Re: UC basketball vs. UC football
UC does have a tailgating lot. It's not much of one, but they do have one. It's located alongside the baseball field in front of Edwards.
As for the lack of fans, it's fairly obvious that this city won't support a team that doesn't have success. We're seeing that with the Reds right now. No amount of advertising and marketing got fans to the ballpark in September. The Bearcats are going through similar struggles. Saturday is homecoming, so that will help with attendance - although I'm worried about the weather forecast. Precipitation tends to drive the UC crowds away.
UC football is definetly headed in the right direction. They were picked to only win 3-4 games this year but now have a legitimate shot of ending up in a bowl game. The core of the team is in their sophomore season, so this team is going to do nothing but improve between now and 2008.
I expect to see 8-9 wins out of them next year. Maybe that will be enough to get them over the hump and see attendance increase.
What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?
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