Last donation: Heriberto S., McDonough, GA, 4/24/23 (thanks, Heriberto!!) Two on 4/14/23 (thanks to Joe F. and Ross M. ); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. 2/18/23 (thanks, Tom!!!)Ed P., Yardley, Pa. (1/9/23; thanks, Ed,) Lawrence S., West Chester, Pa., 12/28/22, our first contribution in over a month (thanks Larry, this will help in having to replace the printer we purchased in the summer that went on the fritz); Bob C., Chadds Ford, Pa., 11/27/22 (thanks Bob, our first contribution since September) Ed P., Perkasie, Pa. who donated 9/24/22 at the UMass game and Ed and I both remember and love Pennridge coach Wayne Helman; Joe S. (Delaware County), 9/3/22 (thanks Joe, hope to see you at Lafayette or RU); James G. (thanks James and for all the great posts you make on this site),, 7/29/22: Matt P. (former Al Golden player, thank you Matt for the generous donation it will be put to good use as we will explain in Monday’s post), 6/9/22; Matt F., Horsham, Pa. (thanks, Matt!!), June 6, 2022; David, B., Milton, DE (thanks, Dave), April 11, 2022: Andy B., Philadelphia, Pa. (our first donation of 2022, thanks Andy), March 3, 2022; Ed P., Yardley, Pa. 12/25/21 (thanks, Ed for the Christmas donation); Matt F., no hometown found (“a celebratory donation for Carey’s firing”), 11/30/21 thanks, Matt; Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio, 11/29/21 (thanks, Jon for the donation and the great comments on this site); James G., Royersford, Pa. 11/28/21 (thanks, Jim, for the donations and your comments on the website); Anonymous (no home town given but donation really appreciated), 11/20/2021; Roger D., Rehoboth Beach,, Del., 10/24/21; Joe S., Drexel Hill, Pa. 10/3/21 (thanks, Joe) At the BC game (9/18), John from Landenburg (thanks, John for being a great friend of this site for so many years); Three Aug. 21 donations: Eric A (former player), Atlanta, Ga; Anonymous (by request), Cincinnati, Oh; Tim R., Buffalo, N.Y. (sincere thanks to all); David N., Silver Springs, Md (thanks Dave) 7/10/21; former Temple player Matt P., who lives in Columbus, GA now (thanks Matt) 7/9/21; Joe F., Philadelphia (4/7/11, thanks Joe) Matt F., Horsham, Pa., 3/27/21 (thanks, Matt); Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio (1/31/21, thanks Jon) Ed P.,, Yardley, Pa. (thanks, Ed, much appredicated), 1/16/21; Mitchell S. , 12/21/20, our first contribution since (10/8) earlier, Former Owl Bruce G., Flourtown, Pa, who generously donated $100 in “honor” of the Ambler guy 10/8/20; (if they hate you in Ambler, we love you in Flortown,” BG says). Thanks, BG, we appreciate it; Earlier: James G., Philadelphia (7/21/20, thanks James) Robert B., Philadelphia (7/13/20, thanks, Bob, hope to see you at the tailgates again this fall); Previous: Jon E. from Cincinnati 6/15/20, our first donation this calendar year (thanks, Jon); Earlier, John from Landenberg; Kurt B., Wyomissing Hills, PA (former Temple player, 10-15-19) Earlier: David B. , Springfield, PA (9/26/19 … thanks, Dave!) also John from Landenberg (9/21/19); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. (8/22/19, thanks Tom!! Also, 10 days earlier, Bob. C and Joe S. and, on June 26, first bowl MVP Mark B.
Earlier: Matt F., Philadelphia; Matt P. (former Temple player) John from Landenberg and Jon E. from Cincinnati
Jay M. no hometown found ; Earlier: William B. Chicago; John from Landenberg, ; Mark B, South Jersey, Joe S, Springfield, PA…,
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I was probably there. Either in Jetro with Wes or under 95 because of the rain. In those days when they lost so much, there was more drinking. Also I was younger.
We are were. You probably got up a lot earlier than me since you were coming from D.C. Ted still has a photo. A couple of guys and a complete empty Lot K. One or two cars in the background. No students. Hard to believe where we were considering to where we are now. As late as 2019 it was thousands. Hate to see an uninspiring staff take us back to the empty Lot K days.
Mike, you are so right that this year is critical to keeping a fan base. Last year was tough to swallow. It was not covid, which was a factor later into the season, but the game planning and in particular that opening loss to Navy when we were supposedly the superior team. Getting pushed around and the play calling on both sides of the ball. I was not there, but I could read the disappointment from Harry and Paul in the radio broadcast. This lead to players we felt were the heart of the program leaving. This is my greatest concern. I know you wrote about this, but having a coaching staff that does not game plan around the talent they have worries me. I hope this year can be the reverse of last year for the program’s sake. Otherwise, my season ticket investment will be a challenge to renewal. Go Owls!
Don, I started to have a queasy feeling about this staff sitting in front of you when the players on the sideline were laughing and joking in the early fourth quarter of a 55-13 loss and nobody said anything to them. This would not have happened under Rhule, Golden, Arians or Hardin. It wasn’t the 55-13 that got me to walk out of the stadium. It was that.
