Tuesday, March 31, 2009

6ABC Quotes Jay Wright: "Those Pigs Are Important to Our Team's Success" -" Wright, Hamming It Up" - Read More...

To the Villanova Wildcats faithful-

6ABC's Jamie Apody concluded this story on the Philadelphia ABC affiliate by noting that "Jay Wright has always liked to ham it up..."

When interviewed about the "lucky pigs," Wright's reaction was, while laughing:
"Those pigs are important, to our team's success."
Wright keeps his pig, in an aptly named "pig pocket", in the inside of his suit.

We can't argue with success. The pigs have won nine of the eleven games for the Wildcats, during which they've been residing in Wright's pockets...

The source of the superstition:

About a month ago, his ten-year old daughter, Riley, said that she "had three lucky pigs," for an unspecified "big game." After the Wildcats won, Wright said to Riley:
"The pigs are working... Don't come to a game without those pigs."
Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson were interviewed- and laughing, said they were unaware that Wright had pigs in his pocket... Cunningham, in the same spirit, suggested that perhaps the team should have them in their pockets as well...

Of course, Wright also told 6ABC:
"I'm not a superstitious person. It's more about having fun with my daughter and doing something with my daughter and my relationship with my daughter...."
And the first thing he said to his daughter in Boston, after the glorious victory over Pitt, was:
"The pig worked! The pig worked!"
And of course, pigs can have success in the NCAA tournament - the 1994 Arkansas Razorbacks went all the way and captured the NCAA title.

Over the course of the week, I'll be writing up previous games in the all-time Villanova/North Carolina series, culminating the complete Villanova/North Carolina Rivalry History. And of course, there will be a comprehensive preview of Saturday's Final Four clash - so please check back for more...

In the meantime...

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Go Wildcats!
Beat North Carolina!

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