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Sometimes hate comes in many forms but, in the case of Mark Packer and Philadelphia college teams, it seems to be hereditary.
Out of the blue, on his national radio show, Packer said this on Tuesday: “I usually do not say things like this, but Notre Dame is absolutely going to take Temple to the woodshed.” If that sounded familiar to Philadelphia fans, it was something similar to what his more famous father, Billy Packer, said about another magical run unbeaten by a Philadelphia college team over a decade ago when he said St. Joseph’s did not deserve its NCAA No. 1 seed in basketball.
The comment caused Hawks’ coach Phil Martelli to say that the elder Packer can kiss a certain part of the coach’s anatomy. Now that the younger Packer has basically said something similar about Temple’s football team, Temple football coach Matt Rhule has not responded. He is less confrontational than the excitable Martelli, plus he has bigger fish to fry on Saturday in an 8 p.m. showdown with the No. 9 Fighting Irish (ABC).
The old saying is “Haters gonna hate” and, when it comes to Philadelphia and its college teams, the Packers seem to be a special types of haters. Packer never said anything about Notre Dame taking 2-5 Virginia to the woodshed before that game but, for some reason, taking a 7-0 and No. 21Temple team to the woodshed deserved mentioning.
With Temple’s newfound success comes new hate and Packer is not the only media member to spew it so far. ESPN’s Danny Kanell said the Owls have “zero chance” and his partner, Joey Galloway, used the words “no chance” against the Irish. The Power 5 talking heads must be nervous about this one but they have gone out of their way to dismiss Temple out of hand.
If the Owls somehow pull off the upset, making haters such as Packers eat their words will be an especially sweet byproduct.