It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when we debate whether or not Villanova is a “Philly school,” as if it even really matters (spoiler: it doesn’t). It’s just something people say to discredit the basketball program instead of rightfully applauding Jay Wright and his players for their elite-level achievements over the past few seasons.
Now, I PERSONALLY BELIEVE that Villanova, despite campus not being physically located within the Philadelphia city limits, is a “Philly school” for the following reasons:
- they play a number of home games at the Wells Fargo Center, which is in the Philadelphia city limits
- they also play some non-Penn Big Five games at the Palestra, which is in the Philadelphia city limits
- Jay Wright has always recruited players like Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Maalik Wayns, who come from high schools in the Philadelphia city limits
- thousands of people came to watch their national championship parades, which took place within the Philadelphia city limits
- they garner more media attention from outlets within the Philadelphia city limits (because they’re a bigger and better program)
- the Big Five website describes involved programs as “five prestigious Philadelphia universities”
Those are my arguments.
Please do not give me the geography thing. The geography thing holds up worse than a wet paper bag receiving a Jorge Masvidal left hook.
For instance, St. Joe’s is literally 20 feet from Montgomery County, yet Hawk fans will claim SJU as a “Philly school,” even though it’s closer to Bala Cynwyd, where houses go for upwards of half a million dollars, than any typical Philadelphia neighborhood. Plus, most of the people on both sides of the argument are white kids who grew up in the suburbs anyway.
But if we have to do the geography argument, consider this:
You know how Mike Trout is such a Philly dude? How he lives and breathes Philly sports despite committing his future to the Angels? He’s from Millville, which is 44.7 miles and 48 minutes from City Hall.
Here, see for yourself, after the jump: