This is a good report from a recent Fayetteville Wolfpack Club Caravan stop. It includes an excellent quote from Coach O’Brien, perhaps directed at the recent ludicrous UNC-CH Spring Game crowd estimates:
“We can count at our school,” O’Brien said. “We are obviously the mathematicians, the scientists. We don’t have to estimate or guesstimate. We’ll give you the exact figure of who shows up.”
It is amazing that UNC-CH had enough players eligible to put on a Spring Game at all. In the future, UNC-CH might consider consolidating their Spring Game with their Pro Day to save time and resources.
SFN readers will remember from this entry that the News and Observer and WRAL shamelessly published absurd attendance numbers for the UNC-CH Spring Game this past weekend. The News and Observer reported:
in a 45-minute controlled scrimmage of about 50 snaps in front of a crowd UNC estimated at 15,500 at Kenan Stadium.
… one of four quarterbacks to see action in front of 15,500 fans on an overcast day in Chapel Hill.
Seriously, does even one person on the planet actually think anything close to 15,500 were at that game?
Radio personality Joe Ovies checked in with some reasonable commentary on this topic. Kudos to WRAL for using a picture accompanying Ovies’ article that clearly highlights the Tar Heel throng in attendance:
…attendance numbers at college football Spring games suddenly becomes a topic of interest. Well, maybe just for bored NC State fans who are constantly looking for ways to bury the North Carolina program.
I plead guilty to being bored and constantly looking for ways to bury the North Carolina program. Joe has me nailed there.
Ovies goes on:
The Tar Heels held their scrimmage on Saturday and UNC estimated 15,500 fans showed up for the event. Pictures from Kenan that day would lead observers to lower the estimate by a few thousand.
In the grand scheme, it isn’t a big deal. We’re talking about a glorified practice that only the hardcode fan can really enjoy.
I would argue that that observers would lower the “15,500″ estimate by several thousand, if not ten. Also, if it’s not a big deal, why the media-assisted canard?