A personal commentary from another college friend of mine – Football is one of America’s favorites. Football games is an experience I share with my father. He took me to games growing up. I can remember an empty stadium with each loss. Western Kentucky University is my team. WKU Football hasn’t been recognized nationally in some time. But for me, it’s a tradition.
Many follow a team because it was a tradition; you may have grown up in the city where the team is, or even the state. Many families may get together over a meal during a game to have a fun time supporting the team they share love for. Some sacrifices warmth or comfort and sometimes both all for their team attending game day.
One’s tradition may stem from family members attending a specific university and growing up being brought along to events. One supports the team because it was something that they were a part of.
In 2009, WKU was sporting a 0-12 record. Hard to be a fan and support that isn’t it? This season is where the empty stadium memories come from. Our coach was fired. Goodbye, Elison.
What’s next? Many fans questioned and feared for the program. After Elison’s exit, WKU hired an Alumni, Willie Taggart. In his first season at WKU in 2010, he led us to a 2-10 record. I remember that game very clear. We were playing in the sunbelt conference. That win was the first of the season, and the first in a while.
Taggart hung around to start the 2011 season and brought that record to 7-5. In 2012, we had an overall record of 7-6 including a bowl game at the FBS Level, for the first time at WKU since 1963, however we lost that game.
Taggart left this season. WKU Hired Bobby Petrino for our 2013 season. He led us to 8-4 season but this year we didn’t receive a bowl bid. Petrino left after only one season, taking a position at another University.
To start 2014 WKU hired our own Offensive Coordinator that Petrino left behind. Jeff. Brohm. Now, Brohm Squad, it’s something special. Brohm led the team to an 8-4 record, another bowl bid, attach a BOWL WIN! Jeff Brohm was making history.
Starting into 2015, we had ONE goal. Win the Conference USA Championship, one game at a time. We finished this season with a 12-2 record, a Conference USA Championship, and a Bowl win at the Miami Beach Bowl.
What’s It Mean To You?
College Football has such a powerful meaning in many individual lives throughout the United States, and the world. The intensity of it’s meaning changes with each person. Every one has a different connection. Some have little care in the world, and others won’t miss a game. Football, at the college level, is something great to be apart of. My time as a student at WKU, and experiencing such a dramatic change from year to year just made my love for them grow.
If you read this article, you felt something, share this article with your friends! If odds are that you’re along the percentage that understands what I just stated, you were apart of an organization that you supported and passed that on to your children, share this article! Your friends and family on your social media sites would love to read the reality of my honesty in this article. For me, I love reading something and knowing exactly where the writers mind was when they wrote it. If you experienced college football at some point, you’ve witnessed terrible seasons, winning seasons, ballgames as a child, ballgames in the student section you know where my mind is! Share this with those close to you so they may be able to remember favorite moments supporting their team.