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Old 08-11-2008, 09:43 PM   #71
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Alright, alright, so there are more like 15. point is, it's tough to generate excitement amongst the student body when you've got to bus them all over Hell's half acre.
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Alright, alright, so there are more like 15. point is, it's tough to generate excitement amongst the student body when you've got to bus them all over Hell's half acre.
VERY true. Tulane has trouble getting students to go to games. It's not just the losing, it's having to hop a shuttle bus to make the trip to the Dome.

Of course, they also ruined the pregame atmosphere. There used to be tailgate parties on gameday--free jambalaya and Coke, 25 cent draft beers--around campus at places like the ROTC building and the Alumni House. Then Marriott (the food provider) said that violated their exclusive contract and made the university shut the tailgate parties down. Marriott replaced them by closing down the dining hall on gameday. You had to use your "dinner" for a small plate of fried chicken and potato salad with no seconds. After a couple of games they dropped it altogether.

Winning would help, though. I was at the last game of the 1998 regular season (the 12-0 year where Shaun King rewrote the record book). It was Thanksgiving weekend but there was still a good presence in the student section which is conveniently behind the visitors' bench.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:32 AM   #73
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Alabama vs Clemson will really set the tune for how the SEC is going to compete this season. Also the Auburn at West Virginia game is a huge game.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:36 PM   #74
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At least at Akron they make an effort. They found a loophole to being a dry campus where they have a beer garden set-up adjacent to the stadium. It sucks because it's behind the endzone and it's tough to watch the game, but, like I said, at least an effort is being made.

All that changes next year...and I've got season tickets for the next two years bought.
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Alabama vs Clemson will really set the tune for how the SEC is going to compete this season. Also the Auburn at West Virginia game is a huge game.
SPUAT will get curbstomped. They can't even hang with ULM and will be lucky to have a .500 conference record.

Aubies might be a better test.
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I don't buy it. The student body can't make it 5 miles down the road??? Before you rack your brain on that....How many active students do you think there are in the 90,000 plus at a Penn State game??? I'll help you out ....no more than 10-12k.

The rest are alumni.......We are Penn State.....lol


So I'll ask you one more time. Why is Heinz field half empty for a Pitt game???
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No, I think there's merit to the argument. My alma mater did not have a stadium on campus, and there was a huge and palpable difference between it and other similar schools that did come Saturday morning. No tailgating, no sense of excitement or anticipation...it's just not the same. Without some permeating sense of festival or whatever you call it, it definitely impacts the general enthusiam of the student body.
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I don't buy it. The student body can't make it 5 miles down the road??? Before you rack your brain on that....How many active students do you think there are in the 90,000 plus at a Penn State game??? I'll help you out ....no more than 10-12k.

The rest are alumni.......We are Penn State.....lol


So I'll ask you one more time. Why is Heinz field half empty for a Pitt game???
Pitt hasn't been winning and had a major coaching change. The fans were disinfranchised when the 1st year under Dave W was a major let down, especially since they were in a BCS game the year prior after winning the Big East. Palko and some of the other guys lost their "heart" and didn't put forth the full effort asked of them by Dave and the team itself had a huge 2 season let down. After beating the #2 team in the nation last year on their home field, Pitt football has officially made a statement and will be back in the mix. The fans will be coming back to Heinz field in droves especially with McCoy running in the Heisman Race.

Go play Temple again with your over rated team and try to score more than 9 points at OSU this season why don't you. Btw...got you last 12-0. Deal with it.
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i would have to disagree with that one. if the tide wins great it will be a nice upset. but clemson is the best acc program going into the game, alabama is probally at best the 5 or 6th best team in the SEC. but alabama's got a chance. i think clemson is favored by 5 right now but the line was as high as 7.
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i would have to disagree with that one. if the tide wins great it will be a nice upset. but clemson is the best acc program going into the game, alabama is probally at best the 5 or 6th best team in the SEC. but alabama's got a chance. i think clemson is favored by 5 right now but the line was as high as 7.
Funny...I thought the SEC was so dominant that its "lower tier" teams would be able to handle a consistantly under acheiving Clemson program.

Is South Carolina going to beat NC State or do you have an excuse for that one lined up as well?
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