One disappointing sidebar at the game the other night was the crowd/attendance.
There must have been no more than 6,500 fans at the Utah State game and that number may be a bit generous. And the Nevada game seemed to under-sell considerably as well.
The attendance issue, it seems, is beaten like a drum. I can already see some people writing on this blog post that Las Cruces has fairweather fans and others yelling back to shut up. Ahhhh, the joys of the internet and fun blogging.
I will simply say that winning brings out the fans. That's usually a pretty good formula for at least getting decent crowds. Fans generally come out when there's a certain "buzz" over the team in the community. There needs to be a level of intrigue.
The UTEP game didn't have a ton of people, but the place was into it. The crowd was alive. Key factors were that it was the Miners, a chief rival, and the other is that the Aggies outplayed them the entire way. People like to see the home team have some fun.
At the USU game the other night, not only was the crowd spotty at the Pan Am, there wasn't a lot of electricity. The most energized it got was when the Aggies went on a spurt late in the first half and took a 27-24 lead. Other than that, I thought it was pretty dull.
It also doesn't help that the UTEP and UNM games came at a bad time of year, considering that the students were off campus and the Miners came for a Sunday game at 2 p.m.
Again, I just want to see the attendance get better. That won't happen, possibly for the remainder of the season. Unless the team goes on a serious push, it will be tough to pack the Pan Am. The rivals - and I include Nevada and even Utah State to a degree - aren't coming back this season. Heck, maybe La. Tech will draw 12,000. I'm joking.