Back By Popular Demand


He survived one. I survived two.

Editor’s Note: On Thanksgiving Day, we usually leave this space blank but, last Saturday, got a request from one of our most loyal and cherished readers, John from Landenberg (who I sat with for a time at Maryland in a 38-7 win). He asked us to republish two stories. I could not find one but did find this one. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!! This story was first published on this site in 2006. That was a dozen years ago. Boy, we are getting old.

By Mike Gibson
Watching Travis Shelton show his backside to the entire Bowling Green kickoff team, I thought about a lot of people.
Most of all, I thought about Karl Smith.
And all of the other small-minded narrow-thinkers like him.
Smith is the executive editor of
You need only read a few excerpts from this piece of crap he wrote about Bowling Green putting up 70 on the Owls.
Things have changed a little since then, Karl.

…”how nice to have an extended scrimmage every year …against an overmatched opponent that actually counts in the standings,” Smith wrote 

A brief synopsis is in order. He went on to thank Temple for this and thank Temple for that and then concluded by thanking Temple for accepting an invitation to the MAC so that the Owls can be Bowling Green’s whipping boy for the next few years.
“… how nice to have an extended scrimmage against an overmatched opponent every year that actually counts in the standings,” Smith wrote.


Al Golden breaks a 20-game losing streak and saves Temple football in just about one day.

I guess he doesn’t know named the Owls 2006 freshman recruiting class at the top incoming class among MAC schools, current or future.
I guess he doesn’t care many of those recruits, as many as 18, are seeing significant playing time for the Owls this season or that these same players pushed around Bowling Green’s sophomore- and junior-dominated lineup.
He might not know that the 2007 recruiting class is ranked significantly higher than that one and that it might dwarf any recruiting class of any MAC team in recent memory.
Or maybe he doesn’t care.
And, if he can count, he knows that this same Owls will be around for the next three years. Yes, the same Owls that beat his beloved Bowling Green by two touchdowns yesterday.
We won’t assume that Bowling Green will be Temple’s whipping boy for the next few years, as he assumed the other way.
The evidence is there.
Temple is getting better.
Bowling Green is getting worse.
Get used to watching Shelton’s backside. You’ve got two more years of watching that 4.27-40 speed.
We have six players coming in with that kind of speed and the evidence suggests that Temple could literally leave Bowling Green looking permanently in its rear view mirror.
Al Golden is a young, charismatic, recruiter who kids identify with and will rally behind. He came to Temple with a deserved reputation of being a recruiter without peer and he has only enhanced that reputation so far in his year on the job.
Thank you, Karl Smith.
Thank you very much.

Tomorrow: Opposition Fans

Sunday: UConn Game Analysis

2 thoughts on “Back By Popular Demand

  1. The Day the Rock Cracked
    The second that game ended I sat in my my seat at an empty Linc and cried my eyes out in an emotional release of happiness. Temple has had great wins since that game but beating BG that day is the game that has meant the most to me. It was the turning point for the program. Thanks for republishing Mike.

    • Thanks, John. I was sitting in the upper deck with Sal The Owl, Doc Chodoff and Doogiehoops. We had a lot of laughs that day. Prior to that one, we sat through not all 20 losses, but certainly most of them. I think I’ve only been in the Club Level two or three times since (the last time was 2016 South Florida game).

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