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NW Buckeye

Poulsbo, WA

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Coaching my kids through HS sports.
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Comment 24 Jul 2014

1970 was my Freshman year at OSU.  On the Friday before The Game (which we won 20-9) I helped lead a contingent of about 5K down High Street all the way to the steps of the State Capitol.  You can only imagine how much antifreeze was consumed that night on the way down High Street.  Once we arrived the frivolity began in earnest.  My shining moment was standing at the top of the steps leading up to the Capitol and leading the crowd in "I don't give a damn for the whole state..."  Immediately following that song I burst into the "Hail to the M'Fers!"  The crowd followed my lead and we sang the whole thing right there. 

Hate to think what might happen if I were a student today and instigated that. 

Comment 18 Jul 2014

Blasphemy - you are never too tired or too drunk to fire up the grill for some T-bones.  Very much a fail....

Comment 17 Jul 2014

OK, so UF is looking at how Sporting KC fills an 18K seat stadium.  And, UF has to fill an 88K seat stadium.  Granted, some of the marketing concepts may enlighten UF, but will it work on a larger scale? 

The real problem is that soccer has some built in advantages for fans that have been destroyed in what we know as American College Football.  The Universities have done everything possible to modify the game for television audiences.  What the hell did they think was going to happen to attendance in the stadiums when they did that?  Soccer plays pretty much non stop from the opening kick.  No TV timeouts, very few team timeouts.  You can sit in the stands and see non stop action.  Meanwhile over at the football stadium rules have been passed to make the maximum amount of commercial time during a game.  It started with just allowing TV timeouts (it has even reached the absurdity of a TV timeout after a score and then another TV timeout after the ensuing KO!), but the game became too long for a 3 hour time slot.  So, they made rules to keep the clock running as much as possible.  Remember when the game clock would stop until the next snap whenever the ball went out of bounds?  That only happens in the last two minutes of each half now.  Many other 'hurry up' rules have been added to appease the TV execs, and as a result many fans in the stands can now see more action watching glue dry for over half the time they sit in the stands.  The fans have actually gotten short changed by these rules.  The average game today may still only occupy a 3 hour TV time slot, but the action within the game has been reduced drastically from the hay days of college football.  Maybe they should concentrate on making the game the enticement for putting fans in seats at their stadiums. 

Comment 17 Jul 2014

Moved to the Puget Sound area in 1977.  Above is a view from my living room.  Love it here.  However, every time I travel back to Columbus for a game or otherwise I feel like I am at home!  Sometimes I think I can see it from my living room - you probably can too, it's just over the rainbow!

Comment 14 Jul 2014

Well, when you think about it, that is an ultimate goal kind of thing for most of the participants.......

Comment 14 Jul 2014

I think this was Lebron's way of getting back at ESPN.  He let them handle the big 'Lebron to Miami' decision, and it was a complete bust.  Lebron took all the heat for the debacle that ESPN orchestrated.  He had good intentions of using the moment to benefit the charities he works with, but ESPN turned it into an 'all about me' moment for Lebron. 

Love it that Broussard reported that Miami was back in the lead mere hours before SI broke the real story.  This could be the ultimate troll of ESPN.  Nice job, Lebron!!

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Comment 13 Jul 2014

Also, the overhang of the pressbox does not hinder your view.  What you want to make sure of is that the section next to 27 also has 11 rows.  The blind spot previously mentioned is where the main supporting structure of the pressbox creates a deep corner in the stands.  I know this happens at 17D on the north end of the box.  Not so sure where it is on the south end.  You could always call the ticket office and ask if those particular seats have an obstructed view.  

Comment 13 Jul 2014

Our seats are in D deck.  We love them, but we are on the 45 yard line.  27D is the south endzone.  And row 11 is at the back of the section. They are extremely far away from the field. D deck also has an elevated handicap section in front of it.  The people seated there are not supposed to stand because if they do the people in D deck can not see over them, even if they themselves stand.  Ushers usually do a good job controlling it but at The Game it may be difficult.  

Comment 11 Jul 2014

Wow, Lebron elected to exit the s*hole known as Florida and another Clevelander elected to jump into it.  Funny day. 

Comment 05 Jul 2014

OSU has embarked on a "fair market value" scheme on their tickets sales, citing the secondary market as justification for raising the prices of "premium" games.  Yes, we all know that seats for the better teams coming into Ohio Stadium are more preferred.  But, jumping onto this bandwagon of escalating ticket prices can be a house of cards. 

