HOME GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR QUIRKY SCHEDULE
The University of Akron Athletic Department announced the home game times for the 66th and final season for the Zips in the Rubber Bowl.
I’ve said from the beginning that this schedule has its pros and cons. I like the fact that most games are on Saturday. However, once ESPN gets involved toward the end of the season, things get wacky, as usual.
Most of the home games, once again are played at night, with the exception of the Cincinnati game on September 27, which begins at 3:30 p.m. The next week, the Zips only travel to that school located in Portage County. Then, it’s back home to the bowl with a game against BG with a 6 p.m. kick off.
And what’s with two bye weeks in a row? You must really get pained into a corner to make a schedule like that. In all my years of watching Zips football, I can never remember a two consecutive weeks off. Of course, if the Zips are banged up pretty bad at that point in the season, the scheduler will look like a genius.
Another thing I don’t like about this schedule is that Akron does not play Miami. Instead, we see the Cardinals of Testicle Tech invading the Rubber Bowl (I couldn’t resist myself), the first time the Zips will play Ball State since 2004.
The September 20th game against Army in West Point will be televised by ESPN. Other than that, the Zips will only be on the four-letter network two other times during the regular season, which is probably the reason for the sanity in this year’s schedule.
However, kick off for the Thursday, November 13th game against Buffalo begins at 7 p.m. Good luck getting out of work in time to see the beginning of that one. The other weeknight home game is the previous Wednesday, November 9th against Toledo.
Since the Athletic Department is packaging season tickets for this and next season, it will be interesting to see if the incentives for first dibbs for seats in the new stadium will mean more butts in the seats at the Bowl this year.
Is the excitement beginning to build? We’ll see. I’ve been there since 1985 and don’t see changing that now. Hope to see you there!
NIKE AND LE BRON TO DRESS THE ZIPS NEXT SEASON
“…The University of Akron is my hometown school.” LeBron James
Lets see how spiffy the basketball Zips look next season as they begin wearing Nike/LJ23 gear. Lebron and the University announced a partnership through the 2011. The remainder of the Zips athletics teams will continue their agreement with adidas until 2013.
” Because of my ties to the Akron Community, the University and Coach Keith Dambrot, it is important to me that UA is designated a Nike/Lebron James LJ23 school,” said James. “I want to be sure that Coach Dambrot’s guys look great head to toe.”
“This is just another example of LeBron’s commitment to the City of Akron, its University and our basketball program,” said Dambrot. “This announcement is important to us in many ways. It furthers our connection with one of the greatest players in the world.”
The announced partnership is great news for the basketball program. It can’t hurt recruitment to have a guy like Lebron hanging around. As for the new look, I’ll hold judgment until I see what Lebron has to offer.
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