Why Temple Football Forever?
I’m asked that question wherever I go and the reason is as simple as the genesis for this website.
When Temple was seriously considering dropping football in 2004, I wrote letters to each one of the 17 members of the Board of Trustees who were on the “committee to consider the future of Temple football.” I wrote that the football team was the front porch of the school and, without it, there would be no facade to the university. I asked them to consider what happened to NYU after they dropped football or the expense that Villanova had to make to bring back football after they dropped it. I told them about tailgating and the thousands of Temple fans who enjoy it every Saturday and mentioned a football game is the largest single gathering of Temple alumni every year and to think about that for a second.
I included photographs and stories on great Temple victories from the past and the positive advertising this was for the school. I wanted a permanent place to park this kind of history so, when the school voted 9-8 to keep Temple Football “Forever” (as one of the committee members stated), I thought that might be a nice name for my new blog. Soon afterward, the school announced it would join the Mid-American Conference (MAC). At the end of that press conference, I got up from my folding chair, turned to my friend, Sal, and said, “Temple Football now and Temple Football Forever.”
I had the name of my blog and started typing that afternoon. I haven’t stopped typing since. There have been great moments, like getting positive mentions in both The New York Times and USA Today and Deadspin. We were awarded “Best New Blog” of 2006 and “Best Non-BCS Blog” of 2007 by the College Football Bloggers Association. The most important award, though, is the approval of Temple fans like you through your generous donations via paypal. We’re the PBS of blogs. Since WordPress.com doesn’t allow ads, we exist SOLELY through contributions of, as PBS says, “viewers like you.” So please consider clicking the donate button today.
We’re the only place I know of on the internet that talks Temple football exclusively. I am frustrated by the lack/quality of Temple football coverage in the Philly papers and want a place for Temple fans to come to every day to read important issues affecting Temple football.
A little bit about myself: I won a first-place prize from Best Sports Series, newspaper division, all circulation categories, from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association (PNPA) and a third-place from the Associated Press Sports Editors Association (APSE) for Best Feature Story. I currently write news and sports features for a suburban weekly newspaper group and am the Phillies beat writer for Rantsports.com on the side.