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ESPN comment thread on Spencer

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by seattlebuff, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. seattlebuff

    seattlebuff Well-Known Member

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    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bas...pencer-dinwiddie-season?ex_cid=espnapi_public

    Most of the comments are from AZ schools and other Pac-12 fans, which is cool to see. All positive and well wishing.

    But one thing that has always bugged me ... whether it's football or basketball, when CU gets a national story on ESPN.com, we have little to no comment activity from Buff fans. If this had happened to any other school in the top 25, you'd see dozens, if not hundreds, of comments from that school's fans. If you look at the "conversations" on ESPN Gamecast during football and basketball games, it's 90% the other team. The paltry showing by CU fans just makes us look bad.

    It just confirms what I've always thought ... the vast majority of our alumni just don't give a **** about traditional sports. It's why fundraising suffers, which directly impacts getting highly touted coaches and players.
     
  2. Jaximus

    Jaximus Club Member Club Member

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    **** ESPN. Other schools don't have a site as good as AllBuffs to spread their well wishes. See the 305 posts about his injury in this board.
     
  3. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    I don't see it that way at all. I think most CU fans, when looking for an on-line venue to discuss CU athletics, gravitate here as opposed to a national site.
     
  4. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    I see it as a sign that CU fans are smart enough not to spend time in the ESPN comments section. That's the cesspool that begat Tini, for god sakes!
     
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  5. dply

    dply Doble hoja Club Member

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    tini was forged in the fire that is ESPN boards. Do you really want more?


    Edit-snow beat me to it.
     
  6. buff190

    buff190 Club Member Club Member

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    :yeahthat:
     
  7. seattlebuff

    seattlebuff Well-Known Member

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    Fans that are heavily invested come to AllBuffs, Rivals, etc. ... sure, agreed. But there are thousands of CU "fans" or alumni out there who've never heard of AllBuffs, and don't invest the time we do talking this stuff. Hell, I graduated in '95, and followed football and basketball pretty closely ever since, and only came on this site a couple years ago.

    ESPN.com is seen by more sports fans than all the others combined. It would just be nice, at the most visible spot on the web for news of Spencer's and CU's unfortunate situation, that more CU fans would represent.
     
  8. SuperD

    SuperD Club Member Club Member

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    I haven't really read or posted any comments on ESPN since they switched over to the Facebook comment system. I hate the idea that someon must be a member of a Facebook (and everything they do with your data) in order to express an opinion...supposedly so people will be more civil.
     
  9. wsp4820

    wsp4820 Sally Club Member Junta Member

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    So let me get this straight, for CU to become nationally credible we need to have more fans who are not invested enough to come to a CU-based site to comment on the teams and University but who are invested enough to comment on ESPN? Makes sense.
     
  10. SECOBuffsFan

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    So CU hates Facebook? :rofl:
     
  11. seattlebuff

    seattlebuff Well-Known Member

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    That's disconnected from reality. Most people don't have the time or inclination or whatever to go to this type of message board. They are "casual" fans, and you need them in large numbers to be among the big boys. You think every single Arizona or Kansas or Kentucky fan goes on their respective AllBuffs-type site? Hell no. They have massive fan bases, the bulk of which casually come across news for their team often when looking at other sports news on ESPN.com. If you polled the number of people going to the CAC or Folsom if they've ever been to All Buffs, the number would be tiny compared to ESPN.com.

    I'm just saying that site is somewhat of a national glimpse into the engagement of our fans, and we don't represent very well.
     
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    TimmyDUBs Dirty haole Club Member

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    Agreed. But it is what it is. Those casual fans take a long time to build up. We need to be more than just improving before they get it out of their heads that we're just a bad program on a good run
     
  13. cubuffs85

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    I like the idea more of your identity is out there, prevents to some extent the "tough guy" image.
     
  14. cubuffs85

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    Whether we like it or not, ESPN is the number one sports outlet in this country, it be great to have a bigger presence there. That said, this is my go-to for Buffs 411.
     
  15. CVilleBuff

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    CU fans had a decent showing on espn compared to most Pac schools pre-Facebook.
     
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    Facebook really drove down to the number of comments in general
     
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    I stopped commenting on articles and in-game threads once they forced everyone to use Facebook
     
  18. goalline

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    This. CU basketball does not have a large alumni following because, except for the Chauncey years, the team has not been a power. I still find it kind of weird to have a much more successful b-ball team than football. The whole state is about football, Broncos >> Nuggets, football >> basketball at all universities that have football. I followed the women's team for a long time, simply because they were good for so long (and are returning), but the man don't have that history.

    I think you would have seen more CU espn activity if this were a football injury - but less support from the other fan bases that know basketball.
     
  19. cubuffs85

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    I would say everything being equal, the Nuggets are the #4 pro team, behind both the Avs/Rockies, obviously the Broncos will almost always be #1 in the state regardless of how they are doing.
     
  20. BuffCat

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    I'm not so sure the Nuggets are #4, they and the Avs are probably pretty close. I feel like I read somewhere a couple years ago their games had higher ratings on Altitude than the Avs games did. Also, this year they're averaging 17,221 a game and the Avs are averaging 16,024.
     
  21. cubuffs85

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    Fair point on the ratings (I was just thinking attendance) but what I'm saying is say everything is equal -- the Rockies, Broncos, Avs, and Nuggets -- are all playing at a high level (or low level). I would expect the Avs to have more interest than the Nuggets.
     

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