PHOTOS: Athletes Bare All in Calendar to Save Temple’s Men’s Gymnastics Program

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Photo courtesy of Michael Thomas.

Here’s something to warm you in all the right places on this cold, snowy day: On Saturday, alumni of the Temple University Men’s Gymnastics team — including out member Dashiell Sears — got together for a steamy calendar shoot to save the school’s gymnastics program, which the Board of Trustees voted to cut in December.

Behind-the-scenes shots after the jump

At Temple, Collateral Damage in the Fight Against College Sexual Violence

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Praise Martin-Oguike

Last week, President Obama made a big splashy show of announcing the formation of a task force to fight the “epidemic” of sexual violence on college campuses. He dragged out all the leaky old statistics that activists have been tossing around for years even though they fly in the face of common sense. (Would any father let his daughter attend a school where one in five female students actually got raped?)

There’s no doubt this is a touchy topic. There’s no doubt too many women have their lives ruined by sexual assault. But in the rush to protect them from the stampede of frothing male attackers, there’s collateral damage. The tale of Praise Martin-Oguike at Temple is proof of that.

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Super Bowl Facts: You Know What They Say About Quarterbacks With Big Hands…

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Quick: What body part’s size is most vital to a pro quarterback’s success?

Um, gee. I dunno. Height, maybe?

Uh-uh. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is just five-foot-11, and he’s playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Try again.

Hmm. Could it be … head circumference? Quarterbacks have to be smart, right?

You must be kidding me. Ever hear of Donovan McNabb? Okay, let me help. Here’s a quote from former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn that appeared in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. You fill in the blank:

“Russell Wilson’s _______ are a God thing — something you couldn’t even design.”

Er. Do cojones count? Read more »

Tom Gola is Dead

Philly basketball legend Tom Gola has died at the age of 81. He took La Salle to an NCAA championship in 1954 and the Philadelphia Warriors to an NBA championship during his rookie season. He is  one of just two men to ever win an NCAA, NIT and NBA title.

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St. Joe’s Basketball in Limbo: The Hawk Will Never Die?

Nov 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Saint Joseph's Hawks mascot. The Hawk, during the second half against the LSU Tigers at ESPN Wide World of Sports. LSU Tigers defeated the Saint Joseph's Hawks 82-65. Photo | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

You see them at St. Joe’s hoops games: old-guard fans who go by names like Owen, Ernie and Dr. Ed. Rich the CPA. The Twins. Hilf and T. They remember John Smith’s last-second game-winning layup against top-ranked DePaul in the 1981 NCAA tournament. The great ’85-’86 campaign, when Saint Joseph’s went 26-6. And, of course, Jameer Nelson and the magical 2003-’04 run to an undefeated regular season, a number-one ranking, and a trip to the Elite Eight.
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