As I have officially settled in and made my presence known again on this esteemed campus, there is a new brisk of air swinging through the streets of Boston as BU officially begins its first season as a member of the Patriot League.
When I made my decision to come to BU, I knew what I was getting myself into: no football. Coming from Columbus, Ohio where Ohio State football is everything, I knew this would be an adjustment. We live it, breathe it, and often times die by our Buckeyes success and failures.
When you talk to most BU students, they’ll tell you that they completely missed the part of the college tour where the admissions rep slips in the fact that college football doesn’t exist in Boston. They ever so slightly infer that while your high school buddies will be tailgating for the first ten weeks of the school year, you’ll either be sleeping or doing homework.
Most BU students are misguided about this subject, thinking that having Fenway Park and a lot of bars in our neck of the woods makes-up for the “football experience.” Unlike 95% of BU students, I knew this was coming, and I wasn’t bitter about it either. I wanted a new experience and was actually excited to break away from my Ohio roots.
However, when I arrived at BU, I immediately realized that tailgating top-tier college hockey doesn’t exist and putting BU athletics in the same sentence as OSU athletics would be injustice and morally wrong. To say BU sports is a joke would be wrong of me because my parents way too much money for me to criticize this fine institution, but that’s about what it is.
When news broke that BU was making the jump to the Patriot League, I was ecstatic. Maybe, just maybe, sports would be relevant at this school.
For those of who don’t follow BU athletics like us Terriers do, BU was a member of the America East conference before they moved to the Patriot League. Since the beginning of the century, the Terriers have pretty much dominated every sport in the America East. They’ve won conference titles in soccer, field hockey, basketball, swimming, and pretty much every other sport that no one watches.
What hit me hardest about this move to the Patriot League was the great college basketball coming our way. For the next three years, I will have the pleasure of watching some of the best mid-major basketball and several potential future NBA players bust some moves in BU’s state of the art gymnasium (jokes all around here).
Patriot League basketball is regarded as one, if not the best, mid-major conference in America, regularly producing bracket busters and NBA talent. Just last year alone, two Patriot League players were drafted; including lottery pick C.J. McCollum of Lehigh University.
This upcoming basketball season, our team is expected to compete for the Patriot League championship, potentially putting the Terriers in a spot to go dancing in March.
The move to the Patriot League was in every way the right decision for BU, but with that comes higher expectations from all sides of the story. We the fans expect continued dominance from our athletic teams, but there needs to be a double standard for us spectators too.
Too often I hear friends and students complain that BU has no school spirit and they’re missing out on the “I’m Shmacked” videos where hundreds of people are tailgating and partying in their school attire.
This video from the University of Michigan hits the spot perfectly. BU students: viewer discretion is advised.
Work hard play hard.
Am I jealous of these kids? To say no would be a complete lie because yes, I really do miss out on that, but that doesn’t mean we should totally disregard what’s right in front of us.
Bags and I have decided to take a road trip to the south to cover all the hotspots of college football land. When that day arrives, we’ll bring a video camera along with us to keep you up-to-date on our shenanigans. But until then, we should appreciate what we have.
With this move to the Patriot League, BU students should look at this as a new way to get involved in our very successful athletic program.
If I am going to criticize BU’s lack of attendance and school spirit at athletic events, I must also admit that I have never been one to fall in love with our sports teams. But with the new year comes change, and I am going to make the effort to be like “normal kids” who go to their school’s athletic events.
BU will never be anything like a Big 10 school or any other school where football is the heart and soul of the university and being considered a fan means drinking before, during, and after games. However, the move to the Patriot League is a great opportunity for us students, fans, and alumni to reconnect with our teams and support our student-athletes.
Who knows, you may actually enjoy it.