Sorry for being late to the game. The 5&10 satellite office was getting a new cable system put into play. So it goes.
To answer your question, yes there were less then 10,000. I got to watch the game on ESPN3 in the most unlikely of places and the camera shots don't lie. Great turnout on the home size but nearly empty on the visitor side. The nerds get a pass due to Anime Blast Chattanooga 10 blocks down the road at the convention center. The rest of the city (and surrounding areas) have NO excuse. Face it, because UTC is not in the SEC they think it doesn't matter. I've never met a fanbase more wanting to be Knoxville then this city. :(
Watching the ESPN commenter fanboy over Dennis Haskins was funny though.
Watched the game in one of the most unlikely of places (not as dramatic as "GPS"-gate but one I will share privately). I only caught the tail end of the second quarter and all of the second half. But WHAT A GAME! ESPN did a nice shot of the crowds but less then 10,000 was pathetic. Nerds got a pass because Anime Blast Chattanooga was 10 blocks down at the convention center. The REST of the city shame on you. I am glad the paper at least gave the necessary credit where credit was due.
Ironically that MTSU was brought up. I was actually at the very last UTC-MTSU game in their final year as an FCS school (then I-AA). This was I believe the final year at Chamberlain (I know it was played at Chamberlain). Definitely a good rivalry to start up again.
Your an SEC Alumni with no ties to UTC other then its a school covered by your employer. Plus, the local circulation is all about the SEC even though everyone is sympathetic towards UTC. Therefore, Vulcan logic dictates you would not have as a vented interests as myself, MT, Jomo, and a few others. Heck UTC is lucky to have the coverage it does as it is not an SEC or other top five conference. I live in city where it's 24-7 Cowboys regarding local media with the big question: Will Romo play this Sunday in the land of Double Deckers? North Texas and SMU would KILL to have the kind of coverage-talk our local media provides our school. But then again, that seems to be the big issue with any major market that has one or more pro sports franchises.
So it goes.
Chase- I liked Channel One even though I didn't realize what a scam it was until later (Surprised "CNN Films" hasn't done a docu on it). Then again, one of their "star" reporters Lisa Ling is a Channel One alum (I definitely remember seeing her every other morning)
Spy- SoCon an't the SEC but given the stakes of Saturday's game, it's not a surprise to see this much attention regarding it. I'll be honest, I haven't seen this much on the comments side for a Friday's Mailbag in 4-5 weeks.
MT, love the FBS stats. Personally I would love to UTC in C-USA over the Dumb Belt for the simple reason North Texas is in the conference (Mean Green does play opposite in-conference games all the time). My only argument for the Mocs going to the SB is UT-Arlington is in the conference (BB Only + other sports). But before we talk fantasy FBS league, let's see if the program can eventually but some pop knots on the top 10 teams (Fargo U. obviously being Target X).
I challenge your statement that with realignment the SoCon became weaker in basketball. Davidson leaving yes. But, adding VMI, Mercer, and ETSU is an improvment over the loss of Appy, Ga Southern, and Elon.
Concur. Appy and Ga Southern have always been football schools. Which made their BB programs look like trips to the woodshed for both genders when compared to our mens/womens programs. Even I never paid as much a attention to conference games unless it was Davidson or somebody of similar level.
Tell Hargis great interviews regarding members of the 1984 team. Sadly I had zero interest in FB (I was 9 at the time) but on the timeline they left out the fact the original "Transformers" cartoon premiered that year.
First Period, Sophomore Year, Algebra I, Red Bank High School, News broke on the old "Channel One" news show. If you ever get a chance, check out the 30 for 30 simply called "The Announcement" Larry Bird pretty much said what everyone in the country thought (at the time).
You might want to reread what I wrote: "airs on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network between 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM)".
I did have a TV in my room since I was 12-13 but it only picked up network channels. I didn't get cable until my senior year of high school.
Anyway, interested in that other major Mocs announcement.
The "animated series" airs on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network between 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM) so its not going to target the 2-11 crowd. They're busy watching Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. Also, its a parody of Scooby Doo and its various clones [Spirit of 76, Fangface, etc.]
Loved Weeds column today. Still working on how I'm going to see this ballgame. So good leads though.