Brown’s punch recalls NCAA champ Klecko

Classic coach Hardin quote at the 1:19 mark.

If a day without Temple football is a day without sunshine, we’d have cloudy days about 353 days a year and no sunshine at least six days a week during the football season.
Still, today’s cloudy and rainy (and later, snowy) weather is a metaphor for how I’m feeling without Temple football on a Saturday in the fall.
It’s pretty gloomy, made all the more dull by the fact that I have to sit on the egg the Owls laid in Bowling Green last week for nine long days.
If I’m feeling this way, I can’t even imagine how hard it is for the kids who have to strap on the helmets at the E-O.
Steve Caputo’s father was fond of yelling out “THAT’S TEMPLE FOOTBALL RIGHT THERE”  in his booming voice a few rows behind me when someone made a big play over the last couple of years.

When you let a team hang on the ropes
 for this long, a lucky punch can beat you.
Photo courtesy of Toledo Blade.

Sadly, I don’t know what that was last week but that wasn’t Temple football right there.
Not even close.
There were moments, though, and Matty Brown’s punch (legal, of course) was one of the rare highlights of the day to me.
Heck, it might have been the highlight of the season if I didn’t have to associate it with a loss.
Brown combined a straight arm with a simultaneous punch of a BGSU defensive back and picked up an additional 12 yards during a long run that set up Bernard Pierce’s touchdown.
I haven’t seen a Temple player punch like that since Joe Klecko.
Many of you know who Joe Klecko was, a great All-American tackle at TU in the 1970s who later became the most famous member of the New York Jets’ sack exchange.
Not many of you, though, know that Klecko was the two-time NCAA heavyweight boxing champion in 1974 and 1975.
Yes, back then the NCAA offered boxing on a club level and Klecko took it up as something to do between the end of football season and spring practice.
He messed around and became NCAA champion. The fights were three rounds and Klecko had to wear head gear, but he knocked out everyone in a “field of 64” tournament on the way to the title. Klecko was unbeaten in the postseason, with his only two losses coming to a boxer named Bruce Blair during the regular season as he made the transition from football legs to boxing legs. His collegiate record was 25-2.

The NCAA no longer offers the sport, even on a club level.
I’ve got to believe, after seeing what I saw last Saturday, if the NCAA brings it back we’ve got a lightweight champion on our hands in the 5-7, 150-pound Brown.
I hope the entire team takes Brown’s fighting spirit back to Ohio on Wednesday night and comes away with a TKO.
After waiting this long to get back into the ring, they should be mad enough to throw their weight around. For guidance, all they have to do is look at the way Brown tosses his.
(Home team in CAPS; favorite with
points in parenthesis)
Central Michigan (8) 30, AKRON 14 _ I can’t believe a team that beat Northern Illinois is 2-6. Akron has no such impressive win.
WESTERN MICHIGAN (11 1/2) 24, Ball State 10 _ Number is a little high, but Western has beaten Bowling Green, 45-21, and lost to Illinois, 23-20. Loss last week to Eastern Michigan was a head-scratcher.
Bowling Green (4) 21, KENT STATE 13 _ I can’t believe this number is so low. Kent State’s 400 fans aren’t going to make enough noise to keep this any closer than a touchdown.
Buffalo 14, MIAMI of Ohio (5) 10 _ Upset special. Buffalo is trending upward. Miami only beat Kent State, 9-3, and then lost to Toledo, 49-28.
Rutgers is getting seven points against visiting West Virginia and should cover that; Louisville is giving three points to visiting Syracuse and should cover that; visiting Western Kentucky is getting six points at Louisiana-Monroe even though the Hilltoppers have won three straight so I like Western to come away with the upset there and cover.
Season (SU) 43-24; Season (ATS): 24-33.

8 thoughts on “Brown’s punch recalls NCAA champ Klecko

  1. I am feeling better today about TU's season after yesterday's Kent State upset of BGSU. At least Temple now controls their own destiny for the MAC East.

  2. Me, too.While they deserve a lot of respect for beating us the past two years, they don't deserve so much respect that we let them hang around for four quarters like we did to Bowling Green.Ohio is a team that lost to Ball State and Buffalo.We should beat them like the redheaded and blueheaded stepchild Ball State and Buffalo were. (And that's coming from a redhead who wasn't a stepchild … at least I don't think).

  3. That punch is great, but it's really just one in a long series of Matt Brown embarrassing much bigger defenders. He's done it this season, and he had some great ones last year too. He's small and he runs in a big 1st-round pick shadow, but I really hope he gets picked up somewhere in the draft. There's no good reason he shouldn't be able to make his living in football…even as just a special teams guy.

  4. Hope you're right, Mike. That second division loss cost us , the next 2 are going to be tough. Win out and get another shot at Toledo. Hopefully we should be ready for them. I'm tired ot getting to the end of the hall, The real prize is when you turn the corner,then your eyes will be wide open.Weds, Daz better have them ready or everyone will be switching to the CMAs

  5. Im not sure if my last comment went through, so Ill repost an aproximation of it:HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!. omg….So I just typed "chester stewart temple" into google hoping to find a story published today about how Daz thinks CS is a great kid, but that we needed to move on at the QB posistion when i found a story published by a certain mike gibson on some obscure blog on feb 5 2007 entitled "The curious case of chester stewart".Allow me to refresh you and everyone else:Temple offered a scholarship to this kid without ever looking at a video.Stewart finished his senior season with stats you wouldn't normally find being produced by a big-time prospect (1,076 yards, 17 TDs).In fact, Stewart attended a camp for quarterbacks last spring and Al Golden liked him enough to offer him a scholarship on the spot.The story, or so it goes, was that Golden looked on as Stewart completed 10 straight passes in a seven-on-seven (no pads, no rush) drill and offered him a scholarship on the spot.I usually like to see my quarterbacks in a real game with a real rush putting up real numbers, like Sto-Rox's Adam DiMichele (2,967 yards, 36 TDs his senior year) but I'm going to have to trust Golden on this one.Stewart accepted.Golden didn't look at not even one image of film.So clearly TFF can talk to us from the past; do u think u could talk to some IT guys and see if the opposite is possible?

  6. nope … i never saw the first post but this one is a good it I said I'd like to see the QB put up real numbers before being offered a Temple scholarship. CS's numbers were real …. real ordinary (and that's generous).Golden's QB problems were the result of Golden thinking he is smarter than he is. In other words, he'll see a QB like Vaughn Charlton throw 7 beautiful passes without a rush on a dime and say "I can make a QB out of this guy." VC was a completely different player under a rush in a REAL game, as sadly, CS proved to be.ADM said: "You want to rush me? Bring it on." And he delivered in REAL GAMES every time. You are going to get rushed in big-time college football today. There's a difference between a guy in a 7 on 7 drill and a gamer. We need a gamer. I think Gerardi is the closest to that we have now and Coyer is thisclose.

  7. I have only seen Coyer in mop up situations this season, and while he can run and handle the option what are his passing skills like. Since Gerardi is a jr. do you see him, Coyer or someone else as next years starter. Know I'm kind of jumping the gun here as we still have this season to wrap up.

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