Apathy is a word that has been thrown around a lot lately. Husker Apathy they call it. It's been bandied about focused on coaches, players, trainers, and strength and conditioning members, the whole works. To be quite honest, though, I'm starting to see this phenomenon in a place that, honestly, disturbs me a bit: the fans. Now, look, I'm a reasonable guy and I understand the situation that we're all in. Times are rather rough now and the team isn't doing as well as we'd like, fine. What disturbs me, however, is the individuals who take up a valuable seat at Memorial Stadium to either sit and pout when each and every drive doesn't end in seven points or, heck, failing that, complaining about something even during a touchdown celebration.
got to change, people. I remember a
time when a team not only feared coming to Memorial Stadium because they dreaded
the beating they'd take at the hands of the team, but because they would be
subjected to an earsplitting crowd that would make life hell for them for the
next several hours. Teams no longer
fear any aspect of
There are people who have, for a long time, gone on at great lengths about how all they want is the best for the program and the fans, but they turn their back on everything they've claimed to hold dear. They couldn't care less about the program and take great joy in sitting around nudging everyone around them at the sports bar telling them how right they are when things don't go wrong. What do they have to lose? If we fail, they're right and, believe me, they'll tell you that over and over. If they're wrong? Well, darn, they're GLAD to be wrong, right? Because after all, they want what's best for the team. I don't believe it and neither should you.
These are the types of people that I'm discussing today. The fact of the matter is this: We're sitting at 4-3 and, guess what? We're still in control of our own destiny in the Big XII North. So, what am I asking of you? Lay the foundation for the imposing atmosphere that once used to dwell in the hallowed halls of Memorial Stadium. If you've already made the decision that you're going to go and read a book or sit in your seat with your arms firmly pressed against your chest and sneer at an incompletion or complain that Missouri got 2 yards instead of 1 on a play or whatever reason you could possibly fathom for complaining? Just don't.
The kids need a crowd that is unbridled, that supports them, which they can feed off of. Sure, will it score points? No, it won't, but it will show them that despite the tough times they are going through, we still love them and admire them because they are OUR team, they are OUR sons and they fight for what WE hold dear. Do you know what my dream is, folks? To turn Memorial Stadium in to one big student section. Where we all stand for the majority of the game and make it nearly impossible for the opposing quarterback to audible, where we take great delight in showing the Men of Corn love when they've earned it and even when they haven't, just because they are OUR team.
could've made a statement against
excuses, people. If you cannot get
behind this team now at one of its most desperate times of need ever, then you
need to step off of the bus and find yourself another team, because it's just
not working out. For those of you
remaining? It's time to get fired
up and take a lesson from the student section. Start chants, get rowdy and cause
general havoc for the opposition.
It is time for Memorial Stadium to stop being
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