Do I believe in miracles? Yes. Al Golden has made me a believer. During my four years at Temple, I suffered through an amalgam of losing. Close, tough, ugly, and consistent they were. It got so bad, we didn't just wear paper bags over our heads at games, we wore paper bags over our heads watching them on television.
Three decades have passed since Temple last amassed enough victories to earn a bowl bid. Saturday's win over Navy keeps the streak alive at six, the magical number of bowl eligibility. The Owls have their longest winning streak since 1974 and actually received a vote for the top 25 rankings.
Saturday's win over Navy was an important milestone in Temple football and in Golden's short Temple career. It marks a turn for the better for a program that has been laughably bad.
It also marks the transformation that Coach Golden has brought about. He has the Owls believing in themselves. He has the community believing in the Owls. This is not your daddy's Owls, or mine for that matter. And I only graduated four years ago.
At 6-2, the Owls own their destiny. Temple should be able to continue their streak with the next two games against teams with just one win apiece. With wins over woeful Miami (OH) and Akron, Temple would bolster their chances of winning the MAC East before they face formidable foes Ohio and Kent State.
With eight wins or more, Temple has a great chance of receiving a bowl invite. 30 years ago, it was the Garden State Bowl. This year, maybe the GMAC or International Bowl. Either one, I'll be there. But I won't be wearing a paper bag over my head.
The darkness has lifted and Golden days are ahead.