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  • #42142

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    Damn good stuff guys. STL go one thing there to add. I grew up in Ocala a Gator fan and a Dolphin fan. Never a Cane fan though the Ms. is from there and a fan of them at times. So she has a slight flaw I overlook. I still have my hair though there are places that I don’t think ever grew back after that game. When SOS was here and recruiting was getting to him you would think (I would) the AD would have done something (within the rules) to help there to keep a NC winning coach. While I know the NFL is the dream of most coaches or players we have all seen that some are meant for one or the other not both. I would bet that there was something in the Meyer camp that lead Mullen to leave for Ms St. It would be hard for me to believe Meyer wasn’t thinking of leaving, and a good leader would look out for his assistants. I do agree with SoCal that if SOS stayed we would have at least one and had Mullen started at the end of Meyers stint we would have more IF we would have been patient enough to let him get his feet. The interim period was hell and the two coaches were summed up pretty well here already.

  • #41653

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    Not sold on LSU and Auburn yet. Both have had way more fluctuations in their game than teams that are going to stay on top. I do think Saban is reworking his staff after getting punched in the mouth. UT is going to be better. Good enough to beat us? Shouldn’t but any team that thinks someone can’t beat them makes that opponent dangerous (Ky last year). As for STL wild prediction I like that scenario. I had thought of that with FF making the start and losing the position somewhere. We are entering year two of an era where the coaching staff is solid and maybe great. (time will tell) We have lost players to graduation and the draft but have depth to replace them. If they gel like they should and we don’t fall to any traps (UT, Missou) and the players stay focused and on mission the other unmentioned variable is injuries. If proper training and coaching and good fortune keeps those low we have a tougher schedule that is as winnable as last season. Those mermaids were the bomb back in the day.

  • #41589

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    STL I like it. After reading about the $ that comes in from Tickets and TV. Since $ isn’t a real issue the UA should allow the youth to sell their seats with one stipulation. Since they scan the youth ID and the ticket for youth if the youth sells the seat and an ID is NOT scanned that is tied to that ticket the youth gets dropped down the list for the next seasons allotment of student tickets. Buy the tickets, attend the games, repeat the next year. Buy the tickets, DON’T attend the games and you’re on the bottom of the list the following year. If the student wants to sell his/her ticket for a large profit they are jeopardizing their chance to get tickets the following year as they are scanned with id on entry. This should be fairly easy for a computer to handle. Since the eye test is what is important here as well I think moving the students to the endzone would also help things with the camera and recruits. Encourage the youth to do crazy youth stuff in the section that as long as it is safe may help build traditions that will keep them coming back.

  • #41585

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    STL I think you got the biggest part of it with the change in TV scheduling. Combining that with short attention spans and overall laziness. Here is the other thing. The seats are empty but there is huge money from the TV rights that likely more than offsets things. Still the students that don’t go and learn to experience the game are missing part of being in college.

  • #41577

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    6 I think the digital gen has the attention span of a gnat. Just think the story was a sign of things to come with the younger set.

  • #41573

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    From USA today article by Dan Wolken. Most was about funding of stadiums but the quoted line by one of the interviewees says a lot about the younger set.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/is-the-dollar24-billion-atlanta-paid-for-new-sports-stadiums-the-last-two-years-worth-it/ar-BBST25k?ocid=spartanntp
    “For people of a certain age, the idea of sitting for three hours and watching a game seems a little archaic,” Koonin said. “The idea was to create experiences in the building that allow people to go do and experience different things.”

  • #41566

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    mtn I miss those days too. There was something of a ‘feel’ that while still there is not like those days. My dad had a friend that flew a WWII bomber through the stadium during a game. I missed it when I was in the service but he was given a choice to donate the bomber to the Smithsonian or jail. The bomber is now in the Smithsonian. I believe it was before the end zones where improved and people in the skyboxes could look down on the plane. While I am not condoning the action the stadium has changed a lot and I think they need to at times look at experience v profit ( I own a business and understand that well) to make it something fans want to be ‘there’ v couch or bar.

    Thanks all for the input. I hope there is more.

  • #41561

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    UCF had a hell of a run but they didn’t play a AL, UGA, UT, UF. I think they would have been smart to suck it up and play us and in the chance they beat us gain some respect.

