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Letter: ?Cheering is a choice, not an obligation


I will proudly defend the “wine and cheese” crowd. We’re ALL “wine and cheese” about the rest of our forms of entertainment. Why should sports entertainment be different? Forgive me if I don’t vomit disingenuous exuberance at a product on the court that hasn’t been the least bit electric in three years. If you want a raucous student section, then it needs something that kindles that kind of excitement. Zero final fours in the last five seasons kind of inspires the opposite over time.

And before anybody spews the clichés about “privilege,” “loyalty” and “pride,” nobody is defending the football team and chastising students for not (filling) the stands at CenturyLink Field. We all know the expectation with the football is disappointment, but basketball gets a pass because of its history? Until the basketball team provides such stimulation, will the cheer police kindly hang up its cape and remove the “S” off its chest? Roy and his boys don’t need to hold out for a hero.

Andrew Elliot

Class of 2010

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