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Posted: 11/2/2012 12:49 PM

The City of Murfreesboro 


Time to get behind this team and show up for our final game.

If you are an MT fan and have not been to a game this year, please come.

We need everyone. Hell, wear orange if you'd like.

This is for the students, too.


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Posted: 11/2/2012 12:58 PM

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My family will be out of town. Trying to convince the wife to come back a day early devil  If I can't make it, my tickets will definitely get used.

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Posted: 11/2/2012 1:33 PM

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A city of 120K in a county of 300K and we can't get 30K to a football game... pathetic. I'm with you Hillbilly... the city and students need to get behind this team.
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Posted: 11/2/2012 1:34 PM

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How does one suggest the game be advertised / promoted so folks in town know there is even a game?
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Posted: 11/2/2012 1:40 PM

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Should we try a PTTB-type activity?  Perhaps call ins to radio shows the week before.  Talk to businesses with marquees.  Facebook and twitter feeds blown up.
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Posted: 11/2/2012 1:50 PM

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BigUnitRaider wrote: Should we try a PTTB-type activity?  Perhaps call ins to radio shows the week before.  Talk to businesses with marquees.  Facebook and twitter feeds blown up.
All of the above and more. Does somebody want to be an admin of the BRZ Facebook page? I'll hook anybody willing to make a post a day with the rights to do so.


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Posted: 11/2/2012 2:24 PM

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I'll do it.
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Posted: 11/2/2012 2:31 PM

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Anything less than 20,000 should be considered a total failure.

You can say "Oh, it's too cold" or "Oh, it's too [insert bad timing phrase here]" but seriously, do you think Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama, LSU have any of those issues? They jam-pack their stadiums when they play well, why can't we fill our 30k one??

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Posted: 11/2/2012 3:13 PM

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Attendance is built from winning at home and winning over time.   Not to be a debbie downer but you cannot expect the Troy game to have a "special" crowd just because we are 6-3.   The best chance we have to get a great crowd is for the 12K die hards to purposely bring someone new to the game.
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Posted: 11/2/2012 3:26 PM

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Could not have said it better Mike. We all love MT with everything in our bodies, but to sustain crowds and huge fan bases takes winning. I will always argue there needs to be more students, alumni and even locals like us; however, winning will cure it all.
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Posted: 11/2/2012 4:45 PM

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It's the winning over time that's the key. We need to follow up a successful season with an even better one. Troy and NT have been the only two programs in the Sunbelt since we joined that consistently lived up to their expectations for a period of time. Look at FIU this year and us since our 10-3 season. Going 10-3 sparks a lot of interest. Winning the home opener the next year against a Big Ten school would have been huge. Instead we didn't win it, struggled with APSU the next week. And had to go on a freaky run to get back to a bowl game. I had a lot of friends who were ready to jump on board, but got icy feet real fast.

What's great about this year, is we are starting to turn some heads with a young team that could sustain this momentum for a couple of seasons. I hope we will have some consistency in our coaching staff and stay healthy.
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Posted: 11/2/2012 6:29 PM

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Hopefully we don't follow up this win with a bad loss like we have done so often in the past.
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Posted: 11/3/2012 1:36 PM

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Look, I'm sorry, but we just aren't there yet as a program.

And comparisons to other big programs and their Thanksgiving weekend games, just have no place in this discussion, especially when we don't have a set Thanksgiving weekend rivalry. A lot of these games(Auburn/Alabama, Georgia/Georgia Tech, Oregon/Oregon State) are the schools biggest rivals, usually in-state and families have been going to the games or gathering around television sets as part of their family Thanksgiving traditions for decades. 

If we ever want to have a game like that, we need to commit to playing Western that weekend now, so in twenty years when we've been playing Western Thanksgiving weekend every year for two decades, it will have grown(and continue to grow) into family traditions around Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. The problem that is, it will hurt attendance for the game in the short term. When played on a Saturday, MT/WKU will always be one of the best attended games for either school, even a weekday game earlier in the season would likely be better attended than if the game were played Thanksgiving weekend, but this is about laying the groundwork now.

As for me and my family, our Thanksgiving has always been immediate family Thanksgiving Thursday, extended family separate outings on Friday(men go shoot clay, women shop) and Saturday extended family gathering that is centered around watching UGA/GT(I'm one of the few in my extended family that didn't attend either school). This year my parents are hosting the Saturday gathering, and I know they'll expect me to be there. I have to first figure out if I'm going to have to work at all that weekend, if I don't have to work, then I have to figure out how to best explain to my folks that I'd rather be in Murfreesboro than at their house that Saturday. 

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Posted: 11/5/2012 9:27 AM

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I don't know if it's us or the conference, but we've been saddled with a Thanksgiving weekend home game for at least 5 years in a row. It's pretty ridiculous because you're right... Thats a very tough ticket for MTSU to sell.
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Posted: 11/5/2012 10:06 AM

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LightningSig wrote: I don't know if it's us or the conference, but we've been saddled with a Thanksgiving weekend home game for at least 5 years in a row. It's pretty ridiculous because you're right... Thats a very tough ticket for MTSU to sell.
This will actually be the 3rd home game in a row on Thanksgiving weekend.  Both of the previous two drew attendance numbers in the low 10,000's. Last year's had to be in tickets sold alone, because I saw pictures of that crowd.  They might've had 4 to 5k in the stands that day.

In 2009, we were in Monroe.  In 2008, we didn't have a game that weekend. In 2007, we played IN Troy two days before Thanksgiving.

But in 2006, we played Troy at home.  I'm sure you all remember that game. We drew over 17K to that game, and for good reason.  We already had a share of the SBC title with a chance to win it outright. We all know how that turned out.

As much as I hate the T-giving weekend home games, if we take care of business the week prior in Mobile, we might actually have a decent turnout for this game. Maybe 20 to 21K?

Thoughts?
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Posted: 11/5/2012 10:09 AM

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BlueRaiderDeez wrote:
LightningSig wrote: I don't know if it's us or the conference, but we've been saddled with a Thanksgiving weekend home game for at least 5 years in a row. It's pretty ridiculous because you're right... Thats a very tough ticket for MTSU to sell.
This will actually be the 3rd home game in a row on Thanksgiving weekend.  Both of the previous two drew attendance numbers in the low 10,000's. Last year's had to be in tickets sold alone, because I saw pictures of that crowd.  They might've had 4 to 5k in the stands that day.

In 2009, we were in Monroe.  In 2008, we didn't have a game that weekend. In 2007, we played IN Troy two days before Thanksgiving.

But in 2006, we played Troy at home.  I'm sure you all remember that game. We drew over 17K to that game, and for good reason.  We already had a share of the SBC title with a chance to win it outright. We all know how that turned out.

As much as I hate the T-giving weekend home games, if we take care of business the week prior in Mobile, we might actually have a decent turnout for this game. Maybe 20 to 21K?

Thoughts?
Even if we win out, no way we have 21K.   As others have said, our program is not there yet.   If we were undefeated and coming off 3 or 4 years in a row of 8-9 wins then we would be drawing more.
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Posted: 11/5/2012 10:14 AM

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I forgot about that Monroe game. That was the off year I didn't travel to Farmerville LA (30 minutes from Monroe) to be with my family down there for Thanksgiving. My brother did travel that year, and went to the game with my cousins who are ULM grads. I just know I never see us play that weekend!
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Posted: 11/7/2012 3:04 PM

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It's going to be ugly. The North Texas game was bad but at least you had parents weekend to help (a little) and the vets.. There is nothing going on that weekend besides the hope of locking down a bowl and finally beating Troy. Not enough for the casual fan, sadly.
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