With the Navy basketball team struggling to fill Alumni Hall for weeknight games, the marketing folks at the academy are turning to a time-tested winner: paper-rock-scissors.
Fans attending Navy's Feb. 5 home game against Patriot League front-runner Boston University will have the chance to play the childhood game against Midshipmen mascot Bill the Goat at the door. The fans who beat Bill will receive free admission to that game or a future game, while those who lose will have to pay full price (10 bucks).
The Midshipmen have lost nine of their last 11 games and are just 2-6 in league play heading into Wednesday night's game at 8-0 American, so this promotion is coming at the perfect time.
If it's successful at Navy, then I don't see any reason why the paper-rock-scissors method shouldn't be implemented at this year's Final Four. Raise the stakes. Create some swear. Let's see how people perform under pressure. Frank Martin would throw rock and lose 75 straight times before giving up.