Originally Posted by Vinny
Blackouts don't happen overnight. No way we would see them in the first years and when the regime changed the fans were not in the mood to stay home when the team finally admitted they were the Emperor's New Clothes Regime. I'm not so confident that the fans are going to continue to be patient enough to fill a 70k stadium endlessly if we can't ever make a playoff run. It was still shocking to see that much Saints gear on so many fans last week....it was revealing.
We are not now in the "first years" of the existance of the franchise, we're in the "sixth year". The franchise is not brand spanking new anymore. And we still are selling out. Granted, the same spirit is not there as was in the "first years" of the the team (to turn your argument around), and many fans are probably jaded by now as you say. But this is till Texas, and Houston is a 4-5
million metro area. Its football. NFL football.
And wouldn't we expect to see a lot of fans from the other 2 NFL teams in the region when their team is in Reliant ?
Now if we spiral downward again, 2 or 3 win seasons, that's a totally different scenario which could have a hugely adverse effect upon attendance
and season-ticket sales.