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Archive: November, 2009

TCU's turn in the spotlight

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6:11 PM
As another college football weekend looms, I'm loading up the latest Spectacle of the Week poll with a bumper crop of choices. College GameDay is at TCU, where the Horned Frogs will welcome Utah in a battle of Top 25 teams. It's one of two games between ranked programs, though I honestly don't think... Read more

'Sometimes you'd rather be lucky than good'

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 9:37 PM
You knew Villanova coach Andy Talley would talk about the Wildcats' win at Richmond during this afternoon's local college football coaches luncheon. But as happens every once in a while, Talley took a moment to step away from the football field. You may recall that a few weeks ago, I noted that Talley... Read more

St. Joe's an 'afterthought?'

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 10:04 PM
Saint Joseph's held its men's basketball media day this afternoon on Hawk Hill, and as you would expect, there was a big cluster of reporters gathered around Phil Martelli from the very start. The first few minutes of converstation were about Hagan Arena, the sparkling new edition of what used to... Read more

Crunchy Numbers Week 10: Heading towards history?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 9:35 PM
Let's start tonight by setting out the agenda for the rest of the week. After going to the football coaches' luncheon tomorrow, and I'll post the Spectacle of the Week poll and Top 10 chart on Thursday this week. On Friday, you'll get the season's first edition of the Schuylkill 16 rankings. Then... Read more

Previewing Temple basketball

Monday, November 9, 2009, 7:15 PM
Temple held its men's basketball media day today, and I hopped on the Broad Street Line to pay a visit to Fran Dunphy and company. (We pause here for dramatic effect, as I wasn't sure I'd be able to say that as of last night. If you had 12:05 a.m. this morning in the SEPTA strike pool, congratulations... Read more

The Schuylkill 16 returns

Monday, November 9, 2009, 2:02 PM
I'm headed to Temple basketball media day, but I wanted to get this out there before then. The Schuylkill 16 is coming back this season, and I'm looking for new voters to join the existing group. If you are interested, email me and I'll get you set up. Read more

Temple football gets more votes in AP poll

Sunday, November 8, 2009, 8:47 PM
(With a correction from the original version.) Every once in a while I wonder whether anyone actually reads this blog. This weekend really made me think about it. First, I was out Saturday night and some guy came up to me and said he recognized me and really likes the blog. I don't remember his name... Read more

How Temple made the AP football poll

Friday, November 6, 2009, 12:28 AM
I had originally planned to put this post together before the Temple-Miami game, but I had too much other stuff to do. So this comes to you after Temple just barely survived the RedHawks by a 34-32 margin. When Miami took the lead with 2:36 to play, it looked like this whole thing would be moot. But... Read more

Andy Talley takes it personally

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 5:41 AM
I know a lot of people are still smarting from the Phillies' loss last night. But the great thing about sports is that we can always find something to talk about, so let's give it a try. Villanova coach Andy Talley led off the list of speakers at yesterday's local college football coaches' luncheon... Read more

Crunchy Numbers Week 9: Pryor restraint

Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 9:24 PM
There are two big games this week. Penn State hosts a rather underwhelming Ohio State team, with much of the talk centered on Terrelle Pryor's first game at Beaver Stadium with the Buckeyes. At the same time, Villanova travels to FCS No. 1-ranked Richmond in the CAA's game of the year. We can talk... 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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