Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Skiff is at it again

Apparently NOT how some of our students want the crowd to look.

Usually I reserve this day of the week for some hate of our opposition as I mentioned last year, but for the second week in a row we start the season against an opponent who would be more suited to be on the field with Pascal High School.  Yes, I get that it's the conference opener and we shouldn't overlook anyone, but let's be real- if we can't beat Kansas, who just lost to Rice, we aren't going to want to see the end result of the remaining 10 games.  I really don't want to spend a few paragraphs telling you all what you already know either:  that Kansas wastes all of their money and resources on basketball, they suck at football, and Charlie Weis and his butter-filled arteries are one more Whopper Value Meal away from heading to Paternoville.  So you get the point.  Kansas isn't really worth my time and energy right now.

Luckily for anyone who's in need of hateful Spitblood content, the Daily Skiff or TCU360 or whatever it's called filled that void, thus filling yours.  According to the publication that tried to get Casey Pachall in as much trouble as possible before the season started (and ironically enough the publication that called for Pachall to start over Andy Dalton), apparently having a packed house and a full student section is a bad thing.

Now some of you will argue and say that it's not the Skiff that's to blame here, it's the student who is whining about not being able to get a seat because SHE SHOWED UP AT KICKOFF!  Yes, I agree with that point, but I'll get to that later.  My real issue is the fact that the Skiff, once again, has decided to publish a completely unprovoked piece of shit fluff article with a negative spin towards what was about as close to a flawless opening of a gorgeous new stadium as any of us could have possibly imagined.  Seriously, let's complain that there were too many students that went to the game.  Only the Skiff could try to spin that as being a problem.  Not to mention, the girl complaining (probably a friend of the girl who wrote the article, if I had to guess) got a seat to the game.  It's not like anyone was told "No" to going to the game.  They were just told to go find another seat, so what's the problem?  So the title of the article "Some students unable to get seats during Saturday's game" is incredibly misleading.  Again, I agree that students bitching and moaning is another issue here, but the fact that the Skiff found this worthy of being published might be the real tragedy here.

Now back to those poor, poor souls who had to be relocated from one free seat to another during Saturday's game because they showed up as the game was starting.  If you are one of those students, stop reading now because I'm going to make you feel very, very ignorant and small...okay, you've been warned.  You kids are complete morons who clearly have no idea how most bigtime college football programs with stellar fan bases are run.  You think other schools get to waltz into their stadium every Saturday for free and watch a top 20 football team year after year?  It just doesn't happen.  You have to BUY TICKETS at most schools you attend, or at least be a part of a lottery type system which by no means guarantees you a ticket to the game.

Look, TCU just finished a massive overhaul of the stadium.  Clearly some of you didn't notice the cranes, men in hard hats, and construction gates that have encompassed the stadium for the past 18 months or so.  We just joined one of the most prestigious athletic conferences in the country, so the days of just walking up and sitting wherever the Hell you want are long gone.  Quit complaining about having the majority of the lower section of the East side of the stadium.  Obviously the students did a fantastic job of filling those seats up and making it an intimidating atmosphere for Grambling, and props to those students for not being the dumb asses who thought they could show up to the grand opening of a stadium whenever they felt it was convenient and were appalled that the seats were actually full and they were forced to sit somewhere else (gasp!) FOR FREE.  Child please.

I don't want to spend too much time deciphering the entire article, but I'd like to hit a couple of high notes from a couple of our students who were taken aback by the unwelcoming free invitation into the new stadium that they got.  Clearly a couple of Mensa Club members we're dealing with here:

"...she walked in when the game started and did not get to sit down the entire first half due to over-crowding in the student section.  
'I was frustrated, we pay enough money to be able to sit down at our own homes games in the student section, instead we had to stand in the back.'" 

Oh, no!  You had to stand up...in the student section?!?!  Are you handicapped?  Are you a senior citizen?  If you answered no to both of those questions, then quit your bitching.  Stand up for a couple hours and shut the Hell up.  I bet it is frustrating for you too.  I'm sure you pay TONS of money to TCU, so you deserve a seat.  Oh wait, that's your parents.  I bet when they come in for a game, they pay money for a seat and get to sit down.  As for you- you don't pay a dime to anything, including your ticket into the game, so stand.  It's a football game.  Also, maybe if you want to get a spot to sit in, you shouldn't show up when the game starts, you dunce.

"...him and his friends walked in 10 minutes prior to kickoff and could only find seats in the upper section."

Again, get there earlier and you won't have this problem.  If you're griping about it now, try showing up 10 minutes before the game when Tech or OU are here.  You won't be able to find a seat in the upper section.  You just won't get in, and maybe that's how it should be.

"I do not want to worry about having to come to the game early just to find a seat."

Then please, by all means, don't worry about it and stay at home.  Clearly the student section and the fan base in general don't need you to be there if you're going to bitch and moan about standing for free at a football game in a brand new stadium that houses a perennial top 25 football team.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  Students at other schools would be thrilled to have the opportunity you're been awarded, so either suck it up and accept that this is how it's going to be or stay at home.

