Google “famous duds” and you get only a lot of “famous duos.”
Not quite what I was looking for.
I can think of only a handful of duds, but Geraldo Rivera hosting a two-hour prime-time special in 1986 to open an Al Capone vault was probably the best example.
It was empty.
Geraldo had to do a lot of filler.
Same for Temple head football coach Stan Drayton hosting some Owl Club members at a Wednesday Temple signing day ceremony.
The Temple football Twitter web site posted a photo.
A lot of old guys, presumably moneyed supporters, looking at a screen.
One reaction made me laugh out loud.
“They look old, Rob,” Joe Morgan said.
(Loved Joe when he played for the Phillies but don’t think it’s that Joe Morgan.)
Nothing would please me more than to report here that Drayton went out and got the big-time running back Temple needs, but anyone who has read this site over the last 19 years knows it is not a “rah-rah Temple” one but one who calls balls and strikes as we see them.
There is good news and bad news here. The good news was the December Signing Day when Drayton and company not only brought in a lot of talent but fixed all but one area of need.
The more important December signing day was a triple that caromed off the left-center field scoreboard.
This more traditional February one?
Kind of like a called strike three down the middle of the plate.
A Home Run in recruiting was to get a 1,000-yard proven FBS level back and Temple did not do this.
In December, Temple strengthened the offensive and defensive lines and added some elite speed to the secondary in addition to depth at wide receiver.
In my mind, the Feb. signing day was a time to sign a big-time running back.
The saving grace is that Drayton told Owls Daily.com that he is not done. If he signs just one guy between now and Cherry and White Day, it’s got to be the projected starter at running back.
Or else hire Geraldo to host the next signing day. They will need another guy who has experience with filler.
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