If you have been reading any of my posts during the college basketball season, you will know the following things:
- I am a Villanova Basketball fan.
- I am a Philadelphia Big 5 fan.
- I am a Big East basketball fan.
If you are currently a student at any of the Big 5 schools, I highly recommend attending a college basketball game at the Palestra.
The historic building is college basketball's cathedral. Equivalent to a trip to Fenway Park or Wrigley Field. The list of these old iconic buildings seems to grow smaller every few years, as Chicago Stadium, Boston Garden, and the old Yankee Stadium have all met the wrecking ball. Even Philadelphia's own Spectrum, where I saw more basketball, hockey and wrestling that any other building in my lifetime, is no longer in existence.
This Saturday, ESPN College Gameday will broadcast from the Palestra. 2 games are scheduled for that day.
Temple vs LaSalle tips off at noon. St. Joseph's vs Penn will play at 7 pm.
Are you thinking the same thing I am?
Why is Villanova not playing at the Palestra on Saturday? Villanova is scheduled to play at the Pavilion at 4pm vs DePaul.
How did this happen?
I was in favor of the Big 5 resurrection over the past 10 years. We are back to a round robin schedule, which is good because In the 1990's each member school only played two Big 5 opponents each year. Although the Palestra is not used as the home court as frequently as it had been, the 5 teams do play a few games there each year.
I realize the schedule was made well in advance. I know Villanova plays in the Big East Conference and its television partner is Fox Sports 1. ESPN does not carry Big East games. But how could the network or Villanova not want to be a part of this telecast?
Could we have done a "City Six" game and have Villanova or another Big 5 team play Drexel? In this case, I say yes!
(Editor's Note: Negative points for promoting the false City Six, but great job overall on this)
If you watch College Gameday and the games on Saturday, you will see segments about the Big 5. I wonder how much Villanova will be discussed? You know, the nationally ranked team in the Big 5. The team that is the only Big 5 member not playing in Philadelphia on Saturday.
The broadcast should be a showcase for the venue and the Philadelphia Big 5. But someone will be missing. It would have been better to set one extra place at the table for the weekend rather than leave one family member out. I don't know who is to blame here, ESPN, Villanova or the Big East. Whoever it was, they dropped the ball.