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Barcelona's ears and Calipari's eyes

Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 11:45 PM
Did you get any work done this afternoon? At the very least, I bet you were less productive than you usually are. Literally hundreds of millions of people around the world watched today's titanic Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United, and judging from Twitter and the rest... Read more

Expanding the franchise

Monday, May 11, 2009, 2:09 PM
They came with a string band. Seriously. We were all standing at Dilworth Plaza wondering when the press conference to officially introduce Philadelphia Union would start. Then, all of a sudden, a few hundred Sons of Ben came marching out from City Hall, belting out "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf... Read more

Dos a cero

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 12:53 AM
Lots of results flying around tonight: La Salle over GW at Tom Gola, Drexel upsetting Northeastern in Boston, Dayton routing Xavier at home, Connecticut blowing out Syracuse in Storrs, and North Carolina exploding past Duke in the second half for a 101-87 triumph. It was the first time in 457 games... Read more

Name Philadelphia's MLS team

Monday, January 19, 2009, 2:19 PM
Taking a diversion to soccer for a moment... I've been asked many times what I think the name of Philadelphia's forthcoming Major League Soccer team should be. Honestly, what has mattered to me the most over time is that the city has a team, not that it has any particular name. But now, you all have... Read more

The strangest goal in Major League Soccer history?

Sunday, October 19, 2008, 5:01 PM
The Philadelphia area's college soccer programs made their first entry in Major League Soccer's odds and ends file four years ago, when Drexel's Jeff Parke was the Mr. Irrelevant of the 2004 SuperDraft. Last night, the Dragons' University City neighbors watched as a former Penn Quaker made MLS history... Read more

The Sons of Ben make their Linc debut

Sunday, September 14, 2008, 11:50 AM
You know how people say hockey goaltenders are just a different breed from other players? Well, soccer fans are a different breed from other sports fans. Okay, that might be overstating things a little bit. But it was great to see the Sons of Ben make their first official appearance at Lincoln Financial... Read more

U.S.-Ireland postgame video

Sunday, September 14, 2008, 4:11 AM
Here's the recap of the United States' 2-0 win over Ireland from Inquirer staff writer Kate Fagan. And here's what coach Pia Sundhage, midfielder Carli Lloyd, defender Heather Mitts, goalkeeper Hope Solo and forwards Natasha Kai and Heather O'Reilly had to say about the win: Read more

U.S.-Ireland liveblog

Saturday, September 13, 2008, 7:13 PM
It's a Saturday night and there's football at Lincoln Financial Field. Join me for live coverage of the United States women's national team's first game since the Olympics. And feel free to share your thoughts about soccer, college football or or whatever else is on your mind sports-wise in the chat... Read more

Does the name Heather Mitts ring a bell?

Saturday, September 13, 2008, 1:10 AM
Surely you've heard of Heather Mitts. You know, the former Philadelphia Charge defender. Longtime starter for the U.S. women's national team, though she did miss last year's Women's World Cup because of an ACL injury. She's famous for something else, too, but I forget what it is... Oh, right. She's... Read more

Carli Lloyd's homecoming

Saturday, September 13, 2008, 12:47 AM
Carli Lloyd has gotten plenty of attention in her hometown of Delran, N.J., since coming home from the Olympics with a gold medal around her neck. Tonight, she gets another big prize: a night under the bright lights of Lincoln Financial Field as the U.S. women's national soccer team visits Philadelphia... 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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