stop cheering for the football team
Editor's note: This column was submitted Friday,
before the Idaho game, so the stats cited are for the
first four Aggie football games.
By Marty Archibald
October 2, 2006 | To say the Aggies' football team
is bad is a gross understatement. They are laughably
horrible. But that doesn't mean that support for the
team should stop.
Sure they are 0-4, but look at all the positives.
They scored seven points in the first game. Fifty percent
of the time, the Aggies score every time they intercept
the ball. They are 100 percent on their extra point
attempts. They average 1.8 points a game, nearly 2 points
a game. To the rest of the world, 2 points in a football
game is awesome.
That is about it for the good, but there is plenty
The Aggies have only gained 718 offensive yards through
four games. Compare that to their opponents' total of
1759 yards. The problems are pretty much summed up right
there. The Aggies just don't have trouble moving the
ball it is as if they are adverse to the idea. Goal
line fumbles and inopportune penalties haven't helped
either. It is great that the Aggies can block a field
goal, but perhaps it would be more beneficial to direct
their efforts towards blocking the attempts made by
the other team. Oh, and the offense has failed to score
a single point.
As bad as it has been on the field, off the field
issues have been just as bad, if not worse. Several
drug related charges and sex assault charges have plagued
the team. Thus far, four players have been dismissed
from the team for disciplinary reasons. A handful of
players have been cited with first offenses. Under the
policy employed by coach Brent Guy, they would be dismissed
for another violation of team rules.
Even with all the on the field and off the field troubles
fan support for Aggie football should not wane. When
did sports start being about winning and losing and
not entertainment? One thing you can say about the Aggies
is that they are very entertaining, in a train wreck
sort of way. You don't want to watch, but you can't
keep your eyes away, afraid of what you might miss.
A dropped pass when nobody is within 20 yards of the
receiver, Aggies tripping over their feet, a botched
tackle, and the list goes on, you never know what you
might see. Plays like those don't regularly occur. For
the Aggies, they are so commonplace you'd think they
are in the playbook.
These Aggies are somewhat of an oddity, they should
be cherished. If you aren't a fan of sloppy football
you need not worry, there are plenty of good plays to
go around. The Aggies opponents make numerous great
plays every game.
The Aggies off-field troubles shouldn't stop fan support
either. If everyone stopped supporting various forms
of entertainment due to the performers' transgressions,
movies wouldn't be watched, music would go unheard and
games would go unplayed. Other forms of entertainment
are supported, so why should this team be any different?
Only a handful of players have committed first offenses,
one more and they are gone, as a few players have already
found out. The whole team should not be shunned and
neither should those that committed mistakes. In an
area where the idea of repentance is so highly valued,
we shouldn't be so quick to turn our backs. If you still
have troubles letting go of the off the field mistakes
by a few players, remember, you aren't cheering for
the players, you're cheering for your team. And until
the players start lighting up on the field or their
girlfriends are allowed on the sidelines with them,
the cheers should not stop.
The Aggies should also be commended for the national
recognition they have brought upon the school. Their
off the field shenanigans isn't what is in the headline.
That firestorm is only a local story. Sadly, the types
of offenses that a few Aggies have committed are commonplace
in sports today. Those stories don't get national coverage
when you have a Texas player facing gun charges, a lacrosse
scandal at Duke, the Maurice Clarett saga and back-up
punters allegedly stabbing starters in the leg.
The Aggies have gotten their national recognition
from their on-field play. There are 119 Divison 1-A
college football teams. You can't find a ranking of
those teams that doesn't have the Aggies somewhere in
the bottom five. The teams in the middle don't even
get mentioned, but the Aggies do. On the bright side,
The Aggies don't have to worry about the back-up punter
stabbing the starter. There are plenty of punts to go
around and there should be plenty of cheers.