TEMPLE TUFF

Still looking to fill your Hard Knocks fix this football season? Be sure and check out Temple TUFF on Comcast Sports Net. From the practice field to the pregame speech, each 30 minute episode takes viewers behind the scenes of Temple football. This season I have been working for Temple TUFF which is produced by 20/20 Visual Media, a production company launched by two recent Temple graduates. Only in it’s first season, Temple TUFF is quickly picking up an audience. Recently ,one of the episodes received a 0.8 rating which means more than 24,000 Philadelphia households were watching. This high rating for a prime time show in the 4th largest media market in the United States is a true testament to how well the show is produced by Patrick Rosenbaum and Rob Czyzewicz. You can watch the next episode of Temple TUFF when it airs November 2nd at 6:30 on Comcast Sports Net. In the meantime you can catch up on previous episodes by watching below.

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ALL WRAPPED UP


AMBLER, PA – On game days, athletic trainers like Temple University’s Travis McCormack can be seen on the sidelines waiting for the moment fans, coaches, and players wish would never happen. Injuries are a common occurrence in any sport, but McCormack’s responsibility is to return athletes back to the playing field as soon as possible. Inside his training room, McCormack diligently treats blisters, ACL tears, and everything in-between. Part of an athletic trainer’s daily duties include working with dirty, smelly feet, but it’s something McCormack takes in full stride. The former athlete admits to frequently using an athletic trainer which is why McCormack believes he’s finially, “putting in his time now.”  Watch the video below for an inside glimpse of life as an athletic trainer.still allows him the chance to stay connected to the world of sports which he loves.

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Pandamonium erupted last night when Temple beat #10 ranked Georgetown 68-65.  The Owls led the entire game and had their 6th man (the student section) working in full force. A few days before the game I splurged and bought a wild cherry pass. Basically this pass gives me guaranteed tickets to every basketball game. Additionally if I had purchased the pass in the fall I would have gotten guaranteed football tickets. It’s not a bad deal at $60 plus you get a pretty sweet underarmor tee shirt. Finally this pass allows students to sit in the”cherry and white” section at any home athletic event. So last night after the final seconds ticked off the clock I joined in with the rest of the “cherry and white” student section storming the court inside the Liacouras Center. This upset against top ranked Georgetown should definitely put Temple back in the nationally ranked top 24!  Check out the video below for a few clips I took from the madness last night on my cell phone.

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It’s a great time to be a Temple Owl. School spirit here on campus is at an all time high thanks to the recent success of our basketball and football teams. Currently the football team is 8-2 and in contention to play in the MAC conference championship game. Everyone here on campus is getting pumped for the Owl’s next (ESPN 2) nationally televised home game on Tuesday against Ohio University. Last year the Owls played UCLA in the Eaglebank bowl (their first bowlgame in 30 years!) and this year we’re all hoping the team goes bowling again.Check out this past blog post on the Owl’s bowlgame last December.

In addition to the football team the #22 ranked Temple men’s basketball team opened their season winning both games this past weekend. Personally I’m looking forward to the Owl’s next big home basketball game against nationally ranked Georgetown on December 9th. One of the great things about all our sports games here at Temple is the fact they’re FREE. Unlike some schools where students have to rely on a lottery system to score tickets, Temple hands out student tickets at the door! While our football team plays at Lincoln Financial Field (home to the Philadelphia Eagles) the basketball team plays on campus at the Liacouras Center. Check out this past blog post on the Liacouras Center located right on campus! Next time you’re visiting campus make sure you stick around for a sporting event!

IN THE TUNNEL

Pandomonium erupts as Philadelphia Union soccer players exit the locker room into an area known as “the tunnel.” Just beyond the tunnel lies thousands of screaming fans anticipating the team’s grand entrance. These brief moments inside the tunnel give players the chance to collect their thoughts and most importantly focus on the big game ahead. Check out this video I put together for the Union and experience what it’s like to spend time inside the tunnel moments before kickoff. Be sure to watch in HD!

THE WAIT IS OVER…

The gates to PPL park opened Sunday afternoon and 18,000 plus fans stormed inside Philadelphia’s newest home for soccer. Sunday’s game against the Seattle Sounders sold out in just under 4 hours – no one wanted to miss their chance at witnessing this historical event. Not even the 100 degree temperatures put a damper on the day’s events, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Chester’s, Mayor Butler. Sunday’s inaugural home opener had all the perfect ingredients for a memorable night including confetti, smoke bombs, and also fireworks. But the perfect ingredient came in the form of three goals and a win. It’s not everyday you go to work knowing you’ll be helping to open a brand new stadium.  June 27th seemed like a lifetime away when I joined the Union organization three months ago…and now it’s already in the past. However the events that occurred Sunday proved to be historic not only for the soccer team but the city of Chester. Take a look below at the newest pre game introduction video I put together for the home opener sunday. This video aired in the stadium moments before the players took to the field.

HOME SWEET HOME

25 DAYS AND COUNTING….In less than one month the Philadelphia Union will open their new home PPL Park. This new state of the art venue will seat just under 20,000 fans for Philadelphia Union soccer games. I’ve always had a love for stadiums so it’s been cool watching PPL park transform week by week. Currently Panasonic is testing out the new video board and LED’s that will wrap around the stadium. Be sure and check out this special look video I did inside PPL park which aired this past weekend on the Fox Soccer Channel.