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22 October 2007

"Hoops Mania" tips off Friday

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
10/22/2007 01:43:00 PM
Villanova fans will celebrate the upcoming basketball season this Friday at "Hoops Mania," the annual pep rally on campus at the Pavilion.

The free event, which seems to start earlier in the day each year, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and fans should arrive early to ensure admission, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year's Hoops Mania proved so popular that fans were refused admittance well before the scheduled start of festivities.

In addition to the "games," "prizes," and "surprises," promised by the promotional poster, this year's mania will feature the annual Blue vs. White intra-squad scrimmage. In previous years, this scrimmage was sometimes held the morning of the homecoming football game. Fans who didn't travel to Canada last month will get their first look at the much-hyped freshman players: Corey Fisher, All-American Corey Stokes, Malcolm Grant, and redshirts Antonio Pena and Andrew Ott will make their Pavilion debut in the fun-filled, alley-oop-heavy exhibition.

Hoops Mania has been held in roughly its current incarnation since the beginning of the Jay Wright era in the fall of 2001, when fans excitedly chanted "horror, horror" in an effort to woo the highly touted Amityville, N.Y. prospect Jason Fraser, who was rumored to be in attendance.

Last year's festivities included a surprise visit by rapper 50 Cent, who delighted the packed house with an impromptu performance.

Though the details of the night's "surprises" are as yet unknown, Hoops Mania usually includes at least one celebrity guest to complement the spectacle of Jay Wright's traditionally spectacular entrance with his team.

How Wright will "top" his previous entrances, which have included riding onto the court in a stretch Hummer limousine, is the subject of rampant speculation leading up to the event.

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At 2:55 PM, October 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) It was in its current form in 2000 as well.

2) I don't recall any "horror" chants, but there were many "Ja-son Fra-ser" chants.

At 3:00 PM, October 22, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

There were totally "horror, horror" chants as well, it was awesome.

As for the history of hoops mania, I am just saying that it's been going on since the start of the Jay Wright era, but I have no doubt there was one in 2000 as well.

At 5:05 PM, October 22, 2007, Anonymous Gregg said...

This is a great way to start this year's season. I've also heard rumors that Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery will be in attendance. I believe that fans will be very impressed with the Corys, Grant, Pena, and Ott.

At 5:43 PM, October 22, 2007, Anonymous Michael said...

Hello once again mr. Pete. I'm excited for this years hoop mania, BUT, just a quick question, Will 50 cent be there? My annoying brother said he will

At 5:46 PM, October 22, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

50 Cent was there last year... not sure who is coming this year -- it's a "surprise."

I wouldn't be surprised if it were an even bigger celebrity. Maybe they'll have Ja Rule or Kanye to balance it out?

At 12:58 AM, October 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ja Rule?? I hope not haha, he's old news. Kanye wouldn't be bad though.

At 1:31 AM, October 23, 2007, Anonymous Senator Michael J. Chronwinski said...

They are going to be garbage this year. Stokes is the only legitimate player.

At 3:43 PM, October 23, 2007, Anonymous Gregg said...

There is still a possibility that Stokes may not even start. I would also classify Fisher, Reynolds, and Cunningham as "legitimate" players. Additionally, expert bracketologist Joe Lunardi is predicting that they will be a 5 seed in this year's tournament.

At 3:45 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nova's 25 on the coaches' preseason poll

At 8:48 AM, October 27, 2007, Anonymous Master Michael said...

Pete, I attended this years "HOOPS MANIA" and it was AWESOME!!I have one quick question: My brother thinks that Dwayne Anderson is better than Corey Fisher. Ha Ha Ha! Do you believe that's true? For a portion of the show, Curtis Sumpter was sitting Directly in front of me.

At 9:37 PM, October 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about writing a post about hoops mania and mims... this blog is getting awfully slow

At 9:04 PM, October 28, 2007, Anonymous Gregg said...

I thought that Hoops Mania" was a great success. They displayed a great video, the introducing of the players went well, the guests were high-profile figures, and as usual, Jay Wright ran the show in a classy manor.

At 10:47 AM, October 29, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

Hoops Mania was great! See my latest post for a full review.

I don't think that Anderson is "better" than Fisher... they have totally different games. Fisher is definitely more talented and has more potential. Dwayne does have a nice shot and showed some nice rebounding ability.


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