Where were you?
Where were you Saturday?
If you were at the Moffat County High School football field sit back and relax because this pointed column is not pointed at you.
For those of you who weren’t there, I’m still baffled and a bit embarrassed that the stands were at best three-fourths full.
To make sure I wasn’t going to spit fire about something that was commonplace elsewhere in the state, I called the people in Steamboat Springs and asked about their crowd. The stands were packed and people had to stand during the Sailor’s 22-0 win.
So I’ll continue.
I asked KRAI announcer and Moffat County alumnus Wade Hafey, who played the last time the Bulldogs hosted a quarterfinal playoff, if a lack of interest is normal. Nope, he said they had to bring in extra stands last time.
Speaking of radio announcers, maybe that’s it.
Since the game was on the radio, nobody had to brave the 50-degree weather, brrrrrrr. Maybe we should have a blackout (or whatever you would call it for a radio signal) locally like professional teams do if a game isn’t sold out. Then the only way to know about the game is to get out of your Barcalounger and bundle up.
What else could it be?
I asked Mayor Dave DeRose — who was at the game — where his town was. He thought maybe it had something to do with the ticket price of $7.
OK, so now we’re getting somewhere.
A town that two weeks ago refused to pay for a new recreation center also didn’t want to support its football team by paying the price of a meal at the Village Inn. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. If you’re worried about spending $12 extra bucks a year in sales tax and you also go pick up a car that you bought in Craig in Meeker to escape the city sales tax, then I guess $7 in one day is pretty stinkin’ steep.
It really is starting to make sense. It was evident how disconnected people in the community are to the youth’s needs during the debate about the rec. center. One letter to the editor claimed the new pool in the recreation center wouldn’t replace the pool at the high school. Have they been to the pool at the high school and talked to those in charge of it? That pool is about two cracks from being no more then a large bathtub without a plug.
If my disconnected-with-the-youth theory isn’t right help me out here.
Is it because the Bulldogs were 1-3 at home this year? OK, I guess that might work, but this was a state-quarterfinal football game. This was the first time in a decade that there has been such a game here. The Bulldogs were one of eight teams remaining in the state. Is there no pride in that?
Florence even brought its band 320 miles. Where was Moffat County’s band? I guess a state playoff game doesn’t need a home band. The cheerleaders were there. They were there last week, too. Props to them.
I could probably go on and on. This has been eating me up for 36 hours now. Maybe I don’t understand because I grew up in a town where a school twice as small as MoCo had a packed house every week for football even though the team never won more than five games in a season when I was there.
I just don’t get it.
Where were the elementary and middle school students? There really weren’t even that many high school students there either. I’m at a loss.
This isn’t a sports fan going off about how sports are life. This is a Craig resident wondering where a supposedly tight-knit community was to support its high school. Please give me some reasons people. I hope it is something that makes sense. If not, the town owes an apology to those 33 players and five coaches who wore the Moffat County name well this year because they were almost the only ones representing Saturday.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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