From what I understand the (much maligned) student section really got their act together and showed up in force for warm-ups. Any confirmation from those whom were there. Was this an organized effort, a la Maize Rage?
So in the WSJ today, there was an article about Alabama winning too much.
The part I wish to mention was the following paragraph.
Amid all of this prolonged dominance, there are signs that boredom, if not downright apathy, has started to creep in. The first offenders: Alabama students. The Crimson White, Alabama's school newspaper, reported in November that 30% of student tickets went unused by students last season.
"You get to the point where there's a game against Western Carolina at 11 in the morning that's not really worth waking up for," said Marc Torrence, the newspaper's sports editor, referring to a 49-0 rout last season. "You can do a whole lot of other things on a Saturday, like get a head start on your drinking or sleep in, that are a lot more interesting."
There were concerns raised about UM students not showing up early and not staying for the entire games. I wsa just showing that it is not the success of the team. It is just an issue about the fans/students.
Beilein has talked about how the Big Ten didn't do us any favors by scheduling our first games against OSU, IU, MSU, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin on the road (seriously...ALL of them??). But one thing I noticed looking over the schedule yesterday was that our two biggest home games of the season are going to occur during Spring Break, which is officially Saturday, March 2nd - Monday, March 11th. We play vs. MSU on the first weekend and vs. IU during the second weekend, with @ Purdue during the week.
When I was in the Maize Rage the break tickets weren't included in the ticket package. IIRC, the home game vs. MSU was during Spring Break twice and the crowd was a combination of the "Blue Rage" and those students who bought the game a la carte. I personally believe that Home Court advantage means more in NCAA hoops than any other sport, and the students are the biggest reason for that.
Any current Maize Rage members -- do you have tickets to those games? Are you planning on attending? If not, can I buy your ticket for cheap? (jk, sort of)
I realize we have to play some games over break, but can't the Big Ten make an effort to schedule a game against a rival when the students will be on campus...geez.
I made a pre-gaming video this past Saturday. I am an idiot and can not embed, watch below:
To take a break from the Sparty Hate threads and over-analysis of our defense, I figured I would share something about the new policing of party attempts by Madison. I hope Ann Arbor doesn't adopt a strict policy like this. I feel sorry for our BigTen brothers.
Madison's city attorney's office has slapped three University of Wisconsin-Madison students with fines totaling more than $86,000 — that's about $28,000 apiece — for hosting a house party last month that led to more than 130 citations, Madison police said Tuesday.
Where are the students that organized the Rich Rod chant during the WMU game? I would love to see that done again. You should also lead the "Family Values" chant that was mentioned yesterday. Maybe after we bust up a play in the backfield?
I know there some stragglers but the support for the team has been better than expected this week and seems to be gaining even more steam. Keep it up!