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Enjoy Turkey Day, and let’s hope for a win!

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Happy Thanksgiving Nova Nation! Like many of you, today I’ll be enjoying some good food, great people, and a subtle reminder that I can’t just “play sports” like I used to. At some point, I’ll be gathered around a table with family and friends to say how thankful I am for all of them and how much they mean to me. Well consider this our table Nova Nation, cause it’s about to get all sentimental up in here.

Three and a half years ago I started writing for VU Hoops as a way to further explore my fandom for Villanova Basketball. It was going to be something I did for fun when I could, like a hobby on the weekend. But before I knew it, some guys I had only known previously as internet handles like Mike J, Chris Lane, Ryan, and Brian were suddenly helping and mentoring me. As they did, my writing got better (a continued work in progress) and I started getting some positive feedback from readers like yourselves. I was hooked.

Fast forward three years and two National Championships, and I’m still flabbergasted by what this perceived “side hustle” has turned into. I’ve literally run into people on the street who know me because of this site even though we’ve never met in person. I’ll see former classmates I haven’t talked to in ages, but they feel like they just heard from me because they read the site every day. It’s become so much more than just a passion project about my favorite team, it’s a way to stay connected to the Nova Nation.

I think everyone that comes to this site would agree that it’s not just to read about a sport, but to be a part of the community that VU Hoops represents. Now when I write, I don’t want to just bring up stats about the team or give my opinion. I want to create discussion topics for this group that comes together to bond over a team and a university. That drive to be a vocal part of the community may be what I’m most thankful for.

So that’s my elongated way of saying thank you, VU Hoops readers and contributors. Thank you for being an incredible and passionate audience that’s truly a pleasure to write for. You’re engaging and devoted, even if a bit incorrigible at times. On behalf of all the staff, thank you for reading, commenting, and loving Villanova Basketball.

Oh, and I’ll also be REALLY thankful if we could win a freaking game already.

In other “news”, 2020 PG Jeremy Roach has suffered a torn ACL, #1 Duke goes down before DePaul, and you can now drive on Tim Thomas Way. Enjoy, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Canisius Game

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AdvoCare Invitational

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Recruiting

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