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Written by Jes-c Brandt   

College football

There’s a lot of hype out there about college football. You turn on the TV; there’s college football. You walk into the office; one of your coworkers is bound to be talking about some college football team. Always having been in the dark about the whole ordeal, I decided to check out this college football business for myself.

I go to college, and my college happens to have a football team, so I figured this would be as good a place as any to look into the phenomenon of college football. I picked up a copy of the Amherst Student, one of the college publications, and flipped to the sports section. I was in luck: apparently the homecoming game was just around the corner. Determined to see one of these football games in real life, I read up on the team and resolved to go to the Saturday game.

Now I’ve been able to read for the majority of my life, but I have to admit that reading a homecoming game feature made me feel like an illiterate. The journalist seemed to be spewing all the sports jargon he could muster. And to be completely honest, I felt like I was about to be quizzed as I read all the incomprehensible statistics.

Sifting my way through the info about the home team I stumbled upon something I’m still confused about. After describing all of Amherst’s great achievements, the author noted the Amherst special teams were excelling this season. I understand that, as a writer for the Student, he has to say good things about the team, but “special” just doesn’t seem like the best compliment he could think of. And don’t think I didn’t notice he said special teams—plural. I could have sworn we only had one football team.

Reading the article didn’t make me feel much more knowledgeable about college football, but I still had faith that going to the game would prove informative. So Saturday afternoon I gathered with my friends, donned my purple attire and carefully painted an “A” on my face. We were ready as we would ever be to go see this game of football.

A time or two I’ve come across a game of college football on TV while surfing the channels for some reality TV. I have to say, the football scene at Amherst College isn’t quite the same. Rumor has it that some football stadiums can hold over 100,000 fans. The Amherst College student body numbers about 1,800. Built in 1890, the football field at Amherst College looks more like the field at Holyoke High School than any of the stadiums I’ve seen on TV.

I don’t mean to insult Amherst football; it does have some special features of its own. This homecoming game was a competition between two great rivals: the Amherst College Lord Jeffs and the Williams College Ephs. One thing I did learn from that otherwise perplexing homecoming article is that the rivalry between the two teams has been around for over a century.

This homecoming game marked the 125th game between the two football teams, and it really was an exciting game. A great number of fans from both sides turned up to support their teams. From purple wigs to cowbells to taunt the opponent’s mascot, Amherst College really rallied to show support for their team.

Throughout the game I definitely recognized more pep band songs than football plays, and I can’t say that I even know what happened in the game at all. I still don’t understand what the big deal is about college football, but I can say that I do see that it can be a fun time. It’s especially exhilarating to see a mass of fans all cheering their team on together. So football fans, keep it up.