Stewwie- Point taken. Was even shocked when of all outlets the BBC was covering this. To me, it's more to do with the saturation of "celebrity bad behavior" getting as much hype coverage as if the president came to town (just an example mind you). And sometimes depending on the popularity, the bigger the coverage. I remember when whats-his-face on Burn Notice (not Bruce Campbell but the cool lead guy) got a DUI in Santa Monica a while back. That was barely a blimp on the radar.
MT- HaHa very funny. I wouldn't listen to him if he did a powerful cover of "Misty Mountain" and a violin solo of the music from Legand of Zelda. I did see the mug shot though. ::Screams bend-over::
Jay, to answer your question, no. The point was if TMZ or HLN wants to cover Bebergate, have at it. Respectable mid-sized and major newspapers, not really so much. Same goes for someone a little more respectable like Beyonce or even someone whose a legand like Fogerty. While I appreciate the coverage the TFP offers the local Sci-Fi, Comic, Literature conventions (Chattacon, ConNooga, etc.) anything like what you give as an example I'm just as happy reading about it in Capetown on EW.com and being passed over by the TFP to more pressing news coverage. Just me though.
I too imagine the over on tonight's attendence. However, give the cold snap that has hit the 423, it may end up going in the under mark. I know here in the 972, It started at 41 (not counting wind chill) and is scheduled to "drop" as the day progresses. Love-ly u_u
I love the fact this morning the minute TFP broke the story regarding Berbergate, there was already 100+ comments on FB basically accusing them of being the new TMZ. I agree, we don't care.
Lots to cover so let's hit it.
31 in the Big D. Compared to the Ice Storm last month, it's a heat-wave.
McKenzie: I know we had this discussion but unfortunately, when you go to a school that does not have deep traditions, considered by most (including myself) to be "Plan B" for your college experience, is still more commuter then academy-like AND you're NOT in a conference like the SEC or Big 12, or Pac-10, it doesn't matter if Coach Wade is there for five or 20 years, the student apathy is too thick to penetrate. Same with Finley. Even if general beer sales are approved and the Mocs go 9-1, it's NOT going to bring in "Fargo Dome" numbers. u_u
One thing though is I do commend Coach Wade and even the players for trying to make a high stakes effort to drum up attendence as suppose to just showing up for practice, classes, and game day.
I read the Adidas deal last night and posted the following comment on Facebook wall:
My favorite quote: "Blackburn said that UTC fans should be able to purchase Aadidas Mocs gear in local retail shops next season. But those retailers will not b...e limited to selling Adidas-only apparel. They can sell what they want, but UTC will encourage all retailers to sell the official Adidas merchandise."
David..buddy...pal...compodre..Have you seen the "retailers" you speak of?
It is 5% of the retail at "The College Station", The rinky-dink "Scrappy Sams" koish at Northgate, and the Bookstore.
My last trip home (last month during Christmas) I was wearing my UTC sweatshirt at Hamilton Place and as luck would have it I met "another" UTC fan wearing her sweatshirt (with her daughter in tow wearing Auburn u_u) and had to direct her across the mall to the only store carrying apparel (said mentioned College Station). She lives in Atlanta and was home for the holidays as well and wanted to add some blue and gold to her wardrobe. I was more then glad to help.
As the saying goes "I'll believe it...when I see it".
One last thing: Tell the fantastic Mr. Hargis I appreciate his coverage of the commitments this year and really looking forward to all those SEC transfers we hopefully will get a couple of months down the road.
P.S. Love the DNA coding reference. XD
OG- thanks for the clarity. Regarding Gunner's occupation, I knew he stated he was going to be trying out for the WWE this year but didn't think he would even be in the minors as of yet. At least it's not like the "old days" (See Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake during their regional circuit years in Florida aka "Day 1"). The way I comprehended your post I was like "Gunner is on TV already?"
I'm going to simply write my takes in regards to the topics at hand.
NCAA: Not that I do appreciate your continual communtaries on "the State of NCAA", I'm not ready to write off the UTC's of the nation in the same sentence as JCPenney in Northgate but you can analyze all you want to (it's your column, we're just the sideshow commentators), but I'd rather see what will happen before deciding to hold a wake for Moc Nation.
