in town for free camps
As you may have noticed from watching all the New Year's Day games, a plethora of tickets were still available at the bowl games, particularly the Gator Bowl.
For the Outback Bowl, the addition of Michigan did help increase attendance (54,527 vs 49,429) somewhat but it was still far from a sellout. In terms of TV, the rating dropped quite a bit, from a 5.0 (MSU/Georgia) to a 4.3 (UM/SC).
It's obvious Georgia is a bigger TV draw than SC, but I'm a little surprised Michigan didn't help keep that number closer for 2013. Pairing this with the poor showing of last year's Sugar Bowl (3rd lowest BCS game of all-time), it seems to confirm that while we're a big TV draw (compared to 95% of programs), we're not quite big enough by ourselves to draw a huge numbers of viewers.***
(Note on link: while the ratings are as solid as TV ratings get, take the attendance figures with a grain of salt; there is simply no way there were 70,000+ at the Orange Bowl -- on TV it looked like a typical U of Miami game.)
***Update: as 'Murph' pointed out below, the Outback bowl was on ABC last year, not ESPN. Since ESPN is in 87% of TV household (essentially 5/6), this means the "normalized" number for last year's Outback would be 4.2 -- thus the TV rating was essentially unchanged from 2012/2013..
Naturally, Michigan fans are born with a disdain for Notre Dame. Recent years, however, have given us a more than sufficient dislike of any and all things SEC. That being said, who will you be rooting for in the NC game?
For me, my hatred of the SEC will win out here and I'll be rooting for the Irish.
Kyle Meinke serves up a nice bag o' soundbites from the Outback Bowl. He did a great job picking out quotes. My two favorites?
"If you look at him from the back, he definitely looks like a very strong woman. He has very pretty hair." -- Defensive end Craig Roh, on linebacker Jake Ryan.
"It's hard out here. I done fought two sharks, wrestled a sting ray, ate two crabs -- had butter out there. It's hard out here, but you know how we do it. I'm from Detroit. You know, it was nothing. Two great whites, punched a whale in the face -- easy day. Go Blue." -- Defensive tackle Will Campbell, speaking with MGoBlue about a trip to the beach. [Saw this one on MGoBlue.com, but it's even better in print.]
Gonna miss Team 133!
The article has many more funny and interesting quotes, predominantly from Michigan but with a bit of Gamecockery sprinkled in. Credit to Meinke for having a good ear for this stuff.
[Ed. Fixed erroneous references to "Citrus Bowl"]
Does anybody have any new Intel on Cameron Hunt considering switching over from Cal? I know there has been some interest, however I'm hearing twitter is trending "to follow Cameron Hunt, Go Blue! etc..." I'm hearing it's coming from Patrick Kugler and Shane Morris pretty thick.
I wanted to throw it out there to see if somebody had more definitive information. I do not have twitter...
Le'Veon Bell met with Mark Dantonio and has decided to declare early for the NFL Draft. Article from MLive is here.
"Upset's not a good word to use, but he (Dantonio) was taken aback a little bit. He thought he had a good chance of Le'Veon coming back."
Hopefully his future NFL team will have a better record against the refs than MSU did this year.