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10/26/2006 08:56:00 PM
The Full Story On 'Nova And 50 Cent
The Villanovan, Oct. 26 edition
Only a basketball curmudgeon would claim that the greatest thing about Villanova's Hoops Mania, which took place on Oct. 26, was the fact that Curtis Sumpter returned to score 10 points in the scrimmage. That was nice, but completely overshadowed by the special guests, whom coach Jay Wright introduced with the proper call of "G-G-G-Unit!": Tony Yayo ... and 50 Cent.
Two 'Nova students e-mailed the blog (while I was on the road at LSU) to let me know; and Deadspin linked to a video clip this week, but the real dirt on the whole deal was unearthed on Thursday by the school's student weekly, The Villanovan.
The paper reported that the rappers' surprise appearance was hooked up through ex-Wildcat Tim Thomas, who helped Wright book Yayo for the Pavilion. "Tim is a big friend of me and 50 and all of G-Unit," Yayo told the paper. "He said he had a contact with the school and that Jay Wright was trying to figure out who was the biggest name in the business right now. Tim gave them my name, and everything else just happened."
I'll kindly let the "Yayo: biggest name in the business" claim slide and advance the story: Basically, Yayo one-upped Wright by secretly bringing along the headliner: "[Villanova] only had me scheduled to come, but I called up 50, who's like a brother to me, and he said he wanted to roll up," Yayo said. "Jay Wright wanted to surprise the students by having me there, so I had to outdo him and surprise everyone with 50."
The players mobbed the rappers, the cheerleaders backup-danced, the students hyperventilated ... and yeah, it pretty much blew every other school's Madness out of the water. Who else had a rapper, much less anyone like 50? (UNC had an emcee who once poetry-slammed on SportsCenter, but that's not even close.) A student columnist summed up the momentousness of the occasion with these words: "Even as I write this, I am having a hard time believing that 50 Cent played on the same court to which I brought my limited set of basketball skills in last year's B-League Intramural playoffs. Simply put, this just isn't supposed to happen at Villanova."
And Phil Martelli OWNS Philadelphia. It all depends on your perspective of whats important. I guess for you North Jersey trash, owning NYC and looking up to Connecticut like a big brother you can't ever get any respect from is what matters. Come get some, NCAABALL!
This is worthy of a "news" story, or even a feature, or even a blog entry? And a gushing one at that? How about a little critical thinking? Rapper drenched in violence comes to what is basically a college pep rally, and this is a good thing? And this is how a college coach, a "molder of men," sets an example?
eff you man i hope they come to your house and put you out of your misery... how can you put down jay wright after this, he got 50 cent and tony yayo to do 2 songs, put on a good show to get everybody pumped up for basketball season, and then they left its not like they did anything bad cause theyre black rappers, and I also heard that they came for free so he's not "wasting" money either, so just sit there and be jealous that you werent there and shutup
Listen to the haters. Blaming Nova for getting 2 games near campus in the tourney last yr? It was their fault the committee placed games at the Wachovia and rewarded Nova for being Top 3-5 all season? That happens once a decade to teams not named Duke. The funniest thing of all - a WVU fan dissing Nova. You might wanna take a look at the players Nova has, and has coming in, then look at the garbage WVU will be trotting out there the next few seasons...Anyway, 50 Cent performed. Whats the big deal? If he came to your school, it would "half glass full" - most popular rapper in the world, but since he didnt come to your school, it's "half glass empty" - dude has a checkered past. He's a rapper, they all have checkered pasts, but these are the guys the players you follow in college, look up to, and listen to their music. Stop flaming, and start making sense. This kind of thing is big in recruiting. Dont pretend it is anything but beneficial in the eyes of recruits.
Great, another University (of which I am an alum) hosting another street thug, convict, former crack-dealer, could not spell SAT if you sported him a S, an A or a T, "gangsta". I forget, is "50" a crip or a blood. Suprise no one got "jacked" that weekend. What a joke...
In response to the JA who said "Maybe they'll get more tourney games on a 'nuetral court' in Philly again this year. That was ridiculous."
Are you serious? Duke (greensboro)and UNC have the easiest local paths possible in the tourn every year. Nova was ranked in the top 10 all yr last year and earned a number one seed. Get over it - and they played game the last two NCAA games in Minnesota last year (a stones throw from the campus?!? c'mon pal). Cheers and better luck this year ..It sounds like you still have some issues.
anyone who doesn't understand the close relationship between basketball & hip hop needs to wake up. any other school would have been thrilled to get Yayo & 50. it's not like he was asked to make a speech. he came to entertain & that's what he did. nice work giving back to the students & players, JW!
For the post saying that WVU is going to be playing garbage players is absurd. Just because they are young doesnt justify saying they are garbage. I personally dont know much about thier new recruits but I didnt know much about Gansey, Pittsnogle and the rest of the recently departed Seniors either. They turned out one of the best runs WVU ever had.
the indiana fan needs to wake up and realize its not the 70's and 80's and bob knight is in texas and im pretty sure villanova is doin a lot better than you recently...seriously whats the big deal about this...50 came here to pump everyone up, nobody is selling out...not only that but seeing the recruits for next year go crazy was pretty sick and if it helps bring more in all the better
...Thank you delegate from Indiana...real basketball doesn't come from recruits who all have the phrase "All-American" before their names, right? That's what Jay Wright has done for Villanova Basketball. This team fell to the NCAA champion two consecutive years, and that's more than many others can say. If Allen Ray showed up in either game, I think we'd be saying something different.
Anyone who thinks Nova is leading a thug program is just plain wrong. Jay gets the classiest kids in there year in year out. Everyone needs to get off their soapbox and realize its a great way to get fans and recruits excited for Villanova Basketball.
We fans of Saint Joseph's (PA) have to learn to stop hating on Villanova. Our jealousy reeks of inferiority complex. So what if we didn't get accepted to Villanova? So what if Villanova is a more high profile school/hoops program? We can only worry about being the best local commuter school we can be at Saint Joseph's (PA).
Seriously, Jay Wright is a good coach. He is the top young coach on the East coast.
Fitty at Villanova. Hey the kids must have gotten a kick out of it. I doubt it is much more of a story than that. Wright is doing great things down there. St Joseph's fans are like their coach. They appear to be frantically begging for being included in the "who is relevant?" discussion every time they open their mouths (keyboards).