Jay, After the Mocs got skunked out of the playoffs, I've all but shutdown the football camp. I just simply don't care.
I am happy to the degree that I'll be home to attend the Dr. Pepper Classic and the women's home game against Waffle House U. However, if you're bent on a mailbag letter, I'll throw this out:
We all know the Dr. Pepper Classic is not a major tier college tournment. But given the fresh blood in the adminstration and the program, could there be a push to bring in more "recognizable" programs to help put butts in the new seats? While Mocs vs. Middle Tennessee I believe will draw a respectable crowd, I don't forsee any interest in Grand Canyon U. (Who the hell are they? The fight'n donkies?)
Chase: "Red, White, & Blue" was a staple in the Cook Household from 1982 to 1986-ish I think. I just remember coming home from school and I would be allowed one Coke which was on the second shelf in our garage refrigerator. The Red, White, and Blue was on the bottom shelf.
Max: Unless the Mocs are in the playoffs, nobody and I mean NOBODY cares for the FCS in the post-season. Sorry, that's just the way this town rolls.
Nothing of interest for me today. Carry on folks.
I didn't catch the Iron Bowl but I am happy for your win Jay.
I feel saddened by my friend Kate (my youngest friend and a senior at Georgia Tech). She was at the game on Saturday and obviously wanted a huge win a against a school she has truly learned to hate. And this is coming from a woman who wasn't even into football her first year there. ^^()
Shout-Out to Weeds for his column this morning regarding the BB Mocs trip to Athens tonight. The 1997 upset during The Big Dance 73-70 is still a favorite game of mine. March 14th was also my 22nd birthday. I watched the whole game televised on CBS in my parents living room.
On sports rivalies:
For the NFL, you can actually do a whole column if not special on what people would consider the top ones. My opinion is the top-tier one to be Chicago/Green Bay. The others, including the often heated division rivalies we have between Philidelphia, Washington, and New York (Giants), are more geared toward regional and not national rivalies. Just me though.
MLB: Again regional only but by all accounts Rangers/Angels. Those series ALWAYS sell out or the ticket prices are very high end. Same with Red Sox and Yankees because those teams usually play one series at home with the Rangers per year.
Rangers/Oakland is also becoming something of a hot-ticket as well but not as much as the previously mentioned.
"No one cares about UTC/UTC is the hometown school you owe them (This is one of favorites because it is whacked in each direction. One, plenty of folks in Chattanooga care about UT-Chattanooga. Two, we do not owe anyone anything. Period. It's our papers job to reflect interest not generate it. And as many of you know, the Mocs — from top to bottom — get more and better coverage than any program their size anywhere, and that's a commitment we have across the staff.)"
I wish to concur on this. TREMENDOUSLY. I grant you UTC has a long way to go in order to obtain the hardcore following of an SEC school BUT...unless you live in a college town where the local college is a party of one (like in Boone or Elon), most FCS schools rarely get ANY major coverage if they are located in a medium or large/sized metro market. I've brought this up several times but both UT-Arlington and UNT are more or less direct peers of UTC and you know how much coverage they get from the Dallas Morning News?
Even big brother school SMU up the road is lucky to get a 1-2 front page write-ups a year during football season (Unless they upset at UT (the other one) or A&M or Tech.
I grant you Jay I would love a shot at Frierson's or your job (and I'm scholastically qualified for it) but I also know the balancing act is brutal to say the least.
MT- Extremely well-played on the WKRP clip. I watched the reruns on and off with my folks when I was old enough to comprehend the humor. By far, this was one of their BEST episodes. Why it never made any of the top 10 "funniest moments in television" has stumped both me and my mother for 20 years.
Yet Furman is going to playoffs. u_u
I don't deny congrats are in order but in the big picture, I'd rather see them clash heads in Frisco against North Dakota State.
The Marcus Dupree 30/30 is one of the top tier ones. And scary cautionary tale involving what happens when you let other people handle your money. It's sad to see at the end how he ended up. ):
Thanks for the insite. I wasn't trying to start anything as much as there wasn't really anything of interesting in todays 5&10 until I saw the piece in reference and it just made me think of that spot yesterday morning while watching "CBS11 This Morning" which is NOT the easiest to watch (the on-air talent make my head hurt). But my CPU is RIP so I can't listen to Jeff, Kevin and JR in the morning. D:
Anyway, the spot was something I considered humorous considering what the locals thing of Jerry's Death Star and his ticket prices.
Reading the Power Poll part, I couldn't help but laugh a little. Yes, everything is on point. However, there's this local spot on CBS11 showing Cowboys highlights with the following messages appearing on the bottom of the sceen to the sound of inspriational music "Football is not something you watch on television, it is MEANT to be seen live, it is MEANT to be experienced, Order Season Tickets Now!" And they give out the phone number.
The spot obviously is intended to get people to come to the games vs. watching it on television and there lies the rub. I don't know if Jerry approves these spots or one of flunkies in the media department but whoever ok'ed these obviously failed Blue Collar Economics 101. When your nose-bleed seats cost as much as a three-bedroom house payment in East Ridge, that means "you're not who we're catering too". When the stadium parking lot resembles a Lexus, Jaguar and Porche dealership, real fans need not apply. We can also go into things like PSLs and so on but the battle to watch it on television is not going away until the prices are lowered and given the number of extreme super rich we have here in Dallas (we actually have a shopping mall here that only caters to said wealth), that's Jerry's REAL cash cow.