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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Aggie football fans are truer than you think

By Kathryn Kemp

October 2, 2006 | There is no question in anyone's mind that the USU football team is lacking in a few areas -- like points. But for a team that loses so consistently and predictably, the Aggies have some pretty loyal fans.

It's hard for anyone to watch a game when the losing team is losing so much. By the second quarter no one is watching the game -- they're people watching, they're flirting with the guy or girl standing in front of them, they're making plans to go to A&W afterwards. Some are gone by the third quarter, but give them some credit. At least they showed up.

There are a lot of different reasons for showing up to a football game everyone knows we'll lose. For some, it is to hang out with their friends or flirt with their neighbor. Others got free tickets so 'hey, why not?' There are those who just scan their ID cards so the Aggies have enough numbers to stay in the WAC. Some go to see if the Aggies will get lucky, while others just want to see how much they lose by this time. And then there are the few and proud who are true-blue, diehard Aggie fans.

It seems that despite the odds that are stacked against them, these fans still come to the games rain or shine, win or lose, and stick it out until the end. Full of Aggie pride, they cling to a little bit of hope that this game will be different. That somehow the Aggie team will burst on to the field with an energetic talent that has never before been seen. Or they cross their fingers that the opposing team is somehow worse. Or the most likely scenario, the Aggies are suddenly blessed with a stroke of luck.

All of these types of people were at the game against the University of Utah. The stadium was full. True, half were Ute fans, but still the Aggies showed up. Everyone knew what the outcome would be. No one was surprised at the final score of 48-0. So why show up at all? What's the point if you already know who won before the game is even played? Those are logical questions. But we quickly learn that school spirit has nothing to do with logic.

So the Aggies all showed up anyway to support their team. Some stopped paying attention after the first quarter, and a few hung on until the very end, hoping for at least one touchdown. Everywhere throughout the stadium people echoed the words, "Yeah, well, wait until basketball season!" or, "Yeah, well our hockey team killed theirs last night, 18-3." Anything to prove that it's great to be an Aggie, no matter how bad the football team is.

Some will argue and say Aggie fans are terrible fans. When it comes to filling the stadium like other schools in the state, we are definitely lacking. But come on, people! Everyone knows what kind of a position the Aggie team is in right now -- it's last place! Considering the lack of faith anyone has in the team, the turnout to the games is exceptional.

If the diehard fans are getting the moderate fans to just show up with them, then they're doing pretty good. If people are still shouting, "Aggies! (clap, clap) Aggies! (clap, clap)" in the third quarter when we're down 28 points, then they're doing great! If there are still people in the stands at the end of the game, then they have nothing to complain about.

If anyone was expecting anything more than that, they'll just have to wait until basketball season.


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