As Nicholas points out, the average secondary market price for OSU games is $211.  This takes into account the asking price for all tickets to all games.  Yet, as many of the comments have pointed out, the real price of these seats get closer to reality as the game draws nearer.  Many on here have purchased tickets for below face value for the lesser games, and appreciably lower than the asking price posted by resellers for premium games. 

Part of the reason the secondary prices are high for a game is that the face value tickets are sold out.  Whenever that 'sold out' situation vanishes, the value of the secondary market will go down as well.  True, ticket brokers can sweep in and purchase the empty seats in hopes of making a profit, but most are smart enough to recognize that a glut of unsold tickets spell trouble for their efforts. 

The University has embarked on this 'fair market value' system as justification for higher prices, but they need to be careful that they continue to sell out the stadium for all games in order to keep the secondary market escalated enough to justify the face value of the tickets.  Kind of a Catch 22 situation, if you ask me.  So far, the success of the team has pretty much made this simple science.  But, as we look around the country, we know that any University is just a couple bad seasons away from creating a real pricing / attendance fiasco.  

Heck, single game tickets are available from OSU for games this year.  And, I got an email from the ticket office offering me "early purchasing options" for single games because I am a season ticket holder.  That never happened before the ticket prices escalated to this point.  It is an indication that they may be reaching a point where the golden goose just can not produce enough to keep all the game seats sold.  This is a balancing act that I wish OSU had never embarked on. 

As someone pointed out above, the season ticket holders in the premium seating areas are paying much more than face value for their tickets - either through donations or some club member fees (the Buckeye Club or something like that).  At these prices there is a teetering point where some season ticket holders just say, heck, let me save some money and watch the game at home.  The University is gambling at this point that there will be enough demand to keep bodies in the stands with the current pricing scheme.  UM has discovered that there is a limit as to what people will pay to be in the stands.  And they found this out by cutting the main arteries of their future fans - the students.  Don't do this at OSU.  Keep the stadium full. 

Comment 25 Jun 2014

To be clear, this move by the B1G is an attempt to get this policy adopted by all NCAA schools.  The B1G currently advises members to offer 4 year scholly's in football and basketball and has been doing so for several years.  See: Big Ten offering recruits security of four-year guaranteed scholarship (from Cleveland.com).  This is not a new idea at all, as it had been policy for Big 10 schools to offer 4 year scholly's when I was in school back in the 70's.  Pressure from other leagues proliferated the idea of offering 1 year renewable scholarships. 

This whole idea of limited offers in more conferences really started when Johnny Majors was at Pittsburgh back in the early 70's.  He brought Tony Dorsett in with his first class, along with 70+ other athletes.  By the end of fall quarter only about 25 of them were left (those who didn't make the team were either flunked out or dismissed).  It was quite obvious to see what was going on, and many teams followed suit.  The Big 10 still resisted, but eventually gave way to single year offers.  It should be noted that Johnny Majors was an SEC player (Tenn), and learned quite well how to stock teams with bodies as it was common practice for many SEC teams (looking at you, Bear) to do so.  It is just that Johnny made quite a spectacle of himself at Pitt when he brought in so many players in his first year. 

Comment 23 Jun 2014

I watched season 1 off of Amazon Prime.  Recorded every episode of season 2 and very much enjoyed it.  Tatiana is great in this role.  The show is captivating and well worth your time to catch up on.  Interesting that you started a thread on it.  Upvote to you, good sir!

Comment 23 Jun 2014

I'm quite familiar with the student athlete's life in school.  I lived it.  It is not such a bad deal. 

Comment 23 Jun 2014

So that's the difference!  People watching you on national TV is worth $$ but corporations making profits that dwarf athletic revenues off the work of students, GA's and TA's is worth nada.  Now I get it.

Comment 23 Jun 2014

You are making way too much sense here.  It does not fit the narrative that college athletes have it soooo bad compared to the average student.  Afterall, your typical average students have lots of extra time on their hands and can get summer jobs galore in this economy enabling them to more than pay for their college experience (not).  And, of course, the Universities never profit from their hard work as interns, research or teaching assistants. 

The University system in this country has a lot of faults.  However to focus on the negative would surely overlook the magnitudes of benefits to the individual student and society in general that do come from the system.  My niece recently graduated from med school.  She worked her ass off for nearly 12 years since graduating from HS in order to achieve this goal.  She had very little social life, if any.  Got paid a pittance for the unbelievable hours she put in.  And, now has quite a substantial student loan to pay off despite all the scholarships and grants she received (which all required quite extensive work and time consuming qualification processes).  Every time I hear how bad the student athletes have it I simply look at the 'real' college students like my niece.  Kind of brings everything back down to earth.