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TBT: Jake Nevin Fieldhouse

By Anna Jankowski

This spread from the 1953 edition of the Belle Air yearbook shows students walking outside of the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse. Even though this image was taken nearly 70 years ago, not much has changed.

Crowds of students, family, alumni, and local fans will still gather to watch Lacrosse games at the Villanova Stadium this season and then disperse in a similar fashion to cross Lancaster Avenue. Next Friday, April 29, is the final home game for the Villanova Men’s Lacrosse Team. Head over to the stadium at 7 p.m. to see the Wildcats play Georgetown before the Big East Tournament!

Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS is a Junior Communication Major from just outside Baltimore who ​​works as a Communication & Marketing Assistant in Falvey.


Weekend Recs: NFL Football

Happy Friday, Wildcats! After a year off, Falvey Memorial Library is bringing back Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Jenna, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

With the Tennessee Titan’s defeat of the Buffalo Bills Monday night, a third of the NFL season has officially passed. And with that, there have been many exciting developments from a team ending their 20-game losing streak to the Eagles trading away a long-time player. Whether school has cut into your football watching time or you want to try to understand why people are fascinated by the sport, check out the recs below. 

If you have 3 minutes… read about how the Jacksonville Jaguars ended their 20-game losing streak while playing in London. 

If you have 17 minutes… watch former Philadelphia Eagle Tight End Zach Ertz’s emotional goodbye to Philly fans as he gets traded to the Arizona Cardinals. 

If you have 51 minutes… and play Fantasy Football (or want to learn more about it), listen to the NFL’s NFL Fantasy Podcast where they combine in-depth stats and film study to help you win your league. 

If you 1 hour and 31 minutes… listen to the NFL’s (other) podcast Around the NFL where they recap the biggest games and defeats of Week 6. 

If you have about 8 hours… read NFL Football: A History of America’s New National Pastime by Richard C. Crepeau and available online in Falvey’s collection.

If you have all day Sunday… grab a seat on your couch, order wings and pizza, and watch a day of football. You can find the full Sunday schedule and where to stream the games here. 

""Jenna Renaud is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library.


TBT: Brian Westbrook Leaps Into the Villanova Record Books

For our Throwback Thursday, we honor Brian Westbrook ’02. It has been 20 years since Villanova played the above nailbiter against James Madison University, and has also been almost two decades since Villanova legend Brian Westbrook suited up for the Wildcats. Westbrook is arguably one of the most successful players in Villanova history running and catching 9,512 all-purpose yards, an NCAA record.

As a professional, he enjoyed a seven-year stint with the Eagles earning him a spot in the team’s hall of fame.

Elijah McDow is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate student.

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Foto Friday: Falvey First Down

That feeling when you spot a Falvey sticker at the Villanova football game!

Thank you, Nova Nation for reppin’ the library. Good luck to Nova Football as they take on William & Mary at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow! Share your Falvey swag with us on social: Instagram@villanovalibrary  Twitter@FalveyLibrary

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.


#TBT Comeback ‘Cats: By Popular Demand, Football Returns to Villanova

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In 1984, Villanova Football made its triumphant return to campus.

A constant at the University since 1894, football was not played at Villanova for three seasons, until alumni and students rallied to revive the Wildcat gridders. The effort even included a benefit at the Philadelphia Academy of Music with legendary comedian Bob Hope!

During this first season, football cheerleaders tossed this palm-size football (now in the University Archives) to the home crowd. The team played at the Division III level and featured a shortened five-game schedule, going undefeated. New Head Coach Andy Talley would helm the team for 230 wins over 37 seasons and send many players to the NFL, including Philadelphia Eagles great Brian Westbrook.


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Shawn Proctor, MFA, Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library, says his favorite Villanova football player is Matt Szczur (pronounced “Caesar”) who led the team to a national championship in 2009.



Last Modified: August 22, 2019