K-State Fans Still Bitter Toward Defeat
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 16:09
It has been well over a week since the Bison’s victory in Kansas, but the herd is still getting a bit of backlash from Kansas State University fans. One letter was sent Monday to the paper, athletic director Gene Taylor and President Dean L. Bresciani.
After reviewing the letter, I decided to take a look at the video—although I am not sure the president and athletic director are going to take any action on this.
The video is about three minutes long, but the fuss is about 25 seconds of it. Bison fans can be heard chanting, “Let’s go, Bison” in the background during the K-State’s marching band performance about 45 seconds into the video. The quality isn’t superior, so it is difficult to even understand what is going on.
Melissa Baker, whom wrote the letter, says “to disrupt the performance of the K-State Marching Band in this manner is rude and shameful.” She goes on to add the performance is a tribute to the American flag and the United States, which is an understandable thing to get upset about. (The band played “Ceremony of Allegiance.) But, we are not from Kansas and do not know their customs and rituals at the beginning of a game. What I think the writer is more upset about is that not everyone was paying attention to the marching band that she is proud alumnus of.
The chanting stops about at about 1 minute, 10 seconds in the video, and the Bison fans are not heard for the rest of the video as they pay their respects to the flag during the National Anthem.
To complain about the fans being a little over excited for the game seems silly and petty to me. There is a lot going on in the video, and I cannot even understand what the announcer is saying. Not to mention, an action she was so upset about took her over a week to take address. I also have to wonder if this would have merited any response if K-State had been victorious—are fans possibly feeling a bit bitter toward the home-field loss?
Some fans placed “We are Bison Nation” signs over the “Welcome to Kansas” signs on their way to the game, which could also be interpreted as disrespectful. Although over 900 people have liked this picture on Facebook—so it is out there to see—no one has had any negative comments about that.
Whatever the case is for this complaint, it gives us fans an opportunity to improve our cheers and unity even more. We want to be remembered in a positive light, especially when we are winning. Give them only positive things to talk about when we leave their fields. Remember whom we’re representing. We are Bison Nation.
Emma is a senior majoring in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @emmajheaton2.