Nova's Talley: Temple was best team we faced all year

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Not an empty seat in the background ... of the Garden State Bowl.
Dec. 29th is the most important date in Temple sports history.
Not just Temple football.
Temple sports, period.
Not because of what the football team might do that day, but because of what YOU might do.
Yeah, you.
If you ever cared about Temple University or care about the future of Temple sports, you will be in the stands on Tuesday, Dec. 29th.
We all can't be Bill Cosby and donate millions to the university.
We all can't be Dennis Alter and write out a $15 million check to build the best business school in the nation.

Andy Talley with his daughter, Gina.

Enemy/friend Quote of The Day

"Make no mistake about it. We were lucky ... lucky ... to beat Temple. Let's not fool ourselves."
_ national championship coach and person Andy Talley, Villanova coach, in a CAA conference call
and ....
"I knew Temple had a very special team. We thought they would be the best team we saw all year. In hindsight they were."
_ Talley from post-game press conference after 23-21 win over 14-0 Montana

But we all can bring $30 or $50 to the Liacouras Center today and walk away with ducats in hand for the game on Dec. 29th.
If we work, and 90 percent of us do, we all can take a personal day that day or trade that day for another day.
We can all buy an Amtrak ticket.
If we can't afford that, we can all get to a Greyhound Bus station.
We can all drive down I-95 for two hours.
We all can do that.
And we all should.
Imagine the reaction of the nation watching IF all they see is a packed RFK Stadium (it holds 46,000 for football under its new configuration) wearing mostly Cherry and White?
It sure would open up a lot of doors to the university's sports teams that were previously closed.
The Big East, for example, might extend an all-sports invitation on, say, Dec. 30th.
That's how much of an impact a huge Temple crowd would have.
The football Owls would also have their pick of bowls next year because Owl fans have proven they can and will travel.
Today, Dec. 18th, is pretty important, too.
It's the day the tickets for the Eagle Bank Bowl have arrived at the Liacouras Center.
Ticket office workers are busy ripping them apart and sorting them for mailing.
I will be there sometime this afternoon.
If I have to wait in line to get my two ducats (I'm buying one for myself and donating one back to the student pile), it will be a great day.
If I walk into RFK Stadium and see 46,000 Temple fans, that will be the greatest day ever.
These kids and this university deserves it.
Beating UCLA would be the icing on this delicious cake.