Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Daily Discussion: Basketball Attendance

I don't want to accuse anyone out there of being a fair-weather fan, because it's only natural that a highly successful program (like TCU football) will be supported more than a struggling one (like TCU basketball). And unless you don't have a job, live next door to the arena and can get in for free, you've probably got a number of excuses why you haven't been going to TCU basketball games this year. I know I do.

This brings me to today's daily discussion question. The Frogs have nine remaining home games, including one tomorrow night against Rice. Based on your personal situation in terms of time constraints, geography and budget- how many of those games are you likely to attend in person?

If the basketball program were as successful as the football and baseball programs, how would that change your answer? And what about the remaining home games on the women's basketball schedule?

13 comments:

shortnkerley's said...

I work outta town during the week, so home weekday games are out. My weekends are far too valuable to spend 2 hours watching a shitty product underperform year in and year out. If they were better, that may change, but as of right now TCU basketball is dead to me. It might as well be the Quidditch team.

Rotten Arsenal said...

I'd go, but right now, I work nights and I have a baby coming and have no extra money (having to sell stuff just to have a hope of affording my football tickets for 2012) or extra time anyway.

general125 said...

No sport is interesting if the games aren't competitive. Also, I don't enjoy watching basketball. I only watch college or NBA games to keep up with conversational basketball.

I'd go to baseball if they stunk, cause they have sunday day games in March and April when it's a treat to sit outside in North Texas.

FrogGal said...

I'm not a huge basketball fan - never have been - so I doubt I would ever really have the desire to go to a TCU basketball game as entertainment (read: pay money to go to a TCU basketball game). That being said, I would definitely go to a game if invited or if it was a "big" game (fair-wather, I know) simply because I am a TCU fan in general.

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FrogHorn07 said...

When I was at TCU I only missed two home Men's Basketball games, Texas Tech in 2006-07 and Utah in 2006-07. After I graduated (December 2007) I made about 50% of home games until work sent me to Houston.

From Houston I made 4 football games this year, plus at Baylor. But I will not make will not make any basketball games. I will watch them on TV now that I have the Mtn, but it is not worth a trip to Fort Worth to watch a lossing team.

If we can be competitive in the Big 12(10) I would start making trips to games.

ctbeecherl said...

Dont really care about basketball as a sport in general. I might go if it was National Championship game... maybe.

EdK said...

Well, I did see them play at USC and twice on TV. If they are on TV, I'll watch, but I'd prefer going to the dentist.

Back in 1978-79, which was TCU's basketball nadir, the AD department held a contest for the best banner showing school spirit. All the Greeks participated -- a cash prize was the award. My dorm, the infamous "Giant Bathroom" which was the late Pete Wright, won with a banner titled Mansbury's Monkey -- one of the few players Jim Killingsworth didn't cut loose the next season upon his arrival.

Anyway, it did a good job filling the joint that night. We spent our winnings on a keg.

Perhaps something like that would get fannies in the seats.

Rotten Arsenal said...

Bring back Moe Iba!

J. Thaddeus Toad said...

I'd go if the arena, team and competition didn't collectively blow.

EdK said...

Footnote: Mansbury's Monkeys made A LOT of noise that night and the art -- bananas and chimps was excellent (thank you Rob Borowy).

Alas, the Tim Sommerville Frogs go whipped that night by Arkansas, I believe. Sidney Moncrief was a monster.

VikingFrog said...

I always try to go to one or two games as they are still fun to heckle at and TCU Sausage wraps can't be beat.

Last year I started working in Dallas and while I still live in Fort Worth, it's just hard to get up for a weekday game after getting home at 7:00, and especially so after getting married.

I will still try to make it for a weekend game this year, but it might go by the wayside again as I have weddings and bachelor parties and showers to attend over the next few months and a free weekend may be hard to come by.

Grand Imperial Poobah said...

I don't like college basketball. I don't like watching the good teams which makes it harder to watch the bad teams (TCU), but i would attend because it's TCU if they had a competitive product on the court.