Sunday, December 21, 2014

Welcome to The Big Dance

Tonight, I'm unveiling something on the blog that I've wanted to do for a long time.

Welcome to The Big Dance

Tonight, I'm unveiling something on the blog that I've wanted to do for a long time.

If you take a look at the right rail, you'll see a new widget called The Big Dance. It's based on a combination of the CoverItLive software we use for live blogging and the microblogging platform Twitter.

Anyone who adds the hashtag #bigdance to their tweets will see their writing show up in the widget automatically in real time, or at least after the few seconds it takes for the system to register the new tweet.

There will also be regular contributions from a pair of college basketball blogs I read regularly: BracketDobber, written by Chris Dobbertean, and Storming the Floor, written by Eric Angevine and Marco Anskis.

I'm happy to share the code for the widget with those of you who'd like it on your blog. Email me and I'll send it over.

Also, if you have an account already and tweet exclusively about college basketball, let me know and I'll add your feed into the widget for automatic publishing.

While the interface may look familiar to you, it's different in one major way: you can't submit comments directly from the blog. Everything you see will come from Twitter.

If you don't have a Twitter account, it's very easy to join. Just click here, sign up and get going.

I've written a number of times about how important building a sense of community here on the blog is to me, and I really do mean it. We've done a pretty good job of that so far this season, but the importance of March Madness gives us a chance to do something even bigger.

Those of you readers who are based in Philadelphia know full well what this community looks like in reality, because it's so much of what the Big 5 is about.

My hope with this project is that we are able to bring that atmosphere online, and to enjoy the wild ride that March always gives us in a new way.


It's Tuesday, which means it's Crunchy Numbers time. So off we go with the City Six rankings table and the Schuylkill 16 teamsheets.

Team
Record
Conf.
Big 5
Pomeroy
RPI
Sagarin
BB State
SOS
Drexel
15-13
10-8
2-0
129 (121)
116 (106)
136 (129)
137 (118)
132 (161)
La Salle
16-12
7-7
3-1
112 (123)
108 (120)
110 (124)
119 (133)
128 (114)
Penn
9-16
5-6
0-4
256 (248)
259 (244)
271 (268)
280 (267)
281 (231)
St. Joseph's
15-13
8-6
1-2
100 (97)
98 (96)
95 (94)
112 (101)
97 (86)
Temple
17-11
9-5
1-2
52 (43)
45 (36)
68 (57)
59 (42)
48 (41)
Villanova
23-6
11-5
4-0
22 (20)
15 (9)
17 (15)
19 (15)
39 (39)
Penn State
20-9
9-7
1-1
79 (67)
64 (61)
58 (54)
65 (62)
130 (84)


Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
6
0
135
23
1
0
159
68
5
0
170
36
0
0
179
76
0
3
189
112
1
1
188
72
0
2
244
68
1
2
199
133
0
5
194
150
0
5
275
195
0
5
295
151
0
11
243
197
0
9
241
232
0
10
190
185
0
14
230
209
0
10
253
165

Jonathan Tannenwald Sports Producer
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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.

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