Villanova vs Temple, 2011
by, 09-01-2011 at 06:06 PM (717 Views)
PHILADELPHIA — The Temple band is on the turf at Lincoln Financial Field, some awful singer wearing Owls paraphernalia is warbling through an awful rendition of the national anthem and we are minutes away from the third annual Mayor's Cup here in the City of "Brotherly (to use the term loosely) Love."
It is also hard to believe that Temple is playing the rather time-worn theme from Rocky as Steve Addazio (an FCS alum who played at Central Connecticut State) and its new coaching staff gets ready to come on the field with its team.
I have to wonder right now if former Temple coach Al Golden is feeling forlorn as he considers why he ever left Philly to take the job at Miami?
Villanova's veteran coach Andy Talley has seen a lot of coaches come and go in his 27 years on the Main Line and he will probably out-live quite a few more Temple coaches.
After seeing a crowd of 32,193 show up last year for this burgeoning FCS-FBS rivalry, I am disappointed to see a lot of empty seats tonight in the home of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hopefully there are still a lot of people either still tailgating (a Villanova tradition is to show up fashionably late for games), or stuck in some awful rush-hour traffic.
One fan who made it on time is Philadelphia mayor and first-class attention whore Michael Nutter, who was on the field to conduct the coin toss. Temple won the toss and deferred to the second half, which will give the Villanova Wildcats the opening possession.
And it's time for some college football.