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Archive: December, 2008

Schuylkill 16 Poll Week 5: Giving a hoot

Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 12:07 AM
Look! We finally have fan photos in the gallery! Send in more and you might just see yours here too. Three weeks ago, I wrote in this space that I thought Villanova, Temple and St. Joe's were "going to be the top three teams for a while to come." It took only one poll for Penn State to prove... Read more

The buzzer-beater of the year?

Monday, December 15, 2008, 11:19 PM
It was such a great shot that it requires four - yes, four - YouTube videos to do it justice. The first is of the shot. The second, via Awful Announcing, is of the shot and the buildup to it. The third, via Kyle Whelliston, is footage of the shot taken from the floor by a Syracuse TV station. And the... Read more

No poll results tonight

Monday, December 15, 2008, 8:34 PM
This week's Schuylkill 16 poll results will not be published until tomorrow because not enough people voted. Which is too bad, because we might actually have a competition this week. But I don't know for sure, because I didn't bother tallying the point totals. Granted, one of our voters has spent the... Read more

Game 9: Villanova 70, La Salle 59

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 6:57 PM
So much for what I think. When I got here, I had a hunch that Villanova might struggle tonight because of the long week it's had. It was close early, but it didn't last. After La Salle took an 18-16 lead with 10:08 left in the first half, the Wildcats launched a 20-1 run over the next six minutes of... Read more

Game 8: Temple 88, Tennessee 72 - now with audio

Saturday, December 13, 2008, 11:50 AM
UPDATE: I've added audio of the postgame press conferences to the bottom of the post. There's also a bonus track of no small consequence: an interview I did with ESPN bracketologist and St. Joe's radio analyst Joe Lunardi at halftime this afternoon. We talk about the Atlantic 10, the Big East and whether... Read more

Villanova 59, St. Joe's 56

Thursday, December 11, 2008, 7:42 PM
Let's start out by saying that the Big 5 as a whole benefitted from this game. Yes, Villanova won it, and St. Joe's couldn't seal the deal on what would likely have been the Atlantic 10's biggest win since Xavier beat Memphis in Puerto Rico. But the last few Holy Wars have been blowouts, and the Wildcats'... Read more

Game 7: Villanova vs. Texas

Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 9:29 PM
NEW YORK - It's arguably the biggest non-conference game of the entire season for any City Six school: the No. 12-ranked Wildcats against the No. 6-ranked Longhorns at Madison Square Garden. Can the Wildcats prove their doubters wrong and make it nine straight wins to start the season? Time to find... Read more

Game 6: West Virginia vs. Davidson

Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 6:50 PM
NEW YORK -- I have to admit that I've never been that big a fan of Madison Square Garden. I get that it's the World's Most Famous Arena and all that, and I don't question the history in this place. But to borrow a phrase from one of this place's sporting neighbors, I don't really buy into the "mystique... Read more

Dick Vitale and the South Street Bridge

Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 10:53 AM
SOMEWHERE IN NEW JERSEY -- Strange as it may seem, the two entities above have something in common. They are both topics of discussion in this blog post. (Rimshot.) Okay, so really, they have nothing to do with each other. But while I have a few spare moments I figured I'd deal with a few odds and... Read more

Schuylkill 16 Poll Week 4: A middle-class fight

Monday, December 8, 2008, 8:55 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I feel like this wasn't a great week for the local schools. There's something about St. Joe's losing to Creighton, Temple losing to Miami of Ohio and Rutgers falling to Binghamton - all at home - that doesn't quite sit right. That Binghamton-Rutgers game particularly stands out... Read more
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