This is not an attack on the students as a whole.  I thought they did a fantastic job Saturday filling up the stands early.  The attack is on those who are so clueless that they don't realize that with success and a new stadium things will be a little different now.  Have an appreciation for what you're experiencing, because this has been the golden age of TCU football and TCU athletics as a whole.  Don't get your panties in a knot because you're too busy doing nothing important to make it in to the game in a timely fashion.  As for the Skiff, quit running these pointless articles that demean your university and show a little respect.  This stadium was built for us by a handful of incredibly generous donors so you don't have to watch football games in a run down, ancient concrete dump anymore.  Show a little loyalty to your university, stop trying to shed negative light on what was a landmark event in TCU history and be thankful for what this school has given you.  Somewhere Dan Jenkins and Bob Schieffer are both giving you the middle finger.


Sir Wesley Willis said...

I think the author is just EdK using an alias. This sounds like the curmudgeons who would rather have had TCU stay in the MWC and play in the Poinsettia Bowl every year so that they wouldn't be inconvenienced by progress.

FWFrog said...


Miiiike said...

Thank you for this post. I heard about the article and could not have been more annoyed with the Skiff. Please just print the paper with the crossword puzzle and sudoku because that's all anyone picks it up for. Not even going to start in on the girl in this article.

Porkins said...

Morgan Welch was born in Concord, California and raised in Danville, California. She graduated from San Ramon Valley High in 2010 where she ran track and cross country. She was a class officer and was an active member in her leadership class chairing multiple committees.

GPA: 3.24 unweighted

Extracurricular Activities:
Class Secretary
Cross Country

Community Service:
Vacation Bible School leader
Race to E-Race Poverty

Work Experience:
Jamba Juice Team Member

Scrapbooking, Photography, Writing

Other Hard Hitting Journalism;

TCU Connect to improve lineup with digital, HD channels (Watch out it is a scorcher)

Senior fashion merchandising major secures position with designer after internship (Please tell me more)

New, local Trader Joe's store excites students (I am glad the students get excited over Trader Joes but not the brand new stadium, I WANT TO DIE!!!)

Jason Horne said...

Entitled little bitches! These are probably the same students that expect us to go undefeated every year and anything less is a "rebuilding year". The program has come a LONG way since the 1-10 '97 season, not to mention the 70s and 80s. and yes I realize these little cream puffs were not alive for most of these times, but if we forget our past, we will never appreciate our accomplishments. GMFP! Now, lets keep inconveniencing game time barbie and show the big 12 what they're in for.

Porkins said...
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Porkins said...

Just look at this resume. I am so glad that TCU has found a journalist with such a vast amount of sports knowledge. I mean, with her background as a Jamba Juice Team Member and a list of hobbies that span from Scrapbooking to Photography, TCU has really found a Journalistic GEM.

BuckNasty said...

I'll be the first to admit that I was a little concerned about how many seats were reserved for students, as in being too many and not being full. But props to them for filling it up and to the majority for staying until the end.

JHale said...

Maybe we should cut funding for the Skiff so we can build more seats?

Lyle Lanley said...

My thoughts:

1) Is there a more lazily-spelled name than "Jaclyn"? I guess that's the female version of "Shawn" or "Shon"

2) Facebook tells me that Jaclyn went to Westlake. And it all makes sense now.

dude1845 said...

Just glanced at a few big name football program student ticket setups:

Ohio State - not sure the total number of seats available, but have to pay $272+ for season tickets as a student.

Oregon - somewhere between 4,000 - 6,500 student seats available depending on the game, $275 for season tickets

OU - 8,000 student seats available, $175 for student season tickets.

WVU - 11,000 - 12,500 student seats available, could never find a price, but they have some sort of loyalty program as a student where you have to earn points by working games and actually using your tickets to maintain your ticket purchasing place, you can be docked loyalty points by purchasing a ticket and not using it.

Remember all the schools have a much larger student body population than TCU.

The only school I saw in my brief search that actually provided a ridiculously large student section was of course...aggy at over 30,000 student seats, but lets be honest, that is really the only thing they have going for their football program right now.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

5000 FREE seats is a pretty solid number for TCU, especially when you consider total student body size and the amount of students who have actually shown up for games in the past.

I'm just excited for the fist fights that are going to ensure when the section fills up with the UT and Tech friends of our current students. Should be a bloodbath. My money is on Jaclyn.

Laces out Finkle said...

Well played sir. I could feel the steam being released from your forehead all the way from Lufkin. Just got an email from StubHub reminding me that my tickets for the TT game will be waiting on my front door step when I get home from work today.....so pumped

purplepassion said...

a-F*&$ING-men. Sit on your couch next home game Jaclyn.

general125 said...

"Laces Out Finkle" is the best name for a commenter I've seen in a long time. Now I want some football shaped cookies.

And fuck the spoiled ass students who always have their back to the game socializing during the game.