According to google, there are 1,563 people named Joe Temple in the United States.
That’s not counting a fictional minor Seinfeld character named Joe Temple in the episode “The Couch” where George wants to rent Breakfast at Tiffany’s but Temple has rented it. George arrives at Temple’s home, and asks to watch it with him and his daughter. George makes foolish demands, which causes him to be forced to leave.
George makes foolish demands but Joe Temple needs to start making serious ones.
Our “Joe Temple” is a much larger group, including myself, probably you, who will be receiving calls over the next weeks or months about renewing their Temple football season tickets.
When fellow long-time Temple season ticketholder Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub brought up the subject of Temple fans putting a GoFundMe account to buy out the contract of Rod Carey, it was obviously tongue-in-cheek. Still, it got me to thinking about what a regular “Joe Temple” football fan can do to make his voice heard.
You can vote with your wallet and your voice.
When I get that inevitable phone call asking for a couple hundred bucks for season tickets, I intend simply to say this:
“Sorry (Mark, Joe or whatever your name is), I’m not going to be renewing my season tickets this fall because I’m not happy with the direction of the program under Rod Carey. Too many players are leaving the program and not nearly enough are coming in. I’m going to watch what he does between now and spring practice before making that decision.”
Signing a quarterback from Georgia, and defensive linemen from Washington State and North Carolina, among others, is not enough so far. Carey needs many more starting level players even to turn 1-6 into 6-6. How many is a matter of conjecture but to me he needs seven more starting-level players to build the kind of depth necessary to even begin to turn it around.
At the end of last season, I pegged 2021 as a 2-10 season and, from what happened between signing day and now, nothing has changed that prognostication. Sitting in the stands and watching a 2-10 Temple team holds no appeal for me anymore, particularly after averaging nearly nine wins in the four seasons prior to this one.
That’s the message I will convey to the season ticket sellers. Presumably, if enough of us have the same message, it will eventually reach the higher-ups.
Only then can hope for real change be affected.
It’s a little more realistic than getting a group of guys together to raise $6 million on GoFundMe and includes a message that needs to be delivered to the Temple administration now, whether they want to hear it or not.
Monday: The Known and The Unknown