I’m sitting at a poker table with a few friends when I drop the news: I’m the new Sports Editor at The Catalyst. Amidst the congratulations one friend of mine says, “You know what we need? A satirical sports paper. Like an Onion sort of thing for CC sports.” Someone else says right away, “Why bother? Anything you write about sports at CC is already ironic.”
Weird as it is, this actually sums up the attitude that a lot of Colorado College kids have towards varsity athletics here. We go to a school where more students are interested in who went climbing last week or their next inner tube water polo team match than they are in our hockey team.
Have you ever been to a basketball game here? What about a soccer match? I have. At a typical CC game, there are less than a hundred people who are seriously invested in what’s going on. The majority of them know the players personally. Most of the people out there are just trying to get some sun and work on their tan.
Hell, we can’t even fill the student section at our hockey games unless we’re playing DU.
It’s not that people don’t care about sports here. In fact, CC is one of the most athletically active schools in the country. Whether they play broomball or club frisbee, go skiing or rock-climbing, almost everyone is active in one way or another.
It isn’t a lack of interesting sports to watch, either. CC boasts top-flight Division I Women’s Soccer and Men’s Hockey teams that are always competitive. We go to a school that loves to be active and has exciting sports to watch. So why aren’t people more interested?
While kids at state universities are waking up at six in the morning to tailgate for football games, CC students are thinking about what they’re going to wear to the next night of Psychedelic Bowling. But in my opinion, it isn’t because they like sports any less.
I think it actually comes down to the fact that CC students have more to do than people at most colleges. CC students are so involved—in music, dancing, climbing, biking, or any number of other activities—that they don’t prioritize watching sports. That’s the main difference in my mind between our 2,000-person campus and some 35,000-person university.
It isn’t fair to say that kids at CC don’t have school spirit or appreciate their fellow student athletes. Their priorities just lie more in being active themselves than watching other people play sports. There is something that could be called vicarious in the way that millions of people will tune in to watch people more athletic than they are play football, or basketball, or baseball.
I think CC kids just don’t go in for that. We go to a school where kids are more interested in doing than watching, and that’s an amazing thing. CC students appreciate the amazing and talented athletes that represent their school. They’re just busy being amazing and talented themselves.