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Sunday, January 23, 2005

That Freight Train You Hear in the Distance

is the Villanova Wildcats.

Just click here if you don't believe me. Kansas 62, Villanova 83.

Yes, you read that right. One of the four remaining undefeated teams, the #2 team in the country, gets blown out.

By a slugging giant-killer that is well on its way into growing into what everyone expected it to become.

A marquis slugger itself.

I've blogged about them before, and I've wondered whether they've been a team whose sum is actually less than the individuals whom Coach Jay Wright recruited to help them return to their glory days. 'Nova fans and Big 5 watchers have speculated openly on Wright's fate, too, and to Villanova's credit, the players and the coach have weathered withering criticism well.

And through all of it, they have persevered, endured injuries to their heralded big man (who is out for another 3 weeks), and grown from their shared struggles (including an embarrassing phone credit card scandal last season).

Someone wrote that character is fate.

The Villanova Wildcats have showed a tremendous amount of character in the past few weeks.

If the type of display they put on yesterday is any indication, both they and their coach will have a very fine fate.

It's called a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

And, with their great compliment of guards, they will make noise in March.

Philadelphia got hit with a huge snowstorm yesterday, and area sports fans have at least one beacon emerging from the foot to foot and a half of powder that got dumped on the area yesterday.

The Villanova Wildcats.

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