I see literally one other person standing, my road dog WCJ about 25 rows back.
I'm going to get a lot preachy here and I suspect that if you're one of our six loyal readers, you're already singing soprano in the choir. The truth is, our fans suck. I'm not just talking about the blue hairs either; there are some die-hards that are pretty meh when it comes to cheering the team on during the game. They'll clap, do the Rouser and make some noise occasionally. But their hearts aren't really in it. They show up at the games but leave their passion at home.
The fact is, if we're ever going to be a good program, we need to get a lot better as fans. We have a home field advantage in name only (#HFAINO). Yeah, there are a lot of empty seats around the stadium, but the more dynamic football Fleck brings as well as wins will take care of that problem. What winning itself won't cure is the moribund atmosphere it's our job to create. We look to the students to set the tone for the rest of the stadium and they've been mostly amazing the last two years. It's the rest of the fans that are the problem.
Look, we've got to take ownership of this or it will never get better. Individually, make it a point to leave the game with a hoarse voice. Talking should be painful on Sunday morning - then you'll know you've done your part. If you're attending with a stoic friend who sits there with his or her arms crossed the whole time without making a peep, punch him or her in the liver until they start groaning - it's better than silence. Try, plead even, with people in your section to try standing and making noise every once in a while on big plays.
Attending college football games is not about watching the damn game. Attending college football games is about the experience; an experience where you, yes you, play a fundamental role in the team's success. We're loud and force a false start or a time out, the team benefits. We sit placidly watching the big screen to see what play happens, the team loses its competitive edge.
I guarantee every player in the game leaves exhausted. I don't care if you're in the first row of Section 105 or the last row of Section 232, you should aspire to leave your seat at the end of the game in the same condition.