BTI is in computer limbo again, so after much begging, pleading, and bribing with chocolates, I have agreed to cover this morning’s Rants and Ramblings. And you know what? I want to talk football!
With less than two weeks until Kentucky’s season opener against Western in Nashville, plenty of seats still remain, including some in the lower and club levels. What’s the deal? Do poor ticket sales equal a lack of enthusiasm surrounding the program or are people simply unable to make the trip for a Thursday night game? Got better things to do? Here are four excuses for not going to the game, followed by my solutions:
– The game’s on a Thursday night
If you’ve got the vacation time, make it a four-day weekend! Music City rocks, and the Nashville Sports Council is trying its hardest to turn this game into an event, branding it the “College Colors Kickoff Game,” with a special pregame concert by Kentucky native and UK fan Laura Bell Bundy in Riverfront park. You know what’s also in downtown Nashville? Fun bars. If I remember right, almost all of them ADORE Kentucky fans (and their Big Blue money). Bet we could get them to play the UK fight song.
– The game’s too late (9:15 p.m. Eastern)
Well, that’s 8:15 central. That gives you PLENTY of time to make it to LP field if you’re unable to get off early. Plus, a late kickoff means more time for tailgating. And you know you’ve been wanting to show off that Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip recipe.
– The football team sucks.
How do you know? The first game hasn’t even been played. When I interviewed Joker, he was adamant that part of the “RISE” campaign was changing everyone’s attitude about Kentucky football; that includes the staff, players, and fans. If you want to sit by and twiddle your thumbs until basketball season, that’s fine, but the football team would really love your support. If they suck, you can say “I told you so.” If not, then maybe you’ll have another reason to get excited on Saturdays. The first step? Giving them one hell of a crowd to come out to at LP Field.
– I don’t have a ticket.
Go get one! There are plenty left. Unless you’ve got some long-standing reservation at the beach, monetary issues, etc., you really have no excuse.
Are you going to the game? If not, why?