Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Villanova's 'snap-on' tool

The urban dictionary's definition of "tool" is "One who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used. A fool."
Urban dictionary, meet Villanova running back Kevin Monangai, Villanova's tool.
The first part of that definition might not apply to Monangai, but the fool part certainly does.
I must admit, I never have a hard time getting up for a football game against Villanova.
No matter what the stakes or the difference of the level of football, it's hard to muster any sympathy for a team representing a school that did its underhanded best to keep Temple out of the BCS picture.
Don't let that Big East press conference charade fool you.
Now wearing No. 2 in your game program.

If this was up to Villanova, the Owls would remain in MAC hell forever.
That's why I want to beat them 88-0 (although I would settle for 42-7). Err, make that 50-squat.
I don't know if Temple's football players, though, know all the machinations involved behind the scenes or feel the same level of dislike as most Temple fans do.
They do understand the language of trash talking, though.
To that end, I have to thank  Monangai, Villanova's snap-on tool.
Monangai tweeted two months ago that "Temple is going to the Big East"  and "all the more reason for us to snap-on them."
The first rule of trash talking is that if the guy you are fighting is bigger and faster and Temple tougher than you, your best chance is to lay in the weeds and knock him out with sneak attack, sort of like Japan in World War II.
It's not the smartest thing in the world to walk up to the guy and announce you are going to "snap on" him.
At the time, I thought Monangai would be a non-contributing sub but it turns out he will be the No. 1 or No. 2 running back coming off a good spring practice.
According to Villanova's official website, head coach Andy Talley was quoted as saying the following:

“I really like our running back situation. Austin Medley and Kevin Monangai give us a great 1-2 punch in the backfield. They are both bigger, stronger and faster.
Austin is at the point where he is back to having breakaway speed. Kevin now has a much better grasp of the offense and looks very comfortable.”

Austin Medley is the current No. 1 running back and he will be wearing No. 1, but Monangai will get plenty of snaps and wear No. 2 (he changed his number from 26 at the end of last season).
The Owls should have no problem finding No. 2.
Or getting up for this one, thanks to him.
Monangai fired the first shot in this war.
As President Roosevelt said  about Dec. 7, 1941, "it doesn't matter who fires the first shot as much as who fires the last shot."
Hopefully, the Owls end this last Mayor's Cup with a nuclear-type spanking.