Author John Templon

15 entries

The Journey Begins

It was a mild, but crisp November evening in New York City as I walked to the 169th Street F train station from Carnesseca Arena on Monday night. It was a brand new experience for me...

The Cycle of College Basketball

It happens so fast in college basketball, especially below the Red Line. One season you're up, the next you're down. Players graduate, coaches depart, the game changes. Maybe you've got Brad Stevens on your bench, so it just takes an adjustment period, but Stevens is just one man, and there is only one Butler...

Who's the man?

Paul O'Neill was at the Columbia vs. Furman game on Monday night watching his son, Aaron O'Neill; who sat on the bench for the entire game. The former Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees outfielder collected 2,105 hits and made the All-Star team five times. He was a good player, but not an all-time great.'...

Full of Surprises

As I rode the 1 train up to the Bronx to watch Manhattan play Columbia, the feature I wanted to write on Steve Masiello and the culture change that was happening formed in my head. After starting the season 3-2, the 6-25 record of a season ago was quickly becoming a distant memory. While I climbed the steps up...

Moving in Different Directions

Just walking into Draddy Gymnasium, you knew that this game was different. For one, there were students in the stands. A lot of students. And they were all wearing white. Usually the Jasper Jungle has a few hardy souls that have come to root on Manhattan, but tonight it was full. (We'll ignore the fact that Jaspers,...

Karmic Rewards

Karma - The cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation.Whether you believe in karma or not, life sometimes does have a funny way of working out. A little less than a month ago it seemed like Columbia's...

Behind the lens (George Washington at Fordham)

Nowadays when I attend a college basketball game it's usually with a seat on press row. At arenas like Rose Hill, Draddy, Levien and Hynes the seats are typically great, even for writers like myself. But it's interesting, because my blogging career actually started out as a photographer. Yup, my first press...

Deception on the Road

I'll admit it. I got there late. Iona vs. Manhattan was probably going to be one of (if not the) biggest regular season games of the year in New York City and I got there late. It was my fault. I tried to pull off a triple-header, but something crazy happened in game two. After a lot of jawing during the game...

The More Things Change...

It all was so familiar, but it was all so different at the same time. There's still a McDonald's under the El, but there's now tiered seating and chair backs. There's also some exciting basketball. I left Chicago to move to New York City and head back closer to home last September. One of the things I knew I...

There's Always Next Year

It doesn t have to end tonight. That s what I kept thinking to myself as I walked into the Pope Center in Brooklyn Heights to see St. Francis (NY) host Quinnipiac in the NEC Qua...

It ended in a win

Seasons don't have to end in a loss. At least not one on the court. The Ivy League proves it each season. On the final Saturday of the season half of the league had a chance to finish the regular season with a victory. Columbia, which was playing Dartmouth, had one of the best chances. It was Senior Night and...

So We Meet Again

It was rivalry week. LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis (NY) had just met at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Now it was Sunday and the Blackbirds and Terriers were at it again. That's because NEC is the only conference in the nation that is crazy enough to make you play your rival twice in one week. Unlike past...

Hurt so much they did it twice

Columbia came into the opening Ivy League weekend full of promise. The Lions looked like a strong defensive team as they worked their way to a solid 11-5 record in non-conference play. Kyle Smith's team also had a nice advantage too, a home set to start the 14-game tournament against two teams they'd have to be...

LIU keeps control of NEC with win at MSG

The road to the NEC title still goes through Brooklyn, even if LIU and St. Francis (NY) played at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The Blackbirds took home an 86-77 win to maintain control of first place in the conference at 12-1. "We knew coming in that St. Francis coming in had won nine of their last...

The heart of Julian Boyd (LIU vs. NJIT)

Long Island let NJIT close a 21-point deficit to three in the middle of the second half, but thanks to Julian Boyd the Blackbirds persevered and pulled out the 84-74 victory at the Wellness Center on Friday night. After Chris Flores' lay up cut the Highlanders' deficit to three with 9:12 remaining in the game,...

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One Beautiful Season

1BS weaved the history of mid-major college basketball together with stories from the 2009-10 season, culminating in Butler's epic run to the National Championship game. Now it's available as a free download: PDF in the original 592-page book layout with all photos and graphics, or ePub format for electronic reading devices.