Temple-Ball State: I Get Angry Edition

Temple-Ball State: I Get Angry Edition

The Temple Owls have exited the toughest part of their 2011 calendar. With Penn State, Maryland and Toledo all in the past, Temple is set to enter the meat of its MAC schedule, and hopefully rack up its fair share of wins before taking on traditionally difficult opponents Ohio and Miami (OH) in early November, opponents that could swing the team's bowl hopes one way or the other.

Saturday, the Owls (3-2, 1-1) are on the road in Muncie, Indiana to take on the Ball State Cardinals (3-2, 1-0). Kick off is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game can be heard on 1210 AM and watched on the All-MACcess Webstream at MAC-sports.com.

I'm now about to go on an angry rant where I make questionable generalizations that aren't really all that off-base. Join me, won't you?

It seems like every time the Owls take a step forward, they take two back. And, you know, that extra step back, it isn't their fault.

Frankly, it's yours. I blame you.

Though the announced attendance for the Toledo game was indeed over 20,000, its tough to believe there were that many people in the stadium. More than likely, the number was pushed higher as a result of tickets sold through the school's creative ticket packaging, and not by people actually in the seats.

So even when the team starts out 2-0, nearly defeats Penn State, goes on to roll Maryland on the road, and offers you a $5 admission merely for showing up with a smile on your face, you don't come.

And then when they lose to a Toledo team you don't consider talented because you have only a passing or highly jaded interest in college football, you get to complain about how the Owls are again over-hyped and still a lousy program.

It's one thing for Temple to take a step back because it lost, but its another to take an additional step back because every loss is somehow endemic of its status as "less than worthy."

The Owls are currently favored by anywhere from 9.5-10. I want them to cover by 20. Forget that, I want them to cover by 50.

But chances are, by no matter how much they may win—or, hell, even lose—you're still not going to care—unless, of course, you're showing up just to put the program "back in its place." And this is all because Temple has a losing history, got kicked out of the Big East, and now plays in the MAC. And you don't care about the MAC. Even though teams like Toledo, and believe it or not, even the Ball State Cardinals, are every bit as good as some of what's in the Big 10 this year.

It's just a shame you'll never admit it.

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP