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It is not a rivalry...

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by BlackNGold, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. BlackNGold

    BlackNGold Club Member Club Member

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    The game yesterday just shows that you cannot manufacture a rivalry.

    Moving the game to back to Invesco was a huge mistake. The stadium atmosphere yesterday was very sterile, for the lack of a better term (suggest one if you can). We got to the stadium at 6:45 AM ( course we had to tailgate in the line waiting to get into the parking lots when they opened). The die-hard core were certainly in the lots tailgating to the max but that core is just not big enough - The C lot still had a lot of empty spaces at 10:30 in the morning.

    I have no idea where they got the 61,000 fans in attendance. I estimated they had about 48,000 - Woody Paige thought they had 40,000. The CU side was not packed but it was probably 80% full. Anyone who claims to be a CSU fan needs to be truly embarrassed by their support level yesterday. Their side could not of been much over 35% full.

    Really happy with the win but it did not feel as satisfying as beating a Nebraska or KSU team.

    This match up is no longer a big front range event like it use to be and it probably has to do with both programs being down and also a big alienation of the local fan base....

    Back in 1998, when this game was first moved to Denver - this game would sell out and it would be an evening broadcast - nationally televised - it would have huge TV ratings.

    This game is generating little interest locally which does not bode well for the local college football support.
     
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  2. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    Did you notice how unexcited the team was after walking off the field? This is a rivalry, although one sided. The way I view this game every year is that it is the most important game to not lose, but it generates very little excitement with a win.
     
  3. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    No disrespect to Cinch Jeans or THE MTN network, but this RMS series is quickly approaching rock bottom.
    Some might blame the early start time. Some might blame the over 90 degree heat. Some might blame the twin 3-9 records coming into the game.

    With all those empty seats and down-market TV network, there was not a lot of money to be made in this event.

    CU sold all but 3500 of their 37K allotment. So there will be an adequate payday for the Buffs.

    But CSU's AD must be puckered up pretty good trying to figure out how to make the numbers work. Between the lack of fan support at the stadium, and the limited viewer coverage on an also-ran network, and the loss of Utah and BYU to the conference, CSU would appear to be in trouble. It's not going to get any easier for them.
     

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