November 20, 1986 |
The Big 5 opens its 31st season tomorrow night, when Temple and Villanova, who have all but defected from the Palestra as their main base of operations, open play in the pre-season National Invitation Tournament. The Owls will visit Virginia, while Villanova, in its own duPont Pavilion, hosts Howard. The Palestra has been painted and remodeled, while the capacity has been reduced from 9,208 to 8,700. In celebration of the arena's 60th birthday, North Carolina, the preseason No. 1 pick in the nation, and Notre Dame - whose coach Digger Phelps has roots to the building - will come to visit on Jan. 3. Penn will play Notre Dame in the afternoon, and La Salle will play North Carolina in the evening.
November 28, 2013 |
Greg Louis rose into the air, his feet higher off the ground than at least two rows of the Palestra's maroon bleachers. Midway through the first half of Penn's 85-66 win over Niagara on Tuesday night, Louis blocked a shot by Purple Eagles guard Rayvon Harris. It was a booming rejection, one that sent the ball bounding off the Penn backboard as everyone on the Quakers' bench jumped to their feet. Coach Jerome Allen bolted from his seat and crouched low to the ground, celebrating the defensive play.
October 20, 1997 |
An hour before tip-off, there were maybe a dozen cars lined up to wedge their way into the infamous Palestra parking lot. A half-hour before the first American Basketball League game in Philadelphia, the legendary west lobby may not have been claustrophobic like it often was before a serious Big 5 game. But there wasn't all that much room to move, the lines for the will call and regular ticket windows snaking outside the doors. Just before the Philadelphia Rage and Atlanta Glory came on to the court for layup lines, maybe two dozen people were waiting in line for a chance to buy Rage paraphernalia - sweat shirts, hats, miniballs, programs.
January 17, 2014 |
YOU HAVE to wonder about any place that would have a picture of me hanging on one of its storied walls. A much younger picture of me. Just for doing my job. The truth is, I probably should have paid for the privilege. I didn't really know much about the soul of the Palestra until I started covering college basketball games there. You can only get so much as a kid watching on TV. But to be even a small part of it was totally my pleasure. And honor. I'm sure the many colleagues who share that piece of history with me would heartily concur.
November 30, 1988 |
Drexel beat St. Joseph's last season, for the first time since 1978. In fact, the Dragons thumped the Hawks, 81-64. But Drexel coach Eddie Burke thinks the score might have been a bit misleading. "We caught them at a real good time," Burke said. "The day before, they had beaten Villanova on a buzzer-beater, and I think they were still on that emotional high. Plus, (senior point guard Mike) Anderson just had one of those unbelievable games. So we had a lot of things going our way. " Drexel trails the series, 24-6 (the teams did not play for five seasons, beginning in 1982-83)
March 6, 1995 |
Each moment is special now. Whatever happens is happening for the last time. The five Penn seniors cut down the nets Friday night, celebrating their third consecutive Ivy League title after defeating Brown. There were no tears. Saturday night, the seniors said goodbye to the Palestra and the Palestra said goodbye to them. There were tears, from the star player, from the coach. Penn smashed Yale, 82-57, for its 42nd consecutive Ivy League win. For the Quakers (21-5 overall, 13-0 in the league)
September 14, 2011 |
LIKE JUST about every NBA player who doesn't know if and when the upcoming season will begin, Sacramento Kings star Tyreke Evans has busied himself preparing as if there will be in the near future. And just like many of his peers, he is no closer to knowing what's going on than the fans who pay to see him play. "People think that we know more because we're players, but we're just like them, we're clueless," Evans said yesterday at the Science and Discovery High School in his native Chester, where he was joining with VSP Vision Care to help provide free eye exams to students in need.
January 25, 2007 |
The Big Five will hold its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at 5:30 tonight at the Palestra. The late John McAdams, the longtime Big Five and Palestra public address announcer, will be honored. McAdams passed away in June 2005. Diana Caramanico, Penn's all-time leading scorer, will be enshrined, as will former La Salle star Jen Zenszer.
May 2, 2013 |
Commissioner Mike Aresco and some staffers of the newly named American Athletic Conference were in Philadelphia on Tuesday, stopping at member school Temple, then touring the Palestra, a possible site for the postseason conference basketball tournament. "We're definitely interested," Aresco said in a phone call from 30th Street Station after seeing the Palestra. "It's a revered place in college basketball. Given our druthers, we're looking for a smaller arena, more intimate, at least in the beginning.
June 10, 2011 |
Steve Bilsky knows the present Palestra scoreboards were not there 4 decades ago when he made that famous shot to beat Villanova, 32-30. He knows they were there when Penn played Notre Dame in the 1980s. And he knows they will be replaced by state-of-the-art, video-capable boards in time for next basketball season. Now, all the traditionalists need not fret too much. Bilsky, the Penn athletic director, promises there will be no clapping hands on the boards, no artificial noise.