Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Steve Addazio needs $2 million in two weeks

Addazio poses with the greatest helmet
in the history of college football.
One of the disappointing things about not being in a position to be a big-dollar donor to the Temple University football program is that I don't get a lot of the correspondence asking for money.
That might seem odd t to you but, as I've said before many times, if I had disposable income (like millions), I'd spend a good portion of it on the Temple football Owls.
Sadly, I don't so I didn't get the latest letter Steve Addazio penned a variety of big-ticket donors.

In it, he reportedly said that the uni was in the process of raising $8.5 million for expansion to the E-O and needed "$2 million in contributions by Aug. 1 to greenlight the project."
Knowing Temple fans like I do, that deadline, to be kind, seems a tad ambitious.
You don't go through 30 years of losing and post two winning seasons and expect $2 million in contributions in a month of the offseason.
Just doesn't happen. The belief system is just not in place.
I do my part in small ways, like this blog.
I had a haircut in Center City Philadelphia last Wednesday and proudly wore my "Temple Owls Football" T-Shirt and had a few thousand people take notice of it as I walked 20 blocks from the Inquirer building to the Barber Shop.

Temple vs. PSU single-game tickets
on sale now:

Hopefully, the advertising was subliminal.
Today, I stopped at the Lehighton Walmart wearing the same shirt (washed, of course) and a guy came up to me and said, "Temple. Go Owls."
He was wearing full Phillies gear.
Lehighton is in the middle of Penn State territory (actually, anyplace north of Allentown is).
"This is the year we finally beat Penn State," I said.
"God, I hope so," the man said.
That's what it will take to raise $2 million in less than one month, not a letter from a popular new head coach.
I hope I'm wrong, but 30 years of observing this fan base tells me otherwise.
If you have an extra $2 million or even $2,000 to contribute, please contact bill.bradshaw@temple.edu and I'm sure he will be able to give you further info on this project or direct you to someone who will.
If you do have $2 million, please make the payment contingent upon Addazio keeping the TEMPLE helmet.