Yes, You SHOULD Be Here
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Baker Field, 1944
No matter how frustrated most of us are about the progress and lack thereof of the program, no one should stay home Saturday and hold out on rooting for our players and enjoying what looks like it's going to be a beautiful day at Wien Stadium.
Here's a good link with lots of info on what you need to know for Homecoming 2011.
Now, here are a few other things to keep in mind:
We're Playing Penn
Do we really want to give the Quakers a cake walk without any fan noise to contend with in a nationall televised game?
I thought not.
Our players really need to hear the cheers this Saturday so they know that while many of us are not happy with the coaches and the administration, we support and love them!
Meanwhile, Penn's players should come away knowing that win or lose, Columbia fans are still here and vocal and proud and we want a program that wins!
The Athletic Department Needs to See Us and Hear Us
If you do happen to bump into someone from the administration, first BE POLITE. But also let them know your name, your connection to the program, (alum, former player, fan, donor, etc.), and tell him or her what's on your mind.
Then, get into the stadium and yell your head off for Columbia. Show your passion in and out of the game.
Give Credit Where Credit is Due
The athletic department does a better job year after year making Homecoming a fun family experience. This is something they do better than just about every other Ivy school. So enjoy it, spend a few bucks on the food and other goodies and make a good memory.
... and the team will need your support as it attempts to win its first Homecoming match since 2000.
Even in lean Columbia eras, the Lions usually did pretty well on Homecoming.
Ray Tellier was 8-6 overall on Homecoming with some big wins over Princeton, Dartmouth and Yale in that mix.
Larry McElreavy's first win with the program was on Homecoming to end the team's then record losing streak against Princeton in 1988.
But not since a 49-21 rout of Dartmouth in 2000 have the Lions managed to win on their biggest annual stage.
Five of those 10 straight Homecoming losses have come against Penn and none of them has really been that close.
That means coming out to the game this Saturday means you really have a great chance to witness real history.
Life is Funny
I just got this letter today from Athletic Director Dianne Murphy thanking me for my donation "in honor of Roar Lions Roar Blog."
You got to love form letters.
And you should also keep donating too... and make sure you note in the special box that you're also donating in honor of this blog... if you agree with the sentiments or the spirit of the sentiments here, that is.
Many of you have emailed or called with words of support since I posted my controversial opinions about our coaches and the program yesterday.
Everyone knows how supportive of the school and athletics I am and all the readers of this blog are.
... and we expect more of the things we love.