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Just a note to point out our TBP-initiated drive to raise funds for the Bulls Football IPF - doing our share, and more.  Please consider donating at least $23 to the effort, and passing on to others as well.  You can read more about the project at the link above.  

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  1. 3 points
    I'm not real sure that Chris and Brett are quite the same competition that he faced at Bama and ASU
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  3. 2 points
    Well, gosh, I certainly wasn't fishing for that, but thanks. I never thought of it that way. A lot of sites have come and gone, that's true. In fact some far more lucrative or well known. Or, people have simply moved on to something else - it happens here too. It is not false humility when I say I don't deserve the thanks. In past responses, I have always talked about the guys that really helped keep it afloat with direction, encouragement, creativity or technical skills like @GarySJ (now with TDS, I think still), @Velcro (now trying beers from all over the earth), @JimUSFSig (now running his own business), @Triple B and @Apis Bull - the longest serving moderators in modern world history, @NAM37 (still on call if not that visible), @MikeG (photography and participation for years, to this day), and all the guys like you - luckily too numerous to list without leaving someone out - that have stayed with the site since 1999+. Also, a new crop of TBP contributors like @BrassBulls12 in the Clubs and @Buller64 preparing quizzes for members and @Old Baldy filling the galleries these days. It's been a labor of love for a number of Bulls fans. TBP is just lucky to be here this long. There are also donors over the years that got us through rough spots. TBP is lucky to have so many people still visiting here after nearly 19 years. Hopefully we keep going and we' will only do it with the support of Bulls fans. Sorry for the long response. I just wanted to make sure I passed on the kind words to others that have put in the effort to keep the place going. I apologize if I left out anyone. And I thank, above all the members, that these guys helped build a better place for. Without Bulls fans, TBP is nothing.
  4. 2 points
  5. 2 points
    Greg used to report these same numbers, no one batted an eye. Joey does it, everyone flips.
  6. 2 points
    Should anyone need a refresher
  7. 2 points
    I have no idea if Adam reads this or not. But he did an outstanding job and was a great person to work with. Part of his role included dealing with Student Government, so I was in many meetings with him over SG issues. One thing I remember fondly was the value he placed on making the games accessible to students. When SG's budget reduced the number of shuttle buses that offered free rides for students to football games, he stepped up and got athletics to offer to pay for an extra bus for many games. I think a lot of people are rushing to judgement without knowing what his responsibility was and what tools (budget) he had to work with to accomplish his goals. While I am happy for him (the new job is a nice step up, and moves him back home), I know this is a loss for USF Athletics. Once again, if you are unhappy with USF's Marketing output, that is your opinion and you are entitled to it. It isn't fair to take armchair quarterback knowledge of a person you have never met and call their departure an upgrade.
  8. 1 point
    Did he pull one of these?
  9. 1 point
    Whomever enters Game 1 without a broken foot.
  10. 1 point
    And I was just pointing out that penalizing BB for not being able to beat out Hurts, but not doing the same for BK or CO is ridiculous.
  11. 1 point
    The last time Alabama had one of the best QBs in the country his name was Joe Namath.
  12. 1 point
    Here is the company that represents us, they also represent most of the top schools, including UF and FSU. Same basic rules for us as UF and FSU, been that way for at least 15 years. The difference may be knowing to ask for the temporary/one time/special product license. https://www.clc.com/Clients.aspx Here is my knowledge, which is a few years dated, but I am pretty confident still rings true today. When a company want to make USF logoed items (or UF or FSU etc.), they first have to apply for a license, if granted, the upfront cost of buying the license is pretty substantial, lets say $2000. (not the exact number). Then when a company makes USF shirts, they pay a royalty, lets say 6% of the wholesale value of the item. $2000 to Nike or Adidas is nothing. $2000 to mom and pop making homemade crafts is a big deal. That is what I am talking about, Mom and Pop can ask for a one time, special, temporary licence to make their small batch of USF crafts, and the fee might only be $50, plus the 6%. I can help Mom and Pop find the person to ask about the one time license. Now, let me tell you this. If mom and pop in the Tampa Bay area are making unlicensed goods in Tampa, they are more likely to not make USF items, because they are more likely to get caught, because of the proximity to USF. If you want to talk to someone about how the process works and offer suggestions to improve, my two suggestions for policy makers in this case would be Andrew Goodrich or Michael Kelly when he arrives.
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  14. 1 point
    But maybe, those people buy some merchandise. Or maybe they enjoy themselves and purchase a better ticket. You never know. But the current model and pricing doesn’t make us a whole lot of money either and we know how many people it attracts.
  15. 1 point
    This poll just lost all credibility for me when I saw that chump on the ballot....
  16. 1 point
    Aaron lynch??? The aac has been more lackluster than I even remember, I can’t wait until this nightmare is over.
  17. 1 point
    That’s why Busch Gardens and the like offer things like, “Buy a ticket for today, come back all year!”
