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Haney

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Your stereotype doesn't describe any UVa alumni I know


UVa alumni have grown apathetic about football b/c we have been mediocre at best, and typically bad, for about a decade or so. There are very, very, very few alumni who prefer to be better at swimming, soccer, squash, etc. than football, but you take what you can get. UVa alumni are a goal and success-oriented bunch (for better or worse) so they like success - it's not that they prefer to be better at crew or whatever, it's that they are proud of the successes, so emphasize those.

UVa fans are not like SEC fans (I'm thinking esp. of So Car fans) - we're not going to show up if we are mediocre / bad for a couple seasons in a row. That's partly demographic (e.g., location of alumni base, size of alumni base) and partly cultural/attidunal (by and large, our fanbase didn't "grow up with this" - folks showed up when we were and it was fun; if we're no good there are better ways to kill 4 hours on a fall Saturday -- and many more if you're attending in person).

I think there is some pent up demand amongst alumni in my age bracket and older (I was 99), and I'm sure younger alumni would catch on quick, just as my generation of alumni did when we got good at hoops, even though we were terrible while students.

One wildcard in all this (meaning - I don't know how big of a factor it is), I think that the CTE issue might be a marginal issue for some marginal fans, and I think it is going to be a bigger factor at certain places more than at other places. Maybe I'm wrong.

(In response to this post by hitnrun)

Posted: 07/17/2017 at 4:10PM



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  Did you consult.... -- exit272hoo 07/17/2017 1:41PM
  It's like an Eggs and Bacon breakfast my man... -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 4:23PM
  I agree. I think we're unique with this. -- HowieT3 07/17/2017 4:39PM
  Great that we're opening with W&M & not -- HOOGATORB 07/18/2017 08:50AM
  Very insightful, thanks for the post. ** -- rdy7p 07/17/2017 9:23PM
  Until Carl and Hunter Smith stepped in . -- Birddog 07/17/2017 5:43PM
  I don't think that's necessarily sustainable. -- hoodeyo 07/17/2017 6:11PM
  He is not the only one ,btw . -- Birddog 07/17/2017 6:22PM
  PREACH ON!! ** -- hooman#1 07/17/2017 3:46PM
  I think you mean the "Clash". Not the Cup. ** -- jpage520 07/17/2017 3:18PM
  Lol... I only started keeping up with it this year. :-) ** -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 3:29PM
  Agree with most of what you said... -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 3:12PM
  Whistling past the graveyard... -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 2:40PM
  I like this feisty Mg234 πŸ˜‚ ** -- rdy7p 07/17/2017 9:31PM
  Hopefully we are signing more guys just like that felon... -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 3:01PM
  *Pop* ** -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 3:48PM
  Picture inside -- Mg234 07/17/2017 3:53PM
  Reminds me of this one... -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 10:28PM
  Wow.. -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 10:38PM
  Never had a chance? -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 2:36PM
  47-30, 0 National Titles. ** -- Mg234 07/17/2017 2:37PM
  Thank you... -- Last Full Measure 07/17/2017 3:38PM
  0 national titles is #fakenews ** -- rdy7p 07/17/2017 9:33PM
  0 times ranked #1. ** -- hoodeyo 07/17/2017 9:42PM
  South Carolina's OpS Center under construction -- Hawaii Hal 07/17/2017 12:19PM
  Saw the Liberty Sports show on Cville 29 last night -- hooinalex 07/17/2017 12:13PM
  I went to UVA because of sports -- HoosYourDaddy003 07/17/2017 3:13PM
  Ok. If elite is only FSU or Clemson, I'd agree. -- hoodeyo 07/17/2017 12:11PM
  Keep calm and just lay the coffee cup on the ground... ** -- CavalierMan 07/17/2017 11:57AM
  Well, at UVA now it is about 20,000 people paying $40 a game -- hooincarolina 07/17/2017 11:29AM
  Half pay $20 or less on Stubhub ** -- Mg234 07/17/2017 12:00PM
  Deleted** -- amvuva83 07/17/2017 11:29AM
  Like I said , find us a lead donor . ** -- Birddog 07/17/2017 10:56AM

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