You can easily get spoiled with the excitement of still playing football in December. Like a kid at Xmas you just keep wanting more.
It was tough losing in the quarter finals of the playoffs. Seeing our senior players hug their families with a tear in their eye knowing they had put their pads on for the last time....having just lost to the team we had beaten in our rivalry game early that year......that all their hard work preparing for the game by our coaches and players just wasn't enough.
To be completely honest, I was also selfishly upset, knowing my husband would have to go on the road recruiting immediately next week.....the season's over. Time to prepare for the future seasons. I have to become, once again, a single parent taking care of our four children....while he is away finding future Jackrabbits.
It's never fun to lose, and even the best of coaches and players do. We've been a part of many staffs, and I have always really enjoyed seeing loyal fans and rivalry between schools. It has always been a fun experience for me.
Having said that, I don't think it's EVER ok to cheer when opposing team's players are hurt, or to shout for coaches to be fired, to bad mouth the other teams fans on some of the worst levels, or to celebrate with your team after you tried to hurt the other team's player worse when they were already down.
You really don't know the other team's story. Some players lost family members this year. Some battled through painful injuries for hopes to keep the season going longer. Some kids in the stands are children of coaches who believe in their fathers 100%, and don't need to hear anything different about them. Just remember those football players on the other team are also someone's son and deserve respect.
You can still be a loyal fan and be classy. I've seen it at Florida State, Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, etc. I am all for loyal fans.....but there are some lines that shouldn't be crossed. What do we teach kids when we cheer when a player is injured??? Children are our future...it's awful.
Having said all that....I'm so proud to be a Jackrabbit, because through some trials and tribulations, we found a way to keep winning, and play until December 10th. We beat our big rivals during the regular season, and took home the Dakota marker to our new stadium. We won the Missouri Valley Football Conference and made it farther than we ever had in school history.
After witnessing all that I saw Saturday. I am 100% proud to be a Jackrabbit. We know how to win games but keep our composure staying true and classy. That's Jackrabbit football💛🐰💙🏈
Big congrats to all our players.....and much love and thanks to all our seniors. Proud of our football family💙🐰💛🏈🙏🏼.