I'm having a cow about this Hurricane Hanna.
I just looked at the latest projected path of the Hurricane and it places the strength of the thing right over Lincoln Financial Field, right at the noon kickoff for Saturday's much-ballyhooed game against visiting UConn.
It really does.
The Eagles, who don't deserve a crowd, will get 70,000 the next day under sunny weather and 86 degree temperatures.
Temple, which needed everything to go right to get a crowd of 30K, won't get half of that because of a Monsoon with a capital M and winds projected to be 20-30 mph.
That's a shame and a crime.
And it's sad.
It feeds into the stereotype of "nobody goes, nobody cares" which may have been true under the last coaching regime, but does not apply now.
Unless there's a Hurricane.
The talk on WIP won't be of a great college football atmosphere or a great college football game, but of how Temple and UConn ruined the Eagles' precious field.
That's beyond sad.
Sure, the diehards like myself will be there, wearing a Temple game jersey over a parka if necessary but the casual fan, what Thomas Paine once called "summer patriots and sunshine soldiers" won't.
No amount of my pleading to get them there will matter.
- So the checklist before going out the door on Saturday:
- Umbrella (for the tailgate)
- Let's Go Temple sign (in cellophane)
Let's just get a win.