March 21, 2014 |
BUFFALO, N.Y. - This is apparently a minority opinion, and so be it. But putting Villanova and Saint Joseph's in adjacent spots in the same NCAA Tournament bracket is a cynical, lousy bit of business committed by the selection committee. A Holy War in March is wholly unnecessary. It plays to story lines and television ratings and misses the point of the thing entirely. Philadelphia does not get everything right, but it does get college basketball right. When it comes to this time of year, we celebrate the wins and lament the losses and that's about as critical as we get. We hope, most of all, that everyone gets something good out of the journey - and, best of all, sports writers get a chance to avoid writing about Chip Kelly and DeSean Jackson for a week or 2. But this bracket intrudes on that mindset.
March 18, 2014 |
PUTTING VILLANOVA and Saint Joseph's anywhere together can often be a dicey proposition. They don't call their rivalry the "Holy War" for nothing. But the selection committee found a place where the two will have to coexist. They are going to Buffalo and would meet in the third round Saturday, if they get past their first opponents. "I swear, I really think there are so many connections [among teams]," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I do think it's random. " St. Joe's plays Connecticut.
December 7, 2013 |
Villanova professor Paul Rosier, the chair of the university's history department, sent a friendly e-mail this week asking if it was possible to stop referring to the Villanova-St. Joseph's basketball game as the Holy War. Just ahead of Saturday's big game at Hagan Arena, I called Rosier, admittedly with an "aren't there bigger things for us to worry about?" mentality. "I'm sure there are bigger issues," Rosier said Thursday afternoon. "Certainly Villanova is tackling bigger issues.
December 12, 2012 |
IT WAS THE EVENING of April 1, 1985. She called her then-boyfriend to see if he wanted to come up the few miles from his campus to her campus to celebrate. He just could not bring himself to do it. They went to what is now called Council Rock North and started going out not long before graduating in 1983. Then, he stayed local for college and she went to Purdue, not far from Chicago, where her family was moving after high school. After 1 year, she decided the distance was too great and made plans to transfer back to the Philly area.
November 23, 2012 |
CAIRO - The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday - one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting. "The enemy knows nothing but the language of force," said Mohammed Badie. "Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords," he said in a statement carried on the group's website and emailed to reporters.
January 20, 2012 |
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Before Mitt Romney changed his mind on abortion, before Newt Gingrich got divorced for the second time, before Ron Paul became a surprise hit with social conservatives, there was Rick Santorum. "After I started doing this, when [my children] would read my name in the newspaper, they used to think my first name was 'Ultra,' " said the former Pennsylvania senator at a low-key rally Wednesday in a Spartanburg strip mall's half-filled conference room. "When you stick your head out of the foxhole on the issue of life, on the issue of family - oh, will they come after you. " They certainly have come after "ultraconservative" Santorum.
July 31, 2011
"Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war. " - "Julius Caesar," Act 3, Scene 1 The dogs of war are snarling. They strain forward, slavering, growling, pawing the air, eager to get at one another, to rend and tear and wet their lips with blood. As strangers in a dog park would, we try to pull them back, to exert control. But you feel your feet sliding beneath you, feel yourself carried, helpless and unwilling, into this fight they mean to have. It strikes you how poor a leash is reason.
June 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - As Osama bin Laden watched his terrorist organization get picked apart, he lamented in his final writings that al-Qaeda was suffering from a marketing problem. His group was killing too many Muslims and that was bad for business. The West was winning the public relations fight. All of his old comrades were dead and he barely knew their replacements. Faced with these challenges, bin Laden, who hated the United States and decried capitalism, considered a most American of business strategies.
December 11, 2008 |
Villanova and Saint Joseph's first played each other on Jan. 15, 1921. The Wildcats won, 31-22. From 1921 to '39, the teams met 13 times with Villanova winning 12. The teams didn't meet again until 1955, which started a streak of six consecutive Saint Joseph's victories. The rivalry: Villanova leads series, 41-24 The teams have split the last six games, with five of the games being decided by double-digit margins. Interestingly, the closest game was in 2004, a seven-point Hawks win, the year of Saint Joseph's 27-0 regular season, a team led by Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.