October 19, 2006

Carpe the Per Diem: Before they got clobbered 63-9 by Clemson, Temple Owls' football players unanimously to donate their per diem checks, $1,500 in all, to the Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust Fund ... (mentioned in an earlier discussion).

posted by SummersEve to football at 01:12 PM - 27 comments

I'm a Temple Alum. I catch hell for my team not winning a game in a gazillion years, and losing seven games this year by a combined 308-50. But I'm so proud of these kids. Nice work, Mr. Golden, T for Temple U.

posted by SummersEve at 01:19 PM on October 19

Good to see one coach has his priorities right.

posted by irunfromclones at 01:24 PM on October 19

I propose we ban these kinds of posts on SpoFi. I hate to cry at work.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:00 PM on October 19

What worldcup said. What a fantastic story.

posted by hawkguy at 02:18 PM on October 19

For most of these players, no one will remember that they played football in 20 years. It's a good thing to learn about the things that matter early in life.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:32 PM on October 19

Outstanding read - thanks SummersEve.

posted by skydivemom at 02:43 PM on October 19

That's a great story. You always hear coaches talk about how their going to take these boys and turn them into men. It's nice to actually see a coach mean it.

posted by cabuki at 03:24 PM on October 19

"What you are doing will not only impact your life and Fahmarr's but many more people that you are an inspiration to," Golden wrote. A man whose heart and class are definitely not exceeded by his grammar skills. Coach, don't let your scholar/athletes grow up to dangle prepositions. (Nothing like a pedant to ruin a perfectly nice story, huh?) Thanks for the excellent post, Seve.

posted by BullpenPro at 03:25 PM on October 19

I remember the previous post about the NCAA's Grinch-like attitude toward McElrathbey. I didn't know they had granted the waiver. Maybe someone in the NCAA can actually understand public opinion. Anyway, my son could play for a man like Al Golden any day. Thanks for the story, SummersEve.

posted by Howard_T at 03:53 PM on October 19

In a week where all Miami can muster is a pathetic one-game suspension for players involved in a vicious brawl with Florida International Saturday ("Join a Team Not a Gang Night," by the way, with 700 youth in attendance), Golden, his Temple team and Ray Ray McElrathbey are a refreshing reminder that the college athletic experience can actually be a good thing. Ouch, babe ... very ouch. Great story and a class gesture. Anyone else think maybe we could get a fund together and send $50 to the same foundation on behalf of SpoFi? I'll kick in $10 and collect via PayPal, if you'd like.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:32 PM on October 19

How inspirational....what a great story. These guys are going to be light years ahead of any number one draft pick from a BCS school as far as the values of life. Thanks for posting this!

posted by brownindian at 05:22 PM on October 19

wfrazerjr: Anyone else think maybe we could get a fund together and send $50 to the same foundation on behalf of SpoFi? You know, that's actually a terrific idea. A nice way for us, as sports fans, to reinforce that we actually support decent and positive behavior from our atheletes. I lamely ask that somebody else set this up since I don't have time, but I'll gladly kick in some cash.

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:28 PM on October 19

Ditto, I'd give a few bucks.

posted by tieguy at 05:34 PM on October 19

I'm in, too. Just let us know somehow. (Locker room, maybe?)

posted by hawkguy at 05:47 PM on October 19

If someone with a Paypal Premier account will set up a DropCash project, it'd be a snap. I don't have one...

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:55 PM on October 19

vicious brawl with Florida International Saturday ("Join a Team Not a Gang Night," by the way, with 700 youth in attendance), Is that Ironic? or just a coincidence?

posted by SunnySide at 06:06 PM on October 19

Might also look at http://www.fundable.org/.

posted by tieguy at 06:38 PM on October 19

To all... The DropCash page has been set up by fraze, and it officially works. Thanks to wfrazerjr for taking the time to set it up.

posted by hawkguy at 09:09 PM on October 19

Sometimes, you don't know who the winners are by looking at the scoreboard, or in the 'offical standings'.

posted by tommytrump at 11:13 PM on October 19

I think we've set our goal too low, I'm going to top it up to the $100, but, let's keep contributing ok gang? I think the what is it, 15000 or so spofi members can at least match what the Temple football club gave. Give up your coffee on Friday, and donate whatever you would have spent on that! While I was typing this, someone threw in about $20, so, I'm taking us over the top,....keep it coming.

posted by tommytrump at 11:19 PM on October 19

Holy shit, you guys are awesome.

posted by SummersEve at 04:17 AM on October 20

Fight Fight Fight for the Cherry and the White...I'm a Temple alum, and I want to thank you SummersEve, for posting that...Sure we've won about two games in the past three or four years...but character does count for something.

posted by Obleeze at 07:50 AM on October 20

Already up to $109... awesome. AGNP

posted by AaronGNP at 07:53 AM on October 20

Thanks, SpoFi! Hey, always set your goals too low, TommyT -- that way, when you succeed, you crush the goal, and when you fail, you're a complete schmuck.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:03 AM on October 20

Do I have to have a Paypal account to contribute? For those of us not familiar with Paypal any info/directions would be most appreciated. This is a really cool idea I believe the good folk here on SpoFi can double the $109.90 in no time. Nice link SE and u-da-man fraze. (ack...i used faux-AOL-speak)

posted by Folkways at 10:30 AM on October 20

Now, the big bucks will start rolling in.

posted by bperk at 10:31 AM on October 20

Folks, Andre has upped the goal to $500, which means we now sit at 21% of our target. Donate away, and more details in the locker room!

posted by wfrazerjr at 12:37 PM on October 20

You're not logged in. Please log in or register.