Last donation: Heriberto S., McDonough, GA, 4/24/23 (thanks, Heriberto!!) Two on 4/14/23 (thanks to Joe F. and Ross M. ); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. 2/18/23 (thanks, Tom!!!)Ed P., Yardley, Pa. (1/9/23; thanks, Ed,) Lawrence S., West Chester, Pa., 12/28/22, our first contribution in over a month (thanks Larry, this will help in having to replace the printer we purchased in the summer that went on the fritz); Bob C., Chadds Ford, Pa., 11/27/22 (thanks Bob, our first contribution since September) Ed P., Perkasie, Pa. who donated 9/24/22 at the UMass game and Ed and I both remember and love Pennridge coach Wayne Helman; Joe S. (Delaware County), 9/3/22 (thanks Joe, hope to see you at Lafayette or RU); James G. (thanks James and for all the great posts you make on this site),, 7/29/22: Matt P. (former Al Golden player, thank you Matt for the generous donation it will be put to good use as we will explain in Monday’s post), 6/9/22; Matt F., Horsham, Pa. (thanks, Matt!!), June 6, 2022; David, B., Milton, DE (thanks, Dave), April 11, 2022: Andy B., Philadelphia, Pa. (our first donation of 2022, thanks Andy), March 3, 2022; Ed P., Yardley, Pa. 12/25/21 (thanks, Ed for the Christmas donation); Matt F., no hometown found (“a celebratory donation for Carey’s firing”), 11/30/21 thanks, Matt; Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio, 11/29/21 (thanks, Jon for the donation and the great comments on this site); James G., Royersford, Pa. 11/28/21 (thanks, Jim, for the donations and your comments on the website); Anonymous (no home town given but donation really appreciated), 11/20/2021; Roger D., Rehoboth Beach,, Del., 10/24/21; Joe S., Drexel Hill, Pa. 10/3/21 (thanks, Joe) At the BC game (9/18), John from Landenburg (thanks, John for being a great friend of this site for so many years); Three Aug. 21 donations: Eric A (former player), Atlanta, Ga; Anonymous (by request), Cincinnati, Oh; Tim R., Buffalo, N.Y. (sincere thanks to all); David N., Silver Springs, Md (thanks Dave) 7/10/21; former Temple player Matt P., who lives in Columbus, GA now (thanks Matt) 7/9/21; Joe F., Philadelphia (4/7/11, thanks Joe) Matt F., Horsham, Pa., 3/27/21 (thanks, Matt); Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio (1/31/21, thanks Jon) Ed P.,, Yardley, Pa. (thanks, Ed, much appredicated), 1/16/21; Mitchell S. , 12/21/20, our first contribution since (10/8) earlier, Former Owl Bruce G., Flourtown, Pa, who generously donated $100 in “honor” of the Ambler guy 10/8/20; (if they hate you in Ambler, we love you in Flortown,” BG says). Thanks, BG, we appreciate it; Earlier: James G., Philadelphia (7/21/20, thanks James) Robert B., Philadelphia (7/13/20, thanks, Bob, hope to see you at the tailgates again this fall); Previous: Jon E. from Cincinnati 6/15/20, our first donation this calendar year (thanks, Jon); Earlier, John from Landenberg; Kurt B., Wyomissing Hills, PA (former Temple player, 10-15-19) Earlier: David B. , Springfield, PA (9/26/19 … thanks, Dave!) also John from Landenberg (9/21/19); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. (8/22/19, thanks Tom!! Also, 10 days earlier, Bob. C and Joe S. and, on June 26, first bowl MVP Mark B.
Earlier: Matt F., Philadelphia; Matt P. (former Temple player) John from Landenberg and Jon E. from Cincinnati
Jay M. no hometown found ; Earlier: William B. Chicago; John from Landenberg, ; Mark B, South Jersey, Joe S, Springfield, PA…,
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There’s at least 4 Thursday/Friday night games on the schedule. I don’t think one a year is a bad idea, just to switch things up and I understand the need for some exposure, but don’t you just wish they play games on a Saturday and be done with that?
