The Philly Sound
Back in the 1960s, there was a popular genre of Soul music called the Philly Sound. These days, though, the Philly Sound is the roar that can only be found at a Big 5 game like the one that took place this evening between Villanova and Saint Joseph's. Both student sections were full an hour before tipoff, and ESPN2 said that the Hawks fans got in as early as 4 p.m. Throughout the night, the two sides of the arena had at each other with as much ferocity as the game that was taking place in front of them. For every St. Joe's cheer that "The Hawk will never die," there was a reply from Villanova of "N-I-T," and on some occasions I swear the "Let's go 'Nova" and "Let's go St. Joe's" chants were exactly in sync.
The best chant of the night, though, came when the St. Joe's students started chanting "This is our house," given the frequency with which they play at the Palestra, and the Villanova fans replied by chanting "This is Penn's house!"
That's some Philadelphia brotherhood for you -- especially considering that Penn has only beaten the Hawks three times in the last ten seasons.