By the University of Colorado Student Government
It's that time of year again: Classes are starting, high speed Internet providers are camped out in front of the UMC, book sales are skyrocketing, and flocks of students are running late because they underestimated just how long it would really take them to get ready before catching the bus in the morning.
It is through these observations and time-tested fall traditions that we know it's finally here: Football season.
Every Buff knows that the Rocky Mountain Showdown between CU and CSU holds a prideful grip upon our black and gold hearts. The rivalry between Colorado and Colorado State is intense, and has been known to bring out suboptimal characteristics in fans from both sides of the line over the years.
We are all aware of the disrespectful and destructive pre-game and post-game antics that can rear their ugly heads at events like this, but rarely do we take time to reflect on the long-term consequences of engaging in such negative sportsmanship. A bad decision at this game can follow any one of us beyond Sports Authority Field at Mile High back to Boulder and impact our academic or legal standing with the University.
This Sunday, Sept. 1, all eyes will be tuned to the 4 p.m. kickoff that defines our state, and defines our school. With our students, our players, and notably, our reputation on such a public platform, it is imperative that we hold our heads high with dignity and conduct ourselves in a manner befitting our name.
We are the Buffaloes. We send astronauts into space. We revolutionize sticky notes. We send students all over the globe to create a sustainable future. We owe it to ourselves, to our alumni, and to our future Buffs to act with good sportsmanship at this game.