Before the members of True Blue gather their torches and pitchforks and come looking for me, this article isn’t directed towards you folks. No, my rub lies with the other season ticket holders and fans that attend UB football home games.
I’ve had the good fortune to go to both the Temple and Rutgers games over the past few weeks, and other than sitting in stadiums that don’t require binoculars to actually see the game, it was a refreshing change to hear some noise from the crowds that weren’t just the student sections.
I’m a season ticket holder. Section 204, Row G, Seat 7, right among some fellow Bull Run members. We hoot and holler while the defense is on the field, and make noise when the offense makes a good play. But it seems like we’re the only people making any noise in our section and the adjacent sections.
During UB’s last home game against Eastern Michigan, BRJ, myself and others were making quite a bit of noise when the Eastern Michigan offense was on the field. Pretty typical for a football game right? When the opposing offense is on the field you make noise to let them know that they’re in our house and they aren’t welcome. Well apparently some folks that sit in front of myself think otherwise. At more than one point in the game the people sitting in front of us turned around and gave us dirty looks because our noise must have been interrupting their crossword puzzle.
Yep, you read that right. Crossword puzzle.
There’s an exciting football game going on and these people are doing crossword puzzles!
I can’t believe I have to say this, but UB Stadium holds college football games and it is, in fact, not a library.
Now I’m not saying that you have to be screaming at the top of your lungs for the entire game, but it would be nice if some folks would make more noise than a field mouse. The noise gives the defense energy, helps confuse the opposing team, and really makes the atmosphere in the stadium better.
When the crowd is lively and making noise, the game is fun. And, everyone at the stadium should be contributing to making the crowd more lively, not just True Blue.
So please, if you’re going to the game on Saturday, make some noise.