Speaking of Calloway, he needs the ball. Kid is a play maker. He needs reps.
This would never happen at Aubren.
And yes I drove 3 1/2 hours both ways to attend that early morning cupcake game because I, too, went to see Alabama play!
I was there. Took my son to his first Bama game. He didn't care who we were playing, he just loved watching the Tide play.
"Touch dat thang folk!"
I make my statement based on my years living and working in Tuscaloosa outside of school and even on some family who never attend games (but gump hard on gameday!). I found myself around plenty of diehards, Tide Pride members, etc. but also around tons of bandwagon fans who never darken the door of BDS or (heaven forbid) Coleman Colosseum even if tickets were very, very cheap. My wife and I had to turn down free tickets to the game because the cost of gas, food, drinks and incidentals would have just been too much stress on our budget this much. Lord knows I wish my financial house were in better order than it is now, but it is what it is. I imagine others find themselves in the same situation and I think it explains why many stay home for such games, especially late in the season.
Look, all things being equal, if you're discussing why people don't show up in large enough numbers to a weak OOC game, I think it's more fair to fuss at those fans who live in closer proximity to the venue and don't have to incur the costs of gas, meals, sitters, time, opportunity cost, etc. I just don't think it fair to lambaste our fan base across the board, but instead encourage people who can make the journey with more ease than fans who live further away. I also think that when we compare attendance to other schools - UGA, LSU, UF, FSU, etc. - we're dealing with schools that have a much larger population in close proximity to the stadium and have easier routes in and out of town. (UGA being the notable exception). I realize some of our fans don't mind the traffic or the drive or whatever, but a lot of folks do - cut them some slack.
In the abstract, I agree with every complaint. I don't like that our fans aren't loud enough or leave early or don't come to every game. But on the ground - in the day to day reality - I know that I am dealing with two young kids, a wife running her own business that she's trying to get off the ground, debt, saving for a house, a job that is tiring, I like not being exhausted on Sundays, etc. etc. etc. And if I may step up on my high horse for a moment, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt to others.
Last edited by CrimsonProf; November 18th, 2012 at 07:23 PM.
I would love to come to every game but it's a 10 hour drive. This is the only year we have not made it up, so I'm sorry for not doing my part.
the family wanted to come to the aTm game but upper level was $300 a piece that's for 5 of us. Hey $1500 bucks plus, plus, plus is just to much.
I don't care who we play I love to see the Tide & the time is not an issue but tickets still on stub hub or aaatix was $175 for lower level.
Im not driving that distance to sit where I can not see the game, sorry but that's me.
For all of you who went & stayed, Thank You this team deserves the support.
We were in the Swamp yesterday to Jax State take on the Gators. There were a lot of empty seats, especially in the parts of the upper deck I could see from my seat. The crowd was not nearly as loud and rowdy as they would have been if they had been playing us or LSU.
So it isn't omly Bama fans who don't turn out for glorified scrimmages.
The University has sent an e-mail asking students to show up and stay until the end of the game.
The upper deck student section had about 20 people in it. The frat section was very lightly attended.
The crimson seats in the north end zone (just below the boxes) never reached 1/4 filled.
The crowd was so quiet (other than when reacting to scores) it was eerie. Like a funeral.
Very weak opponent. Early kick. Sandwiched between two highly regarded games.
I love Bama, just as I'm sure we all do. I'm getting old as well, but not too old to forget my time at the Capstone...and here's what I remember: as much as I loved the school and the team, football was the second thing on my mind on Saturday. Sorry. That's not likely to change.
-Why's it us Sergeant? Why us?
-Because we're here lad. Nobody else. Just us.
-"I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."
-"So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."