Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Running the Numbers

Big 12 fans continue to prove their dedication to college athletics. Baylor ranked 11th nationally in women's basketball home attendance and contributed to the Big 12's overall #1 ranking. Over a million people attended Big 12 games last season. Being that the Lady Bears are clearly the best show in town(comical performances excluded, i.e. football seasons 1996-2004, half of 2006), I don't see any reason why the numbers aren't closer to 8,000/game. In case anyone has forgotten, the home games are held in Waco. I love Waco, but the only other thing to do on a Tuesday night is drive around the Bear Trail and pretend that screaming at a women from a moving vehicle will somehow lead to a lasting, committed relationship or at the very least porking. This doesn't work, trust me.

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Waco in 2005 celebrating Dr. Bobby Sloan's Promotion
to Chancellor of Groundskeepers.

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  • 11th in the nation isn't too bad for a school with 11,000 undergrads in a town wit a population of 100,000. Sic 'em, Senior Citizens!

    By Blogger Red Andrews, at 6:29 AM  

  • Not too bad, but Iowa State gets 2,600/game more than us and although their undergrad population is twice as big, Ames is half as large as Waco. Plus we won a national championship three years ago and have a great coach and team. They barely outdraw the Gentlemen Bears Carnival Act. It should be better. I appreciate the folks that do go, but you have to wonder how many would actually show up if they stopped handing out free meds at the door.

    By Blogger Judge Baylor, at 12:16 PM  

  • Yeah, but the key here is that the B is a private school whose escalating tuition is creating a larger town-gown gap than has ever existed before. The facts that you state: 1) Attendance outstrips men's basketball; 2) 11th in the nation; 3) smallest undergrad population by at least 8,000 in the Big12, make our ranking and attendance rather impressive in an school and region whose women's basketball tradition has recently been on the map. The Mulk Era, given a decade or two, will continue to grow attendance numbers. I'm pretty impressed for what we have, as I imagine are most observers of our sports scene.

    Waco is doing a pretty good job showing up for games - at least the AARP members. The Athletics Dept needs to get a higher percentage of student turnout. We need the equivalent of a student Bear Pit at Lady Bears games as well.

    By Blogger Red Andrews, at 12:59 PM  

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