Recently I met a couple who attend all the Texas A&M games. “We didn’t go to A&M, but since we live in TX now, their team gives us something to cheer for.” Something to cheer for? The Aggies have had their ups and downs this season. Then, last night they pulled off a last minute win against the Duke Blue Devils at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. How sweet that win after a less than stellar season…until last night. Folks will be remembering that last play for a long time. I couldn’t help but smile thinking about that couple who I’m sure have something to cheer about today to kick off their New Year and continue their quest for “something to cheer about”.
While I’m on the subject of football. Go Green!
Christmas cards coming into the house informed me that the MSU Spartans were bound for the Rose Bowl.
Then as I watched the Tournament of Roses Parade this morning, I was keenly aware this is the day of the Big Game that seems to come every so often for my alma mater MSU…1955, 1966, 1988 and 2014.
Unlike the couple choosing to cheer on the Aggies, I remember entering MSU as a freshman and fairly stumbling upon a student body who had something to cheer about. MSU had just gone to the Rose Bowl two years previous and all eyes were on a repeat. Frankly, I was oblivious. I had not chosen this school because of its football record.
Once I arrived in the fall, there was no escaping the excitement of football season. It was exhilarating to stand in line to get season tickets for a possible Rose Bowl contender. Sitting in the student section of an immense stadium with a seating capacity of 75,000+ I soaked in what it was like to be part of the Big 10. In contrast outside of football, our nation was torn at the time…just think 60’s. On this campus I found something to cheer for. The immensity of the stadium, the school mascot Sparty cheering the crowds, the deafening pre-game cheers heard all over the campus led us to the stadium entrance, and then the strains of the band and crowds singing this fight song unexpectedly gave me “something to cheer about.”
On the banks of the Red Cedar,
There’s a school that’s known to all;
Its specialty is winning,
And those Spartans play good ball;
Spartan teams are never beaten,
All through the game they fight;
Fight for the only colors:
Green and White.
Go right through for MSU,
Watch the points keep growing,
Spartan teams are bound to win,
They’re fighting with a vim!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
See their team is weakening,
We’re going to win this game,
Fight! Fight! Rah! Team, Fight!
Victory for MSU!
Update: MSU won the Rose Bowl 24-20!!!