EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
It was a chilly fall day back on Sat., Nov.
2, 2002. The Western Mustangs football team traveled to Kingston
to end the season of the Queen's Golden Gaels. However, the
football gods did not look kindly on our beloved Mustangs that
The Mustangs came back draped in mediocrity.
They were completely embarrassed 55-20 in one of two Ontario
University Athletics semi-finals.
Fast forward to Sat., Sep. 13, 2003, at 2
p.m.. The Mustangs will welcome their arch nemesis to TD Waterhouse
Stadium in what is being billed as the "real" Homecoming
Plot lines are running like Niagara Falls
on crack. The obvious is the revenge factor. Throughout the
past week the Mustangs players and coaches have focused solely
on the importance of this game - clearly pride is a notable
Even head coach Larry Haylor spent a majority
of The Gazette's recent interview speaking about the importance
of coming together for a common cause and erasing the sting
of last year's defeat.
However, chasing Haylor is the shadow of
decisions past. In the off season, the Mustangs coach fired
assistant coach and defensive coordinator Bob LaRose. LaRose
had been a long-standing cog in the Mustangs machine and had
ties with many of the old guard.
If Queen's is able to repeat the shocking
offensive exploitation of the Mustangs defense (and clearly,
Queen's star quarterback Tommy Dennison will be looking to do
so), LaRose's firing will definitely come into question.
The plot is thick. But does anyone really
care? Attendance at university athletics has continuously spiraled
downward. Football will forever garner the diehard fan who will
turn out for every game, but this group cannot sustain the reputation
surrounding the team.
Where are the posters or the billboards or
various other promotional tools to bring out other segments
of the Western population? If The Gazette doesn't publish
any stories about Western's most popular team and/or if people
don't hear about it through the grapevine, they'll be completely
ignorant of the scheduled time and date, as well as the game's
The Mustangs may not be the team they once
were, given the emergence of McMaster and Queen's, along with
the powerhouses out West, but the team still supplies entertaining
football and phenomenal athletes. And there's always the kick
ass cheer leading team. But unfortunately, not many people knows
these things exist.
Apparently the schedule makers of the OUA
were fast asleep when they slotted Queen's-Western into the
week before Western's 125th Anniversary (Western will play Ottawa
Homecoming weekend). Don't follow their lead; support the Mustangs
this weekend - if things go as they did last year, they'll need
all the help they can get.