I had a talk with a few guys and I’ve realized something that I hadn’t thought of–We need to act like we’re behind this team.
This weekend is a chance to get a big win and really turn things around. A huge part of the big wins we got at home last season came from crowd energy and a belief that we were with the team. We talk about how people wont come to games unless we’re winning, or we talk about nobody comes out to random OOC games. And those are vaid topics, but what we really need to focus on is how we act when we are there. The students are doing a good job being a part of the game and we need that to spread. I can’t remember the number of times last year we had to convince people across the BJC to get up and get into it. I dont like starting “Stand-up” chants anymore than you like hearing them.
Watching the Wisky-Duke game I realized that part of the reason that Wisconsin looked so solid was the amount of action going on in the stands when they were winning or just behind in the game. It’s easy to go to a game, but get into it, be passionate and dont wait for there to be 3mins left in the game to decide to stand up. I’m not pointing fingers at people here, I just think that gameday atmosphere comes from everybody at the BJC not just the students. NBA teams dont have student sections, but they still have noisy electric crowds. I’m not saying we need to be like the Staples Center…but there are a lot of possesions in a game that have a huge impact on the course of the game. Plenty of them are in the first half.
For the most part BJC games have their moments, but we haven’t taken the energy or passion from across the street and acted like we REALLY care. I know we all do, and we’ve made great strides to improve the atmosphere as a whole. But just imagine how we could really HELP this team if we acted like we believed in them and were behind them.
So thats my challenge, dont wait for somebody to stand up and get into it, be the change you want to see, break out of the mold of sitting on your hands and yelling once and a while…show these guys you really care and I think they will respond.
I dont mean to stir a pot, I just think we can be better and we can impact these guy’s season. Lets make it happen. We’re Penn State fans, lets show people why we’re the best.