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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for August 29, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

Happy GAME DAY! Make sure you turn your #JuiceCuse meter up to 110 today. The TNIAAM guys got a little feisty yesterday. All due respect though, for a while I thought they weren't taking this game seriously.

We'll have the game thread up tonight around 6:45pm ET. Grab your choice of beverage and meet me for a game chat.

And now, the "news."

Villanova football embraces new attitude |
The team is much more 'together' now according to captain Joe Sarnese.

Villanova football at a glance |
A quick look at the Wildcats, who open their season tomorrow at Syracuse.

What you need to know about Villanova |
The Syracuse Post-Standard does almost as good a job previewing the Wildcats as we do.

Syracuse vs. Villanova: Fine, Let's Have The Obligatory Attendance Conversation - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
SU has already sold "more than 35,000" tickets, but how high can they go? WVU had a near-sell-out for Villanova a few years back and Boston College opened their season with the Wildcats in a pretty well-attended affair... Lets see how Nunes' poll goes.

Shafer says Palmer’s status uncertain for Villanova on Friday | The Daily Orange
Syracuse is already without senior guard Nick Robinson, a starter last season, due to a sprained foot. Junior Guard Palmer's status is also in question for the Villanova game -- which could leave the Orange a bit depleted along the offensive line.

The Big East is changing, not falling apart |
The once proud conference isn't finished just yet, it's simply learning how to find its footing in a brand new world.

JTIII: Georgetown will keep pace with Power 5 programs | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"No matter what the Big Five do, as it relates to men's basketball, the Big East and Georgetown University will do the same thing," Thompson said during a recent interview with

Villanova offers XC star Luke Gavin |
The senior was named first-team all-county and first-team all-state last year, after a season that included a second-place showing in the Class B sectionals, a fourth-place effort at the Class B state meet and a 13th-place finish in the Federation. He is already fielding offers from American, North Carolina and Villanova.

Watch Penn football players go BONKERS over new grey uniform | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Is grey technically even a color?

This Giant Crab-Topped Pretzel Is A Tasty-Looking Horror
From the DC Sports Bog comes word that the University of Maryland will begin selling a 1.5-pound crab-and-cheese-bedecked soft pretzel called "the Chessie" (short for "Chesapeake," presumably) during the upcoming football season. That is to say, the pretzel alone weighs 24 ounces. Presumably the thick smear of back-fin crab meat, melted cheddar cheese, and Old Bay seasoning will bump this sucker up into the two-pound range.

P. Reign – DnF Lyrics | RapGenius
From Drake's verse, "How's Villanova? What classes you taking next semester?" If you're wondering how this link made the cut, ask Saccoman.