The Vikings football team’s winning culture is back but its fans are still missing in action at Veterans Stadium. LBCC’s record is a decent 3-4 on the season going into the home game Saturday, Nov. 2 against No. 3 Mt. San Antonio, who the Vikes hope to beat to get to .500 and move up in the Southern California Football Association Central Conference standings.
Freshman quarterback Kenny Potter and his two favorite freshman wide-outs, Josiah Blandin and De’Quan Hampton, have been playing out-of-this-world, exciting football of late. They have been doing everything except literally chaperoning friends, family and classmates to the games to fill the seats.
The trio have been lighting up the scoreboard week in and week out with an explosive, no huddle offensive prowess that is largely unseen at this level. Both Potter and Hampton were nominated for conference offensive player of the week for their week eight performances in the win against Harbor on Oct. 26. Unfortunately, the seats at Vets Stadium continue to be overwhelmingly occupied by opposing fans. The Vikings’ band tries in vain to drown out challengers’ cries with an assortment of brass wind instruments and bass drums.
Not only does the lack of school pride and moral support for the athletes make our teams look bad and feel let down, but it also says a lot about our collective campus community and the sad lack of interrelations between the teams and coaches and the rest of the student body. Perhaps if LBCC allowed tailgates and torpedoed T-shirts into the crowd at halftime occasionally, potential fans would have more incentive to congregate and to come out and support our Vikings.
Also, coaches should push for the student-athletes to be more active in filling the seats and recruiting fans to come to the games.
Eventually, for example, LBCC could develop a crazed football culture so intimidating that the opposing teams are afraid to even enter Vets Stadium.
The outreach to their peers will encourage schoolwide support for the teams. It will help make the athletes more accessible and teach them the value of real face-to-face communication, too often forgotten these days. It is much more enjoyable to come out to the games and cheer for friendly, familiar faces, rather than a bunch of mouth-breathing strangers in school colors flexing and openly expressing their inflated egos.