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Archive: August, 2009

Football season begins

Monday, August 31, 2009, 5:26 PM
I don't generally look forward to this time of year, to be honest with you. Those of you who know me well know that I'm not all that into professional football, and that I especially can't stand the suffocating hype that surrounds the NFL preseason. But as Michael Vick's exploits swallow up even... Read more

Usain Bolt does it again

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 6:57 PM
200 meters in 19.20 seconds. Seriously. And people said Michael Johnson's 19.32 would never be broken. But Usain Bolt clocked 19.30 last year, and now he's taken 1/10th of a second off his own world record. If you didn't see it live, here's the video: Read more

U.S. Soccer accepts Philadelphia's World Cup bid proposal

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 1:25 PM
The U.S. Soccer Federation whittled its list of potential World Cup cities from 38 down to 27 this afternoon, and Philadelphia made the cut. Among the notable markets that did not make it were Columbus, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Salt Lake City came as a surprise to me... Read more

Morning glory

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 1:24 PM
Let me start by stating that I work a night shift at So when word came that Temple and Villanova would be holding a press conference at 8:30 this morning at City Hall to promote their upcoming football game, I wasn't exactly pleased. But I’m not one of those sportswriters who believes... Read more

Villanova at Syracuse on College GameDay

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 3:52 PM
ESPN announced its slate of basketball College GameDay venues for the season, and the show will be at the Carrier Dome for Villanova's game against Syracuse on Feb. 27. Figure on it being another one of those ridiculously huge crowds where 35,000 people show up dressed head to toe in orange. But Villanova... Read more

Chaney, Massimino, Morris in Big 5 HOF class

Monday, August 17, 2009, 12:41 PM
Returning to college basketball a bit faster than I thought we would... The Big 5 just announced its 2010 Hall of Fame class, and it's a big one: John Chaney, Rollie Massimino and Speedy Morris. You knew they'd all be inducted at some point, but to have it happen in the same year is quite something... Read more

Photos and video of Usain Bolt's 100m world record

Sunday, August 16, 2009, 5:03 PM
You might have seen it a few hours ago, and kudos to NBC for actually showing it live. Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt set a new world record in the 100-meter sprint today, crossing the line in an astounding 9.58 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany. There was no easing up at... Read more

ESPN lands English Premier League broadcast rights

Saturday, August 15, 2009, 12:18 AM
For the record, the press release went out at 10:11 p.m. on a Friday night. ESPN has struck a deal with Fox Soccer International, which owns Fox Soccer Channel, to air 48 English Premier League soccer games on ESPN2 in the 2009-10 season. As in the season that starts in just over seven hours as I... Read more

New soccer stadium photos

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 7:17 PM
If you're bummed about the U.S. national soccer team's 2-1 loss to Mexico this afternoon at the Azteca, maybe this will cheer you up. The Philadelphia Union front office sent along a batch of new photos this afternoon of the soccer stadium under construction in Chester. If you look close enough you... Read more

Penn football picked 2nd in Ivy League preseason poll

Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 11:17 AM
The headline pretty well sums things up. I'm on a conference call with the league's coaches at the moment, and I'll be back later with quotes from Al Bagnoli and a link to the audio. Here's the full preseason poll: 1. Harvard, 129 points (10 first-place votes) 2. Penn, 117 points (4 first-place votes) 3... 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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