Football players, please believe
By Jessica Alexander
October 2, 2006 | This isn't an issue of losing. The
issue is not just because they haven't won a single
game this year. The issue lies in their attitude. How
do you feel when you go to a USU football game? Pride?
Excitement? Hope? Embarrassment ... ?
We all want our football team to win. We all want
to shout, rant and rave to the University of Utah and
BYU, saying we ran them into the ground. It would be
a nice change for a while, but while we are in our "re-building"
stage, that probably is not going to happen.
There will always be a loser, and at this time it's
So what?! There are many schools that aren't good
at football, right? Duke, maybe more prestigious for
their basketball team, had a 23 game losing streak from
1999 through 2001 on the football field. Northwestern
had an even bigger problem getting on the board with
34 straight losses starting in 1979 and were outscored
505-82, averaging about 40 points a game. This is starting
to sound all too familiar.
Utah State prides itself on being a great school,
with a great atmosphere and many traditions that other
Utah schools don't have. We are lucky to be able to
see our friends walking around on campus, to be able
to go to activities and get pumped up for athletic events.
Other large schools have too many cars, too many people
and too much space between one another.
It should be easy to go support the Aggies!
We really do want to cheer on our football team. But,
when our football team doesn't care about cheering on
themselves, it gets a little grueling to sit in crisp
and cold fall temperatures watching their tiresome plays.
We want to see our boys smile, play and have pride in
themselves, even when they are not winning.
Right before the game against Utah, our players were
instructed to walk from the top of the Spectrum through
the tailgating lot to the stadium gates. The tailgaters
were old, young, and most likely, alumni. Diehard True
Aggie fans flipping burgers, roasting hot dogs, painting
faces and getting excited for the football game. It
was great idea, getting to see the team all pumped up
and ready to go, friendly and smiling, shaking hands
with their supporters -- that's what you would hope
Instead, only a few members of the team looked up
to see who was cheering for them, and the only probable
reason any of the players were smiling had to have been
that a great song just started on their ipod. If this
is what we see, if it's what our donors see -- the donors
who pay good money to fund scholarships for these boys
-- then what should we even be clapping for?
We aren't the best team, statistically speaking, let's
face it. If we're talking rushing yards, touchdowns,
fumbles, interceptions -- the numbers aren't that great.
But the disrespect that is being shown to all the fans
is even worse.
So here's an idea. Why doesn't the team focus on what
they should be? A hardworking, selfless, happy
and grateful team. A team working through the experience
of our lives and the building of friendships and goals.
No one can change unless they want to change. The
football players should want this. They should be portraying
a good image for themselves, and we as fans need to
support them. Wouldn't we all rather go to support the
team and each individual player for their hard work
than go to rag on them for losing all of our games?
These boys are humans too, after all. They practice,
go to classes, study hall and then practice some more,
all while trying to enjoy their college lives. We need
to stick with it, but most of all these boys need to
see themselves for who they really are, even if it involves
losing a few games.