Barring the completely unexpected, West Virginia’s football team is winning Saturday night and punching its ticket to the national championship game.
May God help Morgantown for what may come next. I can see the stadium from where I live. I’m scared to death to walk home after the game.
There should be no couch burnings and no rioting and looting throughout town. Sadly, it’s
probably going to happen regardless of whatever preemptive measures the university and the town might take.
What I and many others wonder about is the celebration at Mountaineer Field. This has the potential to be the mostÂ magical night in the university’s history. There’s really no arguing that. What we don’t know is what will be the memory.
There will be tears, but will it be from the emotion or the pepper spray?
As one e-mailer said:
… it all started with Va.Tech in 2003 and the ridiculous pepperspraying of the crowd. Â Now we’ve forgotten how to be a crazy crowd, and that’s called behavior modification. Â It worked, but too well. Â Now is the perfect time to make amends. Â Crowds rush the field at games every week. Â Very few are injured. Â Who has more of a reason than our students do this week? Â Please don’t embarrass us on national TV by having too many cops, police dogs and clubs present on the sidelines for the entire game and then come up with a plan to allow the students on the field in an orderly way to celebrate the most important victory in Mountaineer history with the team, there fellow students. Â Today in the Morgantown paper, officials are saying they will not allow anyone on the field after the game. Â Please, let’s all figure out a compromise before it’s too late.Â Â
Well put, I thought.