Temple-Buffalo: Kanye Edition

Temple-Buffalo: Kanye Edition

Doesn't it feel good to be discussing Temple football and actually focusing on football?

Saturday afternoon is homecoming for the university, with the Owls (4-2, 2-1) set to play host to the Buffalo Bulls (2-4, 1-1). The game will be broadcast live on the All-MACcess web stream as well as on OwlSports.com. As always, it can be heard on the radio on 1210 AM.

Fortunately, there won't be any tirades in today's gamer about attendance or conference realignment or anything else (though we will take this opportunity to remind you that you can purchase tickets to any two remaining Temple home games for just $24!), we'll just talk some football and go over some gambling lines and...

Alright, alright, I've got a Big East update at the bottom (and it isn't great news for Temple).

Oh, and I'll also show you one of the strangest grammatically correct sentences in the English language. I'll give you a hint: it has to do with Buffalo.

Story
Temple is coming off what should have been a confidence-boosting 42-0 shutout of the Ball State Cardinals last week. The team just needs to to make sure that the boost in confidence isn't accompanied by a spike in hubris. Though they've been excellent front-runners in 2011, the Owls have yet to show they can win a tight football game.

"We've seen what can happen, not being on our A-game," said Addazio earlier this week. "We've seen that. We still haven't proved that we can come from behind yet."

As such, the Owls will benefit from a certain sense of humility against all their MAC opponents. After all, a 42-0 win doesn't mean much if you can't follow it up with another impressive showing. It's a lesson the team learned after the Maryland game, and hopefully one it will remember against Buffalo. They might be getting better, but they aren't good enough to start overlooking anyone yet.

Lines
After some odds talk in the comments a week or two back, I mentioned that I'd have to do a better job in the future remembering to post the lines each week. Well, here we are.

The Owls are favored favored by 3 touchdowns and 3 more extra points against the Bulls at -21. O/U is set at 47. Do both of these seem heavily influenced by the Ball State result last week? Proceed as you will.

The Buffalo Sentence
Alright, now I kid you not, the following, despite its lack of punctuation, is actually a grammatically correct sentence in the English language:

"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo."

The sentence makes use of all three forms of the word "buffalo"—the city, the animal and the verb.

It's about buffalo from Buffalo, who are buffaloed by some other Buffalo buffaloes, buffaloing some other buffalo. Read more on the buffaloing Buffalo buffaloes here.

Other Football-Related Notes
--After his fourth three-touchdown performance of the year last week, Bernard Pierce has officially passed Paul Palmer to become the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns scored by a Temple Owl. He currently leads the nation in TDs with 15.

--Third-string running Myron Myles is no longer a member of the football team, following a "verbal altercation" with a member of the coaching staff. From head coach Steve Addazio:

"He decided to pursue options elsewhere and we wish him all the best."

--Center John Palumbo, who missed last week's game against Ball State, is expected to return against to action this week against the Bulls.

--We'll update if we hear anything pursuant to the on-going Temple/Villanova/Big East situation, though we can tell you that things have apparently taken a turn for the worse from the Temple perspective over the last 24 hours. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Big East is moving ahead without the Owls in any capacity, thanks in large part to Villanova's opposition. The Inquirer's Mike Jensen, who's just been killing it with updates all week, has another great read on the increasingly strained relationship between the two universities, which you can find by clicking here. Though the news is far from good, we'll note that considering Boise State and Navy's hesitation in joining the conference, it isn't totally over for Temple just yet—one way or the other. Let's just conclude that things are looking markedly worse than, say, Thursday.

See you post-game.

Best of NHL: Lee scores 2 power-play goals, Islanders beat Kings

Best of NHL: Lee scores 2 power-play goals, Islanders beat Kings

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders are on quite a nice roll.

Anders Lee scored two power-play goals to lead the Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, giving New York its third straight win and fourth in the last five games.

"We've been keeping it simple of late," said Lee, who has four goals in two games against the Kings this season. "We've been getting shots on net and being more effective. I'll do my thing down low."

John Tavares had a goal and an assist, Jason Chimera also scored and Jean-Francois Berube stopped 34 shots to earn his first win in his third start of the season (see full recap).

Hartnell snaps tie as Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets would just as soon forget the second period of Saturday's game, when the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it.

