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College GameDay at the Palestra: Tyrone Garland will have ‘no mercy,’ but you can have this T-shirt for 20 bucks

Jan 17, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT


source:  You might have forgotten about it. Enrico did. They announced it like five months ago. But tomorrow is finally the day College GameDay comes to you from the Palestra.

Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and my close, personal friend Jalen Rose will be on the air leading up to the Temple-La Salle tip at Noon. The ESPN crew is in town honoring the Palestra as part of the network’s week-long “My Home Court” series, showcasing famous arenas around the county.

For those interested in attending the GameDay portion of the program and holding up some ridiculous signage, the Palestra doors open at 8 a.m. The show starts at 10 a.m. I’d give you plenty of poster suggestions, but I’d probably get fired so maybe just DM me.

Should you feel the need to drop funds on a commemorative T-shirt, the Temple bookstore is hawking that T-shirt you see on the right for 20 bucks. Temple will also be — unsubstantiated tweets have led me to believe — selling them at the Palestra tomorrow. I have not seen any game-specific La Salle threads, but if they exist and someone wants to send a pic our way, we’ll put it up.

Also, the bus is here:

As for the game itself, the Owls’ eight-game winning streak over the Explorers is certainly in jeopardy. La Salle has won its last four straight, while Temple has dropped its last five in a row and may or may not be without starting point guard Will Cummings Saturday. Tyrone Garland, of Southwest Philly Floater and Dunk fame, cares not:

“[If Cummings doesn't play] that’d be a good advantage for us,” Garland said. “I have no mercy for them. … We haven’t beaten them in about five years. So we really want this one for the university. Whatever it takes. If they don’t have all their players, we have all ours, so we’re just going to come to play.”

Actually, since the game is on ESPN 2, there will be plenty of commercials. Temple coach Fran Dunphy mentioned it as part of his strategy. If he only has eight healthy bodies, he’ll be utilizing frequent commercial breaks to rest his guys. Temple sophomore Quenton DeCosey has played 197 of his team’s last 200 minutes. He hasn’t come off the floor in the last three games. Thursday at practice he was wearing an Under Armour Batman t-shirt. I was psyched for him. It was awesome.

Quotes on the Palestra because everybody loves the Palestra:

Asked if he was pleased to see the Palestra getting national attention, Dunphy responded: “Oh sure. It’s part of the fabric of Philadelphia basketball, and that’s why ESPN asked us to play this game there. It wouldn’t be College Gameday if it was at the Liacouras Center or the Gola Arena.”

To Dunphy’s point, his counterpart up on Olney Ave. thinks all the Big 5 schools should be making arrangements like this more often.

“I hate to politicize,” Giannini said, “but I think all the Big 5 games should be at the Palestra. It’s neutral court, so no one’s at a disadvantage, it keeps alive an incredible tradition, and frankly the atmosphere is far better than anything you’re gonna get on a home court. When the house is split, there’s a reaction every single play and it makes it really unique.

“I would move any home-and-home series to the Palestra on a consistent basis.”

::Everyone excluding the Villanova fans nodding::
::Drexel fans sitting in the corner looking pissed off::
::Jalen Rose and I having just a fabulous time::
::End scene::

Pregame reading:
>>Garland, La Salle will have ‘no mercy’ for Temple [CSN]

  1. Justin - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I keep reading how Bruiser loves the Palestra yet Penn and Drexel don’t play anymore because Drexel doesn’t want the game played there. Makes a lot of sense…

    Sad that kids have to pay $20 for a shirt. I still have my free College Football Gameday shirt from 2002 when they came to Franklin field for Penn-Harvard.

    • Nick Menta - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Bruiser just wants somebody to play him in the DAC. And he has a point.

    • denny falcone - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      shocker: coaches say things publicly that they don’t actually believe.

      • Justin - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Why exactly do you think I said it?

        Nick – Bruiser has beaten Penn 5 straight times at the Palestra and is now robbing both fanbases of a fun game. It makes absolutely no sense not to play that game at the Palestra every year. Why rob one fanbase of being able to attend a game that can be enjoyed by 4 times as many people in an arena that can be just as much of a home court advantage as their own. The Drexel kids always outnumber the Penn kids anyway and its as easy of a walk as possible. Add a few more thousand seats and then they can rotate every year.

  2. Jerry - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I read something online at by that goofy Tannenwald kid.
    Wow, he gets a total hardon for this stuff.
    Someone needs to get him a date!

  3. Marvin Monroe - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I highly recommend that the Temple students buy a t-shirt for $20. So that way, after spending $60,000 for 4 years at Temple, you at least have a t-shirt.


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