Temple Announces Ticket Discount for Saturday Game Updated with Video from Steve Addazio

Temple Announces Ticket Discount for Saturday Game Updated with Video from Steve Addazio

You are going to have to go out of your way to pay more than $5 for a Temple ticket this weekend.

The university has announced four different promotions through which you may receive a discounted admission to see the Owls take on the Toledo Rockets this Saturday at noon.

In the event you possess tickets to Game 1 of NLDS or Sunday's Eagles-Niners matchup, are an employee of the university, frequently travel with canned goods, or simply enjoy the color pink, then read on and listen closely...

From the university's official release:

On Saturday at the Lincoln Financial Field Box Office:
 
Wear Pink
Wear pink to the game (to support Breast Cancer Awareness) and receive a ticket for only $5.
 
Employee Appreciation Day
Show your Temple ID card and receive a ticket for only $5 (ed note: we checked, this offers does include members of the Temple University health system).
 
Canned Food Drive
Bring a canned food item to the stadium and receive a ticket for only $5.
 
Phillies’ or Eagles’ Tickets
Show your Phillies’ playoff ticket for Saturday’s game – or your Eagles’ ticket for the game on Sunday vs. San Francisco – and receive a ticket for the Temple game for only $5.

After drawing record student and total attendance figures against Villanova and Penn State, Temple is no doubt trying to avoid a dip in support, while potentially cultivating a new crop of Owl fans. Or, as the Inquirer's Mike Jensen just put it via Twitter, "If you haven't caught the
drift #Temple grads, school is begging you to show up Sat. Tell them the
dog ate your ticket, they'll let you in."

With so many rumors floating about the program's place in major conference realignment, making strides toward an enlarged and reinvigorated support base only serves to further strengthen the school's rapidly improving resume.

Hell, Rick Pitino already thinks the Big East should "admit Temple immediately."

Both university officials and Temple coach Steve Addazio have stuck to their guns in discussing any potential moves, showing support for and solidarity with the Mid-American Conference at every turn.

Nevertheless, its becoming harder and harder to discuss any Temple activity—wins, losses, ticket promotions, recruiting, practice facility renovations—without viewing it through the lens of realignment.

Just where Temple fits in the puzzle, no one yet knows. Until a conference officially comes calling, the Owls will simply continue to build their resume, and make every effort to fill some of those extra seats at the Linc.

Temple Football Fan Support Video from 20/20 Visual Media on Vimeo.

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.