The Paranoia Thickens at Rivals

March 21, 2008

As the number of season ticket holders who say they won’t renew climbs, Rivals fanatics are mounting increasingly frantic attempts to drive “yes” voters to the poll, even ones who don’t hold tickets. Here’s a for-instance of a blatant call for stuffing the ballot box. Here’s another one posted by an individual who calls himself RUJohnny99

Obviously, RUJohnny edited his posts — embarrassed perhaps because apparently nobody heeded his call to arms. Note: here is a link to RUJohnny’s original SOS.

The desperation of these rabid Rivalers makes a pathetic kind of sense. Right now, over 11% of ticket holders say they won’t renew, and if these kinds of numbers play out in the real world, the reckless stadium expansion plan will be that much closer to a merciful death.

The Rivals poll of course holds little meaning, except as an augury of what may or may not play out in Rutgers’ ticket sales in the next month or two.

We hold to our prediction: the waiting list will evaporate and, by the Army game, the stands will be half empty.

Bad football holds no allure for New Jersey residents and, as the elder Richard McCormick suggested to the New York Times 10 years ago, this is no place for small time college football. “Rutgers could have trouble making money on sports because of its location, said Richard McCormick, the university historian. With the New York Giants, the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles nearby, New Jersey residents are less likely to attend college football games, he said.”

We are amused, though, that Rivals has sunk into thickening paranoia about our blog: Writes LawMatt78,Are you guys aware that several of you are being quoted on the RU1000 blog?”

Now they are.