Dave Baker has suggestions for the football program in his weekly contribution to KSR. Enjoy…
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” Abraham Lincoln
It’s in THAT spirit that I come to you today w/ random thoughts–meant to help.
I don’t know what the method is for counting or “estimating” attendance at Commonwealth Stadium . Back in the day, I remember Assistant SID Rena Vicini simply looking out over the crowd & coming up with a number & that was the attendance. Whoever or however that number was arrived at on Saturday, I want them to the do the casting for a movie about Wildcat Athletics. In that flick Oscar Combs and I (if we even made it into the movie) would be played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Wilfred Brimley. But if the person who came up with the crowd number for Saturday were selecting we’d be looking at George Clooney and Sean Connery!
After two weeks of games, 16 SEC games have had a total of 1,179,298 fans, an average of 73,706 fans per game. The games have a 95.6 percentage of capacity so far this season. If you believe that Saturday number, Kentucky isn’t that far north of 75,000 after a TOTAL of two games. As I said last week–give EVERYONE a pass on Nashville–bad idea–worse execution–but Saturday? Some things have got to stop.
STOP producing music videos and simply ask fans to come to the games in your marketing campaign. “Rise” is well done–but what it is it? I’ll tell you that it’s NOT going door to door at dorms or frat & sorority houses and it’s NOT reaching out to people who have turned tickets back in–or who have NEVER gotten to go and saying to them, “you wanna come see the Cats–NOW’s your chance”. I was listening to the Bengals radio broqadcast on Sunday. In EVERY commercial break there was an ad trying to sell tickets. The Taco Bell dog was cute–but they stopped using him because he didn’t sell product. & Finally in this day age—is the ONLY way to reach out to fans via billboards or barns?
STOP acting like patrons should be eternally grateful for pouring out their hard earned money, when in these economic times–the UKAA should be eternally gratefully that people support their teams. Not EVERY complaint is valid–but don’t give folks the IMPRESSION that concerns and comments just get dismissed. After all isn’t “the customer always right”.
STOP acting like the stadium is your living room. Count this as a wholehearted endorsement of #TeamJennifer. Along those lines UK needs to pay special attention to that fan base “stadium experience”. If you’re a team is playing great, you’ll put up with some inconveniences and annoyances, but if not, how much easier it now because of the new TV contract (which the schools wanted) to stay & home & watch EVERY game on Hi-Def and if one game is bad–turning immediately to another Hi-Def game.
STOP going through the same pre-game routine if it’s going to result in the same lackluster pre-game start.
STOP practicing in the morning. World class runners train for their biggest events at the time & under conditions they’ll be competing in. I know class is sometimes a challenge–but let’s work around it. I don’t see the SEC going to a 9am kick-off.
STOP before you let your heart get the best of you think Kentucky should be a 7.5 point favorite over Louisville.
And finally STOP listening to coaches who say one play doesn’t make a difference. The Cat’s fourth down stop against CMU COMPLETELY turned that game around—and let’s hope THAT carries over to this week.