan so rooting for them today isn’t a problem for me.
After an awesome game against Syracuse yesterday, Villanova lost to Georgetown today. Man do I hate losing to Georgetown. Had VU won, they were pretty much a lock for the tournament but now – I don’t know. They truly are the definition of the bubble. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out but I will be on a plane to Tokyo so I won’t know until much later. Ahhhg.
Bad thing about the Big East (or any conference tournament) during work is it is hard to watch it. We can’t get CATV or sattelite here at work and I couldn’t find it on the Internet so I was left to monitor the ESPN gamecast. Not quite the same as watching it. Today I found a new source – http://letsgonova.com/ was running a live blog essentially transcripting the game. Between the live blog and the gamecast, it was about as good as I could have hoped. Would have been nice to find it on Internet radio somewhere. Hoping there aren’t any more conference bids stollen!
Not looking to good for my Wildcats. With Gonzaga and South Alabama losing, – at least one but pronanly two more bubble slots are gone. Villanova must win tomorrow against Syracuse to have any chance. I would like to think that a win vs SU would get them in but two wins, the second being against Georgetown, would be a lock IMHO. Too bad I am not on the comittee! I am supposed to play golf tomorrow with ny buddy Ronnie – hopefully I’ll be done by the 2nd half.
It has been an up and down year for my Villanova Wildcats. They started the season strong against an admittedly weak schedule and suffered through a rough streak where they lost to St. Joe’s, Rutgers, and DePaul. They have played well lately but couldn’t get a much needed win over Louisville (a stretch) or Marquette (they should have stayed in the zone against MU). Their NCAA tournament hopes pretty much come down to how they do in the Big East Tournament. They play Syracuse on Wednesday – if they win they have a chance to get in, lose and they are out.