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'Temple is as good as Virginia'

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 12:42 AM
This would have come earlier, but I've been working on Phillies stuff all night. It happens. As we start to look towards the weekend, the big game in town is definitely Villanova's showdown with William and Mary. The teams rank Nos. 2 and 5 in the SportsNetwork Top 25 respectively, and both have beaten... Read more

Crunchy Numbers Week 4: Déja vu at Penn?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 8:40 PM
Okay, let's see here. We have on our hands a local I-AA football team that played at Franklin Field on Sept. 19, employs a spread-option offense and is using two quarterbacks at the moment. Yes, that description now applies to Penn as well as Villanova. I wasn't in Easton this past weekend for the... Read more

Spectacle of the Week and Top 10 Chart

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 9:21 PM
There aren't too many blockbuster games this weekend, but the ones we do have should be worth watching. Obviously, a lot of folks around here will be paying attention to Iowa at Penn State. But the games I think will be best are Cal at Oregon and Miami at Virginia Tech. All four teams would make big... Read more

Miles away from a sleepless night

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 7:41 PM
I said I’d be back with my thoughts on today’s Philadelphia Union news, and here I am. This could take a while, but I hope you’ll stick with me. Let’s start with the announcement that the Union’s home opener will be played at Lincoln Financial Field. I suspect it will... Read more

Football and futbol

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 2:45 PM
We start today with some bad news and some good news. Let's get the bad news out of the way first. I was told at this afternoon's local football coaches luncheon that Dan Staffieri, known to Penn fans as "Coach Lake," is not in good health. This is why he was not at the Villanova game Saturday... Read more

Crunchy Numbers Week 3: Iowa favored at Penn State?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 10:07 PM
Before we get to the stats, here are a few things worth reading today. First, as it's Tuesday, that means there's a new Forde-Yard Dash. Second, check out this long piece by Andy Katz about how college basketball recruiters are using social networking websites to go around coaches in order to contact... Read more

Independence draft five more players

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 8:58 PM
Construction in all its forms continues for the region's soccer teams. We had the news last week about the Union's stadium situation, and prior to that there was the Independence's expansion draft. Now comes another event on the women's side, as the Independence picked up five new players in an international... Read more

More on the NCAA Tournament announcement

Monday, September 21, 2009, 6:45 PM
The Daily News posted word earlier today that Philadelphia will host first- and second-round games in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. I figure I should post the full list of announced cities, since you might be wondering. Today's announcement included venues for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Tournaments... Read more

One-on-one with Jerome Allen

Friday, September 18, 2009, 7:18 AM
You all know that I've been covering Penn basketball for a while now. Of the many great names whose pictures adorn the walls of the Palestra, the Quaker who has always interested me more than any other has been Jerome Allen. I never saw him play in person. I've seen highlight clips here and there... Read more

Spectacle of the Week and Top 10 Chart

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 8:34 PM
Arguably the two best games this Saturday will take place at the same time: USC at Washington and Florida at Tennesse. Both games will kick off at 3:30 p.m., the former on ABC and the latter on CBS. USC-Washington is one of three ABC regional telecasts in that timeslot, and according to the coverage... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com'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 jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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