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Temple-Ball State: I Get Angry Edition

Oct 7, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

Temple writer Nick Menta goes off on your lack of support for the Owls' football program a la Christian Bale.

The Temple Owls have exited the toughest part of their 2011 calendar. With Penn State, Maryland and Toledo all in the past, Temple is set to enter the meat of its MAC schedule, and hopefully rack up its fair share of wins before taking on traditionally difficult opponents Ohio and Miami (OH) in early November, opponents that could swing the team’s bowl hopes one way or the other.

Saturday, the Owls (3-2, 1-1) are on the road in Muncie, Indiana to take on the Ball State Cardinals (3-2, 1-0). Kick off is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game can be heard on 1210 AM and watched on the All-MACcess Webstream at MAC-sports.com.

I’m now about to go on an angry rant where I make questionable generalizations that aren’t really all that off-base. Join me, won’t you?

It seems like every time the Owls take a step forward, they take two back. And, you know, that extra step back, it isn’t their fault.

Frankly, it’s yours. I blame you.

Though the announced attendance for the Toledo game was indeed over 20,000, its tough to believe there were that many people in the stadium. More than likely, the number was pushed higher as a result of tickets sold through the school’s creative ticket packaging, and not by people actually in the seats.

So even when the team starts out 2-0, nearly defeats Penn State, goes on to roll Maryland on the road, and offers you a $5 admission merely for showing up with a smile on your face, you don’t come.

And then when they lose to a Toledo team you don’t consider talented because you have only a passing or highly jaded interest in college football, you get to complain about how the Owls are again over-hyped and still a lousy program.

It’s one thing for Temple to take a step back because it lost, but its another to take an additional step back because every loss is somehow endemic of its status as “less than worthy.”

The Owls are currently favored by anywhere from 9.5-10. I want them to cover by 20. Forget that, I want them to cover by 50.

But chances are, by no matter how much they may win—or, hell, even lose—you’re still not going to care—unless, of course, you’re showing up just to put the program “back in its place.” And this is all because Temple has a losing history, got kicked out of the Big East, and now plays in the MAC. And you don’t care about the MAC. Even though teams like Toledo, and believe it or not, even the Ball State Cardinals, are every bit as good as some of what’s in the Big 10 this year.

It’s just a shame you’ll never admit it.