Middle Tennessee State – Does Anyone Care?

Well, here comes the “optional” game from the season ticket package. People are trying (with limited success) to give tickets away for this stinker, the SECOND late-season out of conference cupacke game to grace NC State’s schedule in as many years. Much like the ECU snorefest last year, I will listen half-heartedly to the radio broadcast while watching my kids and/or more interesting games on TV (Ohio State/Michigan, anyone?).

With the money I saved on tickets for my family of five (which I correctly predicted would have market value of no more than $5 come November), I paid for a full season of ESPN Gameplan with enough left over for some fine steaks and good beer to enjoy tomorrow. And my wife and kids won’t suffer through a boring game in cold, windy weather (we’re on the shady side, and mid-50s is quite unpleasant in the shade). In short, everybody’s going to be MUCH happier.

What does everyone else think? Set an over/under for BITS (butts in the seats)? Is anyone taking the athletic department up on their “generous” offer of $5 off a basketball ticket to the HISPANIC Coaches’ “Classic” game (What happened to the black ones? At least we had a chance to face semi-respectable Pepperdine or Oregon State when they were the beneficiaries…) against whatever chump we lined up for Saturday night? Pretty funny to reward those who paid $32 a pop for market valueless tickets with a few bucks off 300% over market priced hoops tickets.

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13 Responses to Middle Tennessee State – Does Anyone Care?

  1. VaWolf82 11/18/2005 at 11:11 PM #

    Far better scheduling than last year’s ECU game. With a losing record assured, who would want to go to Charlotte to watch a meaningless game against ECU? At least this year, the MTSU game keeps the potential of a bowl game alive.

  2. BJD95 11/19/2005 at 7:46 AM #

    True, it has some marginal relevance, but still – is anyone fired up about keeping our outside chance at the freaking Boise Bowl alive?

  3. Rick Jernigan 11/19/2005 at 8:33 AM #

    I am. The difference between 4 – 7 & 7 -5 is enormous. But that’s just me.

  4. Jeff 11/19/2005 at 11:41 AM #

    I am SO GLAD that you logged this entry.

    I had planned to log an entry titled “Saturday’s Referrendum” but just didn’t have time to do it…so this is wonderful to be able to respond to this.

    I expect there to be about 40,000 people there today (if that).

    In my opinion, this game represents the most attractive opportunity for a lot of Wolfpackers to finally express some displeasure for the ENTIRE Athletics Department without finally negatively impacting themselves (because of the financial/ticket structure of our department).

    I think that much of the conversation about the empty seats today will focus on displeasure with Chuck Amato. MUCH of that will be very accurate and appropriate. However, I know A LOT of people who chose not to buy tickets for this game prior to this seasong going bad.

    A lot of the fans couldn’t really verbalize WHY they chose not to buy the tix…but much of it seemed to center around feeling like they were always held financial hostage by leadership that never really consider their interest in things — like having to pay huge $27 a game per ticket for an annual basketball schedule that isn’t worth the paper of the tickets, or very high “ticket processing fees” for tickets, etc.

    It felt like a general protest amongst a lot of lifetime rights holders. I think that groundswell coupled with the people that want to make a statement about Chuck is going to create a very embarassing day in Raleigh.

    Just my opinion

  5. BJD95 11/19/2005 at 2:22 PM #

    Pretty embarrassing first half. Thank goodness we can still block punts.

  6. Class of '74 11/21/2005 at 6:55 AM #

    It was a referendum and with about 35K in the house it was probably accurate as to the lack of support for Chuck. 5-6 or 6-5 does not matter when you think about what the season should have been. Frankly, a loss to Maryland will do the program more good for the long term IMHO.

  7. Jeff 11/21/2005 at 8:03 AM #

    ^ I was thinking about that very issue yesterday. I fear that you may be right.

  8. Mr. O 11/21/2005 at 8:28 AM #

    I can’t see a loss to Maryland helping us in any way. Beating Maryland and winning a bowl game would help the program a lot going into the recruiting season. Not to mention the additional practice time for Stone and others looking towards next year. If Amato was in danger of being let go, then maybe a loss to Maryland would finalize that decision. But he isn’t going anywhere either way.

  9. Mr. O 11/21/2005 at 10:15 AM #

    I don’t really view this as a referendum at all. My guess is that a lot of the out-of-town fans skipped this game with the holiday coming up next weekend. I went to Boston last weekend. I am going back to NC for Thanskgiving and this weekend’s game, so going for the MTSU game simply didn’t make sense considering I have a 12 hour round trip.

    There might be some fans who didn’t bother going because of disapproval of our head coach, but I would guess that most of them had other reasons in play to skip this game.

  10. BJD95 11/21/2005 at 11:13 AM #

    This game would have drawn at least 40K if the fans weren’t pissed. I doubt I would have attended regardless, but certainly some folks would have.

  11. Jeff 11/21/2005 at 11:55 AM #

    No offense, Mr. O…but rather you choose to believe it or not…I know quite a few people who very much treated this game as a referendum. If I happen to know a few close friends who shunned the game from the beginning of the season because of the reasons that I mentioned, then I can only imagine how many others out there did the same.

    I guess I don’t think much about Marcus’ practive time since there is no way that he is the QB of the future. If our QB of the future has the ability to complete FOUR passes at home against MTSU after 3 years of being in the program…then I will turn in my LTRs now.

  12. Trout 11/21/2005 at 12:21 PM #

    I dont view it as a referendum either. I view as what it was: a game NOT on the season ticket packet, against a lower level D1 team, late in the season – a season which has not met expectations. If it was a referendum, it was on the season at hand, nothing to do BEFORE the season started. Ticket sales for this game took a decent leap after the FSU win. Had the team beat BC, there would have been another leap. As in alot of things, attendance is a factor of wins, and wins vs expectations.

    Had this game been played in Sept, even without being on the season ticket package, I bet the attendance would have been in the upper 40s, not the upper 30s.

    Might want to turn in your LTRs, because I’d bet good money Marcus is the starter next season.

  13. Class of '74 11/21/2005 at 1:23 PM #

    Wait a minute, anyone could buy tickets for this a long time ago and some did. But I was there and the reported 37k tickets sold was not close to what appeared in the stands. Maybe 50% of the stadium seats had occupants but no more than that. Sure if we had more wins more would have attended but that’s the point. If you put a poor product on display usually there won’t be many takers and there weren’t on Saturday.

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