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Brian Kotloff

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Kotloff | #LifeOfASportswriter

I also leave having swallowed my share of reality doses when it comes to my dream job. I like to label them with #LifeOfASportswriter.

May 10, 2012

Brian Kotloff | Batting .333 may be good for baseball, but not predictions

While I’ve spent the past several months in Witness Protection, now I’m being asked to revisit said predictions. In case anyone who read them needed a reminder of how awful they were.

April 25, 2012

Brian Kotloff | Last year’s lessons stick with Penn

Last year, everything the Quakers built during a trio of league wins crumbled to pieces in a nightmarish week. Penn believes this year will be different.

February 1, 2012

Penn basketball races past Princeton, 82-67

No Penn player has ever graduated without beating Princeton at the Palestra. In a 82-67 win Monday night, Quakers seniors Tyler Bernardini and Zack Rosen quickly made sure they didn’t become the first.

January 30, 2012

Tyler Bernardini and Miles Cartwright enjoy SoCal homecoming

To get a sense of how popular Penn guard Miles Cartwright is in Southern California, consider this: When the Quakers travel to Anaheim to play UCLA on Saturday, the sophomore ­— though wary of making a “huge assumption” — said, “I feel like there might be more Penn fans than UCLA fans.”

December 8, 2011

Penn defense takes out Delaware

After a shoddy five-game stretch that included four losses, the Penn basketball team got its mojo back at the Palestra Wednesday night.

December 7, 2011

Brian Kotloff | Outsmarting Harvard?

In a normal year, the mismatches would end once the Ivy League season begins in January, but Harvard boasts an extremely athletic squad this year.

November 28, 2011

Penn basketball loses to No. 16 Pittsburgh, 78-58

The Penn basketball team would need near flawless execution to beat a national power like No. 16 Pittsburgh. Friday night at the Palestra, the Quakers failed to play that perfect game.

November 25, 2011

Brian Kotloff | Penn's shining moment vanishes yet again

The message-sending win, whose shockwaves would resonate throughout the Big 5? Ruined. The Quakers’ hopes of finally completing the victory that would revive basketball on this campus? Vanished. For a collection of players so determined to mesh into an elite team, the game wasn’t supposed to end the way it did.

November 15, 2011

Penn basketball set to take on Big 5 heavyweight Temple

In the earliest Big 5 game in history, the Quakers will host the Owls’ season opener Monday night at the Palestra.

November 14, 2011

Cartwright and Jok's hoop dreams reach the City of Brotherly Love

One pair of brothers grew up in the prototypical basketball environment. The other rarely even encountered the sport in their home country. Yet both the Cartwrights and Joks found their callings in basketball, which has carried them to unforeseen heights.

November 11, 2011

Do you smell what Nawrocki's cookin'?

The Nawrocki brothers’ parents “discouraged” them from watching pro wrestling, Penn senior Luke recalls, but the boys always found ways around it. Soon enough, the whole family watched as Chris tried out for the WWE on the “Tough Enough” reality show.

November 10, 2011

Fran Dougherty, basketball's new big man on campus

The first thing teammates and coaches noticed about the new-and-improved Fran Dougherty was his body. Over the offseason, the timid, slight freshman has grown into a sturdy sophomore.

October 24, 2011

Yale quarterback Patrick Witt presents stiff test for Penn defense

Saturday at Franklin Field, Penn faces the unenviable task of defending top-notch Yale QB Patrick Witt, an NFL prospect.

October 21, 2011

M. Hoops receives big commitment from 6-foot-10 center

Even after Jerome Allen reeled in seven intriguing recruits, the glaring need for a legitimate big man remained. That changed Thursday.

September 30, 2011

Philadelphia ref shares Palestra spotlight with NBA stars

Though just as colorful off the court, Keith “Showtime” Saunders doesn’t view his own animated refereeing as a show at all — it’s just a second job.

September 27, 2011

Brian Kotloff | Palestra comes alive in spectacular showcase

Sunday night, Palestra folklore became reality, as NBA stars brought the magic back to the legendary arena.

September 26, 2011

Palestra set for Battle for I-95

DP’s resident NBA junkies debate what’s in store for Sunday’s NBA scrimmage, which features LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.

September 23, 2011

Villanova barrage downs Penn field hockey

The Wildcats outshot the Quakers, 18-6, over the course of the game.

September 22, 2011

Echoing 'The Voice' of Franklin Field

Saturday, for the first time in 51 years, it was not C.T. Alexander who held the position of Franklin Field’s public address announcer and the honor of relaying the game’s details to thousands of fans. It was the retired C.T.’s son, John.

September 22, 2011

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