As a football fan, I’ve never been happier I chose to come to Central Michigan University.
No, it’s never fun to see your team lose 59-9 to an elite team on the road, and yes, our student body could be a bit more fired up about going to games.
But at least we don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to see the Chippewas take the field here.
Students here largely don’t appreciate how lucky they have it when it comes to football. We won’t be competing for a national title anytime soon, but we have the chance to watch Division 1 football for free five to seven times each year at Kelly/Shorts Stadium, one of the nicer stadiums of its size.
Sure, the product might not be the absolute best (and with running back Zurlon Tipton and quarterback Cody Kater out for weeks, it might be a rough few weeks for CMU). But I’ll never understand for the life of me why so few students care to show up.
What else do you have to do on a Saturday afternoon that costs you absolutely nothing?
Compare that to Michigan or Michigan State or other, similar schools. Students at these schools must fork out hundreds of dollars each year for the chance to watch their teams play.
Their programs admittedly are much more prestigious and high-profile, but most students don’t have hundreds of dollars to just throw away. They go because they care. They fill their student sections (and don’t leave at halftime), and because of that, their teams feed off the energy of the crowd.
CMU students can do the same thing. Except for free. College students love free things, right?
Even if you’re frustrated with the team, show up to the game Saturday. Bring a friend or two. Enjoy yourself. Cheer on your team. Who knows? Maybe the energy of the student section will lift the team to a tough victory this weekend against a very good New Hampshire team.
And perhaps a potential recruit will see that energy and think to himself, “This might be a fun place to play in college.”
So, show up. The future of your team (partially) depends on it.