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The Owls are Bowl Bound!

Temple University football got its start in 1894. Since then the Owls have appeared in just two bowl games. The first was while Glenn ‘Pop’ Warner was coaching the team (Most people are not aware that ‘Pop’ Warner coached at Temple for six years). On January 1, 1935 Temple played Tulane in the inaugural Sugar Bowl. Tulane won the game by a 20-14 score.

The second bowl game in Temple’s history was the Garden State Bowl on December 15, 1979. The Owls defeated the California Golden Bears by a 28-17 score.

Bowl number three will be the EagleBank Bowl on December 29, 2009. If you’ve never heard of the EagleBank Bowl don’t feel bad. It is only in its second year. Designed as the Congressional Bowl (the name was sold to a corporate sponsor), the game is hosted in Washington D.C.

At this point in time the Owls do not know who their opponent will be. If Army defeats Navy this Saturday, then Army will be bowl eligible and will appear in the game. If Army fails to become bowl eligible, then UCLA will be making a rare appearance on the East Coast to play in the game.

Regardless of the opponent, it’s a great opportunity for the Owls. They are one of five teams from the MAC to reach a bowl game this season. Last year there were also five MAC teams in bowls, and they combined for a 0-5 record. It appears the MAC is due for a victory.

When I learned of Temple’s bowl invitation I realized I had to decide if I should go to the game or not. It’s very tempting, considering Washington D.C. is not that far away. As of now I am not planning to go, though I will definitely watch it on ESPN.

Bernard Pierce (#30) is expected to play in the bowl game.

References: I used Wikipedia to fill in my understanding of Temple’s football history. You can read all about Temple football here.


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An Alma Mater Showdown

This afternoon two universities that gave me pieces of parchment with foil on them played football. It was an alma mater showdown. My first allegiance is to Temple University because I earned my undergrad degree there. So I went to a very blue and white Beaver Stadium wearing cherry and white.

The weather was amazing. Sun shining, a slight breeze, you really couldn’t ask for anything better. I biked to campus, then left my bike in the Tyson Building and walked to the stadium. I sat in section NA, which has bleacher seating. I’m not claustrophobic, but I value my personal space. As the section filled in I quickly realized my personal space was going to be invaded. On my right was a rather attractive blond female, on my left was a rather large and hairy male. Guess which one was continually brushing up against me during the game?

The Temple players did their pregame drills and warm-ups right in front of the section I was in.


A final pregame pep talk.


Hooter stares menacingly into the hostile PSU crowd.

Two girls sitting directly behind me spent the entire pregame and first quarter insulting Temple. I could smell the alcohol on their breath. I ignored them. Early in the first quarter cheerleaders from both schools danced along to music during a timeout. The Temple cheerleaders put on a more impressive show (accompanied by Hooter), prompting one of the intoxicated girls behind me to utter a line I will always cherish: “Temple can’t play football but they can dance.”

In the first quarter Temple played very well. They won the coin toss, deferred, and then held PSU to a three and out. Halfway through the quarter PSU scored a touchdown. On the last play of the quarter Temple kicked a field goal to make the score 7-3. On the first play of the second quarter the Owls pulled off a successful onside kick (the first one I have witnessed in person).

Vaughn Charlton, Temple’s junior QB, played a very nice game. Against a good defense he threw for 205 yards with no turnovers. He also had to deal with numerous drops from his receivers, one of which should have been a touchdown.


Vaughn Charlton prepares to fire.

Late in the second quarter the Lions tacked on two quick touchdowns to make the game much more comfortable for the Beaver Stadium crowd. The crowd still stuck around and was quite loud when the Lions were on defense.


The crowd stands with raised arms and voices as the Owls are pinned inside the 5.

The special teams from both sides were good. Temple went 2-for-2 on field goals, recovered an onside kick, and did not allow the Lions to get much return yardage on kicks. The Lions converted their one field goal opportunity and had a solid day kicking the ball.


Collin Wagner kicks a field goal as JoePa looks on.

As the game rolled on the PSU ground attack started to take a toll on the Temple defense.


Evan Royster navigates the field.

The final score was 31-6. As soon as the game ended Coach Golden and Coach Paterno talked at midfield. Coach Golden played at Penn State (TE, class of ’91) and served as a linebackers coach at Penn State in 2000. The Golden era of Temple football began in 2005, and so far it looks promising. The program has gone from outright laughingstock to snicker-inducer, and might soon elicit just a grimace from teams intending to schedule a cupcake.


I wonder what JoePa said?

I was proud of Temple today. They played hard for 60 minutes. They only turned the ball over once (and had a takeaway of their own), hung close in time of possession, and they kept the Lions from covering the point spread (PSU was a 28 point favorite). Only losers cling to moral victories, but this loss can be viewed as a step in the right direction.

We are Temple. And we can dance.


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Temple University Delivers Excellent E-Mail Service

As a Temple University alumnus I have a temple.edu e-mail address. During my time at Temple the e-mail service was not very good. I just forwarded the account to another address and rarely used it. Here at PSU I have not been very impressed with the University’s e-mail service. The system they use reminds me of Temple’s old system. I have my PSU account forwarded to another account.

A few weeks ago Temple began a new era of e-mail service. They have signed on with Google, and now provide a form of Gmail (with some nice Temple-specific tools). The quality of the service is good enough to be a stand alone e-mail address. It is a first class .edu e-mail address (I had no idea they existed).

I’m considering making my Temple account my primary address. Right now I manage my Gmail, Temple, and Comcast addresses through Outlook. My Juno, Yahoo, and Verizon addresses are on their own. And my PSU account is forwarded to my Gmail account. Currently my primary address is my Gmail account. . .

I advise other colleges and universities to look into this type of Gmail partnership.

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The King and I

During my final semester at Temple U in 2005 I took a class on US Politics to fill a core curriculum requirement. As the professor gave the course introduction I noticed he used et cetera excessively. I began to tabulate etcs in the margins of my notes to amuse myself.

Near the end of the semester I skipped a class, but beforehand I recruited a classmate (she seemed confused and amused by my request that she count etcs) to ensure all etcs were accounted for. At the close of the semester I made an Excel spreadsheet with various charts, graphs, and statistics. I happened to stumble across that file today, here is a taste of it:


I titled this post after the greatest et cetera user ever, King Mongkut of Siam (Yul Brynner).

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