  18. 1 point
    I guess if you see butts in seats as being the most important thing to the program then it could conceivably make sense. To me it’s the Groupon paradox in that it seems like a good way to reach a broader audience but it costs too much and the customers aren’t looking for a new place to be loyal to because they are loyal to Groupon and getting a deal. I know this will be an unpopular take but the single worst groups in my opinion to target with deals are the typical feel good groups. Sure it sounds nice but a good portion of the subgroups of the the subgroups that actually use these deals are much like the Groupon customer just going from deal to deal that is typically offered to them, they have no interest in becoming USF customers and constantly appealing to them would have paid off by now if it ever would have. Alumni, other season ticket holders, former season ticket holders these are groups that maybe can convert but someone that just happens to be a teacher, probably not so much. Like you said it’s a step above cardboard and probably has the same likelihood of becoming a paying customer or contributing to the environment.
  19. 1 point
    Change our name from bulls to bowls, proffit.
  20. 1 point
    If this theory works then why do people buy the 50 dollar tickets instead of the 25 dollar tickets? It’s seems business 101 to me. If a product isn’t selling, you have to lower the price.
  21. 1 point
    So the solution is to keep charging prices that people clearly won’t pay? I mean the definition on insanity comes to mind.
  22. 1 point
    Exactly. How many kids are just going to sit there and watch the game? I don’t have kids but I’m assuming they would want at least a hot dog and coke.
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  24. 1 point
    Forget the last 3 years and you've done another masterful job of analyzing the situation ....
  25. 1 point
    I need to fix something. When I said USF uses that as a crutch, I really mean our fan base on here. The school hasn't blamed attendance figures on the lack of an OCS.
  26. 1 point
    I will point out two elephants in the room: 1. Building on OCS will not magically solve our attendance problems. 2. The Rays moving to Tampa will not magically solve their attendance problems. I think both USF and the Rays use those things as a crutch too often. Both those moves will help attendance, but there are many more components. How about viable mass transit, when we talk about the hassle of driving and paying to park at sporting events, how could clean, safe, efficient, affordable mass transit impact that. I grew up in South Florida, going to Canes football games in the Orange Bowl, we had season tickets for a couple years. Anyone care to guess how many times my dad drove us to the Orange Bowl - 0. We would drive to park and ride, free parking, $5 bus round trip. Why isn't there options like that in Tampa?
  27. 1 point
    I think we can all pretty much agree that he is the weakest beat writer the program has ever had. He doesn't come anywhere near measuring up to guys like Greg Auman, Brett McMurphy or Joey Johnston.
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    I get that times may indeed be changing for attendance but whenever I see a P5 game on tv it is, with a few exceptions, sold out or well attended. We are not. We are a program that wants a P5 conference. Thus, this is a story as fan attendance is one metric. Now, is it the only one? Absolutely not. Is it an important one? yes...if you believe this is a reflection of our popularity and fandom. I believe it is important and our optics look terrible for home games. And don’t give me “we will get more people when we get to a better conference line” as that is not the way this is going to work. We need 38-40k for our games and we need it now.
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    If not for this message board I wouldn’t know he existed, it could be the biggest drawback of membership.
  32. 1 point
    It's his job to be unbiased, he isn't. He continually bashes USF's attendance without comparing it to reported and butts in seats from other schools. He further refuses to admit that USF is one of only a handfull of division 1 teams that report actual attendance.
  33. 1 point
    Some others piled on, too. It's amazing that he compares attendance to non-TV, fireworks included local minor league games where the cost of admission is probably $10, to the televised MLB Miami Marlins game. One game of the year, it's a sellout opportunity. It's not "news" that average families cannot afford to attend many "big time" sporting events including MLB and NCAA football - it's better to watch on TV. He can't understand that the disconnect is Television/Cost - not pure fan apathy (which he seems to thrive on). And it always brings me to reader apathy for the TBT and newspapers in general. Unless you're a certain segment of the political spectrum or an old hand like my dad, you've pretty much dumped papers by now. Going to games is based on discretionary income. Only those that have enough DI can attend. Most of them attend when a team is winning, not losers like Miami - they remain fans (some do) and catch it on TV. TV is where the money is made Joey. It's been speculated before and written on by few of your colleagues - there may one day come a time where teams play without live fans. Economics, baby. Made for Television. Ok, my coffee fueled tirade is over.
  34. 1 point
    This is an excellent point. I remember going to the Birmingham Bowl two years ago and I heard this from two vendors...one was even a major sponsor of the game. Let me add a few more: (1) Get the students excited on game week. Are there any promotions on campus in the past few years? If not do something, if so, change them. (2) Spruce Up the social media by making it stand out. Just saying there is a game this week or restating the results from the game that was played is not enough...add something that stands out, even if it has a touch of controversy. (3) clean up the mistakes with dates, spelling, etc. we have seen with media in the past. This has not been a problem lately.
  35. 1 point
    I guess I am not sure what more people want from marketing. Billboards, newspapers, radio, facebook and twitter. Besides free tickets, which they did I believe for first responders, what else can be done? You can lead a horse to water.......
  36. 1 point
    I really could care less if CCS is out on the town pressing palms. Sure, he may need to do a little of that during the off-season but CCS gets paid to win games. It’s the Athletic Dept and marketing’s job to get people to the game. I give CCS two more years at USF then he is gone. It better be with one a conference championship.
  37. -1 points
    The program hasn’t exactly been something to write home about during his tenure.
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