Temple’s Super Bowl?


By this 1969 playoff bowl between Dallas and Minny, fans and everyone else lost interest.

Back in the day, they used to have this thing in the NFL called the “Runner-Up” Bowl.

If you are a certain age—folks under 40 probably have never heard of it—it was either an interesting diversion or the most meaningless game at the end of the season.

If the “Runner-Up” Bowl existed, we’d be watching the Minnesota Vikings take on the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, maybe instead of a Pro Bowl that is also outdated. In 1967, near the end of this 1960s invention of the Runner-Up Bowl (officially called the Playoff Bowl), the Eagles lost to the then Baltimore Colts, 20-14, before 58,084 fans in Miami.

Two years later, it was over.

I thought about that while watching the Philadelphia Eagles play in the Super Bowl last night.

My second favorite team in all of sports was getting a chance at being the best in the world.

What about my favorite sports team, The Temple Football Owls?

Do they have the same shot at being the best college football team in the world?

No, and it’s not even close.

The system is so skewed against Group of Five teams it is not even funny.

If the best UCF does in an unbeaten season is No. 7 in the country, the system is stacked against the Group of Five teams so much that it should be illegal.

If Temple is set up for, in Geoff Collins’ words, a “ridiculous” season in 2018, the best the Owls can hope for is college football’s version of the runner-up bowl.

Realistically, the best Temple can hope for is to do what UCF did—beat a successful and respected Power 5 team in a NY6 bowl—and let the chips fall where they may. Maybe this year, with wins over Boston College and Maryland and rolling through the league schedule unscathed, Temple gets a better break than UCF did but that’s asking for a lot more than any organization should be asked.

What UCF did was pretty darn good and it is something the Owls should aspire to do from time to time.

According to Collins, this appears to be one of those times.

In an unfair system, and until Temple can position itself to join the big-time, that’s our Super Bowl.

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11 thoughts on “Temple’s Super Bowl?

  1. For an AAC or MWC team to crash the playoff party, that team of course has to win all their games, conference and OOC (hopefully with two of those games against P5 schools). The difference maker then is an overwhelming percentage of the other teams in that school’s conference have to win their games against P5 schools to level the playing field in the minds of the committee.

    The “test” in the minds of the committee and pollsters is a G5 team can be judged as very good, but would they be able to run the gauntlet of a P5 conference schedule? If that AAC or MWC gauntlet suddenly looks just as rugged to them, different ball game.

    ECU, Tulsa, Cincinnati, Tulane, SMU, UConn all have to step up and do what TU, Navy, Houston, Memphis and the Fla schools have done: knock off their P5 opponents, be they high ranked or mediocre.

  2. No sense wringing our hands about this unfair P5-G5 setup. I just want to see Temple win a lot and go to bowls most, if not every year. Unregulated money grubbing will ruin stuff every time and that’s what this is. So for me, it is what it is but Temple can still be successful and build a reputation within the system as is.
    BTW, being environmental minded, I’m going to consider Lurie’s robbing Temple for renting the LINC to be the monies that paid for all those windmills and solar panels on the stadium – and that’s a good thing!

    Go birds of prey, Owls and Eagles!!! What a sports day yesterday, Temple wins a nice basketball game and the Eagles finally bring home the championship all Philly fans have been pineing for.

    • Sorry. The panels are neither green nor environmentally friendly. They are just something Lurie used to get a tax break. When you add up the cost to the environment to get the raw materials and manufacture them along with the cost to replace them 15 years from now, they hurt the environment. The only benefit I’ve seen is the panels shade us from the rain and sun. Lurie was, is, and always will be nothing but a selfish rich boy who woke up on third base and thinks he hit a triple.

      • I hated them when they first went up but I’ve progressed from getting used to them to really liking them for the reasons John outlined. Since we’re never going to fill that stadium, I hope we can overcome the significant obstacles left to build our own within the next five years. We have at least hope of filling that new one on a fairly consistent basis.

      • Lurie stays out of the media. He doesn’t meddle with the team. Money, not the cap, is never a reason we lose or don’t go after a player. That seems like a pretty good owner to me.

        I don’t consider him to be a guy who acts like he built an empire from nothing. Not his fault he was born into wealth. It’s not like he pretends he was grinding in the movie business fetching coffee. Sorry, but I don’t see the negativity towards him.

  3. Have never said this before John, but in this case you’re dead wrong. Green energy by far when you consider everything is so much better than burning fossil fuels it’s not even funny. Even nuclear power that seems cleaner still has no good way of taking care of the spent radioactive fuel. There isn’t anything that we humans do that doesn’t have some amount of environmental hurt, but those solar panels are as clean as you’re going to get. And don’t drink the Republican kool aid that coal can be “clean” – it’s a total falacy and is only about big corporations and share holders making big profits at the expense of public health and environment. Big money hurting things is just like what we don’t like about the P5 football situation.

    • Ask the millions of birds and bats killed by windmills, the countless persons poisoned in the mining of rare earth metals, and the Japanese who don’t know what to do with the 10,000 tons of obsolete solar panels what they think about green energy. The fact is that the industrial revolution and the use of fossil fuels have been the greatest boon to humankind in history.

      • The fact that the industrial revolution and the use of fossil fuel has advanced humans is irrelevant to taking the next step in power generation evolution.
        The Japanese continue to develop, refine and expand their use of solar panels. I have never heard and can find no evidence of your assertion that they are having problems with “obsolete solar panels.” To the contrary, they seem to be recycling them.

        As far as rare earth metals, they are used for many things, like your cell phone, and also in refining gasoline. I have no doubt the mining conditions are deplorable, kinda like being in a coal mine.
        Speaking of coal, the burning of coal produces at least mercury as a byproduct and I suggest you do some research on acid run off from mine tailings.

        The windmills are killing birds and bats. So we can poison them or bludgeon them. This is a problem that needs to be addressed so we are doing neither.

        Getting back to your original point, solar produces less carbon than fossil fuels.

        I read Mike’s blog and always look for your insightful comments on football but….

  4. PS: I truly don’t understand the vitriol against green energy from you guys, but whatever…
    Back to football, what’s the scoop on the Travon King recruiting?

  5. John, even if your assertion that mining certain elements for making panels and the obsolete leftovers (they work for over 20 years and are getting more efficient all the time) were true, it still doesn’t begin to compare to the millions of tons of coal slug (dumped into rivers and valleys), mining devastation of millions of acres, mountain top removal and long lasting water pollutioin(WV, KY), air pollution (lead, arsenic,etc.), billions of dollars of taxpayer funded subsidies to fossil fuel co.’s (who already make huge profits) while green energy gets virtually NO help. There’s just no comparison in terms of the processes and operation and results. But I will admit John the bird/bat death thing does bother me with windmills, but solar does none of that. Still don’t understand why you’re so much against a newer. cleaner possibility. Try it. you’ll like it! (once you understand it).

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