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Archive: May, 2009

Technology fails, Nowak doesn't

Friday, May 29, 2009, 7:34 PM
"I understand that soccer is not perfect." Of everything Peter Nowak said this afternoon, I think that's the line that stands out to me the most. Soccer is a capricious game. It can tempt you with free-flowing passes and Iverson-worthy dribble fakes, like what we saw from Barcelona on Wednesday... Read more

Live blog: Introducing Piotr Nowak

Friday, May 29, 2009, 3:11 PM
Greetings from Chester, where Philadelphia Union is holding a press conference this afternoon to introduce Piotr Nowak as its first coach. As John Smallwood wrote in this morning's Daily News, Nowak is a very good choice. He won MLS Cup as a player with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and as a coach with... Read more

Barcelona's ears and Calipari's eyes

Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 11:45 PM
Did you get any work done this afternoon? At the very least, I bet you were less productive than you usually are. Literally hundreds of millions of people around the world watched today's titanic Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United, and judging from Twitter and the rest... Read more

Women's soccer team to be called "Independence"

Monday, May 18, 2009, 7:28 PM
I had hoped to be at the Franklin Institute (I can't kick the habit, sorry) right about now for the unveiling of the name and colors of Philadelphia's forthcoming Women's Professional Soccer franchise, but other work obligations interfered. So I turn to the press release I got from the team this afternoon... Read more

Potential side effect of Delaware sports gambling

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 9:01 PM
I know there are some readers of this blog who follow Delaware football, but this could have an effect across the country in Division I-AA football. According to the Washington Post's Recruiting Insider blog, if Delaware officially legalizes sports gambling, the NCAA could ban all of the state's college... Read more

Expanding the franchise

Monday, May 11, 2009, 2:09 PM
They came with a string band. Seriously. We were all standing at Dilworth Plaza wondering when the press conference to officially introduce Philadelphia Union would start. Then, all of a sudden, a few hundred Sons of Ben came marching out from City Hall, belting out "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf... Read more

Think Jay Wright dresses well?

Monday, May 11, 2009, 10:32 AM
As you read Mike Kern's interview with Villanova coach Jay Wright this morning, consider the photo at left that ran with Phil Sheridan's column on Chuck Daly yesterday. It's from a game between Penn and Virginia in 1976. I still don't understand how anyone can wear a suit in the Palestra, especially... Read more

Chuck Daly, 1930-2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 7:31 AM
The Associated Press is reporting that former Penn, Detroit Pistons and 1992 "Dream Team" coach Chuck Daly died this morning of pancreatic cancer at age 78. I think I met Daly only once, at the Big 5's 50th anniversary gala back in 2006. I can't recall meeting him any other time, but at... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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