In case you haven’t heard, the Syracuse football team beat West Virginia last week. If you still don’t get it, just as I didn’t, West Virginia is one of the top 15 teams in the country. And well, we know Syracuse isn’t.
Even better, the final score was 49-23, which demonstrates this was not just last minute luck. If you are expecting me to dwell on a play-by-play discussion of the game, stop reading now.
Instead, I want to focus on another aspect: 45,265 fans attended the game. The other day, I read an article online that argued that the victory was in part due to the attendance. Since we have already accepted that Syracuse’s football team is not that great, we might as well accept that attendance to their games also falters from time to time. Yet, this time it was the complete opposite.
Yes, we might say it was in part due to the fact that it was Parent’s Weekend or that the game was against a well-known opponent, but it honestly doesn’t really matter. Rather, I wonder why the sports writer decided to focus more on the attendance rather than players’ performances, for example.
How is it that the number of people attending a game can have an effect on the outcome? I always say everything is mental. And every sport is certainly more of a psychological game than a physical one. Having thousands of people root for you has to certainly be a stamina booster.
More importantly, this emphasis on game attendance demonstrates how powerful masses are. In this case, it was an unimportant—at least for me!—game. Yet, this example makes me think of other instances in which masses can be game changers. Occupy Wall Street comes to mind, or the public’s engagement with Casey Anthony’s case.
Each of those examples and the many others you can come up with, demonstrate the power of the people. The hardest part is getting united for one cause. But when that’s achieved, anything can happen. So for all you football fans, start buying tickets for your friends. You might make a win against West Virginia seem normal.
By Cristina Nadal