|Top five games from 1988
|5. December 3rd, 1988 -- Penn. 80, Delaware 63: This game represents the first time I ever interviewed a player
after a game. I was actually kind of nervous at the beginning. Jerry Simon, thanks for making it so easy. Penn led
this game 36-28 and would score the last eight points of the game to account for the final margin.
4. October 1, 1988 -- Penn State 45, Temple 9: All us members of the marching band had adrenaline pumping
prior to walking out on the field for the pre-game show. Veterans Stadium was sold out and we really wanted to
look better than the Penn State band. This is the only Temple football home game I attended that was sold out.
3. May 12th, 1988 -- New Jersey Devils 6, Boston Bruins 3: The first game I ever attended as a reporter and
the first press credential I ever acquired. And it was a 3rd round NHL playoff game. I had never been to any
sort of playoff game in any capacity, so just entering the Brendan Byrne Arena was a thrill. Boston was looking to
clinch the series and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, John MacLean scored for the Devils in the
second period to break a 3-3 tie. Pat Conacher and Patrik Sundstrom added goals for New Jersey in the third to
allow the Devils to even the best-of-seven series at three-games apiece.
2. October 10th, 1988 -- Philadelphia Eagles 24, New York Giants 13: I could've sworn Carl Banks had
tackled Randall Cunningham prior to the QB throwing that touchdown pass to -- I think Fred Barnett.
Cunningham's knee was down. I couldn't have had a better view. The Temple marching band played at this
game and our seats were in the corner of the end zone. This was the first NFL game I ever attended (I had
never been to one even as a fan) and it was fun rooting for the Giants versus most of the marching band rooting
for the Eagles.
1. December 6th, 1988 -- Penn. 71, Villanova 70: The Penn. fans stormed the floor at the Palestra after this
game. Walt Frazier, Jr. lit it up with 25 points as Penn. defeated its Big Five rival. This was the first time I ever
went in to the locker room after a game to obtain interviews -- and the Villanova locker room was one of the
most somber I ever saw.
|Strange facts from 1988
|1. The Delaware - Penn. game is my first college game attended as a media representative. It is also the only
time I have seen the Delaware men's basketball team play in a game.
2. After the December 16th game at the Brendan Byrne Arena, my first NBA game, I did not see the New Jersey
Nets play another home game until April 27th, 1999.
3. Long Beach State on December 9th represents the only school I saw play in a college basketball regular season
game prior to November 26th, 1996 that is not from the Eastern time zone.
|Date visiting team home team sport
5/12/88 Boston Bruins 3 NJ Devils 6$ NHL
9/10/88 Alabama 37 Temple Owls 0 CFB
9/17/88 Temple Owls 12 Navy 7 CFB
10/1/88 Penn State 45 Temple Owls 9 CFB
10/10/88 New York Giants 13 Philadelphia Eagles 24 NFL
10/15/88 Temple Owls 7 Pittsburgh 42 CFB
10/29/88 Temple Owls 35 Rutgers 30 CFB
11/5/88 East Carolina 34 Temple Owls 17 CFB
11/26/88 Boston College 28 Temple Owls 45 CFB
12/3/88 Delaware 63 Penn 80 CBB
12/5/88 St. Joseph’s 57 La Salle 81 CBB
12/6/88 Villanova 70 Penn 71 CBB
12/9/88 Long Beach St. 92 Drexel 84* CBB
12/9/88 La Salle 77 Penn 61* CBB
12/16/88 Philadelphia 76ers 114 NJ Nets 106 NBA
12/22/88 Philadelphia Flyers 4 NY Islanders 2 NHL
$ Third round NHL playoff game
* Jostens Classic played at The Palestra
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