Another Friend of Temple Football Passes

Stan Hochman wrote some of his best columns about Temple football.

Stan Hochman wrote some of his best columns about Temple football.

While the other guys I played basketball with on the sloped courts at my grade school in Northeast Philadelphia had Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Richie—yes, we called him Richie then—Allen for boyhood heroes, I had guys like Sandy Grady, Frank Dolson and Stan Hochman.

They would talk about the great catches or the long home runs. I would talk about the turning of a phrase or a strong take on an issue.

Stan writing about his Wayne Hardin column. and wishing he could have kept the stories Wayne told about the Continental Football League champion Philadelphia Bulldogs in the column.

Stan writing about his Wayne Hardin column. and wishing he could have kept the stories Wayne told about the Continental Football League champion Philadelphia Bulldogs in the column.

Now, with Stanley’s passing at the age of 86, I have not only lost a hero but someone I got to know as a friend and someone who was a friend of Temple football.  Of the three great Philly sports columnists, only Stan was a friend of Temple football. (The other two guys pretty much wanted the school to drop the sport.) Stan always felt there was room for a big-time college team in the city and wanted Temple to thrive, particularly at the box office.

As an active and credentialed (if that means anything) sportswriter with the Doylestown Intelligencer and Philadelphia Inquirer, I got to know Stan because he was one of the few guys who would show up with me in a largely empty press box at Veterans Stadium to cover some Temple games. Stan wrote some of his best stuff on Temple football, lately writing about a guy (appropriately enough named Doolittle) who was working on a never released movie about Temple football fans and later about Wayne Hardin’s attempt to fill the stadium for an Al Golden-Era Temple game. As always, Stan’s emails were full of wit and I thought it was an extra good day when I got one.

Related:

http://articles.philly.com/2007-08-21/sports/24995401_1_temple-campus-wayne-hardin-navy

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2002&dat=19971116&id=Xe1fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=I7YFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5562,3515204&hl=en

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9 thoughts on “Another Friend of Temple Football Passes

  1. Nice column Mike. His writing was always professional and interesting. Your remark about Dolson is right on and his bias against TU football continues to this day at the Inky. His allegiance was with Penn and he wrote several stories excusing their football futility in the late seventies and early eighties and yet had no time for TU even as it at the time was fielding competitive teams. .

    • Frank wanted us to drop football and Ray Didinger, a Temple grad who I like very much, said as recently as 2010 on the radio that he would like to see Temple drop to what is now the FCS level. If teams like Northern Illinois and Louisiana-Lafayette can be successful at the FBS level, so should Temple.

  2. Saw some encouraging things at the scrimmage; not a single quick out or empty backfield. they used an H back and full back often, and there was an emphasis on the running game. The wind played havoc with the passing game but the freshman from Connecticut, who’s running the second team, looked really good. PJ made some nice passes. Heard that Satterfield is no longer running the offense. I was also impressed by the coaches who were all over kids who made mistakes and were involved for the entire practice. Defense looked solid and the Ali kid is second team and was returning kick offs. On the downside, there were several unforced off sides by the linemen.

    • Great news about the H back. We saw a lot of it in the spring when Coyer shifted from quarterback, almost none of it during the season when they used Coyer mostly as a tight end. I hope the commitment to the H back as a fullback carries over to the season. When you have a questionable offensive line, you need to load up with as many blockers as possible at the point of attack. Love that Ali is returning kickoffs. Temple has got to make that and punt returns game-changing plays, like when James Dixon and Delano Green played.

  3. R.I.P Stan

    Philly Legend

  4. As I’ve been saying, watching the season unfold is the only way we’ll really know the direction(s) Rhule is taking the strategies for the team, especially the O. But the report from Belli sounds like what we all want to hear and see happen. Maybe Rhule was just giving Satterfield plenty (too much) of leeway (uh, rope?) “to hang himself.” Thing is, trying to actually win should be the top priority, not being nicey, nicey with the staff. At least 6 wins is now (finally) something to start with and if these changes do go into the season we’ll see a nice season develop. Let’s hope so.

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