In the interest of getting people to fill the stands at Homecoming, Staff Writer Abby Rubel and Sports Editor Ross Chapman fill you in on how to pretend like you’ve been a Columbia Football fan all along.
So, you know that the Lions are 4-0 going into the Homecoming game against Penn this Saturday and you want to start rooting for them. But you’re a Columbia student, so you’ve probably never rooted for Columbia sports before, let alone the football team, so you probably don’t know how to do that. Don’t worry, though–there are a few basic things you can do to show those baby-blue boys your support this Saturday and beyond.
Actually go to games
It’s a long way to Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at Baker Athletics Complex, almost as long as the name itself. But the games are free for students and Athletics runs fan buses up to the field, so you don’t have to pay subway fare either. The buses pick up at Broadway and 116th and start running about 90 minutes before the start of the game (although they’ll probably start earlier on Saturday because it’s Homecoming). Plus, if you’re a senior, they’ll give you beer before the event! The game will probably be about three hours long, so expect to spend most of your afternoon at the stadium. It’s a pretty big time commitment, but actually putting your body in the stand is the best way to show you care about the outcome of the game.
Know who’s who:
Another way to show the Blue and White that you’ve got their backs is by using your vocal cords. There are two ways to know when to cheer: pay attention to everyone around you and just copy whatever they do, or learn what the rules of football are so you know when something good happens. We recommend the second simply because it’ll make the game more interesting if you know what’s going on.
You should also know what to say to hit the other team where it hurts. For example, Penn (State) isn’t a real Ivy. And Trump went there, which means you can take out all your Trump-related rage on Penn’s team.
Dress like a fan
Wear Pantone 292 everything. If your underwear isn’t blue and white, you’re not a real fan.
Sound smart with your friends
Football games are social events whose main currencies are alcohol and trivia. While Bwog can’t help you with the first one, we have some stats and facts about the team for you to study up on while you ignore your real homework.
Post On Social Media
If you follow all these steps, you’ll know you’re a fan. But how will everyone else know you’re a fan if you don’t make a Facebook post about it?