Saturday afternoon, I found myself in the student section watching the embarrassing loss of our football team. Later I watched a more embarrassing sight unfold within the student body – a mass exodus of the students (and many other fans) from the stadium during the game.
Yes, Miami of Ohio had a commanding lead, but what’s so wrong with standing by your team? So many students claim to be true fans, but how many of those “true fans” left the game? How many of those “true fans” sat down? So many only stick around when we’re winning, as I noticed at the Weber State game, but true fans aren’t (or shouldn’t be) just fair weather fans. An article earlier this semester talked of the student body needing to develop traditions around the games. How can we even talk of creating traditions when people don’t even stay to support the team when they need it?
When we can start the tradition of staying through the losses, and keep on our feet cheering the team on in times of defeat, then we can discuss new traditions. Instead of leaving the game early, and drowning our sorrows in beer, stay and support the team. Stay standing, keep cheering…make that a tradition. GO RAMS!