  • #41539

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    I’ve lived within range of the stadium most of my life. In the early days the only thing that kept me away was budget and availability. As I got older and better off the budget wasn’t such an issue but with age came wisdom and wants have to have bang for the buck. Games had to be with going to. For a time the value wasn’t there. Now we go to 2-3 a year part championships and bowls. Would go to more but the cupcakes aren’t worth it though we watch at home. I think power five or group of five opponents would boost some attendance.

  • #41535

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    Stl, good points in the student seats and something I hadn’t thought of. While discounted the tickets are already paid for and as a business model the money is in the bank. I get it letting a student profit on these takes money away from the UA. For lesser games the money wouldn’t be that much. For the big games some enterprising youth could make money. But that happens with all tickets. Since student tickets can be tired to their id and I’d this is really that big a deal they can track scanned id v tickets and not sell to that student the following year.
    Visitor tickets I get it too.
    One other thing I was thinking while looking how cheap TVs are now and how good HD coverage it’s of games now is true home experience is much better than the days where the camera was somewhere in the top of the stadium and the players looked like ants in the screen. And the climate control.
    Thank you all good points.

  • #41019

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    Dr. P I agree. If we go out and stomp the competition with the class we have hwat does that say for the * system? and What does that say of coach Mullen? He did some amazing stiff with less resources in MS St. No panic here. The difference in some of these guys is minor.

  • #42183

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    STL ND went 5 something or 6 something in the late 80’s early 90’s and was offered a lower tier bowl and declined saying it was beneath them. It was televised and in the season there was some school out west that had gone undefeated and wasn’t offered a bowl. Now yes I get that some of the conferences are not the same caliber but also that season ND SUCKED and still thought they deserved more. The lack of sportsmanship and the fact they couldn’t be happy getting a bid because of the media power of the program. Around that time I started paying more attention to where the media focused its attention in CF (I think because we were rarely televised before that and I had just caved and got cable I hadn’t seen the disdain for the southern schools. As far as the media goes even in the south you are correct in Alabama is the darling. PF show etc I believe are out of the area. I have used it personally as motivation when the Gators or other teams have rocked the apple cart. Made my day when we crushed OS (can’t use the THE) 41-14 When T Ginn ran the kickoff back the media was lighting it up about how bad we were going to lose. As well as a few AH’s at the sports bar I was at. There was silence by half and the media started saying they thought the Gators could do it. There was maybe one going in on our side. Even E Smith before the game wasn’t all in on the Gators in his interview. In 2008 I was in San Diego for business during the SEC game vs Alabama. I was the only Gator Fan in the Sports Bar (Gator Chomping all the time) with full house of Roll Tide crap going on. 3 quarters of listening to that nonsense and a few in my face about our impending loss. The room fell silent when the Gators scored in the 4th. By that time there were likely a few possibly a few too many beverages in me that were of a fermented sort and the full on Rowdy Gator was makin noise. The tide fell silent at 9 something left in the 4th and rolled out the door before the game was over. It was cold for this Gator in San Diego and a Gator jacket was flown on the trip for the occasion. With exception/respect to the media guys on this site the rest don’t give us much credence or respect… To that I would tell the Gator players to use that as fuel in their drive to the top. When you get there the media may still not give you the props. To that you can say then that it doesn’t matter. WE ARE THE WINNERS AS A TEAM, WE WON AS A TEAM, WITH OUR GATOR NATION BEHIND US!!

  • #41032

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    Aloha your prediction for this year was wrong as are your 4-5 loss predictions going forward. How did your Noles finish/ Without a Bowl and who did that to them? I think you can figure that out.

  • #40743

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    STL, And a great defense can stymie the Oklahoma’s. Do remember Sam Bradford’s look when he though the Gator Defense would be afraid of them.

  • #40680

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    STL, Tampa/Swampy has been saying that since I joined 6 months ago. I agree 100/100 that better recruits will yield better finishes. Though I do think a lot of these guys would be ranked better if they were from different locations and better coaching. That is why sometimes I feel that there are 3 * guys that would be gets. If facilities = *’s and a thriving program.. as Larry the Cable Guy says GETTER DONE.

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