Steven Jaffe

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Mixed results end Penn men's tennis' year

Over the weekend, Penn men’s tennis closed out its season with three matches over three days, losing to Columbia at home, and then beating Binghamton and losing to Cornell on the road.

Penn gymnastics finishes third at Ivy Classic

With a score of 190.15, the Quakers finished behind host Brown and Yale, but managed to edge out Cornell. After struggling to do so all season, the Red and Blue managed to top 190 for the third straight meet.

Jaffe | Allen unable to find Penn basketball's intangibles

I’d like to imagine a world where Penn coach Jerome Allen and Harvard coach Tommy Amaker switched jobs for the past two weeks, and then faced each other yesterday.

Talent wise, Harvard and Penn aren’t so different - the Crimson have the edge, but not one that explains 20 and 30-point wins.

Penn Gymnastics finishes second in home meet

Penn gymnastics celebrated Valentine’s Day with a little heart both on and off the mat.

On Sunday afternoon at Hutchinson Gymnasium, the Quakers scored a season-high 190.850 en route to a second-place finish in the “Think Pink” meet.

Penn gymnastics look to rebound after loss to Yale

Coming off an underwhelming performance in a loss to Yale last weekend, the Quakers will look to rebound this Saturday at the Ken Anderson Invitational hosted by Temple. The five-team invitational will feature Penn, Temple, Cornell, Ursinus and West Chester.

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    Scouting UTEP

    I didn't go out for Halloween last night. Instead, I sat home and analyzed two hours of film in preparation for the basketball team's opener against the UTEP Miners.

    Here's what I learned:

    The Miners possess an all-black starting five and a coach who wants to get them to play "white basketball." They wear their shorts really short, and the players are partial to Smokey Robinson.

    OK, so I didn't watch the most up-to-date game film.


    Get those tents ready. Duke's Krzyzewskivilles, if only for one day, are coming to Penn.

    The athletic department announced that for the Saturday, Jan.

    Anything but Uniform: Yale

    Hey Penn fans! Want to see a team that actually looks like Penn State?

    Well you'll get your chance tomorrow as Penn visits Yale, which looks like this at home.

    Aside from a few minor differences (Yale's actually more complex, with pants piping, shoulder logos, a slightly different number font, and a helmet with two stripes and a logo instead of a blank helmet with one stripe), the two teams are essentially the same, with the exact same color schemes and basic template.

    Columbia coach blows a gasket

    They were seven of the most unreal minutes of my sports-writing life. Following Penn's 16-0 win over Columbia yesterday, Lions coach Norries Wilson absolutely exploded at his post-game press conference, and it was a sight to be seen.

    Wilson was asked by a reporter from the Columbia Daily Spectator to discuss the inconsistency on offense.

    The state of recruiting

    In my estimation, there were four types of Fran Dunphy recruits: the local kid, the Jersey kid, the Cali kid and the miscellaneous.

    Eagle-like balance

    I was watching the Eagles-Cowboys game Sunday when the announcers pointed out that the Birds had a different leading receiver in each of its five games.

    Week 1, it was Donte' Stallworth against the Texans.

    Odds and ends from the Bucknell game

    Braden Lepisto's 140 receiving yards were the most for a Penn wideout since Oct. 2, 2004, when Dan Castles caught nine for 145 in Penn's 35-0 win over Dartmouth.

    Castles also had two other games that season with more than 130 yards receiving...

    It was a tough call for the play of the game between Joe Sandberg and Joe Sandberg.

    We went with his 41-yard touchdown run, on which he found a hole, sprinted downfield toward the left sideline, juked a defender, got a big block from Josh Koontz and reached the end zone.

    But we could have easily gone with Sandberg's play in the closing seconds of the second quarter.

    Anything but Uniform: Bucknell

    Penn has its final non-conference game tomorrow in Lewisburg, Pa, against Syracuse Bucknell, whose home uniforms look (a lot like the Orange's) like this.

    This uniform is a more "modern" version of the Bison's previous duds, which Penn saw two years ago. (Notice a field goal actually being made here)

    I like the change, especially the disapperance of the orange stripes on the pants which looked pretty obnoxious.

    Anything but Uniform: Dartmouth

    Penn starts the Ivy League season this weekend with Dartmouth -- the team with arguably the most interesting uniforms in the league and the most recent changes.

    As recently as 2001, the Big Green wore this. I know it's hard to see, but you can see the following attributes -- sleeve stripes, white pants, black socks, "normal" varsity block numerals.

    in 2002, it was the same design, which was made by Wilson.

    In 2003, the Big Green switched to Reebok, with this at home, and this on the road in 2004.The big difference is the addition of black, which when it's paired with green together, looks awful.

    Then, under new coach Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth switched to Nike in 2005, and all green look.

    Welcome to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision!

    Remember when Penn was just a Division I football program?

    Life was sure simple then.

    Then the Quakers moved to Division I-AA when that division was created in 1978.

    But after 28 years, the leaders of the I-AA schools have had enough of being what they called "second-class citizens".

    So in typical bureaucratese, the NCAA has decided to reclassify I-A and I-AA.

    Penn 2006-07 vs. Princeton 2004-05

    It's a comparison that Penn fans hope never becomes reality. But this basketball off-season has already been filled with three or four distractions that makes me worry about the team's chances in the upcoming season.

    First there was Temple's unusually drawn-out courtship of former coach Fran Dunphy.

    Globalization part 2

    I just got back from Center City, where Philadelphia Mayor John Street held a press conference with members of the United States Olympic Committee touting the city's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    As far as projecting an image of this city goes, they could not have picked a better backdrop: the heart of LOVE Park, a tree-lined Ben Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art on an overcast but warm spring afternoon.

    One in, one out

    Nothing gets a college sports fan excited like the NCAA Tournament selection show. OK, so maybe the NCAA tennis selection show isn't quite as exciting as its basketball counterpart in March, but for Penn fans, there was some genuine interest.

    One man picked, again

    For the second year in a row, the Ivy League had exactly one man picked in the NFL Draft. Last year, Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went in the seventh and final round to St.

    Hogs finally get one

    Arkansas had been on a bit of a drought, you could say. The Razorbacks went home empty from last year's Penn Relays, and they were on the verge of doing the same this year.

    Day three begins

    It's the start of the final day of the 112th Penn Relays, and people are jamming into the stands early to see all the big races.

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