This I Believe

Pratik - san antonio, Texas
Entered on October 11, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Football is like a good friend you don’t get to see that often. You see each other for a few good months and you spend the rest of the year waiting for them to come back. The time that they are around they keep you happy, but sometimes they do disappoint you and it’s a train wreck when it does. It takes time to get over it, but usually when next weekend rolls around we will be ready to go.

For me to have to choose between football and not being disappointed and hurt every week is a tough choice. When I was given the opportunity to vote on whether our university would get a football team I was torn on how to vote. So many things ran through my head and changed my decision several times. Should I vote yes or should I vote no; a big dilemma that I faced and these reasons helped me in my decision.

If I voted yes I would probably be able to enjoy the beginning of a new era in San Antonio. The highest level of football to come here and I would be there from the start. I can enjoy this great occasion with all my friends and make some new ones. Who knows, if this teams is able to gain any success San Antonio may be able to receive the honor of being the home of a professional football team in the future. UTSA football may be the final proof we need to give the NFL. A football team would increase the size of our school and our city which means more opportunities to succeed in life after college.

I would also be able to enjoy the festivities before and after the games. Tailgating with great food, music, friends and the many laughs we could have. The celebrations when we win a rare game in the first few years of our existence and some even when we lose a close game to a big school on television.

On the other side of voting yes is the fact that I will be paying more on my tuition for as long as I am here and that will probably be a while. The team needs to be funded and students like me will be shoving out the money to see some football! There is also the major disappointment that usually comes from a new athletic addition to a school. They never seem to have success in the early years of the team being instituted. It’s a given fact that top recruits wouldn’t want to play for a sub par team when they have the chance to go to an established programs at such universities as University of Texas, University of Houston and even smaller schools like Texas State.

If I voted no and our university didn’t get a football team I would be in the same position I am in now, waking up on Saturday mornings with nothing to do but watch some football on television along with the occasional morning cartoon to take me back to my childhood. I don’t know where all my friends are or what they are doing. They’re probably doing the same thing I am or sleeping in late because of a late night the night before. I always have to find something to do with my weekends to get away from my school work. Not to mention that I would lose all these great opportunities.

Hopefully the vote to start the process of getting a team will be passed soon. As for now I am stuck in suspense. Waiting for UTSA football to come and until it does which it eventually will, I will be tuning in to watch some of the most exciting football around instead of cheering a team on in person with my friends at my side.