Jan. 9, 2014
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
Here's a sure-fire prediction: sometime Saturday afternoon, a very sad, unlucky and possibly angry basketball fan is going to be turned away from entry into the Vanderbilt-Kentucky men's basketball game because he/she paid good money for a counterfeit ticket on the street from a honest looking con artist. It happens every year, despite our attempts to warn our fans. The best advice is to realize the only tickets that are reliably safe are those purchased from our own ticket office. Buyer please beware!
Along that line, season ticket holders should have received an email from our box office reminding them that it will not be reprinting any tickets left at home, lost or stolen. This is an existing policy that unfortunately came into being a few years ago because too many "lost" ticket stories were simply phony.
The newly remodeled Recreation Center has a big Open House January 13. If you are around campus, it would be worthwhile to see the great work that has occurred and possibly even consider joining this first-class facility as so many already have.
Television viewing ratings on the BCS Championship Game were mixed. ESPN hoped with a close game and cold weather throughout much of the country that the ratings might be off the chart but they came in just barely better than last year's blowout game at a 15.7. Prior to that, the BCS was averaging an 8.6 overnight rating. That was up 15% over 2013 (7.5) & was the highest four-game average since ESPN has aired BCS.