To The Baylor Freshman Who Left Before Our First Home Win Of The Season, Stay For The Entire Game Next Time

To The Baylor Freshman Who Left Before Our First Home Win Of The Season, Stay For The Entire Game Next Time

Wear that Baylor Line jersey with pride and stay the entire game.

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There is a certain kind of energy on Saturdays here in Waco. People sport Baylor green and gold in every shape and form. Cowboy boots, gold and green attire, and the Baylor spirit filled McClane Stadium on Saturday, September 1st, the opening game of the 2018 football season. And somehow, the excitement and anticipation weren't enough for some members of the freshman class of 2022.

Last year as a freshman, I was excited to go to my first football game as a Baylor Bear. I was told about the feeling of running the line for the first time and the hype about Baylor football games. I ran that Good Ol' Baylor Line with pride, feeling like a part of the Baylor family as everyone in the stadium cheered my freshman class on. Feeling out of breath, I stared up into the crowd with the biggest smile on my face.

So on Saturday, as I stood in the stands this time, I felt the energy and excitement of the freshman class as they raced across the field. They filled in the gold bleachers just a few rows in front of me and the game started.

But as the first quarter went on, I saw the golden bleachers start to empty. Freshmen in gold jerseys started to leave the stadium as the Bears fought for the first home win since 2016.

And I was mad.

For the first time, I was witnessing a Baylor home win and people were leaving the stadium. Touchdown after touchdown people left the stands. Maybe they thought it was a guaranteed win that wasn't worthy of being watched. Maybe because it was Abilene Christian that we were playing that they left. Perhaps it was because they were tired and they wanted to go home. Whatever it was, I got mad at people leaving the game early. Why?

It was the first game of the season. The first game after a not-so-amazing season and we needed to support our Bears.

Yes, the game felt really long because the first quarter felt like forever. But as a freshman, you should be excited to watch every second of your college's football games. It's one of the best traditions you have as a Baylor student. That gold jersey you wear on your back means something. It represents the generations past, present, and future that have and will run the line. Running the line is one of the first traditions we have to participate in as freshmen. Just as we supported you running across the field, stay in the stands and support our football players.

As a sophomore, I was really excited to watch the freshmen run across the field just as I did last year. I stayed the entire time last year, singing "That Good Ol' Baylor Line" until I lost my voice. But as the freshmen section emptied, I felt heartbroken for those who had already left. They didn't get the chance to chant down the clock timer with 10 seconds left as the Bears were up 55-27. Fireworks went off as the game ended, and they missed out on that, as well as singing our school song.

So freshmen, next time, don't leave early. Even if we are losing with five minutes left in the game, stay. There's a reason that we stay for the entirety of the game. Our football players are fighting for a victory, so you need to stay and back the bears. We trusted the process. Now it's your turn to back our team.

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

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

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

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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