Had to go downtown for my bi-monthly haircut on Saturday and caught a glimpse of Temple football practice both ways.
The 9:51 a.m. train from Fox Chase to Suburban Station sped by the Edberg-Olson Football Complex a little after 10 with only a couple of soft tosses going on down on Chodoff Field.
On the way back, I caught a longer glimpse because the Fox Chase train had to wait for a Warminster-bound train. From what I could see, there were a lot of guys wearing green jerseys on top of Cherry and White ones and something I have not seen since the Steve Addazio days:
The thought occurred to me on any other third Saturday in April I would be down there with a few thousand other Temple fans getting excited for the upcoming season. There would be tailgating before and after and some good-natured arguments about which team or which player was better.
I posted that Saturday would have been Cherry and White on Facebook and former Owl great Joe Greenwood (who I think should be in the school’s Hall of Fame) posted back.
“Yep,” he said. “All the memories are on my facebook memories.”
Memories are all we have now. Temple and the AAC should do something like what the Big 10 and Michigan State is doing tomorrow. The Spartan spring game will be on the Big 10 network (2 p.m.) while Owl fans have really no way to watch what is happending at 10th and Diamond.
That didn’t happen last year because of COVID and it didn’t happen this year pretty much for the same reason.
Two years ago, it happened in a modified version where players essentially ran drills and there was no game or any hitting involved.
Maybe Cherry and White will happen next year, maybe not, but the Cherry and White as we’ve known it (with a real game) probably will never return.
I don’t know if we’ll ever have the same level of fan participation, either.
Several fans mentioned to me in 2019–many of them former players–that, if the Cherry and White game has been reduced to a couple of players hitting a punt returner with a foam rubber object, they would probably opt out.
That’s too bad because I remember the 2017 game where a freshman named Jadan Blue burst onto the scene with a couple of touchdown receptions against some pretty good Owl cornerbacks at the time.
That got the fans excited to see him and other Owls who played well that day.
Now all we have of Cherry and White is the memories and, under this staff at least, it’s going to have to be enough.
The good news is if they win their method will be proven right. If they lose, maybe another guy comes in and revives the tradition.
Monday: Reading The Clues