I went to the TCU v. Air Force football game this last weekend. I am very excited to live in a city that has a football team that wins (I have been living in College Station for the past 5 years, and lets face it…winning isn’t Aggie football’s thing right now). I was very excited about watching a good team play a good game with some excited fans cheering them on. I was thoroughly disappointed.
Having gone to school at Texas A&M, I have become accustomed to a certain type of game-day atmosphere. The TCU game-day atmosphere is much different. Students don’t even stay for the whole game! In fact, once the team started really walking away with the game in the third quater, I’d say a mass exodus of fans began leaving the game. Keep in mind this is the biggest home game of the season, the best opponent that TCU will face here, in Fort Worth, and people left in the third quarter (we did too, but hey, its not my real team so its ok).
I came to this conclusion: TCU fans don’t really care about the team. They come to the game to be seen, and to socialize, and because its what college students do, they go to football games. The fact that their team is ranked 4th is nice, but thats it, its just nice, they would spend just as much time at the game if their team wasn’t ranked.
Aggie fans, in comparison, are the exact opposite. The fact that the Aggies have one only 1 conference game does not stop the Aggie faithful from coming to the games, cheering on the team, shaking their head disappointedly at the play calling and such, being passionate about the sport, the game. We watch the game, we yell, and loudly, in support all the time, and most of the fans stay until at least the last 5 minutes (we do walk out angry if we are getting dominated before the game is over).
On third down at the TCU game I turned to my brother-in-law and could still carry on a conversation with him. It was odd to both of us. The thought crossed my mind, “this school does not deserve to have a team this good.” Maybe the don’t. If a team that good was playing in College Station, the atmosphere would be electric. In Fort Worth, the atmosphere feels like a team that was 3-3, not 6-0 soon to be 7-0 and on its way to a BCS bowl certainly, if not the National Championship.
Come on Horned Frogs, now is the time to figure out how to make an atmosphere worthy of the team that is playing on the field. Chances are, with Patterson as your coach, you are going to be quite good for some time. Rise to the occasion, and make it fun to watch football in Fort Worth.