Mike, you and I saw that, and you mentioned it before me. I was feeling how embarrassing it must have been for the team. Then seeing the laughing and chatting along the bench, totally dis- engaged from the game was such a disappointment. The point you make that this would never happen under Golden and Rhule is accurate. I recall Al’s first season. It was not pretty. We were undermanned. But, those players bought into Al’s vision and mission. That dedication to the Temple program is teetering right now. The loss of several foundational players indicates that there is something missing. Is it the coaching, or is it the players? Where is Al? We might be facing another rebuild. Ugh.
For all of his faults as a gameday coach, I would take Al back in a heartbeat. He would restore the Temple TUFF and pride in the program and win in the neighborhood of 8-9 games a year. We might never win another championship but we’d probably never have another losing season and that’s a trade I would make.
4,900 miles and the Owls better win
I remember that game well Mike. Most of us long time die-hards really believed deep down in our soul that our Owls could compete and be competitive with the right commitment and support from the administration….. and the revival did happen. I’m not so sure about our administration at the present time. We seem like a rudderless ghost ship adrift in the ocean. The search for a President and AD has been in progress for close to a year. I know Covid has affected the University in many ways, and fiscal issues must be addressed but……..
I bought season tickets again(40 years+) and will travel up to the LINC and make 3/4 home games in addition to the USF road game. hope Carey and staff can motivate his guys. Go Owls!
Yes, Fred. Met you on the night the Owls got kicked out of the Big East. Amazing job Al Golden did, although I think Frank Solich would have been OK as well. Al was probably better because of his East Coast recruiting contacts.
No politics zone.
Except when it comes to Stadium-Gate!
And by the way, a real journalist would confront the administration and ask why it has decided to back such a divisive organization as BLM and what effect has it had on its fan base.
Never thought you’d be part of cancel culture Mike. What I wrote was apropos of the article and ticket sales. TU brought politics into it and I know numerous people who have canceled tickets because of TU’s actions in supporting BLM.. Sorry you are afraid of debating legitimate issues. C ya Mike.
John B, America is what’s divided, BLM didn’t make it that way, they’re simply trying to create some level of equality for all and Temple did the right thing. Doesn’t say much for TU fans if that’s actually the main reason they won’t buy tickets. Sorry Mike, but I’m not afraid of debating it and it had to be said (since, once again, somebody else started it).
Now, to stick to the subject, except for living in Ohio and not able to get to games (if I lived in the Philly area I would), I don’t contribute because I feel that TU is not doing a very good job within the athletic program hiring coaches, the whole OCS issue, dropping sports and just in general seemingly satisfied with mediocrity. I used to contribute but anymore, and getting older, I’m just tired of it and feel Temple really could be doing better, if they tried. Sorry about that too.
Politics on this site is a Pandora’s Box. There’s enough of it on Facebook. I’ll debate politics on facebook, not here. Otherwise, it’s a back-and-forth that will never end. Rather debate the fourth-down dump pass at Navy than politics here.
Politics – politics. Mike I promise to strictly limit my political postings here.
Once earlier you did allow it from me, you let it pass so thanks.
But I will ,as you say, focus on the G-D Temple FB program. Hell even going to games in loosing seasons 20-25 years ago was still an OK thing, the game can be good. Back in Big East ‘daze ‘ we saw lots of great players, mostly on the OTHER SIDE, but what the heck.
Note, I am in line the Belli factor but this IS a TUFB site, so I will be sure to conform to simple rules, here.
And so, Mr. J Belli, I am in line with your thinking.
And so what, no one cares what I think.
I just may re-up the season Tixx for 2 after all, just buying the cheapest end zones, and sit most anywhere, Geeze what a cheap SOB I am becoming.
Wanna be sure they let us in, you know….
This post was never about why fans renew or don’t renew season tickets. It was about who is a “fair-weathered fair” and who isn’t. It was more about how losing (not anything else) is unacceptable after years and years of winning. I don’t see how the uni’s BLM philosophy even came up in this context. If I was writing about season tickets, it might be germaine. It isn’t in this specific case.
A side Note, and my oh my, Temple Basketball is also on the down-slide.
Listened to most 2nd half of yesterday’s (final) BB Game, vs another not so good team and Temple still lost.
Not impressed so far with their Coach, A McK. Are you ?
That’s the way it dribbles.
A few years ago we attended several seasons of the fun by watching Round Ball tournament down in AC old convention hall for the A10 .
Low attendance down in AC was a bummer too.
It was that good fun, loved all those Pep Bands dueling along with the games.
TU BB should beg to get back into that league.
When Temple looked to replace Don Casey, it got a proven national championship coach in John Chaney. It probably should have conducted a national search instead of putting all eggs in the McKie basket.
Anyway, I hope to see you again at football games , Mike !!!
It ALWAYS made me smile when you could recall my old HS Pennridge and coach Wayne Helman, way back, yes way back.
I was a child of the old BuxMont league, and you knew all about them !!!!
BTW Pennridge alum Ridick is now a NFL asset too.
I used to call Wayne on the phone all the time. He would always pick it up: “HELLO, HELMANS!” That made me smile. Great guy. Great coach.