Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by FloridaBuff8, Sep 9, 2014.
Do we think this accurate?
Perhaps even optimistic.
Pathetic. The same people not showing up are the one's whining about lack of donations and recruiting. Nobody wants to support or play for an empty stadium.
RG doesn't give thousands of tickets away like the previous AD. Also, everyone sees what ASU has done to us the last few years + our 1st two games = fan confidence of a competitive game basically 0. I will go but leave early if it gets out of hand. Not worth staying until almost midnight if we are getting destroyed.
Really need to get butts in the seats for this one. I know why people won't go. I know why people will leave early. However, it is an important recruiting weekend. It is nationally televised. It is a potential trap game against a top 25 opponent. We need people in Folsom.
Unfortunately the buck stops with the team to show up before the fans will come back. If the Buffs get a win against ASU, I would expect an immediate lift in ticket sales before the next game. A close game (dreaded moral victory) would at least allow those in attendance to feel good about at least seeing CU play well. A big loss, ala the past few years against ASU, and the exodus will continue.
It'd be great to have a sold out stadium every week, but the program has to face reality. Money doesn't grow on trees, people have to make discretionary decisions. If people are going to drop a few hundred bucks on something they probably don't want to feel demoralized or embarrassed after-the-fact. If the product improves, they will buy in again. Huge props to the fans on here, and not on here, who continue to pony up despite the struggles the past decade. May you have front row tickets when the Buffs return to the promise land!
Like I said. I understand why people don't go. I understand why they will leave early. However there is a chicken before the egg thing here.
Fans will come when football team gets more talent and improves.
Talent will come to CU when football game atmospheres help convince them they should.
Oh well. I will be there with a large group of band alumni. We have this weird, almost neurotic, tie to the team, school, and program. Regardless of the state of things we will always be there in the front row supporting as best we can.
Anyone blaming fans for attendance at this point is a fool
Not blaming them in anything other than the round about way that fan attendance affects recruiting which affects fan attendance.
I completely understand why people don't go to games.
Wasn't planning on going but am now.
I'm going already, but I got an email from the AD saying that they are doing 4 tickets for $100
This. 1000X this.
The team has sucked eggs for 8 years. How can you possibly expect fans to show up after enduring 8 years of abuse? If they get 36K, I'll be surprised. For all the talk coming from MM about them needing fan support, it doesn't work that way. The fans have given their support to this team for the last 8 years, only to have that support squandered. Fans are in a definite "show me" mode right now. The wins are going to have to come first. They squandered their opportunity to enjoy fan support while producing a crappy product.
Wasn't directed at you - just a general comment for the thread
The 'show me' attitude implies they care at all. I'm afraid there is a larger number of former supporters that have gone and won't come back than we all care to admit.
If the team gets good, previous fans will come back. And by good, I mean good. Not winning 3 dog**** OOC games, and 3 other Pac12 cellar dwellers. What I worry about is that we lost a generation of grads that never became fans while they were at school.
Classes of 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, & 2009 did not experience a winning season while at CU.
If you don't believe there is demand in Boulder to follow a winner, I suggest you head over to the CEC during a home basketball game.
Boyle shows that winning consistently at home comes before good attendance. It's not the other way around.
Sort of. The support started growing under biz once we reached a competitive level. We were still losing though. It has exploded now that CU is a NCAA team.
People would show up at football games if we were remotely competitive.
Driving from Denver to Boulder to have the game over after the 1st quarter makes it hard to justify.
My experiences in college make it really really difficult to turn my back on the program. I get that a couple hundred bucks to bring the family up to watch us get smacked is hard to justify.
I don't blame the fans for not showing up. If we get 36,000 I would consider that an achievement. Blame the AD and the University.
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Lesson #5 from Hawkins. Demanding excellence and holding coaches accountable is not the same thing as turning your back on the program. Excessive sugarcoating and sunshine pumping only further enables a poor product.
Turning one's back on the program means no longer caring.
I'll be there with Mrs DeathHawk but if it gets out of hand I'll be headed to Pearl St and my room at the Boulderado pretty early.
currently on the fence about Hawaii. should be more competitive but the taste of dispair gets old.
Cunit did support BBall and made BBall fun even when we were bad.
Even when Coors was half empty there would be a group of raucous fans there.
The Buffs could use a group of students or may be even old alumni to support them through thick and thin in an organized way. I am hoping this C-Unit for football group finds some traction.
What I meant by that is I have season tickets, and will continue to have season tickets. I will continue to tailgate before every home game. I will continue to be at every home game regardless of performance.
I will be critical of the staff and the product they put on the field, when it is appropriate to do so. However when we are starting a defense with 7/12 underclassmen (including NB) and an offense with 7/12 underclassmen (including FB) I will hold my criticism for the moment.
I will be critical of the way they recruit if it does not improve after all the tools are in place for them. (IPF, new facilities, new unis, up tick in wins) They need at least 3 of those 4 in order to counteract the negative recruiting done by our peers at the FBS level. We will continue to get 1 or 2 guys per class that are able to compete right away and that are the type of recruits we all want. Until then we are going to have to make do with what we have as our depth matures. Its going to be a slow process. I just hope that the core group of fans can wait it out.
I presume you're going then?
Bolded is an important thing. Is that something we should start considering again? Is it worth potentially alienating season ticket holders to fill some extra seats and generate some goodwill?
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