Univeristy of Miami: Not Your Typical Big-Time College Football
1.) Games do not sell out. Unless your ticket reads “Florida State” or “Virginia Tech” chances are you have not only plunked down fifty bucks for a seat for your ass, but you will most likely get one for both your arms and at least one of your legs. And you can generally walk up to the stadium before any game and get a two-for-one deal from the scalpers. Why is this? The student body is about 8000 undergrads, many of whom are from countries where football is played with a little white ball and two nets. The rest are often too hungover to spend an hour on the Metrorail getting to the game, three hours tailgating and four hours watching the game, only to spend another two hours getting home. All of this in 90 degree weather at a stadium that most structural engineers agree should have collapsed about 9 years ago.
2.) Athletes are not Gods. This is my favorite thing about UM football. Sure, I doubt anyone on the team has problems meeting women, but I have been to several parties where people have actually LEFT when they heard football players were coming. Same with clubs. Any club football players are at you know is not going to be cool. Why? Trendy clubs in
3.) Most fans didn’t even go to UM. Yeah, you know those rowdy assholes who threw battery acid on you for wearing your
4.) Alumni? What Alumni? Part of the reason the stands are so empty is because most UM students who come from out of state go home as soon as they realize that
6.) Students Get in Free. There are no such things as student tickets at UM. Just show up with your ID and you are in for free. Since 75% of the student body prefers to stay home rather than make the hour-long trek via train and bus to the stadium, this is rarely a problem. Unless, of course, UM plays
7.) We Boo the home team. That’s right. My first game was in 1998 and I remember Scott Covington getting booed after he threw an interception on our first possession, and then the kicker being serenaded with “Crosland Sucks, Crosland Sucks” every time he stepped on the field. What other college program degrades their players in such a manner? You gotta love it.
So, let’s see: Games that don’t sell out, drunken rowdy fans, people with little if any connection to the actual team and players who are judged by their playing and not their celebrity-status? What does that sound like? Oh, right. The NFL. Aside form the rigorous training and great discipline, it is no wonder so many players from UM have no problem adjusting to the NFL: they’re already playing in that atmosphere. So if any of you have a hankering to see some first-rate football (okay, not this week, but usually) and don’t want to have to fight for tickets, seat space, or convenient parking (convenient, yes, cheap no) come on down to the