Columbus didn't play much better in the third but withstood 15 shots and killed three penalties. Midway through, Scott Hartnell scored his second goal of the game , and the Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2.

Columbus got the win despite being outshot 37-20.

Hartnell scored in the first period and then netted the tiebreaker, helping the Blue Jackets overcome a horrendous second period - in which they managed only two shots on goal - to beat Carolina for the second time this week (see full recap).

Beagle scores in overtime, Capitals beat Stars 4-3
DALLAS -- Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Saturday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov skated behind the net and put the puck in front to Beagle. His wrist shot beat goalie Kari Lehtonen, who got tangled with a defender and lost his footing.

The Stars led 3-1 and didn't allow Washington a power play until the third period, but then Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie scored with the man advantage in the first 5:26 of the period.

Adam Cracknell and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas on plays that originally were ruled no goal. Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist for the Stars (see full recap).

Bogosian scores in overtime, Sabres edge Canadiens 3-2
MONTREAL -- The Sabres couldn't score from in close on All-Star goalie Carey Price late in regulation Saturday night.

So Zach Bogosian teed it up from a ways out in overtime to lift Buffalo.

Bogosian scored his first goal of the season in overtime and the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in the second game of a back-to-back for both teams.

Buffalo nearly broke through against Price near the end of the third period. Price made a pad save on Matt Moulson on a breakaway at 19:40, and then with six seconds remaining, he robbed Rasmus Ristolainen with a windmill glove save (see full recap).

 

Best of NBA: Kawhi Leonard scores 41, Spurs down Cavaliers in OT

Best of NBA: Kawhi Leonard scores 41, Spurs down Cavaliers in OT

CLEVELAND -- Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 41 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-115 in overtime on Saturday night despite missing starters Tony Parker and Pau Gasol.

Leonard scored six in OT, including a game-sealing dunk with 4.9 seconds left, as the Spurs regrouped after a late collapse in regulation.

David Lee, making a rare start in place of the injured Gasol, added 14 points as San Antonio improved to 18-4 on the road.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored 29 apiece for the Cavs, who had the last shot in regulation and had plenty of opportunities in the extra five minutes. Cleveland still had a chance to tie it in the final second of overtime, but Kevin Love missed a 3-pointer (see full recap).

Lillard, McCollum carry Portland to OT win over Boston
BOSTON -- Damian Lillard had a three-point play with 47 seconds left in overtime and finished with 28 points to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 127-123 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, snapping their four-game losing streak.

CJ McCollum scored 35 points to lead Portland, which lost in the closing seconds in Philadelphia on Friday night. Lillard added seven assists.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 41 points, his 14th time this season with 30 or more points. Marcus Smart and Al Horford each scored 17 for the Celtics, who have lost two straight after winning 13 of 16.

Thomas nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 to play in OT, pushing Boston ahead by one, but Al-Farouq Aminu was fouled on the next possession and hit both free throws to move Portland back in front.

Lillard then drove the lane, was fouled and hit the free throw. Mason Plumlee had a short jumper in the lane and a free throw in the closing 24 seconds (see full recap).

Booker scores 26 as Suns edge Knicks 107-105
NEW YORK -- Devin Booker scored 26 points and made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left, and the Phoenix Suns beat the New York Knicks 107-105 on Saturday night.

Carmelo Anthony's attempt at a winning 3-pointer rimmed out as Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak and handed New York its second loss in a row.

Eric Bledsoe added 23 points for the Suns, while P.J. Tucker and Marquese Chriss each had 15.

Anthony led the Knicks with 31 points, Derrick Rose had 26 and Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 (see full recap).

Dekker scores career-best 30 leading Rockets past Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sam Dekker scored a career-high 30 points, James Harden added 29 points and 10 assists and the Houston Rockets leaned on their usual 3-point offense to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 119-95 on Saturday night.

Eric Gordon added 21 points as the Rockets built the lead to as many as 20 in the fourth quarter before easily coasting home.

Dekker, making his first career start in place of the ill Ryan Anderson, made 12 of 19 shots, including 6 of 11 from outside the arc. Houston shot 51 percent overall and 38 percent from distance.

Marc Gasol scored 32 points and Mike Conley added 15 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the third time in the last four.

Memphis struggled shooting the entire night, finishing at 37 percent and unsuccessfully tried to follow the Rockets' long-range attack but converted only 9 of 34 from outside the arc (see full recap).