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I'd like a little fan feedback for the show today. If you have a few seconds, leave your thoughts in this thread about Jim Weaver's request to the ACC for no Thursday Night game in Blacksburg in 2013. I know that the message board community is considered a "fringe" demographic, but that doesn't mean it isn't extremely valuable. Just let me know how you feel about it.
Jim Weaver says Hokies taking a one-year break to benefit fans
This post was edited by Kyle Bailey 17 months ago
On one hand i always enjoy the atmosphere of thursday night games and in the past it always gave VT a platform to play on national TV.
On the other hand I know it made getting to those games difficult for some people. If coming from the tidewater, dc, or carolina, you have to plan on a hotel and even a lot of local folks cant make it because of work the following day.
I just wish we had a schedule that would allow for a primetime saturday night in lane.
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This is a great decision. Another thing nobody is talking about...we get 2 true bye weeks.
I realize my opinion on this matter carries little weight as I live in Roanoke and can be on campus in less than an hour. But I loved Thursday night games. They had become a tradition. The atmosphere as good as it gets on any campus. VT is more responsible than any other team for helping build Thursday night football into something special for espn. Just as we are given credit for having Gameday explode in popularity after their first visit to the VT campus.
Sorry for the hardship caused by travel difficulties for those not close to Blacksburg, but traditions die hard and I don't want to see this one go away.
Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't connected to recruiting and our overall poor home schedule this year. It's crucial to get recruits on campus and they typically want to come for the better games. Few of those at home this year and I bet Frank didn't want those (it) ending up on Thurs night (like FSU last year) when the recruits couldn't make it.
From a recruiting standpoint, I think it is a better opportunity to get recruits on campus on a saturday. From a fan perspective it sucks.
This post was edited by bigiron2011 17 months ago
Res ipsa loquitur...Let the good times roll
We need to be playing on Saturdays. With NFL now on every thursday it waters down the impact of the tv side....plus all of our games are on tv anyway, within our recruiting footprint. Also I agree with others on the recruiting impact - if we have 4-5 solid home games let's play one on Thurs, but if we only have 2-3, then need to play them on Saturday.
Great decision for future. Playing on Friday's or Thursday nowaday's means you have to for media and tv attention. Let's get back to playing big games on Saturday's? Maybe some Gameday's again. Recruits cannot come on Thursday's. Plus fans really don't get the whole game day thrill.
It's really quite simple.
It's good for the team from a performance standpoint (no short weeks), boosters (mostly older people with jobs that can't take time off), non-local fans (working and don't want to take vacation days), and far away/out-of-state recruits (can't easily attend games because of school conflicts).
It's bad for students (it's what students live for during football season and is the most heavily wanted ticket of the year), younger fans in general (that don't mind making the mid-week trip), local recruits (that don't have that hard of a time making it to the games), and far away/out-of-state recruits (they have a solid block of time to watch the Hokies play without much else on in terms of college football to interfere, maybe the NFL if the game is good)
With last season's back to back Thursday games, that gave us 3 consectutive weeks without playing a game on Saturday. I don't think that is good. As I mentioned previously there is upside and downside to it. Good if we do play, fine if we don't.
If it gets replaced with a night game on a Saturday, then it's fine by me.
I like the atmosphere of night games like everyone, but not having a Thursday game means not having to take two days off from.work or missing a home game. Having more Saturday games is good and good for recruiting.
This should be a non issue. Fans, especially the "fringe" fanatics, like us, have complained about every conceivable thing involved with the program and Hokie sports in general. We have gotten everything we have asked for. There should be a renewed enthusiasm among the fans and a willingness to get back to who we were 10 or 12 years ago; which is filling the stadium for every game no matter who we play, being louder than any stadium in the league, and supporting our team unconditionally. In the past decade, we as fans have become spoiled and soft. We don't show if we don't like the opponent and we only support the school if it suits our purposes or whims. We want a team with a national profile, but we have not learned how to be a fan base with a national profile. Time to shut up and put up for the fanbase and support everything Hokie. I am sick of hearing all the complaining like a bunch of spoiled brats.
This post was edited by TheCount42 17 months ago
It wouldn't bother me so much if...
a) We Hadn't lost the Miami game (i.e. have to travel to Miami 2 years in a row).
b) If the out of conference schedule wasn't so putrid.
The home schedule is absolutely terrible and the I'm already angry about having to pay $1,300 for my 4 season tickets knowing that the product won't be worth it. Taking the Thurs. game this year just adds to that. Why not take it next year when we have home games vs GT, Miami, and UVA?
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