After an incredible historic run that brought the city, county and state together behind them, the St. Peter’s University Peacocks absolutely deserve a parade and a party.
For the first time in school history, the “Miracle on Montgomery Street” reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which felt like a local moonshot with everyone , from diehard superfans to people who wouldn’t normally know about the Big Dance. and proud.
Kudos to Jersey City for planning a celebration to honor the team, praise the accomplishment and extend the excitement with a parade scheduled for Friday followed by a school rally.
The Peacocks have certainly made their school and Jersey City proud. The team – the 15th seed to qualify for the Elite Eight – showed talent, heart, poise and focus on the domestic stage.
There were no glory-hoarders and no temper tantrums. On the contrary, the team played as a unit. They played hard and smart and seemed to be having fun, which too often gets lost in the increasingly expensive nature of college athletics.
It was a pleasure to watch from afar.
Equally joyous was watching the outpouring of support at home – the handmade signs in windows, Instagram shoutouts from local high schools and high schools, spontaneous watch parties at restaurants and bars bursting with joy at every point. Mark.
Perhaps the answer would have been the same a few years ago. But having something right now to cheer on together, with a real sense of community, after two years of being battered by COVID, made it all the more enjoyable.
Congratulations and thanks to Coach Shaheen Holloway, each of the team members and the entire SPU community.
While Hudson County will miss Holloway, he’s earned the Seton Hall job if offered, and we wish him the best – though we’ll continue to cheer on the Peacocks to take America by storm again. next season.
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