Today: May 22, 2024

Sports Commentary: Man up, show up and support your Owls

PETE PAGUAGA, SPORTS EDITOR:
We go to a school where most of our students on campus go home on the weekend. We go to a school where most people don’t know what is going on, on campus. We go to a school where most people don’t care about anything but going to class and going back to their dorm rooms, then to sleep, and doing it all over again the next day.
Well, you know what? You guys need to open your eyes and look at what’s going on around you. Our baseball team is ranked eighth in the nation, yet for some reason, when they play at home, there are about 10 students at the game, not including the workers.
This season, their games were played at 4 p.m. during the week. Yes, there are classes at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m., but how hard is it to walk down to the baseball field to catch a few innings in between classes, rather than sitting in your dorm room and playing video games? Their games on the weekend were played at noon, when you were probably still sitting in your dorm room putting off your homework.
Baseball isn’t the only sport on campus with this problem. Practically no one goes to the softball games, and they finished second in their conference. Even our football games were ranked in the bottom 20 in attendance throughout Division-II. Why is that?
This all falls on you, the students. It is embarrassing that there were a handful of students at the baseball games this Saturday. They needed to win either one or both of the games, depending on how Franklin Pierce did to clinch the conference. These were the two most important games of the season, and who was there to see it? None of you.
If the baseball team wins the East Region, they will be hosting the East Region Tournament at Yale in two weeks for a chance to go to the College World Series. Are any of you guys going to be in attendance to help cheer them to the College World Series? I really hope so. This is the closest that one of our athletic teams has been to competing for a championship since the women’s basketball team won the national championship in 2007.
Do you want to be proud of the school that you go to and do you want to be able to brag to friends about something that your school accomplished?
I am personally telling each and every student at Southern Connecticut State University to show up at the East Region tournament at Yale, if Southern is hosting it. Pay attention to when the schedule is released. Show up, be loud and be proud of where you go to school.

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