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Crunchy Numbers

Penn State 38, Illinois 33

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 12:53 PM
Consider the box score from Penn State's 38-33 upset win in Champaign. (No, it is not a football box score, though it may resemble one in some ways.) Take it slowly, as you would a glass of red wine or maybe a plate full of brussels sprouts and asparagus. Be deliberate in considering all the numbers:... Read more

Bringing back the Best Player poll

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 5:58 PM
I got an email from the Inquirer sports editors this morning saying that they wanted to do a poll asking who the player of the year in the city is. As it turned out, their poll included the same candidates as the one that was here on the blog a few weeks ago. So the poll is back, and yes, the question... Read more

Introducing the Fantasy HORSE Invitational

Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 8:54 PM
NOTE: If you came here from Mike Miller's great Beyond the Arc blog at, we've moved on to later rounds in the tournament. Click here to find out about the latest round. Since we don't have any games tonight, let's try something a little different. Or the last few weeks, I've been kicking... Read more

Be careful what you wish for

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 9:49 PM
We start with a handful of great feature stories with ties to the to the local college scene that are worth your reading. First up, Mark Kram gets the back cover of the Daily News with a piece on the support network around stud Villanova recruit Dominic Cheek. It includes famed St. Anthony's coach Bobby... Read more

The last Football Crunchy Numbers of the season

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 4:08 PM
Before we start, congratulations are due to the Atlantic 10 for moving its men's basketball tournament championship game to CBS starting in 2010. Yes, that's the actual television network, not the cable channel that Comcast puts on some high-priced digital tier. The TV deal accompanies a significant... 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

Crunchy Numbers

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 9:45 PM
A few quick thoughts as the clock moves a lot faster than I want it to... - With Penn State out of the national title picture, it's time to root for BCS chaos. Imagine what would happen if Missouri won the Big 12, Oregon State the Pac-10, Cincinnati the Big East and Utah an automatic at-large bid. Think... Read more

This week's coaches luncheon and crunchy numbers

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 1:47 AM
I've been working at for just over two years now, and I'm pretty sure that these last few weeks have been the craziest of them all. It started at the beginning of October, when I crammed my way into the last available place to stand on the Phillies' playoff bandwagon. A good number of the... Read more

Quote of the Day, part 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 11:51 AM
"We hope that it's beneficial and sufficient for all of the coaches on their campuses." -- New Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade on the conference's decision to conduct its media day by a teleconference. That, and the fact that the second word I heard come out of the mouth of... 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
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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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