The "offseason" makes us crave for the return of Villanova football and basketball, but it also provides us the chance to dream about the future, and reminisce about the past of our beloved Wildcat teams.
I started to follow Villanova sports in my senior year of high school back in 2005 when I knew that I would be attending the University. Since that day, there's been some great moments in Villanova sports. The athletics program has been taking a major step forward in the last 7-8 years.
The basketball program reached their first Final 4 since 1985 in 2009, the lacrosse program is becoming a national commodity, the men's and (especially) the women's track and field programs are producing Olympic-caliber athletes and the football program has won a national championship.
And that's just in the last 7-8 years - there's much more throughout the history of the University that, quite frankly, I may not be aware of.
With that in mind, I thought it would be a fun offseason activity to talk about your favorite Villanova sports moment. My pick, after The Jump.
No surprise here - but I'll explain why this my favorite Villanova sports highlight after you get to re-live the glory one more time.
I was a senior at Villanova during this run to the Final 4 in 2009. My freshman year was supposed to be "the team" at Villanova. That 2005-2006 season captured my love for Villanova hoops. Watching that team, I always felt they underachieved in the end. They ran into a freight-train in Florida, but they were good enough to go farther that year.
That's what I loved so much about the 2009 bunch. They were uber-talented in their own right, but what set them apart was their work ethic (sadly, something I feel we've lost in recent seasons). Watching them play, you knew guys like Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson were not going to go away without a fight. They were in every game, no matter who the opponent. Weirdly, you felt confident.
Which is exactly how I felt during this Pittsburgh game. Pitt was probably more talented than we were. Heck, they worked their asses off just as much as we did. But even after we threw the ball away and let Pitt tie the game, I just had a feeling we were going to win. I knew that somehow, some way, they were going to pull it out.
So now I want to hear from you, the community. What's your favorite Villanova sports highlight? The farther back we go into the history of the athletics program, the better! Fire away in the comments, and if you've got video, even better!