A hip-hop video at the Palestra and Franklin Field?

It's not every day that you see a hip-hop music video shot at the Palestra and Franklin Field, but that's where much of the video for OCD: Moosh & Twist's "This High" was filmed.

Moosh & Twist are both Philly natives whose video for the song "City Kids" has gotten nearly 1.5 million YouTube views who recently performed at the Roots Picnic alongside Wiz Khalifa and Nas.

An empty Frank has never sounded so fly.



Liveblog — Penn football vs. Harvard

In the penultimate game of the year, Penn football (4-4, 4-1 Ivy) will host Harvard (7-1, 4-1) in its final home game of the year at Franklin Field. The winner of the game will win at least a share of the Ivy League title. Sports Editor Mike Wisniewski and football writers Ethan Alter and John Phillips bring you the action live:

Reliving Penn-Harvard 1982: Miracle on 33rd Street

We've been saying all week how this weekend's Penn-Harvard match at Franklin Field is the de facto Ivy League title game: Whichever team wins will clinch at least a share of the championship and have a chance to win it outright next week.

Back in 1982, the two teams met at Franklin Field in the same situation with 4-1 records in the league. The Quakers jumped out to a commanding 20-0 lead, but the Crimson stormed back with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull ahead, 21-20.

In the game's final drive, Penn quarterback Gary Vura drove the Red and Blue to the Harvard 21, good enough to set up a 38-yard field goal with three seconds left. Against the win, the kick was no good. But as Crimson players celebrated their supposed victory, a flag was thrown for running into the kicker.

Placekicker Dave Shulman had another chance, and this time he nailed it, handing Penn its first Ivy League championship in 23 years. Highlights of the game can be seen here, with legendary Philadelphia Eagles broadcaster Merrill Reese providing the play-by-play:

This Week on 33rd Street: Nov. 9, Part II

In this week's football segment, I sit down with Associate Sports Ed. Kenny Kasper to talk Penn football. The Quakers upset Princeton on the road, 28-21, a week ago, and have set themselves up for a de facto championship game Saturday against No. 25 Harvard at Franklin Field (see preview). The Crimson rank near the top of the Ancient Eight in almost every category, so what will the Red and Blue need to do to come out on top?

Turn Back the Clock: Nov. 7, 1953

A Comeback Falls Short against Notre Dame, 28-20
November 7, 1953

You don’t hear about the Quakers playing Notre Dame much these days ... or at all.

In 1953, however, Penn football was still big time, and they came very close to taking down the Fighting Irish.

But it was also a fighting effort for the Red and Blue.

That year, Penn played teams such as Michigan, Army and Ohio State, which included wins against Penn State, Navy and Vanderbilt.

As part of this extremely tough schedule, the Quakers scheduled No. 1 Notre Dame at Franklin Field.

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This Week on 33rd Street: Oct. 26

The slow starts offensively and inability to stop opposing passers finally caught up to Penn football last Saturday, when the team dropped its first Ivy contest to Yale, 27-13, in New Haven (see story). The Quakers will have a chance to redeem themselves this Homecoming weekend against Brown at Franklin Field, but can they? Senior Sports Editor Megan Soisson and football writer Karl Bagherzadeh give you their take:

This Week on 33rd Street: Oct. 19

The team needed all 60 minutes, but Penn football escaped last Saturday with a 24-20 win over Columbia at Franklin Field (see story). All three of the Quakers' touchdowns came in the second half. On this week's edition, I sit down with Associate Sports Editor Mike Tony to discuss Penn's slow starts and preview the next game at Yale:

Penn Sports Plus: Alan Schwarz

Last week I talked to New York Times sportswriter and Penn alum Alan Schwarz (C’ 90) about how he helped save the toast toss at Penn. In 1988, Schwarz and three of his friends smuggled 3,000 slices of toast into Franklin Field for a September football game. A column written by Schwarz ran in The Daily Pennsylvanian on the Thursday before the game encouraging students to join them in their smuggling spree. According to Schwarz, Penn Athletics not only didn’t provide toast for students but security guards confiscated any toast that students brought on their own.

Fortunately there’s plenty of fascinating excerpts left over from our conversation for this week’s edition of Penn Sports Plus.

On Penn Athletics’ policy on the toast toss in 1988:

 They told us it was a health hazard and it was not safe.  It would be disingenuous to say that throwing toast is not at its very core littering.  Of course it is.  I think the burden of proof is on the student to justify said littering.  I believe that that can be very easily done, but it’s not unreasonable for the athletic department to begin from the default setting that throwing things in the stands, up to and including food items, is not preferable.  In this case, it is.  But it was clearly not only benign but important to the community.  So the benefits outweighed the costs.

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Turn Back the Clock: Oct. 17, 1936

Penn Football shuts out Princeton, 7-0
October 17, 1936

60 years after their first meeting, Penn shut out Princeton in a one-touchdown matchup.

This solo touchdown was achieved on a 57-yard punt return by team captain Lew Elverson, a member of the mid to late-1930's single-wing "Destiny Backfield."

The night before the game, there was a rally in the Quad, where the players pumped up the huge crowd that had gathered, according to E. Craig Sweeten (W'37) in a Penn Gazette interview.

Many years later the football alums from the class of 1937 presented the game ball, which read the final game score, in addition to other game and team memorabilia for a display on the fifth floor of Van Pelt.

Though Princeton was held scoreless in this mid-October matchup, the Tigers came close to catching the Quakers on multiple occasions.

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This Week on 33rd Street: Oct. 12

Penn football enters its Ivy home opener against Columbia coming off a tough weekend during which it fell, 34-28, to William & Mary (see story) and also likely lost fifth-year senior WR Joe Holder for the season to a broken fibula. This week, I sat down with football beat writer Anna Strong and Associate Sports Editor Allison Bart to discuss if it's worth it for the Quakers to play such a tough non-league schedule: