With just a day before the biggest game of the season, a little call to arms is needed. For this, Bearcats Blog turns to a Bearcat student, Danielle Mitsch. Danielle was gracious enough to write about how she would improve the student section not just tomorrow, but also in the future. She is one of the more passionate people on twitter. Be sure to follow her. I think she did a great job getting her passion across here as well. Take it away, Danielle.
My name is Danielle Mitsch. I am a second year student at UC. I am a proud member of UC RallyCats. RallyCats is the student spirit organization on campus. As a passionate student fan, you can understand how I would be frustrated with our student section. In one of our meetings we discussed possible ways to increase the fan hood in this grand university and, unfortunately to some, I wouldn’t shut up about all my ideas. I feel a great way to increase the interest in our sports teams is to bridge the gap between the fans and the student-athletes. One of the coolest things as a fan is to be appreciated by the people you support. I remember my freshman year, in the beginning of basketball season; the players would come shake hands with the fans after the game. As the competition got stronger, the players stopped doing it. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t upset about it. Now after a game they run straight to the locker room and it just doesn’t feel the same. But back to football.
This Louisville game is huge. It’s frustrating because not a lot of the students realize that our program is on the rise. I truly believe that our program is heading towards the right direction. We recently got a superb coach, Tommy Tuberville, who was once one the best in college football. A huge problem with UC football is the inconsistency in head coaching. I believe Tommy T is here to stay. With a consistent head coach, stadium renovation, and amazing fan support (that’s us!) we can easily get a bid into a better conference. With all these great things happening, recruiting is getting better as well. Our students need to realize this. We should all want to be apart of this. So everyone needs to be at the Louisville game and STAY.
Getting to games is not what our problem is. It’s staying. I have thought of many possible reasons as to why this is. I believe one of the main reasons students leave is that it gets tiring standing for those long games. Also if we are killing a team people might leave because of boredom. Also people hate the league we’re in because the competition isn’t the greatest. All I can say to all the reasons is imagine that was you on the field putting your all in for the University of Cincinnati? You wouldn’t want people to leave you? I feel a good way to get people to want to say is letting the fans get to know the players. Before the season starts we should have a meet the team event. That way the students can see what great people our student athletes are and they’ll want to support them. Also I think it would help if the athletes tweet and try to “rally the troops” to get everyone hyped to cheer for them. Another thing I wish that would happen it instead of the football team going to the band to sing the alma mater at the end of the game, I think they should come sing with the students. We are all students. We should all appreciate each other. Bottom line, support your Bearcat student athletes and your school, The University of Cincinnati!
So this is what I want you to do, Bearcats. Thursday get in your black UC gear, head over to Sigma Sigma to tailgate, cheer on the team at the catwalk, head over to Nippert, get your little Keg of Nails at the door, be loud, be proud, STAY the whole game and watch as we defeat Louisville to reclaim the Keg of Nails!