The topic at hand: Didn't take long for the brothers on Facebook to play the Yu-Gi-Oh Race Card and combine it with the Nepotism card. I liked T-Rob a lot but as others have pointed out, this was not his first brush with "violation of team rules". I do hope wherever he lands he's able to carve a name for himself although part of me can't help but see too many Marcus Dupree factors in this.
Being silly: ::Big Voice:: One the next 30 on 30: The Greatest That Never Was II: T-Rob.
Compared to the countless scandels that rocked the Allison-era, this is literally about as close to a drop in the bucket as you can imagine. It's obvious Huesman has his house way in order given both the commitments coming in and the fact those that once screwed up (see Keon Williams) but have gone on to be top contributors goes to show this is really nothing more then a scratch on steel.
OG- When was Gunner Williams on Raw?
Lastly, 'Ras'lin an't a sport BUT Gunner is a local from the ground up and any chance of seeing a "real" local in the national spotlight whose not known as Mr. Belding deserves coverage. Just saying.
I prefer Foster's Femme Fatales but that's just me. I understand the push for gender neutrality by the athletic department and even give two major thumbs up to the "boy-girl-boy-girl" Fat Head marquees at the Roundhouse section entryways but it's almost like I'm grandfathered in to say Lady Mocs.
However, I'm not about to go attaboy to the men's side just yet. The reason being the obvious: they're barely winning against what many sports writers have dubbed the worst conference in the NCAA regarding strength. The women's aren't exactly in any better shape. If Mickey was still alive he tell both genders "Ya'll playing a bunch of bums! A bunch of bums I tell ya! You're not hungry! etc. etc."
Moving on to more positive news. Enjoyed Hargis' piece on the new commentments. Usually we're getting transfers from Navy, Middle Tennessee and whoever as suppose to having us be the first selection. This Lawson guy should be interesting if he was that sought after.
Escaped "Freezagedden" as my plane took off last night from the Chattanooga "International" Airport/Hair Salon/Tire Center as Ron White would say and landed in John Ross (Ewing) country about 8:30 PM CST. Got to spend ample time with a lot of family & friends + an encore viewing of Disolation of Smaug + Frozen (LET IT GOOOO! LET IT GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!) I'm sure if Elsa was climbing up Monteagle and saw the WRCB camera crew she would play to the cameras with that now famous ear worm number. :P
Glad to hear the Mocs got ranked at the end of the year and laughed at the little "back of the page-who gives a #$%*&" snippet regarding a certain Bison team in Fargo.
So what's this I hear about sub-standard turf issues? (Well-played mother nature and karma, well-played).
And before anyone asks, no I did not watch Dallas-Philly while I was at home. I was at McKenzie watching Mocs-Grand Canyon U. Love the upgrades but the concessions still taste like doo-doo as little 5 & 10 might say.
Anyway, glad to be slowly coming back into a routine in what I believe will be a prosperous New Year at the 5 & 10 satellite office across from Valley Ranch.
Predictions: Mocs will win the conference hands down. Not just with the returning starters but hopefully with the "flood" of SEC caliber talent wanting transfers for more game time and finding UTC to be the new "go to" program. Sadly, the championship game between us and North Dakota State will only draw 200 people to Dallas to root for the Mocs.
Jim's Femme Fatales will at least make it past the first round of March Madness but lose in the second. By the same time next year, they should be able to crack the Sweet 16 ceiling.
Great predictions and strong possibilities. You left out a couple of important ones.
In late June, Track 29 will fill up to near capacity as geeks from all over the Tennessee Valley converge to hear Lindsey Sterling play the Scenic City for the first time. The economic impact from the show will help bring in acts of similar genres.
Attendance at Anime Blast Chattanooga goes from 1,800 last year to the 3,000 mark. At which point the Berk Administration in a show of good PR promotes it as a city event (The same way San Diego did with Comic Con for many years before Hollywood engulfed it).
Finally, after six years, the Mocs FINALLY win the Southern Conference Championship on undisputed. Still only 2,000 or less attend the final homegame. They later go on to beat North Dakota State for the National Championship.