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RE: Early storyline for the EIU game
(09-02-2017 02:23 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:06 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  Who cares.
12,000 will show.

Hope we draw better than that for an instate opponent. Last night's crowd was terrible for bringing in a big name opponent. I am sure Frazier is frustrated after listening to what so many said they wanted, making it happen and then drawing a small crowd even with all of the special promotions.

I guess playing so late on a Friday night did not help but I still felt there should have been 20,000 for a game like BC.

I know this is probably about three years late, but I am now struggling with the whole schedule-apolooza thing. When it came out, I was pretty excited with the following names: Maryland, Boston College, San Diego St, Wyoming, Utah, BYU....I thought, wow---this is going to be cool to see these "big" teams come here and pack Huskie Stadium.

Now, I see something I didn't see that all these schools have in common. I don't believe any of them have, even remotely, a strong alumni base in the Chicago, or maybe even Midwest area. To fill the stadium you are still depending on Huskie fans or Chicago area fans (that have to be knowledgeable football fans) to fill the stadium.

Of course---the real draws---Iowa, Iowa St, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, the Big Team Michigans, Missouri, Kentucky, etc----WON'T come here, so it's a Catch 22.

Those names we drew were nice---but none of them are remotely close and I don't see any school bringing in any sort of base that will fill up about 20% of the stadium.
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RE: Early storyline for the EIU game
(09-03-2017 08:29 AM)Milwaukee Pilot Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:23 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:06 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  Who cares.
12,000 will show.

Hope we draw better than that for an instate opponent. Last night's crowd was terrible for bringing in a big name opponent. I am sure Frazier is frustrated after listening to what so many said they wanted, making it happen and then drawing a small crowd even with all of the special promotions.

I guess playing so late on a Friday night did not help but I still felt there should have been 20,000 for a game like BC.

I know this is probably about three years late, but I am now struggling with the whole schedule-apolooza thing. When it came out, I was pretty excited with the following names: Maryland, Boston College, San Diego St, Wyoming, Utah, BYU....I thought, wow---this is going to be cool to see these "big" teams come here and pack Huskie Stadium.

Now, I see something I didn't see that all these schools have in common. I don't believe any of them have, even remotely, a strong alumni base in the Chicago, or maybe even Midwest area. To fill the stadium you are still depending on Huskie fans or Chicago area fans (that have to be knowledgeable football fans) to fill the stadium.

Of course---the real draws---Iowa, Iowa St, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, the Big Team Michigans, Missouri, Kentucky, etc----WON'T come here, so it's a Catch 22.

Those names we drew were nice---but none of them are remotely close and I don't see any school bringing in any sort of base that will fill up about 20% of the stadium.

Again, when STF got here one of the top things he heard from the fanbase was to bring P5 teams to Huskie Stadium. He has done that, so the stadium should be full of NIU fans regardless of the travel of the opponent. The fact is the NIU fanbase isn't good, and even if we played in the Big 12 no one would go to games.
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RE: Early storyline for the EIU game
(09-03-2017 08:40 AM)DogPoundNorth Wrote:  
(09-03-2017 08:29 AM)Milwaukee Pilot Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:23 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:06 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  Who cares.
12,000 will show.

Hope we draw better than that for an instate opponent. Last night's crowd was terrible for bringing in a big name opponent. I am sure Frazier is frustrated after listening to what so many said they wanted, making it happen and then drawing a small crowd even with all of the special promotions.

I guess playing so late on a Friday night did not help but I still felt there should have been 20,000 for a game like BC.

I know this is probably about three years late, but I am now struggling with the whole schedule-apolooza thing. When it came out, I was pretty excited with the following names: Maryland, Boston College, San Diego St, Wyoming, Utah, BYU....I thought, wow---this is going to be cool to see these "big" teams come here and pack Huskie Stadium.

Now, I see something I didn't see that all these schools have in common. I don't believe any of them have, even remotely, a strong alumni base in the Chicago, or maybe even Midwest area. To fill the stadium you are still depending on Huskie fans or Chicago area fans (that have to be knowledgeable football fans) to fill the stadium.

Of course---the real draws---Iowa, Iowa St, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, the Big Team Michigans, Missouri, Kentucky, etc----WON'T come here, so it's a Catch 22.

Those names we drew were nice---but none of them are remotely close and I don't see any school bringing in any sort of base that will fill up about 20% of the stadium.

Again, when STF got here one of the top things he heard from the fanbase was to bring P5 teams to Huskie Stadium. He has done that, so the stadium should be full of NIU fans regardless of the travel of the opponent. The fact is the NIU fanbase isn't good, and even if we played in the Big 12 no one would go to games.

If NIU had a team that was worth seeing, and you add P5 to that, that's when you have your magic happen
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RE: Early storyline for the EIU game
(09-02-2017 02:40 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:23 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:06 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  Who cares.
12,000 will show.

Hope we draw better than that for an instate opponent. Last night's crowd was terrible for bringing in a big name opponent. I am sure Frazier is frustrated after listening to what so many said they wanted, making it happen and then drawing a small crowd even with all of the special promotions.

I guess playing so late on a Friday night did not help but I still felt there should have been 20,000 for a game like BC.


If it had been on a Saturday afternoon, there'd be over 20,000 there.

Agree 100%
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RE: Early storyline for the EIU game
(09-03-2017 09:10 AM)MaddDawgz02 Wrote:  
(09-03-2017 08:40 AM)DogPoundNorth Wrote:  
(09-03-2017 08:29 AM)Milwaukee Pilot Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:23 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:06 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  Who cares.
12,000 will show.

