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'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

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

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

Temple football gets a vote in AP, coaches polls

Sunday, November 1, 2009, 8:01 PM
I'll be totally honest with you: I have no idea when this last happened. But it happened today for the first time I can remember, so here it is; Temple got a vote in the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Top 25 football polls. Yes, really. The AP vote was cast by Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette in... Read more

Live blog: Penn at Brown football

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 12:28 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Greetings from an unseasonably warm Brown Stadium, where as you can see the fall foliage is out in full splendor. Before I get to today's game, be sure to check out Joe Juliano's College Football Report. It has the full rundown of all today's big games. Regardless of what level... Read more

College football quackery

Friday, October 30, 2009, 12:51 PM
GREENWICH, Conn. - I'm en route to Providence for the Penn-Brown game at the moment, and I know I owe you a blog post heading into the weekend. So here it is. For yet another week, there aren't many great college football games this Saturday. I wasn't going to do a Spectacle of the Week poll initially... Read more

Anyone have a spare field?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 9:50 PM
One of the oldest cliches in journalism is that you aren't supposed to write ledes about the weather. Well, excuse me for doing it this time. After everyone played in the monsoons on Saturday, Delaware Valley and Ursinus both found themselves flooded out of their practice fields this week. As you'll... 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.

Jonathan Tannenwald
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