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As always, I showed up early for the Kansas game to make my rounds visiting with tailgaters, friends and subscribers. I'm going to be brutally honest with you Cyclone Nation. I felt like I was at a Drake game.

Lack of Atmosphere

 

As always, I showed up early for the Kansas game to make my rounds visiting with tailgaters, friends and subscribers. I'm going to be brutally honest with you Cyclone Nation. I felt like I was at a Drake game. Seriously. The lots over by Vet Med that are usually full were about 1/4th full. Then, the people who were actually there were about as excited as a biker dude at a Clay Aiken concert.

 

One word describes the people who were actually there before the game.

 

Melancholy. Here's the definition from www.dictionary.com.

 

-         a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression

 

I couldn't have said it better myself. People were like zombies walking around Trice. I saw some little kids who looked like they were having fun but they were little. They had no idea what they were there to "watch" a Big 12 football game. Kids are too excited to play some hardcore touch football on the hill during the game. Little did the innocent children know that their folks were about to make them leave in the 3rd quarter.

 

It's not just me who felt this way. Read what Ebynum said on a Kansas message board who was listening to the game at home.

 

"The fans in Ames were as quiet as church mice even before Kansas scored that touchdown PAT to take a 34-3 lead over the hapless Cyclones."

 

College football games create the greatest atmosphere in the world. They combine diehard fans, marching bands, bratwursts and every type of beverage imaginable.

 

Saturday's atmosphere was anything but that. It was truly 2003 all over again. I know that there are at on of diehard Cyclone fans who deeply care about this school, this team and this program. For all of those people who we all love and respect, there sure are a lot of front runners who could care a less once this team loses a few games. I saw that in the lots on Saturday. But then, you have to ask yourself, can you really blame them?

 

Watch Your Mouth

 

No, you can't blame fans for being upset, but you can blame fans for being unnecessarily belligerent during the fourth quarter of a football game that is already over. I took a stroll through the student section towards the end of the game. I saw a lot of things. I saw a lot of passionate fans who stayed till the last minute to support their school. I also saw a lot of idiots cheer for Kansas to stop Iowa State because the Clones "don't deserve to score" in the last five minutes of the game according to these geniuses.

 

Unfortunately these knuckleheads who were chanting "refund" and cheering for the Jayhawks happened to be sitting right next to player's parents and recruits.

 

I understand we're all frustrated, but when does it stop? At what point to fans, students in this case just say enough is enough. Obviously this team isn't very good. But does it really help things to verbally abuse every single player on the team right in front of their families?

 

When fans walk into the stadium to watch a football game, they have a lot of rights. They have the right to question calls. They have the right to root for their team. They even have the right to rip a player quietly to their buddy sitting next to them. But they don't have the right to completely tear down a group of 20 year old kids right in front of the people that love them the most.

 

I always encourage everybody to stay until the last second has ticked off the scoreboard, no matter what the score is. That's what being a fan is all about. But if you want to stay just to be a sarcastic bonehead, then just leave. You'll do everybody a favor.


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