Sailgate NU @ Army Tailgate & Game Ticket Only Sale – TODAY!!!!!!
You asked. We listened. The demand for joining the LTP party with game tickets and tailgate packages is still strong. Yes, the boats are all soldout, but we’re re-opening the ticket window today to help you one LAST time. Here is the deal:
We are planning a one day sale for Army game tickets and LTP tailgate packages as we can offer $23 group tickets . We have launched game tickets and tailgate/game ticket packages starting for a 24-hour period ending at 12 pm et tomorrow! All other Sailgate packages are sold out. Ticket prices are as follows:
Game Ticket= $23
Tailgate = $52
Game + Tailgate = $75
Get this. Army ticket agents are telling us that they now expect a sellout for the Northwestern at Army game on September 17. Why is this news? Well, when we first inquired about tickets for Sailgate, they told us “we’ll have 10,000+ empty seats, how many do you want?” Now, they’re telling us they may not be able to get us all in the same section. Army averaged 31,667 in 2010 – the team’s first bowl season in more than a decade – and Michie Stadium holds over 40,000. Moral of the story? There is going to be a HUGE purple contingent at West Point. I’d hurry up and buy tickets with us or you might be left out.
LTP Does Wisky Cameo
Be sure to check out http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wiscobadgers as I’m a guest on a live online telecast. It will be archived there for you to listen to as well.
From The Purple Court To The People’s Court & The Purple Color Police
The conspiracy theorists are out in full force. Northwestern Athletics announced yesterday that the Facebook contest to choose the new design for the Welsh-Ryan floor ended with the selection of the purple trimmed court with a wood stained interior and the skeptics will point to this quote “The final design was chosen through a combination of fan feedback and Northwestern athletics department staff members.” The contest, launched August 1, was supposed to have come to a close last week, but the announcement was delayed.
The details aren’t all that important at this point of the post. The all-purple court option,which garnered national attention for its Boise State-like gimmick factor, seemed to be all the buzz on Twitter and on Facebook. However, when Northwestern was set to announce the winner, fans were met with a “not so fast my friend” delay. LTP learned that the poll was actually a near deadlock between the all purple and another option and the above photo was a compromise. Many pointed out that Northwestern shouldn’t have thrown out a gimmick option if they weren’t going to come through on it should the democratic process indeed made it the winner. However, I learned that the vote was close enough that Northwestern had to conduct some lighting tests on the all purple version and it was less than favorable. Now, the non-purple court selection is the theme of headlines like this one in the Chicago Tribune.
No matter how you slice it, Northwestern’s delay in the final announcement led to all sorts of speculation. Just, or unjust, it felt like “uh-oh”, we didn’t see this coming, “what will the purple court really mean for us” type of thing. It’s just that, speculation, since I’m not sure what the actual vote totals were, but NU claims the court received the most “likes” of any of the options. However, in the bigger picture I think this was a win. I like the court design, I like the name of Welsh-Ryan Arena on the court from a branding perspective and I like the wood-stained look. Granted, this is all window dressing for the soon -to-be announced massive renovations (potential teardown?) for the basketball arena. I’m showing my age here, but I would not have wanted to be known as a gimmick court that gave me a headache watching our team on TV. I’m glad it worked out this way. As I write this the local Chicago news stations all have it as part of their newscast and are showing photos and mocking what would’ve been an all purple court. So, once again, NU marketing wins, by creating a buzz, and in my book, preserving the integrity of the program while doing so.
However, this brings up an old sticking point for me. I’ve posted about it no less than once a year, but it has fallen on deaf ears. That is, the color purple. Northwestern needs a color expert to ensure brand consistency. The color purple is inconsistent within not only our merchandise and respective teams, but even within the same sport. The men’s basketball teams’ uniforms have one purple. The Welsh-Ryan floor previously had a bluish tint that wasn’t even close to purple. It’s a joke. I’m certain we have ten different shades of purple existing on NU-related merchandise, uniforms and collateral marketing material. It needs to stop. At times I feel as if anything in the blue family is “good enough”. Don’t believe me? Take note of it at the 9/10 opener against Eastern Illinois. The marketing team is doing so much right, but when it comes to basic brand consistency within NU, we need some help. Bring on the purple color police!
Miami is in trouble. DEEP trouble. The disturbing trend of CFB programs’ scandals coming to light continues in what I’ll refer to as the tipping point off-season of 2011 as Yahoo! Sports reported a death penalty-like consequences. A convicted Ponzi-scheme mastermind, Nevin Shapiro came clean to Yahoo! Sports claiming to have given benefits – including $10,000 cash, paying for sex parties, cars, yacht trips – to more than 70 players during a nearly ten year span. Yes, the list includes a whose who of those from the “U” including Chicago Bear favorite, Devin Hester. This may be one of the most understated ESPN headlines of all-time “Ex-Miami Booster Says He Gave Benefits”. Huh? If Jim Tressel was ridden out of town for covering up emails around the swag-for-tattoos scandal, then this is SMU-type stuff. Considering the current climate of the NCAA putting academic bite in to play and a host of schools under fire, this is potentially a program ruiner for Miami. We’ll keep you posted. Again, this only puts more pressure on CFB clean-up which I still say benefits teams like Northwestern.
Penn State Likely Loses RB Stephfon Green
Not sure if this is good news or bad news for our October 22 tussle with JoePa and the Nittany Lions. ESPN reports that RB Stephfon Green is no longer on the roster and it appears as though the Penn State coach is saying good riddance to one of the many PSU backs that has blitzed NU in recent years. The downside is that Silas Redd, who shredded NU in Happy Valley last year will be getting even more touches.
Bubba Starling Week
It’s Nebraska week on LTP and we have a great line-up still in store, including a Q&A with SBN Nebraska blog, Corn Nation, specifically on Huskers QB Taylor Martinez. However, the big news in Cornhusker country these days is the major announcement by superstar two-sport player Bubba Starling, who recently chose baseball and a lot of commas to go with the KC Royals over playing at Nebraska. You can see just how big this is by checking out the ESPN.com CFB blog report here.