Sunday, December 05, 2004

crowd support redefined

in a bad way. i had the pleasure of watching my texas tech red raiders demolish the utep miners in el paso saturday night. while the win filled me with pride, that was nothing compared to the pride i felt being a good fan. an explanation: if you go to a tech sporting event in lubbock, get ready to stand. you will only be sitting during timeouts and halftime. we love our raiders and show it to the bitter end. if you were to look at the crowd at the end of a game you'd be hard pressed to tell the outcome based on bodies: we won't leave if we are getting killed by kansas (again, and again, and again).

on saturday i stood at the beginning of the game, as did the rest of the crowd. after utep scored first, the crowd went nuts. i thought it might be a long night of hearing it from miner-faithful. then tech scored. everyone sat down and pretty much shut up. even the student section. after a half dominated by tech they took a 12 point lead into the locker room. well, the miners come roaring out of the gate and cut it to 3 points without tech scoring. the place is ridiculously loud and i wonder if this is going to get away from the raiders. well, after one tech basket everyone again sits down and stops cheering. tech jumps out by twenty and cruises in for a 15 point win.

if this is the support the miners always get, then i'm surprised they ever win any games at all. is it too much to ask that fans support their team no matter the score? in el paso i suppose it is.

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