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0-2 start (first time since the 2001 season) and thanksgiving holiday wiping out half the student section for 2 games will do that to ya. but espn doesn't care about facts. having 90+ average for the season was much better than i thought going into the season and it's still better than most the teams in the top 25.
This post was edited by BaltLions24 20 months ago
Well theyy did say it was #5 in the nation and pointed out it had been trending down for awhile so it wasn't just the Sandusky thing.
But yeah, rabble rabble rabble.
ESPN is funny.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
But the headline was ridiculous, out of place, and just downright stupid.
Be real here, how many non-PSUers are actually going to take the time to read an article about Penn State's attendance while ND-USC is on TV?
The majority will just see the headline and go "oh, see that! Attendance is down; PSU is in for it the next few years," and that's that.
You know it. I know it, and ESPN knows it.
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Wait I thought we weren't supposed to care what non-PSUers think?!
Headline should have read: Penn State beats Wisconsin in OT.
Simple as that. THAT is the story.
Actually that was another story.
I mean, I don't.
I'm not losing any sleep over the headline; but just for the sake of this discussion I'm pointing it out.
Dude obviously most posters are not saying that it is not a legitimate story that attendance has been trending downwards.
But the fact that the editors decided to print that on the first page instead of a story about a PSU win on overtime is the reason most are upset. That is a low class move by espn.
Way to mischaracterize what he is trying to say....
When I saw the story last night, both stories were on the first page.I saw the B1G blogger for ESPN saying nothing but positive things about BOB and the team, and people on ESPN/ABC during other games saying he deserves COY or to at least be in the discussion.
Was it kind of douchey? Sure. But guess what: 1) they backed it up in the story; 2) anytime a powerhouse program with the number two stadium per fan capacity loses attendance it is a story.
As for mischaracterizing, he's earned it.
Totally missing the point again, Mtay - The point is: Why in the h#$* does attendance rank as a big story on a Thanksgiving weekend game in freezing temps? Other games over the past 2 weeks had far worse attendance and didn't rate a story. This was just another way of slamming Penn State, IMO. And to place the story listed BEFORE the game info is just plain theatrical.
This post was edited by PHD77 20 months ago
It wasn't about the one game, it was about the season as a whole so that whole "freezing temp, Thanksgiving weekend" excuses don't matter. Any time a large program like PSU has its attendance drop again its a story. Of course it was an extra shot at PSU, but they weren't wrong and even said in their story it wasn't necessarily tied to the Sandusky scandal.
Just sensationalizing...at its worst. Of COURSE they mentioned Sandusky. Had to get that name in there again and link it to Penn State. Come on'...just quit trying to justify and rationalize poor journalism.
They should have mentioned it. And he will ALWAYS be linked to Penn State for obvious reasons. They also mentioned it wasn't the only reason and pointed to the new donations as a huge factor.
Totally disagree. This was NOT a LEAD story...and again, was merely a way to continue to pile on. Obviously you enjoy these kind of vulture stories. Have fun.
Actually I was kind of pissed when I first saw the headline, then read the story. I would have preferred it to come out next week. But they weren't wrong.
The ONLY way I would say this story had ANY relevance would be if they did an assessment of attendance for all (or top 25 stadiums) for this year - rather than single out Penn State...and make it a lead story. When you look at the attendance for Miami, Pitt, etc...you are seeing a much bigger story than what was portrayed here. I repeat: This was NOT a story!
If Penn State cured cancer, ESPN would run a story about how PSU hurt monkeys in the process of finding the cure.
We talk about attendance almost every week on here, especially in game threads. People are wondering why it keeps going down, students being late, etc. Most blame STEP, like ESPN did and reported, others the economy and HD TVs, and some mention Sandusky as well. We talk about it all the time, and the fact is PSU attendance is on a five year decline and finally dropped under 100k per game. ESPN stated that there were more reasons than Sandusky and that it was still #5 in the nation. Douchey title? Yep. Douchey timing? Sure, I said that. Wrong? Nope. Important? Apparently we think so. Big programs get big attention and scrutiny. We should all know that by now.
Here's a perspective on ESPN. First, I'm going to agree with everyone about the horrible, non-objective way that ESPN has treated Penn State. Really, really bad. But ultimately, ESPN doesn't care about the virtues or the weaknesses of Penn State or any other school. Ultimately, all they care about is their ratings. So they will chase the biggest, juiciest story that they can find and then ride it as long as they can ride it. Obviously, the big juicy story is Sandusky's scandal, coupled with Paterno's alleged oversights. But again, it's the story that counts....producing ratings. I think that in a couple of years, the big story will be something about how the Nittany Lions have overcome adversity to win the Big 10 title or something like that. In my mind, "ESPN" starts with "Evil" but at least it should be in their interest to cover our positives in the future.
Only problem I have with the story is that ESPN ran it under their headlines section with:
"PSU attendance falls" and then the little side story next to it said "PSU wins"
The order of that should have been reversed. One should have been more of a headline than the other and it wasn't the attendance.
This I do agree with!
maybe espn is listening because they at 2pm sunday have finally dropped the headline
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