Just finished watching the “Local on the Eights” on The Weather Channel and they say there’s a 30 percent chance of rain tomorrow in Philadelphia.
Then I paged down the remote listings and noticed there’s a special on ESPNU tonight (7:30) on American Athletic Conference (AAU) football.
I think I’ll pass.
I’m no forecaster, but I will go out on a limb as saying there’s 100 percent chance that Temple football gets no respect on that show.
In fact, that really should be the football team’s theme this year:
The Dallas Cowboys might be America’s Team, but this year at least The Temple Owls are Rodney Dangerfield’s team.
Coming home from the Maryland game in 2011, the movie on the fan bus was an appropriate one: Dangerfield’s Caddyshack.
In between gasps from some of the older women sitting behind me at the topless girls in the movie (“this is a Bill Bradshaw-approved video” Gerard McMahon announced), I thought that was a perfect way to end the day.
Temple got no respect going into the Maryland game – heck the Owls even got razzed by the Maryland players in the pre-game warmup – and plenty of respect coming out. It is both my sincere hope and belief that the Owls will get the same kind of respect by November of this season they earned in a 38-7 win at Maryland that wonderful afternoon two years ago.
The same goes for all of the “prognosticators” this year, from Athlon Sports to Phil Steele to ESPNU.
Can’t blame them entirely. All THEY know is that Temple has a new coach, a new quarterback and a new running back and went 4-7 last season. WE know that all are significant upgrades, with the POSSIBLE exception of the RB position (even though I think Zaire Williams in the second coming of Bernard Pierce).
People on the outside of the program don’t know as much as we do, but I like the way the pieces are falling together for this team, especially the position changes, the upgrades in the passing game, the pass rush and the defensive and offensive line and secondaries. One guy just did a Temple preview for SI and predicted the Owls would win one in the conference and three overall. Wish I could find him and take some of that action right now.
Sure, I’d like to see them give Temple some good props tonight but they really don’t know.
They will by November, though.
Beat Notre Dame and they will in less than 10 days.
Meanwhile, I think I’ll watch TWC between 7:30-8 tonight instead.