Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Stats and sounds

The weekly rankings, some reading material and a new feature on the blog.

Stats and sounds

Because of last night's game, I wasn't able to put together the weekly rankings compilation that usually runs on Tuesdays. So I'll give it to you this morning.

As for reading material, Dick Jerardi's recap of last week's Mock Bracket event in Indianapolis should be your first stop this morning. Originially, the online version of the story did not include the bracket graphic that ran in the print edition. I finally got it uploaded just now; click here to check it out.

Also in the Daily News, columnist Sam Donnellon talks to a very content Jay Wright.

Elsewhere on the web, Washington Post columnist John Feinstein had a piece this past Sunday about the Palestra that was based off last week's Temple-St. Joe's game. It's a good read and includes a great anecdote from Fran Dunphy at the end, though I think Feinstein's statement that "no one moved" in the last minute is a bit untrue - there were definitely Hawks fans leaving when the Owls were up by 10.

Today's last link is also about Dunphy: thanks perhaps to your last-minute voting, he edged Jim Larranaga in Press Break's best non-BCS coach poll. Phil Martelli was not able to beat Butler's Brad Stevens, though.

Dunphy faces a tough test in the second round: Gonzaga's Mark Few. This poll is only open today, so click here to vote early and often.



You might have noticed that the blog's headlines look a bit different this morning. That audio icon indicates a new feature here on the blog. Click on it and you can listen to an audio version of the text in the blog post. You can also download a podcast feed into iTunes that will deliver posts to your iPod in audio form automatically. Note that the podcast feed also includes my Philly.com colleague Sheil Kapadia's NFL blog, Moving the Chains.

I gave the system a spin this morning and it sounds pretty good. The text-to-speech software can't read the live blog transcripts because of how they're coded, but it also can't read tables for the same reason and that's a good thing.

I am trying to figure out whether I can get postgame press conference audio into the feed. I'll let you know when I get an answer.

Team
Record
Conf.
Big 5
Pomeroy
RPI
Sagarin
BB State
SOS
Drexel
14-10
10-5
2-0
134 (149)
103 (121)
129 (149)
128 (149)
135 (173)
La Salle
14-10
5-5
2-1
99 (117)
98 (112)
98 (110)
108 (122)
103 (103)
Penn
8-13
4-3
0-4
219 (258)
229 (251)
239 (273)
240 (262)
197 (195)
St. Joseph's
14-10
7-3
1-2
93 (91)
80 (71)
90 (88)
82 (77)
77 (87)
Temple
15-9
7-3
1-1
43 (44)
34 (45)
54 (58)
38 (47)
12 (11)
Villanova
20-5
8-4
4-0
18 (14)
9 (13)
14 (14)
15 (14)
36 (57)
Penn State
18-8
7-6
1-1
76 (76)
84 (84)
58 (63)
76 (75)
90 (119)

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com'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.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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