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A Eulogy For Football’s Monday Motivation

"The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg"

“So are you gonna be a potato, or are you gonna man up, and be the egg!?”

If you didn’t hear the news, the Columbia Football team has a two game winning streak! Bwogger Ross Chapman investigates, looking uncover the secret to Columbia’s success on the field.  

The Columbia Football team has won its first two games, a feat not achieved since 2006. Analysts would be wise to try to explain the phenomenon. Are the Lions winning thanks to Coach Bagnoli’s Class of 2020 recruiting? Was Columbia’s victory over the Hoyas thanks to Josh Bean, the mysterious first-year quarterback who’s unstoppable during short-yardage QB runs (but never appears anywhere else)? Were the boys in blue victorious only due to Georgetown’s inability to capitalize on Columbia’s failure to prevent big passes to the outside? While these could all merit their own articles, I believe there is a more relevant force at work here.

I’m talking, of course, about the @ColumbiaLionsFB Twitter account.

Columbia Athletics Twitter are no strangers to Bwog. But a mysterious change has overtaken the Football account specifically. Starting on July 11th, 2016, Columbia Football provided us with #MondayMotivation nearly every week during the season. The longest chain of consecutive Monday posts ran from October 17th to November 14th, 2016. The team went 1-3 during that time period, suggesting that the Lions were not so enthralled by the tweets. And who could blame them, when the social media team was busy tweeting, “The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg?

The twentieth and final #MondayMotivation post went up on May 22nd, 2017 – the Monday after Commencement. The social media manager in charge of Columbia Football presumably graduated, leaving us with one final word of wisdom.

Since the end of the #MotivationGeneration, the Lions are undefeated. It turns out they didn’t need the tweets – the boiling water was inside them all along.

In honor of a lost era, I present some gems from the 2016-2017 Lions Football Twitter. May its memory be a blessing, and may it be succeeded by powerful images of hot dogs.

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