The crowd gathered on the iconic steps of the Art Museum and some guy with a microphone and a Temple football jersey that read the twitter handle @mikeFox29 uttered these words:
“Bring home that national championship, Temple.”
Or something like that.
The crowd went wild.
At this point it is probably worthwhile noting that the “crowd” consistent entirely of Temple football players doing a photo shoot there.
Still, the words “national championship” and “Temple football” are so rarely uttered together I had to find out who the guy was.
So I messaged photographer Zamani Feelings, who was there for the shoot, and he got right back to me.
“He’s Mike from Fox 29,” Zamani wrote.
The only “Mike From Fox 29” I could find on the list of employees at Fox 29 was Mike Jerrick, the morning anchor.
That “Mike from Fox 29” did not match up with the “Mike from Fox 29” who was holding the microphone in the photo shoot so, while the guy was from Fox 29, he certainly wasn’t Mike from 29. Obviously, he doesn’t know the deck is stacked against teams like Temple having the same goal the 64 teams from the Power 5 conferences have. This is probably the No. 1 thing wrong with college football and UCF was the perfect example of it. UCF can beat a team from the Big 10, Maryland, on the road, 38-10 and beat a team that beat the eventual national champion, win every game on the schedule, and not even be in considered for the four-team play off.
This time, though, the messenger is not as important as the message.
For Temple to win the national championship, the Owls would have to win every game on the schedule and Maryland would have to win the Big 10 and Boston College would have to win the ACC.
Then the Owls probably would get an invite to the Final Four playoff. Camel passing through the eye of a needle chance.
So, to quote Jim Carrey, “So, you’re saying there’s a chance?”
Remember that guy on the steps of the Art Museum if it happens. We’ll try to find out his full name between now and then.
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