5 Big Reasons to Watch or Attend Tonight's Big 5 Title Game

5 Big Reasons to Watch or Attend Tonight's Big 5 Title Game

Introduction seems unnecessary considering this is an introduction, so here's what tonight's Temple-La Salle game (7 p.m. / CBS Sports) has working in its favor:

1. The Big 5 Title
La Salle (18-6, 8-3, 3-0) is guaranteed at least a share of the championship, which it has not held since 1998 and hasn't won outright since 1990. Temple (17-8, 6-5, 2-1) is looking to win or share the title for the 27th time overall and third time in the last four seasons. La Salle has won the title the fewest times of any team (10) dating back to the group's formation in 1955.

2. The Battle for the A-10 POTY Award
Temple's Khalif Wyatt (19.8 PPG) and La Salle's Ramon Galloway (17.3) are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on the list of the Atlantic 10's leading scorers and have emerged as the frontrunners for the conference's player of the year award. Wyatt, in particular, has averaged 24.4 points over his last 11 games. Over that stretch, he's gone for 30 or more threes times and 20 or more nine times.

3. Temple's NCAA Tournament Position
Will Temple make its sixth straight NCAA tournament or host a first-round NIT game? Fran Dunphy may not always be an exciting quote, but his team sure is bubbly. With six games remaining, Temple still has to play La Salle, Charlotte, Detroit, Rhode Island, Fordham and No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth. Three of those games should be wins and three will be tougher. A 4-2 close would give the Owls 21 wins heading into the A-10 tournament, a solid but not secure position. Right now, Lunardi has Temple as part of his first four out and Palm has the Owls as an 11-seed against sixth-seeded San Diego State in a rematch from the 2011 Round of 32.

4. The Owls Feel So Close to You Right Now
With its 83-82 win over UMass last Saturday, Temple set a new NCAA record, having played five consecutive games decided by just one point. No other program in the country has done that dating back to 1996-97, before which time no one seems to have kept such an accounting. Last year's meeting between these two teams at the Gola required overtime and was decided by — you guessed it — one point, when the Owls edged the Explorers 80-79. La Salle has not beaten Temple since 2009, when it did so at the Apollo. Related:



5. The End of an Era
Just like Temple and St. Joe's earlier this month, barring a meeting in the Atlantic 10 tournament, tonight will be the final time Temple and La Salle tip off as members of the same conference.

An added Bonus: Dollar Dog Night
You shouldn't need this kind of added incentive and you shouldn't turn it down either. I mean, between that and the blood pressure screening...

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
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# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

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The pick-six that 'everyone down Broad Street heard'

The pick-six that 'everyone down Broad Street heard'

Patrick Robinson was talking a little trash with some Eagles teammates before the NFC Championship, so when he came up with an interception, he sort of had to back it up.

“Two hours before the game, I was like, 'When I get a pick, I'm not going out of bounds,'" Robinson said. "When I got it, I was running down the sideline, and I was like, 'No, I definitely can't go out of bounds,' so I just cut it back upfield.”

The end result was a 50-yard return for a touchdown — a play that served to energize the Eagles, the home crowd and an entire fan base during the 38-7 win over the Vikings (see Roob's observations).

“I don't think it just pumped up the offense," Nick Foles said. "I think it pumped up the whole City of Philadelphia. I think everyone down Broad Street heard that.”

Not only did Robinson's pick-six tie the score at seven in the first quarter, it shifted the momentum in the Eagles' favor permanently.

There was an uneasy feeling over Lincoln Financial Field after the Vikings marched straight down the field on a nine-play touchdown drive. A penalty on the ensuing Eagles punt improved Minnesota's field position, while a conversion on third-and-long moved the offense close to midfield. Nothing was going right.

"We had to make a play because they drove right down and scored," Chris Long said. "If we didn't have believe in ourselves and a little toughness, you might've thought, 'Oh, man, it's gonna be a long night.' I know some people probably thought that watching on TV or whatever, but we know what we're capable of as a defense.

“On us, on defense, we had to go out and make a big play and create a turnover.”

Long did exactly that. The 32-year-old pass rusher beat the protection and reached Vikings quarterback Case Keenum mid-throw. The result was a pass that came up woefully short of its intended target — what Robinson described as "an easy pick."

Far less simple was the return. Robinson began by running down the sideline with a convoy of Eagles defenders. Then, with precious little room to maneuver and a promise not to run out of bounds, he cut all the way across to the opposite side of the field, outracing the remaining Vikings players to the pylon.

It was a runback worthy of a certain Eagles All-Pro punt returner.

“Pat, man, he was unbelievable out there," Long said. "He was like Darren Sproles with the ball.”

Robinson was happy to play the part, at one point directing fellow cornerback Ronald Darby to throw a key block that ultimately allowed him to get into the end zone.

“A lot of times you get a pick, there's always one guy that slips through the pack and gets a guy who has the ball," Robinson said. "But this time, all our guys were running hard and trying to make blocks for me.”

For a team that's leaned on home-field advantage all season long, winning nine games in their own building, you better believe that play came at a critical juncture in the contest.

"It got the crowd into it," Malcolm Jenkins said. "Defensively, that first drive, we were kind of uncharacteristic in the run game, missing tackles, just kind of leaky and unsettled. Once we got that, we evened the score back up, it was, 'OK, that was our restart.'

“The crowd is into it. Our offense got going. Defense started getting stops. That was a huge play in the game.”