|This cover speaks to the meaning of Temple TUFF.|
After filing my report from the Eagle Bank Bowl for this website from the desk of my hotel room, I debated about whether or not I should watch the replay on ESPN2.
I was hurting so much that night I could not sleep, so I turned on the TV.
To a lot of people, a close loss to UCLA was acceptable.
Not to me.
What impressed me most was how loud the 20,000 Temple fans were and how that noise translated to HDTV. I knew they were loud from being there, but I didn't know how it translated.
Standing in the minus 11-degree wind chill, I heard the stadium literally shake with a LET'S GO TEM-PLE cheer after the Owls scored the second touchdown but I wondered if the ESPN audience got the message.
The announcers praised the Temple fans and the energy they brought to the chilly night.
Then, with a half-time interview of Al Golden, the term "Temple TUFF" was born.
Wearing only a dress shirt and a Cherry-colored tie, the announcer asked Golden if he was crazy.
"No, that's Temple TUFF ... T. U. F. F.," Golden said.
The term stuck and new coach Steve Addazio embraced it as the cornerstone of his program.
You can tell by the cover of the Media Guide released this week.
All I can say is that there are a bunch of TEMPLE TUFF guys on that cover at the train station in the middle of one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country.
Hopefully, the toughness will carry over onto the football field this fall.
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