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Archive: November, 2008

Sunday night musings

Sunday, November 30, 2008, 8:01 PM
A few random thoughts while watching Georgetown blow Maryland's doors off... - Villanova made a serious statement in its 78-65 win over Rhode Island at the Palestra last night. I thought that Joe Juliano hit the point right out of the gate in his game recap: This was the kind of game Villanova needed... Read more

Game 4: Rhode Island vs. Villanova

Saturday, November 29, 2008, 8:36 PM
Greetings from the Palestra, which is as roasting hot as ever for tonight's championship game of the 2008 Philly Classic. Rhode Island put a serious scare into Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium at the beginning of the season, beat Virginia Commonwealth at home and took down Penn State here on 33rd Street... Read more

An overstuffed Spectacle of the Week

Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 9:22 PM
This long weekend is full of really big rivalry games, and I want to know what you think is the best one. Locally, there's senior day for Temple and Villanova's playoff game against Colgate. I can't go, but if you can, you should. It could be the last playoff football game in the region for a while... Read more

Game 3: Penn State at Penn

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 7:00 PM
Another Tuesday, another Schuylkill 16 matchup in University City. It's been six years since Penn State last played the school whose students insist on calling themselves Not Penn State, and the two programs have changed quite a bit since then. It's also the first of three games at the Palestra this... 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

Schuylkill 16 Poll Week 2: The less things change

Monday, November 24, 2008, 7:49 PM
Note: Voters were instructed to not include this afternoon's La Salle-Valparaiso and St. Joe's-Texas results when casting their ballots. As I look at the results of this week's poll, I can't help thinking that Villanova, Temple and St. Joe's are going to be the top three teams for a while to come. There... Read more

St. Joe's-Texas live blog

Monday, November 24, 2008, 2:55 PM
Here's a game recap with some photos, here's a box score and here will be a deeper box score at some point tonight when Basketball State's database gets the stats fed in. the game or not. We had a good time with the blog this afternoon. The next one will be tomorrow night for Penn State at Penn. The... Read more

A question for the morning

Monday, November 24, 2008, 12:39 AM
I'm debating whether I should do a live chat during the St. Joe's-Texas game. I'm not in Maui, obviously, but I'll be at my desk watching on TV. So there might be some play by play along with your questions on whatever you want to talk about. Thoughts? Read more

For history’s sake, if not for ours

Saturday, November 22, 2008, 9:48 PM
BOSTON - What are the elements of a great rivalry? Proximity often plays a big role. So do passionate fan bases. There’s usually some history too, and with the great rivalries in sports that history involves great success achieved at the direct expense of the other team. The Big 5 has all of... Read more

Saturday chat roon

Saturday, November 22, 2008, 12:10 PM
It's a big day for college football and a big weekend for college basketball. The floor is yours for questions, answers and predictions on all the big games. 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 Staff Writer
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