While the latest figures from the Temple ticket people for Boca are around 3,000 sold through the school, sheer math shows there will be at least 100x as many Owl fans watching from far away either in the comfort of home or watch parties.
Since I’ve tried watching from home and the carpet became worn out from the pacing and the neighbors concerned about the yelling, I’ve found it a lot more enjoyable to watch with fellow Owl fans. That’s why the latest list of watch parties has me a little underwhelmed.
The main watch party in Philadelphia is at a place called Fox and Hound (15th and Spruce) and that’s where I watched the first half of the Temple vs. Houston game for the first AAC championship. I could not have gotten out of there fast enough.
The worst part of the experience is the ancient—and I do mean outdated—large screen TVs at the bar. There are about five of them, but the blurry quality of the picture is something out of the 1980s. That forces everyone away from the main bar and into the seating areas, where the HDTVs are great. The problem with that is Temple fans are split up into their own cliques and there is no interaction.
I hung in there until halftime, hailed a cab and got to Masters (Carlisle Street, Main Campus) just at the start of the second half. To me, that’s what a Temple watch party should be all about. Just like The Three Musketeers, there is an “all for one, one for all” atmosphere at that party. There are plenty of loud renditions of “T for Temple U” after scoring plays (thank you, Robby Anderson) and plenty of loud “Let’s Go Temple” cheers after every defensive stop.
If I had to script a Temple watch party, the two at Masters would be the ones I would recommend the most. I also understand there were great watch parties all season at Shorty’s Flatiron (66th and Madison, Manhattan) in NYC.
Last year, I attended a great one at The Field House in Center City for the Vandy game. Those of us who stayed until the 11 p.m. kickoff had a great time. One large screen HDTV, which we were all forced to watch, brought us all together in a lot of “Let’s Go Temple” cheers and “T for Temple U” singing.
There will be watch parties in LA, Chicago, D.C. and NYC and I hope all of you there will have that kind of experience. To those who will be in Boca, we want to hear a few loud “Let’s Go Temple” cheers through the television feed. (Sadly, I heard none from Houston.)
In a perfect world, the Owls would be playing a P5 team as a just reward for a terrific season. These were the cards they were dealt, though, and they deserve a big crowd of Temple supporters in Boca. For those who cannot make it, please consider supporting the Owls at a regional watch party.
If you’ve had a good (or bad) watch party experience, please list it in the comments below.