In the interest in keeping things interesting and unpredictable, from time to time I will write a blog on a topic or headline that makes little to no sense to me. Today’s post (9/12/16) comes from a headline on ESPN entitled: “Flipping the Field: Anyone for battle at Bristol 2”
It’s that time of year where America is in the initial throws of our most beloved pastime, professional and college football. Week one of college football was deemed “The best weekend of match-ups ever in the history of college football”. Now that in itself is not only a stretch, its completely subjective based on the viewing audience perspectives. Keep in mind, this is media driven which is all about driving ratings resulting in commanding more money for advertising rates. Which ultimately hits your pocket book! Good to see where your hard earned dollars are being spent.
I thoroughly enjoy college football for the love of the game. What I don’t like is the over hype that continues to permeate over the airwaves and TV. Truth be told, three of the so called amazing match-ups were either blowouts or snoozers. I’d would have rather watched paint dry on a wall or pull weeds in the backyard than watch these match-ups. I wasn’t impressed nor did I feel like my forever increasing cable bill was delivering me a good value. Again, from the viewer’s perspective, the additional monthly expense to have access to most if not all the televised college football games was hardly met. Which leads me to the headline that has inspired this article: “Flipping the Field: Anyone for battle at Bristol 2?”
For most of you who aren’t aware of what this headline is referencing, it speaks to the game that was played between Virginia Tech and Tennessee at Bristol Speed way. Bristol Speed Way?? Why in the world would a football game be played at a car race track? Its simple…hype and attendance for all mighty dollar. Before this game, the largest attendance of a college football game was 115,109 – between Michigan and Notre Dame.
Hmmm…Michigan vs. Notre Dame compared to Virginia Tech and Tennessee? I’m sorry, where is the relevance? There is none because the storied rivalry (non-existent) between Virginia Tech and Tennessee p a l e s in comparison to that of the long standing tradition of Michigan and Notre Dame. So that point has been made. Now we come to the reason why the game was scheduled to be played at Bristol Speed Way: ATTENDANCE!!
This game drew over 150,000 spectators. This shattered all previous attendance records by almost 25% -among ALL previous contests – storied rivalry’s or not. Now why in the world would people pay an exorbitant amount of money for a ticket to watch a game that required binoculars to see the score board? Not to mention the cluster of driving to and from the event that probably ate up a full 8hr work day from leaving and returning home? This isn’t factoring in walking into the stadium, watching the event and then walking back to the car only to wait two hours to get out of the parking grounds. Hello people!! What are you doing? Where is the reasoning and sense of this? Oh I get it…you now have bragging rights that says that you were there: “The biggest spectated event EVER in the history of college football”. Now they are talking about Bristol 2 as in scheduling a n o t h e r match-up in the same venue? I can just see the headlines now, “Bristol 2 adds 25,000 seats to break 175,000 Spectators”. “Shuttles passes and smart park options yield a free hotdog, a coke and a smile”
I could go on and on about all the variables and energy that one must encounter and devote to drive this experience. In the interest of perspective and values, I get the passion but to what end? When you factor in that we now live in a world where almost every Division 1 football game is televised. 60” flat screen TV’s can now be purchased for two tickets, parking, gas, meals and a souvenir for one non-marquee match-up. Did I mentioned the ability to command replays of that “one play” that most people miss while they’re chatting it up & sipping on their 4th beer (after the tailgaters)? All told, I guess the better question is, “Is it really worth the price of admission”
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- On September 13, 2016
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