The Sports Bar has taken on a new meaning in American culture, particularly in the past 20 years.
Walk into any one and there are a number of games in different sport on at any time.
Tonight, because of a perfect storm, most of the TVs in every sports bar in America—and some non-sports ones—will be tuned into the Temple football game and I can think of no better time to establish the Temple football brand as a tough and exciting one across the nation than tonight.
For all of the evidence you need, just fast-forward the “guide” section of your TV listings to 9 p.m. tonight. Hit “sports” and this is what shows up:
Women’s World Cup Soccer Qualifying Pre-game Show. Err, no.
PGA Tour Golf. Hey, it’s night time. Who can see what’s happening?
Winchester Legends. Bob heads south of the border to Sonora, Mexico to see Desert Big Horn Sheep. Rather watch sheep watching grass grow than that.
Temple vs. Houston. ESPNU, 9 p.m. Channel 853, Comcast, ESPNU.
Yeah, that’s the ticket.
For a Temple fan who has had to beg, plead and endure laughter for many years walking into sports bars all across America while asking for the Temple football game to be put on one TV, this is like dying and going to Heaven—without the dying part.
Now is the best time to change people’s long-held perceptions and misconceptions about Temple football. Let’s hope the ‘][‘ travels well tonight.