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Archive: January, 2009

What Jack Said, What Jack Meant

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 10:54 PM
(With apologies to Eagletarian for stealing the title of one of its regular features.) "They got a first-hand glimpse of what it's like to play in the Ivy League. And the next lesson is what it's like to play in a back-to-back. We don't have much time to celebrate the victory. We've got to worry... Read more

Game 14: Penn 66, Harvard 60

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 2:10 PM
SOMEWHERE IN MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND OR CONNECTICUT -- In other words, I'm on a train back to Philadelphia after covering Penn's hard-fought 66-60 win over Harvard last night for the Inquirer. Those of you who've read this blog for a long time know that I occasionally cover Quakers road football... Read more

'Nova gets the big one

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 9:54 PM
That's more like it. We've known for a while now that although Villanova didn't have any real blemishes on its record coming into tonight's game at the Spectrum, it didn't have a really big win either. And deep down, that 0-4 record against teams ranked in the Top 25 was troubling. Not troubling enough... Read more

2009 Big 5 Hall of Fame class announced

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 4:37 PM
I'd been wondering for a while when this year's Big 5 Hall of Fame class would be announced, and now we have the answer. This year's inductees are former Penn star Jerome Allen, Curt Fromal of La Salle and Susan Moran of St. Joe's. Most of you have probably heard of Allen, who is widely regarded to... 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

Schuylkill 16 Week 11: Jumping in at the deep end

Monday, January 26, 2009, 9:45 PM
Before we get to this week's numbers, a few news items... - Remember to vote in the poll asking which City Six school has the best fans. - Awful Announcing provides this week's schedule of televised college basketball games, highlighted by Dick Vitale's trip to Duke-Wake Forest on Wednesday. Start... Read more

Which school has the best fans?

Sunday, January 25, 2009, 8:00 PM
NOTE: I got the name of the writer who asked Phil Martelli about Villanova fans wrong. See below for the correction. If you listened to the post-game press conferences from last night, it probably didn't take you too long to figure out that I might have a bit more to say about Phil Martelli's remarks... Read more

Game 13: St. Joseph's 80, Penn 68

Saturday, January 24, 2009, 6:48 PM
You never know for sure, do you? You think you do. You look at the teams and you figure St. Joe's has the talent and the athleticism and Penn has been struggling, and in particular when it comes to the front court just can't match up. And you figure, after watching the Quakers play Villanova and... Read more

Who's best in the Big 5?

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 10:33 PM
My post last night generated a great debate in the comments about who the best player in the Big 5 is this season. So with Temple's game against Saint Louis literally the only sporting contest in town tonight, I figured I'd keep the debate going by asking all of you to cast your vote. Naturally, the... Read more


Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 9:41 PM
I have to admit that I've thought for much of the season that Connecticut is overrated. I'm certainly not sure the Huskies are the third-best team in the entire country. But my goodness, were those some spectacular blocks by Hasheem Thabeet in the final minute of Villanova's 89-83 loss in Hartford tonight... 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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