For those students who have never been to a home football game — and judging by our attendance and stadium size, there are a lot of such people — the idea of going to an event as big as a football game without prior experience may be pretty daunting. Many prospective students also assume that a home game is strictly a sporting event that may not be interesting. This post, then, is to serve as an introduction to what a game is like and as an explanation of how games are entertainment and social events in addition to athletic ones.
Sometimes we just have to face hard truths: even though UC Davis football season is in full swing, even though we just got our first win in the most spectacular fashion, even though we’re currently living in some of the most exciting times our athletics program has ever faced, most Aggie students probably won’t care what happens to our sports program in the next few months.
Why is this? It’s partly because our teams generally have a reputation of being subpar. However, most UCD students probably couldn’t recount the current win-loss record of any team, so the stigma explanation only goes so far.
However, just like Stanford couldn’t judge their own performance last week based on playing us (they just lost to USC), we can only get so much info by playing a Division II team. Despite the fact that we looked strong, much of the win had to do with a size, speed, and money advantage, so everything that happened on Saturday must be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, here are some highlights:
A student-oriented preview of the September 6th matchup between the Fort Lewis Skyhawks and our own UC Davis Aggies.