One Day This Won't Be Your Life Anymore

One Day This Won't Be Your Life Anymore

When the game ends, remember this...
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You’ve been playing the game as long as you could remember.You probably went to over one thousand practices in your career whether they were mandatory, not mandatory or the not mandatory-mandatory practices.You know what it’s like to win a game at the last second, or win by ten runs.You know what it’s like to lose a heartbreaker, or get blown out by a team.You put in the extra hours in the cages or throwing in your yard.You put one hundred and ten percent into the game every time you stepped on that field.You’ve played every weekend in the summer and probably every weekend of the year.You played at places you never thought you would before, whether it was in another state or in a state playoff game.

The game has taught you things that you never known before.You learned what tradition meant and how important it was.You learned what it meant to put all of your being into a sport and see it pay off.You learned lessons that you can use in your life.You’ve learned teamwork, hard work, and playing for the people who got you to where you are.

One day though, his won’t be your life anymore.One day, you will hang up the jersey, and put the cleats away for the last time.One day you won’t be stepping on the field to practice or play the game you loved.The only thing you’ll have are the memories, photos, game tapes, and relationships you made.You gave so much to the game day in and day out.That game was a part of your life.It was your life, but just like most things in life everything comes to an end.

You can always love the game. You can always be around the game.One day though you won’t be able to play it anymore.It won’t consume your life anymore.You’ll have a job, a family, and other things going on.When the game ends though, don’t be disappointed be grateful.

You aren’t going to remember how many times you struck out, how many hits you had, or the scores of the games.You won’t remember how many times you got on base or how many errors you made.You will remember who you played with, you’ll remember what happened on the bus rides, or that time your teammate tripped running the bases.You’ll remember the coaches you had and how much you wanted to thank them or how much you hated them.You’ll also remember the stories that you’ll reminisce on with your past teammates around a fire one night.

You made so many relationships over your career.One day you’ll call up your past teammates to hangout and talk about all the good times you had.You’ll talk about how that one time on the bus or that one time at team bonding.

The game will give back to you.It will give back because of everything you gave to it.The game will give back when you least expect it too.It might give back by a coach giving you a connection to help jump start your career.It might provide you with the opportunity to coach a team even.The lessons you learned from the game will come in handy when you need them most.

Remember when the day comes that the game isn’t your life anymore, feel blessed and lucky that it happened.

Cover Image Credit: Caroline Showalter

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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

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20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Don't Be That Ole Miss Fan Who Leaves When Our Teams Need Our Support The Most

While most of the students and some of the fans ditched before the 4th quarter, it really surprised me how little support we showed our struggling team.

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After the beating we took last week from #1 Alabama, we all wanted to steer off the stadium until the next weekend. However, losing to the number one team in the nation shouldn't be depressing; they are number one for a reason.

While most of the students and some of the fans ditched before the 4th quarter, it really surprised me how little support we showed our struggling team. Yes, the game was exciting for a solid 11 seconds, but that doesn't mean that we should abort ship so soon.

I even caught myself wishing they would run the clock around the 3rd quarter, feeling as if this game was never going to end. And it wasn't until the very end of the game that I realized what we had been missing.

We had been missing support for our team. But not just football this weekend but every sport we have. If it isn't one of the big three, do you even care? I know that I didn't and sometimes still don't. Does anyone go to the women's rifle events? Do you know when the softball team plays? Do you even know if we have a hockey team?

Being an Ole Miss fan doesn't mean that we love either football, basketball, or baseball. Being an Ole Miss fan means that we love all three, and every other sport our students participate in.

I've heard from some members of the band that they were so impressed with the Vanderbilt student section, not because they were the rowdiest or best, but because after the football game, they all stayed, stood, and sang to their Alma Mater.

Do any of us even know our Alma Mater? I've met seniors who didn't even know we had one! Yes, its plastered on all the cups this year. Yes, its posted around campus. But do you know it, by heart? If you heard the tune, could you even identify it, much less sing along to it? Do you even know the words?

I'll be the first to tell you that I don't. I have approximately 20 or so cups that have it printed on there, yet I do not know the Ole Miss Alma Mater.

So, when we were getting ready to leave the game, it warmed and saddened my heart when our song played. It warmed my heart to see the remaining student section come together to sing and sway to our Alma Mater, but it saddened me to see how little of people there were to participate, especially since the stadium was packed mere hours earlier.

And if that isn't bad enough, our student section was a quarter empty after the 1st quarter. Imagine being a football player, looking out into the crowd to see your supporters and a quarter of them are gone before the beginning of the 2nd quarter. And every time you look back as the game progresses, more and more are gone until a small portion is left over, cheering you on.

Now, imagine that you are any other athlete in a non-recognized sport. Imagine all the hours you put into training, all the things that you have to miss out on, just for no one to be there supporting you. How disappointed would you feel?

We are an SEC school! We are a big deal! We are in the best conference in the world, competing against some of the best athletes across the country, and as a student and fan of this school, we should show our support not only to the big three but to all of them!

I dare you to branch out and go watch another sport! Stay for the full game, even if it takes all day. Try a new sport, it could be your favorite! Do it for the free t-shirts, do it for the concessions, do it for the free or cheap admissions fee. I don't care why you do it, but be like Nike and "just do it!" That is how we can be better! That is how we can be a better Ole Miss fan!

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