It’s just a game

Kelly Smith

I’ve never been a sports fanatic, so don’t ask me about how everything is going with the pros and “big” colleges, because if it doesn’t revolve around Michigan or the Tigers, I really don’t care.

However, that being said, I do enjoy going to and watching a game as much as the next person, assuming I have someone to root for. As a third-year member of the marching band, I’ve seen the goods and the bads (but mostly goods) of Grand Valley State University’s football team.

That being said, let’s talk about this year’s football team.

I’ve seen this university’s football team play for two years. My freshman year was the famous year we almost went all the way to victory as national champions but lost in the semi-finals. Some of our marching band performances were cold and miserable, but the excitement of another national championship kept us pumped. Although we didn’t win the championship, we were recognized as having the most wins during the regular season in history.

Last year, however, wasn’t as strong for GVSU. We won most of our home games, but didn’t go much further than that. It wasn’t a terrible year, but certainly a drop from the previous year.

So that being said, what are we looking at for this year? Well, so far, we’re 2 for 2 with our wins. With our kicker home game opener a few Thursdays ago to this weekend’s road victory against Ohio Dominican, we’re off to a great start so far. That certainly brings hope to all of the fans. Everything in life has to do with taking things one step at a time. Two wins might not be much in the long run, but it’s certainly something that gives us hope now.

As much as I would like to see us lead ourselves to a victory, I also reiterate what I said about not being a hardcore sports fan. If you enjoy following the football team’s every step, or any other team for that matter, that’s great. However, as long as I’m on the topic of sports, I feel obliged to state something we’ve all heard literally countless times in our lives, “It is just a game.”

It’s a fun game that’s exciting to watch, especially when you have a team that represents you, but I imagine there are people who don’t care for it at all. I realize this is a common-sense statement, but we shouldn’t be discriminating them in any way just because they choose not to participate.

In a previous column, I wrote about how introverts are often misunderstood in their isolated nature and how it’s easy to judge them as being shy or rude because they don’t prefer as much social interaction as the extroverts. Some people are hardcore football fans, some enjoy it if they have a team playing, and others don’t like sports at all. GVSU is not a college of only liberal athletics. People may not enjoy sports, as indicated by their major.

That being said, I once again voice my hope that GVSU 2015 football team will continue to triumph throughout the season and hopefully go all the way with another victory. There’s a lot of season left, so there’s much action that has yet to be witnessed. What will happen? We’ll have to wait and see.