Dictated by the Power 5. If you are a P5 school, you get on national TV on Saturdays. If you are one of us, G5, you get told what day to play. It’s their world and we’re just living in it.
Have a “turn back the clock day.” Start a game at 1:00.
Like Thursday-Friday games because I then can get work done on the computer while watching all of the games on TV Saturday.
“You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please most of the people most of the time. A lot of people love to complain all of the time. Some people never complain, but they’re all Packer and Patriot fans.” A, Lincoln
on the field unprecedented success the last two years and home attendance is still woeful.., now what?
Marketing 101 – 404.., University gets an ‘F’ in all four courses
stop failing and hire a professional marketing firm to figure out the best way to tap the Greater Philadelphia market and put more butts in the seats!!!!
kj: I’ve always said if the college FB program wanting to go big time in Phila had “P” on the helmet rather than a “T,” it would be a lot different. Money would flow to the athletic department to make a successful program happen. Alumni presence would be high for a season or two but after that, unless there is on field success/progress, that would fizzle.
But in reality, between DC and Boston, there really is no college FB program that captures the interest of the general public, BC included. Syracuse is not in the I-95 corridor. Neither is Penn State. It’s a desert for the game in the east. People who have relocated to the area bring with them their interest for their alma mater and will attend games if that team is in the area. Otherwise, they stay home and watch them on ESPN or Fox.
In that regard, a marketing effort that can sell seats in NY, Phila, Baltimore, or DC would be worthy of an award from Congress.
Here’s the progression:
They don’t win. Why go?
They win, but don’t play anyone. Why go?
They play good teams, but don’t win. Why go?
They play good teams and win some. Gets them nowhere, why go?
They play good teams, win a lot, but still aren’t relevant. Why go?
In other words, a lot of inertia and excuses to be overcome. Local media buy-in would be a big help to mainstream the program. Until the papers put the program on the front page, above the fold of the sports section and TV stations provide half the coverage they give the Eagles, it won’t change. Temple FB has to become a 365 day subject to bring people to it.
The mission impossible theme is to get that to happen.
sad but true analysis…, the current path is not sustainable. the current and predicted return on investment is increased debt.
option one, double-down and make a 3-5 year giant push for P5 acceptance (big risk and big reward); option two, continue the status quo and increase debt (strong pressure on university financials); option three, decrease spending, reduce debt, and play at a lower tier (most sustainable)
Good points. Only exception is that state wide media needs to buy into the football program and help build the Temple brand. Newspapers such as the Allentown Morning Call, Harrisburg Patriot News, Scranton Times Tribune, Reading Eagle barely cover the Owls. Ditto with the news stations in these markets . The program should start football caravans into PA markets others than Philly or Pittsburgh. Stop wasting time visiting the NJ shore. Maybe get a media buyer involved, to place billboards on PA turnpike including extensions, I81, I80, I78, I84 etc.
We’ve all talked about the “whys” of not being able to move the program further along: bad luck, bad decisions overall, Philly being a pro sports town, moderate funding and fan support at best, etc. Personally I think the moderate to poor fan support (for whatever the reasons) is the biggest problem – Temple just doesn’t have that rah, rah kind of student body and alumns. Other schools that have had start-up football programs have gotten to bowl games within just a few years. Heck, Temple couldn’t even retain their baseball, men’s track&field and gymnastics teams when they wanted to move the football program ahead. So, to me, it is what it is at Temple and that’s why I say the AAC is just right for the Owls at this time. If an invite for a P5 comes along, take it while the taking is good, but don’t expect a lot of winning to come with it – not right now anyway.
Jon: I agree with what you say. Temple students and alumni don’t have the rah rah spirit. Of the 8 season tickets I have and another 6 that a friend has, none of the people that are part of those groups are TU alums. Yes, if a P5 conference invitation came along, grab it. But realistically it ain’t going to happen. In a previous comment to a prior TFF article, I commented that I understand there’s about 9,000 season tickets sold including partial plans. I asked if anyone has any better info and no one responded. So, again, assuming that’s close to correct, forget about a P5 conference. If and when that ticket buying base gets to 25,000 (minimum), then you can start thinking about a P5 conference. Until then, the AAC is it for TU.