Monday, April 14, 2014
So yeah, that is 130 bucks that I'll never get back and is a ridiculous way to spend my money. That got me thinking (as things usually do) about today's post. Saturday was the Spring Game for the Ohio Buckeyes. I have always had the stance that if you go to Spring Games then you are a fucking idiot. I will always feel this way because it is SO STOOOOOPID. Anyway, Ohio was charging $12 ahead of time and $20 on the day of the "game"...to watch a glorified practice...where the winners and losers don't matter at all. Now, Ohio has always charged to attend this and that is fine and they even lie about giving the proceeds to charity (no way that that is true). Some ELITE schools like Bama let people in for free. Some Mickey Mouse programs like Ohio don't. Either way is fine as long as you are clear up front and are realistic about what you are offering your most ardent supporters.
However, on Friday, it was widely reported that the Fuckeyes had only sold 36,000 tickets for the game the next day and that is really embarrassing. So Urb and his cronies dropped the price to $5 a head as it should have always been (while pissing off the people who already paid the insane prices but apparently there was some sort of refund which is probably also a lie). They ended up getting a little over 60,000 which is still kind of pathetic considering how nice the weather was but way better than playing your Spring Game in a stadium 1/3 full.
I'm going to do something now that I'm not used to doing: thanking Ohio Buckeye turd-sucking fans. GOOD FOR YOU. You shouldn't be paying 20 bucks a pop for this nothing game. Gene Smiff and the BoT and Urb constantly steal your money and then charge more and more every year. Enough is enough already. At some point, even the biggest idiot (Cakes) has to ask himself, "what the fuck am I paying for"? You're seeing something similar with the Yankees. They play in front of 70% full stadiums every goddamn night now and it is their own fault. They built that fucking eyesore stadium, charged a billion dollars for season tickets, priced out "the real fans", and now no one goes. It's really sad. But it's becoming the reality regarding the franchise-fan relationship these days.
The days of the team charging whatever the fuck they want and you the fan eating the shit are over. We have a say now. In FACT, we have THEE say now. It doesn't matter how consistently good you are. After a while, fuck it, it just isn't worth it. HD TV and every game being televised and ELITE tailGREATs have made people start to realize how much of an expensive hassle all of this is. Sure, you want to go to the big games still and always will but those non-con games/Astros games just don't feel like a good way to spend your time anymore. You have other options that are more appealing and better ways to utilize your time and money.
I'm not really sure how teams can start winning fans back besides dropping ticket prices substantially (will not happen) so I think that all teams in all sports should not be surprised when attendance continues to drop more and more over the years. In other words, you aren't building your fan base at all when you charge a family of four 80 bucks to watch the scarlet play the gray. Get your heads out of your asses and stop trying to steal money from your biggest fans.
On a sad note regarding an ELITE way to spend your money, rumors are swirling that Minerva Park Golf Course AKA home course of the L/DFL AKA Augusta North will be closing its front ten and back eight this Summer. It's probably Gene Smiff's fault although every time I've been out there, his brothas were all over the place in their jeans and whatnot. I will miss Minerva. This counts as my coverage of The Masters by the way. If you weren't rooting for Big Dick Daddy Sping then why don't you move back to Iran, terrorist.