Articles by david bernstein

05/15/09 5:00am

Bernstein | How an old-school recorder can teach valuable life lessons

This just doesn't feel quite right. These senior columns are supposed to fit in with the whole graduation motif - you know, moving onto bigger and better things, reflecting on our time spent in the best damned windowless office on campus. It's our way of saying thanks to the paper, and the paper's way of thanking us.
04/23/09 5:00am
It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of comeback. And truth be told, it very well could have happened twice in one day. Down 10-0 going in to the seventh and final inning of its opener against Lehigh yesterday, Penn looked to be done for. The Quakers were being no-hit by Cory Kent and Jordan Warncke, and only one runner had reached base.
04/20/09 5:00am

Baseball | Almost doesn't count

In what has been a season of close losses, disheartening Ivy weekends and unfulfilled expectations, Penn baseball had one last chance to salvage a shot at the Gehrig Division with two doubleheaders against Princeton this weekend. But by the time the Quakers notched a win in the last of their four-game set, it was too late.
04/10/09 5:00am
The Quakers will have plenty to think about on their lengthy bus trip up to Ithaca, N.Y. this weekend. As they trudge northward on the way to a pair of doubleheaders against Cornell, they will no doubt be wondering how they can lift themselves from the rut they are in - the one that has seen them fall to 0-8 in the Ivy League.
04/06/09 5:00am

Baseball | Bulldogs and Bears bully Penn pitching

The hole just keeps getting deeper for the baseball team. After dropping doubleheaders on the road to Brown and Yale this weekend, Penn has lost nine games in a row and remains winless in the Ivy League. Coach John Cole and the team did not make themselves available for comment.
03/31/09 5:00am
It's almost hard to take him seriously, this skinny fellow in pink and turquoise spandex. He is shirtless, his hair is spiked with gel and he boldly claims to hail from "the projects of Neverland Ranch." But in the South Philly venue known simply as "The Arena" - a hotbed of that blue-collar, indulgent but damn-if-it-ain't-entertaining art form known as professional wrestling - the man called Pinkie Sanchez takes a tone that belies his flamboyant persona.
03/27/09 5:00am

Baseball | Penn lineup looks to feast on Ivy League

Penn baseball's early-season play has been one of mixed success. The young guys have played beyond their years, but the lack of veterans has sometimes been apparent. The starting pitching has been rock-solid, but the bullpen has been erratic. The defense was shaky early on, but it has started to come around.
03/23/09 5:00am
At its best, Penn baseball is a team with hitters who can knock the ball out of the park and pitchers with special stuff. At their worst, the Quakers are an immature team prone to inconsistency at the plate and on the mound. During its first four-game series of the season, both sides showed up.
03/19/09 5:00am
Welcome to college baseball, boys. Shortstop Derek Vigoa and pitcher Chris McNulty have officially been collegiate athletes for under a month, but they played beyond their years yesterday, leading Penn to an 11-6 win over Temple in Ambler, Pa. Vigoa went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI bunt single, keeping the Quakers' offensive outburst rolling.
03/17/09 5:00am
By DAVID BERNSTEIN Senior Staff Writer A year ago, on Penn's spring break trip to Florida, Jeremy Maas was learning the ropes as a rookie pitcher. He was getting on-the-job experience, adjusting to the speed of the college game and trying to win a spot in the Quakers' rotation.
03/04/09 5:00am

M. Hoops Notebook | Injuries, surgeries mount for Penn

Penn fans have said all season that sophomore Tyler Bernardini has looked out of sorts compared with his freshman campaign. This weekend may have been the first time they were unequivocally correct. The sharpshooting guard suffered a concussion early in the second half of Saturday's contest against Brown at the Palestra, and is "real questionable" for this weekend's games against Cornell and Columbia, according to coach Glen Miller.
03/02/09 5:00am
It wasn't hard to guess what Yale's approach was going to be when it came to the Palestra Friday. A team with a host of competent big men and without much of a perimeter game, the Bulldogs were going to go inside all night. But few could have predicted just how thoroughly they would batter Penn down low - Yale outrebounded the Quakers by seven, outscored them in the paint by six and sent the Red and Blue home with its fifth consecutive Ivy loss at home, coming out on top, 87-79.
02/25/09 5:00am
Jeff Cellucci has got to feel old. It isn't the harsh reality of graduating from college that's making Penn's senior catcher feel less youthful. He's not freaking out about turning 22 next week, either. And although his knees might ache after a doubleheader or a long bullpen session, it's not that his body is giving out on him.
02/20/09 5:00am
When Dartmouth takes the floor at the Palestra tonight, try to pay close attention. Look nice and hard at the Quakers when they're on defense, and you'll notice something. They might be looking out for their man, but keep your eyes locked on theirs, and you'll see that their peripheral vision is entirely focused on one guy.
02/16/09 5:00am
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 14 - The magic surrounding Penn basketball hasn't been what it once was. But as a youthful team that has dealt with more than its fair share of struggles and setbacks, the Quakers will settle for a slightly humbler existence - one as world-class escape artists.
02/16/09 5:00am

M. Hoops | Gaines leads 'gutsy' win

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 14 - The magic surrounding Penn basketball hasn't been what it once was. But as a youthful team that has dealt with more than its fair share of struggles and setbacks, the Quakers will settle for a slightly humbler existence - one as world-class escape artists.
02/13/09 5:00am

Sports Update | M. Hoops completes weekend sweep with win over Yale

After beating Brown by 21 Friday, the Quakers went into New Haven, Conn., and hung tough for their third Ivy League win, 68-63, over Yale. Harrison Gaines was everywhere in the first half, racking up 14 points and four boards, two of which came on the offensive end on one possession that resulted in two made free throws.
02/12/09 5:00am
In a conference where dominant big men are scarce and big-time athletes are scarcer, consistent jump-shooting becomes all but a necessity. But it's no secret that Penn has been deficient from the perimeter over the past two seasons, and this year's Ivy League campaign has started no differently.
02/09/09 5:00am
Penn knows that against certain teams, being physically overmatched is all but guaranteed. With schools like North Carolina and Villanova on their schedule, the Quakers are certain to get pushed around from time to time. One time it is never supposed to happen, however, is against another Ivy League team.
02/03/09 5:00am
Let's start out with a couple of riddles. What has thousands of wings but has never flown once?
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