AS A COLLEGE basketball fan in the early 1970s, maybe you went to the Palestra to see Joe Bryant or Mike Bantom or Ron Haigler. But a friend and I would go there for another reason - to watch Temple's Joe Rymal.
Joe wasn't the Owls' leading scorer or top rebounder. No he was something more important than that, he was the older brother of my friend and classmate Tom Rymal. And having a relative playing in the Palestra at that time was the Hoops Holy Grail.
Tom, who played at North Catholic, Community College and Drexel, was the best basketball player I ever appeared on a court with regularly. And I probably haven't thought of him more than a handful of times in the last 25 years . . . until I saw an email Wednesday marked "Rebound for the Rymals."