There are usually about five big days surrounding the Temple football season every year.
In no particular order, they are recruiting day, the first day of spring practice, Cherry and White Day, the first day of summer practice, and bowl selection day.
Notice we didn’t mention any actual games because, to me, those are the most important dozen days of the season.
Yet there are opponents on every one of the above days.
Pretty much you want to beat your entire league in garnering three- and four stars.
First day of spring practice?
Cherry and White Day?
Good guys vs. other good guys.
Bowl selection day?
Warm weather vs. cold weather.
Yesterday, on the first day of summer practice, the two competing opponents were perception vs. reality.
This opponent this particular year, perception, is probably the most hated one of all.
To have to sit and watch videos like the one above is particularly maddening. Just about everyone on the outside is saying Temple sucks.
The above video is typical because both of those guys made assumptions based on a set of “facts” that were largely false.
There were about eight false things those guys on “Winning Cures Everything” said about Temple but we’ll just concentrate on a couple in this space.
One, the roster strength numbers Gary cited here were the ones based on the end of last year, not including any of the Power 5 transfers new head coach Stan Drayton was able to bring in this offseason.
Two, he said Quincy Patterson “didn’t play last year” but, according to ESPN, he started seven games for North Dakota State, threw for 816 years and six touchdowns and, most importantly, was 7-0 at QB in the 2021 season before going down with an injury before the eighth game.
Gary: “He didn’t play last year. I don’t know what that means.”
Yeah, Gary, I’ll tell you what that means (nothing) because he did play last year.
Twenty-twenty-one was last season.
I mean, how do you make a mistake like that, and then we’re supposed to give credence to your assessment of the 2022 record?
Then, at the 2:25 time stamp, he adds: “The wide receiver corps is not great even with several seniors, none of them really played.”
One of the wide receivers, Adonicas Sanders, not only played last year but caught the game-winning touchdown at Power 5 Duke.
Another, Jose Barbon, has played a lot not only last year but over the last three years and has been a dependable possession receiver. There’s a transfer in from Michigan State, Ian Stewart, who was not mentioned.
No mentions of significant upgrades at the running back position from portal transfers Jakari Norwood (Illinois) or Darvon Hubbard (Texas A&M).
Just sloppy reporting. Very sloppy.
For giggles, went back and looked at this assessment for the 2021 Owls. In that video, he said Rod Carey was a “great coach.”
Anyone who says Rod Carey was a great coach one year and then follows that up the next saying the Owls will be 2-10 should be taken with a grain of salt.
Make that a boulder of salt.
This is just the type of perception vs. reality battle that started yesterday and will last throughout the season. The most important dozen days of the season start in less than a month and there are a lot of notions out there that need to be disabused.
Judging from a significantly upgraded roster, coaching staff, and a new attitude around here, it won’t take long to do the disabusing.
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