As a recent horse racing aficionado, I’ve learned that I enjoy going to see the ponies for more than monetary reasons:
First and foremost, I don’t want to see any of the horses hurt so that’s my first and really only fervent hope.
Second, it would be nice to see my horse win. Third, I enjoy seeing great athletes compete against one another and the thoroughbreds are great athletes. With that in mind, full disclosure: I had no interest in seeing a horse go down like I knew Bucknell would so I skipped the game and had better things to do on a Labor Day weekend. I did check the ESPN+ feed (at $4.99 ESPN+) is the best buy in sports. To me, the great thing about going to a sporting event is the competitiveness. I knew there would be no competitiveness here. Great athletes against so-so athletes do nothing to move the competitiveness meter.
My horse won against this claimer.
The other horse had to be put down.
I knew it would happen. You knew it would happen.
It didn’t have to happen but the Temple administration allowed it to happen.
Same thing with the Maryland administration that allowed a 79-0 win over Howard to happen.
The season really starts in two weeks against Maryland and the Owls will have to establish a running game that they did not even try against Bucknell.
Or at least not enough.
That they can do it was established because this is the same offensive line that hammered Houston for 59 points a year ago and they have a promising freshman in Re’Mahn Davis and an improved senior in Jager Gardner to block for.
What they did against Bucknell is something that they should not be doing–at least twice giving an NFL prospect in Anthony Russo a chance to run in a run/pass option. I don’t know who designed those type of plays but those pages need to be ripped out of the playbook immediately if not sooner. First, as much as I love Anthony as my quarterback–and that’s at least as much love that I had for P.J. Walker–he is no threat to run. Second, if head coach Rod Carey gets my quarterback killed on a similar play, I will never forgive him.
Nor probably will any Owl fans.
Temple TUFF means establishing the run and throwing the pass off play-action.
What we saw on Saturday was a team trying to establish the run off the pass and that is ass-backward.
Hopefully, that’s something Carey saved for his back pocket against Maryland.
If not, the Owls probably won’t achieve their potential.
To me, as I wrote on Friday, beating this team 65-14 would have been just about right. Since it was “only” 56-12, there is a lot to work on in two weeks.
More than I thought because Howard is better than Bucknell.
Tuesday: Fizzy’s Corner
Thursday: The Newbies
Saturday: Things to Look For