Nov. 22, 2012
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
We’re sure you have noticed that anytime our football team beats a Southeastern Conference opponent, the media labels it “an embarrassing loss.” That is a subtle peek into the psyche of many reporters and, no doubt, the opposition’s mindset, who still can seem stuck in the past. “Oh my gosh, we just lost to Vanderbilt!” The day after our Tennessee win, our local newspaper used the word “embarrassing” twice and “debacle” once in separate articles. To us, it’s an interesting and slightly annoying reminder of how slow public opinion changes, especially with the late adaptor section on the Bell Curve.
Old News Corner: Much was made of David Price’s American League Cy Young Award last week coupled with Nashvillian R.A. Dickey winning the same honor in the National League. We didn’t notice anyone that linked these awards with Brandt Snedeker winning golf’s FedEx Cup, the Goodlettsville Little Leaguers winning the United States championship or Hendersonville’s Steven Fox capturing golf’s United States Amateur title.
Those of you Facebookers will recognize the significance of Vanderbilt Athletics surpassing 40,000 Facebook friends, step one in a strategy to take advantage of the power of social media in future communications and marketing endeavors.
We talk to bowl representatives every day as the scenario is unsettled. One thing each conversation has in common: how many tickets will Vanderbilt sell and how many fans will participate in the bowl’s activities? Commodore fans, if you want to help your team now and going forward, please purchase your tickets through our ticket office and please attend the game so we can remove the outdated stigma that our fans will not support our team. We will take a massive throng to our game, wherever it may be.
As we pause to enjoy Thanksgiving, we all have many things for which to be thankful. Think about your own blessings over the next few days. We have more than we may realize.