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Archive: October, 2008

Spectacle of the Week

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 3:37 PM
If last week's best spectacle was Phillies fans celebrating the National League pennant, then surely this week's winner is the DirecTV blimp that's been circling around Center City all day. Seriously, though, there are a lot of good choices in this week's poll. No. 1 James Madison at Villanova deserves... Read more

A Manhattan traffic jam - now with audio

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 5:41 PM
NEW YORK - Put yourself in Jay Wright’s fashionable shoes for a moment. A year after going to the Sweet 16, your Villanova squad brings back eight players who played in 30 or more games last season. Your frontcourt is relatively settled with Casiem Drummond back at full health, and your backcourt... Read more

The right way to crown a champion

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 8:48 PM
Considering how often I've written about Penn football and basketball on here, you've probably figured out by now that the Ivy League doesn't change its ways very much. There are a lot of things the Ancient Eight does that I disagree with, most notably its refusal to allow its football champion to... Read more

Crunchy Numbers

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 3:33 PM
Even though the World Series starts tomorrow night, today and tomorrow are going to be very busy days here on the blog. I spent this morning on the Ivy League men's basketball preseason conference call, and I'll be posting the recording of the call later today. Tomorrow morning, I'll be in New York... Read more

The strangest goal in Major League Soccer history?

Sunday, October 19, 2008, 5:01 PM
The Philadelphia area's college soccer programs made their first entry in Major League Soccer's odds and ends file four years ago, when Drexel's Jeff Parke was the Mr. Irrelevant of the 2004 SuperDraft. Last night, the Dragons' University City neighbors watched as a former Penn Quaker made MLS history... Read more

Saturday afternoon chat room

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 1:03 PM
Greetings once again from the Franklin Field press box. It's a gorgeous afternoon in University City, sunny and cool with a slight breeze blowing in from 33rd Street. I'm here to cover the Penn-Columbia football game, but there's plenty of other action going on across the country today. So come on in... Read more

Spectacle of the Week

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 8:05 PM
I bring you this week's poll knowing full well that nothing can compare to what the Phillies gave us last night. A shoutout to the hundreds of Drexel students who paraded down Market Street at around 1 a.m., cheering so loudly that I could hear them from my desk on the 35th floor of the office building... Read more

Lucky seven for Villanova?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 7:21 PM
I'm in a bit of a rush because I'm getting ready to host another Phillies game chat tonight, so I'm going to keep this short. One of the big talking points at today's local college football coaches luncheon was how Villanova will come out of its bye week at Rhode Island on Saturday. The Rams are 2-5... Read more

Crunchy Numbers

Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 8:39 PM
I realize I've been neglecting this thing lately, but the Phillies' romp through the playoffs has been taking up a lot of my time. I'll be able to get back to focusing on college sports over the next couple of weeks, including live coverage of Big East Men's Basketball Media Day at Madison Square Garden... Read more

Crunchy Numbers great and small

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 9:04 PM
Since I'm not going to be at the coaches' luncheon tomorrow, I figured I'd combine all of this week's local games into one post. We start with the big boys in Division I. If you've voted in the Spectacle of the Week poll, you know that Penn State-Wisconsin is pulling away from the rest of the field... 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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