From The Stands - Indiana
This is a really long one. 25 minutes I think. I don't even want to post it - it's just me rambling on and on about how nobody understands what this school puts the fans through. But there I am in the stands, gutpunched, and I'm watching bands dancing. I'm listening to Club Memorial Stadium and watching opposing fans celebrate and dance and I'm just not sure anyone understands how hard this is.
Maybe it's just me. Maybe I just take all of this way too seriously. But I spend so much of my free time on this football program and I feel like no one understands what we the fans are asked to endure. I don't mean that in a "fire everyone" sense - I believe the program can be more damaged by change than lack of change at this point. I just don't understand why no one seems to care. The band is still on the field when the team is trying to come out after halftime and they're spraying fire extinguishers during their performance staining the field with white powder and the team is stuck in the tunnel and DOESN'T EVERYONE REALIZE WE HAVE TO FIX THE FOOTBALL OR ELSE NONE OF THIS MATTERS?
If I'm the band director and my halftime show is going long and THE TEAM HAS A SHORTENED WARM UP BEFORE THE SECOND HALF then I'm shutting down the three-in-one mid-"rivers gently flowing" and telling everyone to run off the field because the football team is all that matters. If I'm playing the music from the scoreboard after the game I'm not thinking "hey, this will put everyone in a good mood". If I'm in charge of timeouts I'm not not honoring the golf team or wheeling out the hall-of-famers in golf carts or any of that. If I'm in charge of the uniforms I'm sticking with the standards until we deserve to wear the Gray Ghosts. I'm very clearly communicating "until the football looks better, we're not going to act like this is fun". I need to know that Indiana 24, Illinois 14 hurts them as much as it hurts me.
Because man does it hurt.
Warning: long and ramble-y.