Buried in the back of his article on St. Edward’s Hall of Fame weekend, Plain Dealer columnist Tim Warsinskey offered his thoughts about our school, told via an anecdote. “One alum told me part of the problem is so many St. Edward students are busy with their own sports, they don’t have time or energy to be fans for the other sports, and those who aren’t athletes at the school aren’t big fans of those who are.”
One of the greatest things about our school is the community of Edsmen, past, present and future, that come together to support our sports and activities. Sure, other activities can complicate schedules and make it difficult to attend some events, but a few students find a way to do it. There’s nothing more fun than coming out to a game to cheer on your friends and just generally get rowdy.
But Warsinskey does touch on an important point, “The Eagles’ state hockey and basketball crowds in recent years have been embarrassingly small. Perhaps in this case, so much success isn’t a good thing.” The fans who make it to games are passionate and excited, but many times the student sections are half-empty. The most crushing part of the 2008 basketball state title game wasn’t the loss on the court, but it was the 40 rows of empty seats in the student section. Nothing could be more demoralizing than to think fellow Edsman just don’t care. But this isn’t the case. Students DO care, but they just need to start showing it in the stands.