Sunday, January 17, 2010

Q&A with Patterson

I don't think this has been posted yet. If it has, lay off me- I don't spend every waking moment glued to my computer...just when I'm using my company's time. Anywho, Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com sat down with Coach Patterson recently to discuss the 2009 season, the state of the program and the future of it.

Read it HERE.

Orange Bowl a TV Ratings Flop

Keep up that ACC gamble Obie. One day someone will watch.

Quad-City Times
By: Don Doxsie
Link

"Iowa's Orange Bowl victory over Georgia Tech apparently was not a huge draw. Not at the box office. And certainly not in terms of TV ratings.

The Jan. 5 game attracted about a third as many viewers as the Fiesta Bowl between Boise State and TCU, which was played the previous night, and it had by far the lowest ratings of any BCS bowl game. It was a distant third in the ratings for its time slot, behind NCIS and The Biggest Loser.

This is becoming an annual occurrence for the Orange Bowl, which might want to rethink its tie-in with the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 2007 (Wake Forest-Louisville) and 2009 (Virginia Tech-Cincinnati) Orange Bowls also had low ratings, and the 2008 game between Virginia Tech and Kansas was the lowest rated BCS game ever.

The attendance for this year's game also was lousy, about 11,000 short of a sellout. Iowa at least came close to selling out its allotment of 17,500 tickets. According to some reports, Georgia Tech sold only about 11,000 tickets.

One thing that might help: Don't play your game on a Tuesday night four days after New Year's Day.

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Lowest rated bowl game of the 34 played this season?

Insight Bowl. Iowa State vs. Minnesota. It earned a 0.4 share. That's sort of like batting .040 in baseball. Maybe because both teams were 6-6? Or maybe because it was on the NFL Network, which almost no one gets on their cable package."