Got to feel for the people whose unenviable job is to sell college football season tickets.
I’m sure they are given a script to follow because I got something like this again left on my voicemail yesterday.
“Hi, Mike, just checking base to see what you are going to do about season tickets. I know it’s a crazy time but wanted to see what your thinking was …. blah … blah … blah.”
Problem is, they are giving these guys and gals an impossible job. They are trying to sell a product that doesn’t exist or won’t have in stock. It’s like being a Lysol Disinfectant Spray salesman. Lysol spray is a favorite product of mine that I thought was always going to be available and now cannot get in any store or online and, frankly, I don’t know when I ever will. Tried supermarket chains Weis, Giant and Acme, then moved to the Dollar stores and even the small mom and pop pharmacy down the street.
Temple football these days is a little like Lysol spray.
The difference is no Lysol spray guys are calling me.
We think there will be college football but, as long as people in the media vacillate between some semblance of a fall season and moving the entire thing until spring, the product is “currently unavailable.”
Here’s my true feelings: Get back to me when a decision has been made if and when the season is going to be played and only then will I move forward with the purchase. It’s hard to commit a couple hundred bucks to something that might not exist.
Ironically, the type of season talked about now might be more beneficial to Temple than anybody else. At least one idea floated around will start the season late, and include only conference games and one “regional rivalry” game chosen by mutual agreement. To me, that would be an AAC schedule and maybe the Rutgers’ game.
That would be a good season, eliminating the angst involved of opening at Miami and against former Temple player Quincy Roche and pretty much giving the Owls an even playing field against every team not named Cincinnati. After the UNC debacle, I don’t look forward to playing a team with significantly more talent than Temple and I think Miami might fall into that category.
The way the Owls competed against Cincinnati in the last five years (winning four-straight followed by a 15-13 loss last season on basically a missed extra point returned for two), they could have a better than 50/50 shot at every game on the schedule from a pure talent standpoint. If they can fix the special teams, it could be a special season.
I would sign for those season tickets today. Just give me a firm starting date and my check will be in the mail.
Maybe by that time I might be able to get a bottle of Lysol as well.