Hope we draw better than that for an instate opponent. Last night's crowd was terrible for bringing in a big name opponent. I am sure Frazier is frustrated after listening to what so many said they wanted, making it happen and then drawing a small crowd even with all of the special promotions.

I guess playing so late on a Friday night did not help but I still felt there should have been 20,000 for a game like BC.

I know this is probably about three years late, but I am now struggling with the whole schedule-apolooza thing. When it came out, I was pretty excited with the following names: Maryland, Boston College, San Diego St, Wyoming, Utah, BYU....I thought, wow---this is going to be cool to see these "big" teams come here and pack Huskie Stadium.

Now, I see something I didn't see that all these schools have in common. I don't believe any of them have, even remotely, a strong alumni base in the Chicago, or maybe even Midwest area. To fill the stadium you are still depending on Huskie fans or Chicago area fans (that have to be knowledgeable football fans) to fill the stadium.

Of course---the real draws---Iowa, Iowa St, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, the Big Team Michigans, Missouri, Kentucky, etc----WON'T come here, so it's a Catch 22.

Those names we drew were nice---but none of them are remotely close and I don't see any school bringing in any sort of base that will fill up about 20% of the stadium.

Again, when STF got here one of the top things he heard from the fanbase was to bring P5 teams to Huskie Stadium. He has done that, so the stadium should be full of NIU fans regardless of the travel of the opponent. The fact is the NIU fanbase isn't good, and even if we played in the Big 12 no one would go to games.

If NIU had a team that was worth seeing, and you add P5 to that, that's when you have your magic happen
If Lynch was playing Friday night it would have been standing room only.
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RE: Early storyline for the EIU game
(09-03-2017 08:29 AM)Milwaukee Pilot Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:23 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  
(09-02-2017 02:06 PM)huskie1stdown Wrote:  Who cares.
12,000 will show.

Hope we draw better than that for an instate opponent. Last night's crowd was terrible for bringing in a big name opponent. I am sure Frazier is frustrated after listening to what so many said they wanted, making it happen and then drawing a small crowd even with all of the special promotions.

I guess playing so late on a Friday night did not help but I still felt there should have been 20,000 for a game like BC.

I know this is probably about three years late, but I am now struggling with the whole schedule-apolooza thing. When it came out, I was pretty excited with the following names: Maryland, Boston College, San Diego St, Wyoming, Utah, BYU....I thought, wow---this is going to be cool to see these "big" teams come here and pack Huskie Stadium.

Now, I see something I didn't see that all these schools have in common. I don't believe any of them have, even remotely, a strong alumni base in the Chicago, or maybe even Midwest area. To fill the stadium you are still depending on Huskie fans or Chicago area fans (that have to be knowledgeable football fans) to fill the stadium.

Of course---the real draws---Iowa, Iowa St, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, the Big Team Michigans, Missouri, Kentucky, etc----WON'T come here, so it's a Catch 22.

Those names we drew were nice---but none of them are remotely close and I don't see any school bringing in any sort of base that will fill up about 20% of the stadium.
It's pathetic. They played a power 5 school on a Friday night at 8:30pm. A friend of mine flew in from NYC to catch the game with me. If you work Friday there should be absolutely no excuse to not be able to make a game that starts that late. People had months to figure out a plan for babysitting, work scheduling, etc. The fan base is a joke and NIU games are not that important to them.

Also I think the university needs to get the students more involved. Particularly the frats/sororities who basically put together a large tailgate but never make the game. Maybe get them involved with halftime competitions against each other. Sell beer on that side of the stadium? Anything to get them to come in the stadium. Maybe your less likely to heavily binge drink if you could have a beer inside.
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Carey lost to an average FCS school last year and I'm fully confident he can lead us to another loss against a team with far less talent again this year unless our guys can find a way to overcome the coaching some how...
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RE: Early storyline for the EIU game
(09-03-2017 10:52 AM)JoeNovak Wrote:  It's pathetic. They played a power 5 school on a Friday night at 8:30pm. A friend of mine flew in from NYC to catch the game with me. If you work Friday there should be absolutely no excuse to not be able to make a game that starts that late. People had months to figure out a plan for babysitting, work scheduling, etc. The fan base is a joke and NIU games are not that important to them.

If the game started at 7pm there probably would have been another 2,000 people there. I had several family members/friends that would have brought themselves and 2-3 kids between the ages of 4-10. They didn't want to drive out to Dekalb just to leave at halftime which wasn't until like 10:15pm if I recall correctly. Playing on Fridays isn't ideal either when high school football is going on...any parents/family members that had HS kids playing (or cheering, performing, dancing, etc) that night were at those games, not in Dekalb. I have no doubt that if the game was on a Saturday there would have been another 3,000+.
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RE: Early storyline for the EIU game
The storyline for me in this game is how does NIU come out of the gate It's not your typical good EIU team. Not a pushover but not the skill we have seen. How players rebound will be very interesting, I could see this game being a scary one. I could see something like halftime 10-10, and NIU doing enough in 2nd half to win 30-20
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I'm hoping everyone one here that is complaining attended the game. Frazier did what was asked and got a good team to come here. No one showed up. Our fans are pretty lousy unfortunately and it hurts to say that since I'm a die hard. BC did make the stipulation that they wanted Friday and tv so we got screwed on the time. Many students wouldn't have stayed for Saturday. As for everyone saying if Lynch was playing we would have been full, go back and check the attendance during our MAC dominance run. I believe we still only averaged 15-17 k. Granted there were many maction games but we still didn't draw well.
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