Fair Weather vs Rock Steady Fans

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Sports Editor, I have realized it is not the easiest task in the

world to constantly write about a losing team.

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As the Sports Editor, I have realized it

is not the easiest task in the world to constantly write about a

losing team.

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Most of the sports teams at A&T are under 500, meaning they

lose more games than they win. But this weekend when I was covering

the volleyball team playing in the 

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this past weekend, I began to think about more than just the fact

they were losing. I began to wonder why.

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People can argue that it’s their lack of talent but that’s not the

case because if they didn’t have talent they wouldn’t have gotten a

scholarship to play one of these teams. I believe it’s the lack of

support our teams receive and lack of “Aggie Pride” amongst us.

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Too many times I hear people complain about the losing records of

our volleyball, football, baseball, and basketball teams, but if

all they hear is negative talk from their classmates and even some

alumni, how are they suppose to be successful?

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However, I am not saying it is alright

to lose, but everybody needs support regardless of whatever they

are doing in life.

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And when it comes to sports, if you were an athlete, wouldn’t you

be encouraged to do better and have more motivation if you had a

great fan-base and surplus support?

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At the volleyball tournament, there were many instances when our

team only loss by a few points, and I’m positive that if they had

more fans in the stands cheering them on, they would have pulled

through and won a few sets.

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Usually, most of the people that talk about our sports teams have

only attended the most popular games like football and basketball,

but have never attended some or one of the non-revenue teams like

tennis and bowling.

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While I was at the 

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I coincidentally sat beside Ronald Wilson, who attends many A&T

sporting events. As we were talking Wilson, a native of Newark, NJ

and 1976 graduate of Rutgers University said, “Most black people

who have attended 

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not support sports that do not bring money, but for these

non-revenue sports, the cost to get in is free and the experience

is worth a 

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Also, if more people were to attend games it would help the

athletic department economically and would ultimately affect the

sports team positively. Once the athletic department realizes a

drastic change in attendance at events, they might possibly use

money to build better sports programs to recruit skilled

players.

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If you’re not out doing community service, schoolwork, or anything

else that is truly constructive, you should be attending any

A&T sporting event rooting your fellow classmates to victory.

Instead of scrutinizing them, how about we support them.

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Faculty and staff should be in attendance as well.

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Regardless of whether you like sports or not, it really isn’t about

sports. It’s about demonstrating your Aggie Pride.

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  • Karmen Robinson, Sports Editor