It's time to break out the cigars
Friends, students, Cougars, lend me your cheers. Students who missed
the Cougars' spirit-breaking defeat on Saturday should be ashamed. Have
you no school pride?
Our classmates are on the ropes. The Cougar football team just can't
get it together, and after Saturday they seem to have lost hope. Once again
the team came close -- but no cigar. It needs our help.
Without a winning team, most fans would rather stay at home than don
bright red clothing and head for Robertson Stadium. Why should they go
if they're going to leave disappointed?
My friends, these hard-working Cougar football players may not have
a winning record, but they do have Cougar pride, and it's a shame we cannot
show ours. Showing up en masse to the next football game just might
be what they need.
We need a screaming scene of red and white, a stadium packed with cheers
so loud, those Cougar warriors will have tears in their eyes. It's time
we supported our team, and not just in writing.
I realize the next home game against the University of Alabama-Birmingham
on Nov. 17 is the last home game of the season, and we do not have the
opportunity to make an earth-shattering statement for this season. However,
we can set a precedent for next season by showing our football team we
are behind the players, and we believe that they have the capability to
accomplish greatness next season both in our own conference and on that
If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. You
are either with us or against us. Cliched as these statements may be, they
are nonetheless true. What kind of environment must these athletes endure
when their own school won't even take advantage of free tickets to see
them play? What kind of motivation is it when their classmates don't even
care enough to sit down and watch a game from the stands?
It's no wonder they have such a hard time when the echo of the band
off the empty seats in the stadium is louder than the home-crowd cheers.
Actions such as these work against the Cougars' push to win and create
problems that should not exist in universities such as ours.
These guys have the talent. Watching them go ahead during the UT game
and seeing them hold the lead for most of Saturday shows that we can
win. With players like Orlando Iglesias, Joffrey Reynolds and Lee Ingersoll,
every game has the potential to be more than just a win. Cougar football
just keeps getting closer and closer, only to fall short at the end. Just
like Saturday, all year long the Coogs have gotten close, but no cigar.
It's time we give them the push they need and show up next game in droves.
In fact, we should all show our willingness to help by bringing cigars.
Show your Cougar pride and let the football team know we have faith in
them -- the cigar is close enough to achieve.