Since this game happened, I've been trying to figure out the best way to convey how much fun
it was to be in the Palestra on Saturday afternoon watching Penn and Drexel battle it out for bragging rights over ... a few blocks in West Philadelphia (as you may know, the two universities essentially share a border - 33rd Street - hence the title). This video
by Drexel's student section is pretty indicative of what I mean. (If you're a fan of Spy vs. Spy, don't miss it.) Or I thought I might tell you that I didn't even mind that I drove all the way from Maryland without my season tickets. Only about 5,000 people paid to see this game once, and I happily paid twice! When it comes to fun, I think pictures are better than words, so let's do this slideshow style, but without the annoying clicking and ads:
Lots of Drexel students in attendance, creating a (dare I say it?) Big Five-esque atmosphere:
The student section of the winning team gets a trophy and, apparently, a street sign:
At halftime, we had Quick Change! Will the Quakers ever rock this particular combo?
The rollouts weren't that noteworthy in this game, but I did spend a few minutes contemplating this Drexel student's sign, which said "TROLLED" on the other side. Nope, I don't really get it either.
A sunny afternoon in the Palestra always gives you that cathedral feeling.
This is Bruiser Flint while getting
Mostly, though, check out the looks on the faces of the Drexel players. They're ready!
Even though Drexel was missing one of its key guards, and unfortunately would lose another to injury during the game, I wasn't sure the Quakers would keep it close. But they came back from a seven-point second half deficit to have a chance at the win in the last 30 seconds of the game. Miles Cartwright wasn't able to score, so the Fighting Whellistons won this edition of the BATTLE, but really - when you're having this much fun, who cares?