Imagine Conte Forum, overflowing with fans donning their maroon and gold, Eagle hats, foam fingers, giant cardboard cutouts of Doug Flutie’s head and spinning hypnotic wheels all throughout the crowd. Even getting there at game time, finding a seat is nearly impossible, so you get stuck sitting in a pack of 40-year-old UVA fans…
Now, imagine a Conte so empty that you can hear the players’ shoes squeaking as they run up and down the court. You enter halfway through the game and can sit anywhere you want, lucky enough to end up courtside for the last quarter of play.
That’s the difference a few days make.
This may sound oddly familiar to some of you, and I know you’re tired of my pleas, but it needs to be said once again. Besides, this is different; before, I asked for SuperFans not to leave the games early, but in this case, I’m just asking you to show up.
Saturday afternoon, in front of what seemed like the entire student body, BC came to play against an undefeated Virginia team. Feeding off the energy from the crowd, they proved themselves against an exceptionally difficult opponent. Playing in a stadium where nearly every seat was occupied -- with almost all the fans on their feet for the game's entirety -- the Eagles played some of their best basketball all year.
They went into the match 8-7 and stayed with the 16-0 Cavaliers for a good majority of the game, even leading at some points. We saw it slip away as the fourth quarter began and UVA started to pull ahead; however, the Superfans did not relent. The game ended with a final score of 66-51, a close call considering the prowess of 2nd ranked Virginia.
In a nearly empty Conte, the Eagles weekday matchup against Harvard was a different story. The Eagles led the Crimson 30-19 at the half, but as the crickets chirped, Harvard came back and forced the Eagles into overtime. Although the crowd was sparse, those in attendance were able to cheer our beloved Eagles to a shaky win.
Their play seemed to be reflective of the support they received from the stands. “Tonight, the crowd played a huge role in pumping up our players," Coach Christian stated of the SuperFans' contribution to the games.
I understand that it is tough to consistently attend these games, as many of them fall during the week. Homework, meetings, classes and jobs are all valid excuses and can get in the way of our SuperFandom. But, keep in mind, athletes also have classes and homework to attend to.
The players are giving up their time to play these games, so why can’t we give up just a little bit of ours and show them that we are fans worth fighting for?
Let’s face it, between the “study breaks” we all take, we probably waste the amount of time that we could otherwise spend at these games. Time spent stalking friends of friends of friends on Facebook, accidentally liking 34-week-old Instagram posts, or retweeting your favorite twitter account, could be put to better use.
It doesn't take much, but it means so much to the players; they feed off our support. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Let's give these players some Superfans worth fighting for.
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