Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

How could we forget? When his holiness, Pope Francis, visited Philadelphia last year, we wrote that it could bring an Eagles Super Bowl victory, thanks to the fact that for the last 10 papal visits, a team from the visited city won a sports championship in the following year:

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We went with the Eagles because, well, that’s what anyone does around here. But the evidence was much stronger in the favor of a Main Line school – A CATHOLIC SCHOOL – since the Pope stayed in Ardmore. HOW COULD WE HAVE BEEN SO BLIND? And since the much closer St. Joe’s wasn’t available for this sort of greatness, Villanova was happy to step in, just like they did to accommodate the masses in September:

That’s now 11 championships in 11 visits. Villanova was so chosen. The Pope’s streak continues.

[h/t reader Steve]

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  • Chris N April 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    LA Lakers won NBA championship in 1980. Not Boston.

    • kenstories April 6, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Uh, oh. Also most of these teams were dynasties or in the middle of great runs. Except one. Guess which?

  • Bro April 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    You should have gone to the games, Kyle. Your wife talked you out of attending two of the greatest wins in Nova history… Such a disappointment.

  • AL Tru April 6, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    “That’s now 11 championships in 11 visits. Villanova was so chosen. The Pope’s streak continues.”

    11 is a power number. ( ancient numerology)

  • Mickey Mannequin April 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Villanova isn’t in Philadelphia

    so this is incorrect Jim, nice try though

  • Sammy sunshine April 6, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    The Pope stayed in Merion, PA at the Saint Charles Senimary. Please be factual when posting. It helps a lot.

  • Testies April 6, 2016 at 4:03 pm


  • Ivaroni April 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    So does that mean the redskins or nationals win? Wasn’t he in DC too last year?

    • Brutus Beefcake April 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Caps in first place in hockey, could be the one

  • No April 6, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    The Pope was a Jesuit (Not an Augustinian), stayed at Saint Charles, and actually visited Saint Joseph’s campus. He never set foot in Villanova.

    Your alma mater won the National Championship but you’re grasping at straws here.

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