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O .. Holy Night .. The stands are full of holes ….
Photo stolen from timesfreepress.com

As we all know, 3Peat Nation was forced to take a sabbatical from traveling to the Dirty ‘Nooga this year. And boy, was it obvious.

For the first time in four years, bleachers were easily visible amongst the crowd. And that’s just the way Nooga liked it.

Less fans. Less hassle.

Eckstein added that he had an employee complain of being bored because the night was running so smoothly.

Friday’s title game was the fourth with Frank Burke as stadium operator. Burke admitted the evening felt “less frantic” than the previous three matchups, and he also was pleased.

“Things may have gone a little smoother because there are not as many people here, but they also didn’t all want to come in at the same time like they’ve wanted to do in the past,” he said.

We’ve been rough on the ‘Nooga in the past, but Friday’s crowd wasn’t that bad considering. Montana fans needed an airplane to get there, and Richmond’s fanbase is smaller than an Amaurobius similis. And given how starved the local inhabitants have to be for quality football, well … breaking 17,000 ain’t bad. Sure, it wasn’t pretty on camera, but the same can be said for many a forgetaBowl.

So we won’t be too hard on the ‘Nooga this year. Next season they’re assured another sellout, at least in tickets, and they know it. Cause App State knows when to hold them, and when to try and fold them. We won’t ever walk away. We know when to run … and buy!

Any team with this guy back is gonna motivate more gamblin’.

14 Comments

  1. rhog85

    December 23, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    hahah look at the side the picture was taken from….there's empty seats at like the 25 yrd. line

  2. Michael

    December 23, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Nothing screams "JV league" better than a 20,000-seat stadium on national television with hoards of empty seats. What in the heck is wrong with Richmond's fanbase that they can't get more people to this first-in-a-lifetime occasion?

    I guess for 20,000-plus, Chattanooga requires ASU, Georgia Southern, or JMU to be in the game.

  3. richie

    December 24, 2008 at 1:45 am

    yeah sherioushly. what shkulls

  4. Jamey

    December 24, 2008 at 7:13 am

    "but they also didn’t all want to come in at the same time like they’ve wanted to do in the past"

    That is Nooga speak for "They weren't all partying and tailgating right up until 5 minutes before kickoff." Watch the tone there young man, it would be best not to anger the Nation.

    As for Richmond…GREAT SHOWING! You are less that 7 hours from the game and you only send a few thousand. I commend Montana for chartering planes, buses and snowmobiles to try and make it down. It is pretty sad that the National Champions have such LAME fans.

  5. steve

    December 24, 2008 at 9:31 am

    can you imagine an App vs Georgia Southern game for the championship? It would be awesome.

  6. doug

    December 24, 2008 at 10:53 am

    This comment is for Jamey regarding the number of fans UR sent. Ever been to Richmond? It's more depressing than, ah, umh,, …. It's depressing.

    Looking forward to being back there in '09!! Go Apps!!

  7. Hapapp

    December 24, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Does anyone realize the size of UR? UR is about 1/5 the size of ASU. Most folks in Richmond support either UVA or Tech. Very few Richmonders who have no connection the UR are fans of the Spiders.

  8. Michael

    December 24, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Yes, I realize the size of Richmond: It's twice the size of Furman, yet they get about half of the Paladins' attendance. People in Greenville are just as rabid about either Clemson or USC, yet a respectable number still show up for Furman games. The small-school argument for Richmond is lame. Even Elon, a similar-size school, draws well over twice the number of their student body (at roughly 9,500 per game).

  9. hapapp

    December 25, 2008 at 6:41 am

    UR and Furman have almost exactly the same enrollment at about 2800 students. No question that UR does not draw well compared to a similar size school like Furman. Elon, btw, is larger by 2000 students than either Furman or UR. UR draws more than double its student body.

    Bottom line, attendance at games obviously doesn't reflect quality on the field. Otherwise UR wouldn't have beaten us nor won the title.

  10. steve

    December 25, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Most App fans grew up UNC or State fans. Being UVA or Hokie fans is no excuse. Alum and locals need to start supporting their teams.

  11. Hapapp

    December 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    It will be interesting to see what their support is after winning the title. Let's not pretend we consistently drew what we now draw before we won our championships. Also keep in mind that ASU is five times larger than UR. I suspect few locals consider UR to be their team.

    What difference does it make to us what they draw? The game is played on the field and the trophy goes to the best team, not the best fans.

  12. steve

    December 26, 2008 at 8:25 am

    It takes several generations to build a fan base. The best sign for App Nation is the growing family attendance. UR will be the same way. Students graduate and move on. Alum and families build the consistant fan base.

  13. jw88

    December 27, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Let's remember…our first year in nooga…we didn't exactly fill the place either. 2006 was better and 2007 was a sell out. I'm sure UR's fan base will grow just like ours has and as mentioned in earlier posts they have a much smaller school. Give them the respect they deserve. I thought both teams made a good showing given the time of year the championship is played (week before Christmas and a slumping economy). Next year the game will be moved to January. We'll see what that does to the attendance level and yes, it will depend who will be there as well.

  14. Michael

    December 28, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Hapapp,

    I understand what you mean by asking what it matters to us with Richmond's attendance level. To me, there's no question that their football team deserved their trophy this year, but I'd like to see better fan support for the national championship team. Richmond serves as representatives of the FCS, our level of play. Poor fan support for the championship team reflects poorly on the whole subdivision. I want to see better fan support of teams in the championship game for the same reason I want to see other SoCon teams do well against non-SoCon teams: it represents OUR league and OUR subdivision.

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