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The Schuylkill 16 2010-11: Week 1

Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 9:00 AM
It did not take long for the voting to become a head-to-head contest for the top spot between Villanova and Temple. All of the No. 1 votes cast this week went to the Wildcats or the Owls, and they were spread out pretty evenly. One quick note before we get to the rankings: I'll be at the Pavilion... Read more

The Schuylkill 16 2010-11: Preseason Rankings

Friday, November 12, 2010, 10:22 AM
Although the college basketball season officially started on Tuesday, tonight is the unofficial opening night for the game in the region. Five of the City Six teams are in action, and of the Schuylkill 16: City Six Games Seton Hall at Temple, 7:00 p.m. (no TV or radio) Columbia at La Salle, 7:00... Read more

Dunphy talks defense at Temple media day

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 3:53 AM
For Fran Dunphy the message is simple: ranking means nothing. He knows his Owls will need to follow Lavoy Allen's defensive lead to win a game in the NCAA tournament. My colleague Dave Isaac reports from Temple's men's basketball media day at the Liacouras Center in the video below. Read more

This season's City Series doubleheaders

Monday, November 8, 2010, 4:40 PM
The 2010-11 college basketball season has officially arrived. The very first game is Rhode Island at Pittsburgh in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. In honor of the occasion, I've put together a couple of items for us to talk about. The first is this season's schedule of... Read more

Paterno's quest highlights local football slate

Saturday, November 6, 2010, 7:59 AM
I wasn't able to get to the local college football coaches' luncheon this week, so I don't have any anecdotes or great storylines to share about today's games. The biggest story is well-known to all of you anyway: Joe Paterno's quest for his 400th career win as Penn State hosts Northwestern. Here... Read more

Time to get ready for basketball season

Monday, November 1, 2010, 6:15 AM
Because today is the first of November, and that means something around here. - Kyle Whelliston, on this morning Yes, it really is November. I'm not sure I can believe it myself, but it's true. The leaves have turned, the wind is brisk, and the time has come for us to reconvene after... Read more

The Heisman Trophy comes to Philadelphia

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 9:38 AM
This is a relatively minor item as things go, but I thought it would be an unusual way to start off this week's local college football preview post. The Heisman Trophy Trust is in town today to present the Penn athletic department with one of the eponymous pieces of hardware. It is in honor of the... Read more

'Nova football to make Big East decision in December

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:25 PM
We have spent a fair amount of time this season talking on here and elsewhere about Villanova's potential move to the Big East for football. I don't think it's sticking my neck out there too much to say that much of the conversation has been based a lot more on speculation than fact. Here's something... Read more

Spotlight on Stewart and Szczur

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 7:00 AM
The last time I wrote about Chester Stewart on here, I got roasted for the particular choice of word I used to describe his poor play. Well, I've heard that same word used by a few friends who are Temple alumni and Owls fans over the last few weeks. So this time, I'm going to let you choose the adjective... Read more

Sagarin predictions for today's games

Saturday, October 9, 2010, 7:00 AM
It's a relatively quiet weekend on the local college football scene, as none of the region's Division I teams are playing at home. Temple is at Northern Illinois, Penn is at Bucknell, and Villanova has a bye week. The closest Division I-A home games to us are Penn State's homecoming clash with Illinois... 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.

Reach Jonathan at or 215-854-2330.

Jonathan Tannenwald
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