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.