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Archive: November, 2008

The Anti-Spectacle of the Week

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 7:14 PM
So the Readership Survey voting turnout was really low. Temple won the poll for the first time ever, tallying 112 votes out of 479 votes cast. In honor of my being annoyed at the low turnout, I'm doing something different for this week's Spectacle of the Week poll. There are a lot of famous rivalry... Read more

Back to football for a moment

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 10:00 PM
(Remember to vote in the Readership Survey and send in your photos from games you attend. The Readership Survey will close tomorrow night, even though the vote total isn't going to come anywhere close to last year's and I'm not all that happy about it.) Today was the last local college football luncheon... Read more

Drexel's win and Bruiser's plea

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 7:16 PM
(Remember to vote in the Readership Survey and send in your photos from games you attend.) Pop quiz: Which team this morning shot a higher field goal percentage and three-point percentage, had a far superior assist-to-turnover ratio, got more points in the paint and fast break points and had a higher... Read more

Game 2: Penn at Drexel

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 10:00 AM
Good morning from the DAC. The excitement is building as the sellout crowd makes its way inside from the freezing cold and ESPN's cameras get ready to broadcast today's Penn-Drexel game nationwide. It's the 21st meeting between the two schools, and Penn leads the series 15-5. But it's the first time... Read more

Schuylkill 16 Poll Week 1: 'Nova still on top

Monday, November 17, 2008, 7:52 PM
No surprises at the top of this week's poll: Villanova, Temple and St. Joe's are still 1, 2 and 3. I was a bit surprised, though, to see the Wildcats extend their lead over the Owls from 19 to 21 points even though both teams got lower (i.e. better) scores than last week. (Remember, teams get one point... Read more

Opening night wrap-up

Saturday, November 15, 2008, 12:51 AM
St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli admitted that his team was "nervous" when it practiced at the Wachovia Center for the first time on Thursday night. Those nerves carried over into tonight's game against Rider, a 69-57 win that was far from a work of art. The teams combined for 61 missed shots... Read more

Game 1: Rider vs. Saint Joseph's

Friday, November 14, 2008, 7:04 PM
Greetings from the Wachovia Center, where we're just moments away from the unofficial opening game of the Big 5 season. It's fitting that we begin here, because in just over five months we'll end here with the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. With that, off we go for our first live blog of the... Read more

The third almost-annual Readership Survey

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 10:12 PM
Since there aren't any really big college football games this weekend, I figured now would be a good time to bring back the Readership Survey. I last did this a year ago, also on the eve of a new college basketball season. Villanova won that poll with 777 votes out of a total of 2,357 ballots cast.... Read more

Introducing the Schuylkill 16

Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 9:38 PM
Last week, I hatched an idea for a reader poll-based ranking of the men's basketball programs in our region. Tonight I can report that said idea has broken out of its egg and taken flight. Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Schuylkill 16. Each week, a panel of voters will come together to rank... Read more

Bracketology and this week's football luncheon

Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 8:01 PM
This blog's most famous reader (at least as far as I know), Joe Lunardi, published a season-opening edition of Bracketology this afternoon. Two Big 5 teams, Temple and Villanova, are in the field of 65, while St. Joe's is the seventh team out. (Maryland, for the Gary Williams observers among you out... 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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