George Orwell and the Temple Quarterbacks: An Exercise in Doublespeak?

George Orwell and the Temple Quarterbacks: An Exercise in Doublespeak?

If you've been keeping up with our Temple coverage since Steve Addazio
was introduced as head coach earlier this year, you'll know we've been
pretty high on the guy to this point. He's fiery. He's motivated. He's
TUFF.

But just just three weeks into first campaign
as head coach, Addazio already seems like a different guy than he was at
the end of August. The same coach who seemed so direct and straight
forward has become more and more evasive when it comes to the ongoing
question of a starting quarterback.

We should state,
if you haven't already heard, that senior

QB Chester Stewart has been announced as the starter for
Temple's game this weekend in College Park against the Maryland
Terrapins. In and of itself, playing Stewart isn't necessarily the
problem—but the way Addazio arrived at his decision, that's the
issue.

Three

weeks ago during his team's preseason Media Day, when the coach still
hadn't announced a starter under center, Addazio made the following
comments as related to the future of his
quarterbacks.

--"I don't want to play two quarterbacks and [referencing his
time at Florida] I never wanted to before…To play two guys just because
they're both kind of doing well, I don't want to do that…I don't think
it's productive."

--"We're looking for that 'it factor' more
than that extra completed pass. It's that ability to lead the team down
the field. You know, this guy threw three for six, 'great, that's
terrific,' but could he overcome adversity to lead the team? That's the
factor sometimes that is hard to find. And, you know what, you might not
find it until week three to be honest with you…That 'it factor,' that
leadership, that ability to drive a team, sustain a team, it's critical
right now. And you do the best you can to do a great job predicting
that. We could go into game one, one quarterback may start that game, he
may struggle, we put another guy in, that guy leads the team and, you
know what, there we go. That's what you got. That's the guy that's
probably going to go from that point forward, until proven
otherwise."

--"Quite frankly, I can tell you, I'd be okay with either one
of them right now. I really would be. So it's a good problem to have…as
long as it doesn't turn into a bad problem, because you didn't make a
decision."

Less than one month later, far
too much of the language above seems in some way
contradicted by its own speaker. And, to be as frank as the coach, it's
unsettling.

Addazio claims that there's no single
event that forced his hand into starting Stewart this weekend, but did
specify that last weekend's game film played a significant factor.
Watching that game live and subsequently revisiting the box score, I can
tell you that Chester Stewart went exactly 3 for 6 and failed in repeated to
attempts to "sustain the team." With the exception of his first drive in
which Temple scored its final points of the game, a second quarter
field goal to go up 10-7, the only "it factor" displayed by Stewart in week three was
the clear fact that he wasn't getting "it" done.

And
after all, isn't that why the coach re-inserted Mike Gerardi under
center after pulling him just a quarter prior?

Once
Gerardi was back in the ballgame, Temple did its best to break the Penn
State pass rush by attempting to throw the ball over the eight to nine
guys stacked in the box. But Gerardi, who sat on the sidelines late in
the second quarter and throughout almost all of the third, had lost his
rhythm and feel for the game. The fourth quarter featured one turnover
after another and the Owls were ultimately burnt by continuously handing
PSU nothing less than stellar field position.

Not
only did it look like Addazio was playing two quarterbacks—a strategy he
previously labeled "unproductive"—but also that his "good problem had
turned into a bad one" because he couldn't make a decision as to which
quarterback he wanted.

Now, he's claiming that even
though Chester Stewart will start against the Terps, that "that doesn't
mean Gerardi won't play."

If you're a fan of
football, then you know there's a really easy out for the coach on this
one. That easy out is to claim that each guy has a different skill set
and that it's not a two quarterback offense if one QB is running the
spread and the other QB is running a more traditional passing plan. So,
naturally, that's exactly what Addazio said when asked about it,
right?

Okay,
not exactly. So if Mike Gerardi can run the spread just as well as
Chester Stewart, and both guys are very similar in their capabilities,
and Addazio isn't running a two quarterback system, and isn't doing all
the things he said wouldn't, even though his indecision did hurt the
team
last week, then why is Chester Stewart starting against Maryland this
weekend?

"War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength." Steve Addazio isn't running a two
quarterback system…but Chester Stewart and Mike Gerardi will play this
weekend.

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story). 

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

DETROIT -- Brandon Dubinsky scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the surging Columbus Blue Jackets won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Lukas Sedlak got his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 13 games. Cam Atkinson contributed a short-handed goal in the first period for Columbus.

Dylan Larkin's power-play goal in the second was the only scoring of the night for the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Sam Gagner scored into an empty net with 13.9 seconds remaining (see full story). 

Staal scores in 6th round of SO to lift Wild over Oilers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of a shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.

Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won three straight.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. He entered with a league-best .946 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers, whose four-game losing streak began with a 2-1 home overtime loss to the Wild last Sunday.

Staal scored on a backhand deke before Nugent-Hopkins fired wide in the sixth round (see full story). 

Raanta, Rangers beat Blackhawks, 1-0, in overtime
CHICAGO -- Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime, Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his former team and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday night.

Derek Stepan passed from the boards to a streaking Holden in the middle of the ice, and he beat Scott Darling on the stick side for his fourth goal of the season.

Darling was going for his second straight shutout while subbing for injured starter Corey Crawford but had to settle for another solid performance.

Raanta, who made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2013 and played for the Blackhawks for two seasons before he was traded to New York, improved to 15-0-3 in 20 career appearances at the United Center.

The 27-year-old Raanta had 17 saves in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Winnipeg, and coach Alain Vigneault opted to give him a second straight start over Henrik Lundqvist because of his recent play and his success in Chicago (see full story).

Oshie, Johansson, Grubauer lift Caps over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson each scored a goal, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored, helping Washington beat Buffalo for the third time in 15 days.

Kyle Okposo scored and Robin Lehner made 25 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost three of their last four.

Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 6:43 into the second period when he lifted a shot from the right edge of the crease past Lehner. Jay Beagle drew two defenders into the corner and sent the puck back to a wide open Oshie for his ninth goal of the season (see full story).