Take hold of last year’s momentum for future success

By Elliot Heis

Last year was one of success for Cal Poly’s Athletic Department
in more ways than just results.

Highlighted by the men’s basketball team and their historic post
season run, the school saw a surge in school spirit and game
interest.

Now, in the opening days of the new academic year, students have
the opportunity to take hold of last year’s momentum and to bring
in a new era of sport to our university.

While this opportunity is campus-wide, sports are usually the
epicenter of a school’s source of pride; which makes this issue so
vital to Cal Poly’s Athletics.

I’m calling this moment of opportunity our “Point After
Moment.”

Every now and then a football coach has the tough decision to
make: when a touchdown in the fourth quarter brings the team to
within a point of a tie the decision could win or lose the
game.

Does the coach call on the kicking team for the easy point for a
tie and try his luck in overtime, or does he keep his offense on
for a shot at the lead?

While one way is conservative and sticks mostly to the status
quo, the more aggressive, riskier play has a far better possible
result.

Although the defense of student apathy presents a formidable
obstacle, should the student body overcome it, the reward of a
fresh campus mindset would be enjoyed by all.

One big thing we have going for us is the contagious nature of
enthusiasm. People observing others getting involved will be more
likely to do so themselves.

What is vital is that students don’t wait; that they don’t
become distracted by the noise of things happening off campus at
the expense of what is happening on it.

This moment is fleeting, and is too valuable to be discarded
recklessly.

With nothing to lose and so much to gain, if given the coach’s
job I’d be calling for a two-point conversion. It’s time for Billy
the Bronco to enter his golden age.

This column will not be a weekly soap box rant, but this subject
is important, not only to the sports pages or the Athletic
Department, but to the entire university.

Reach Elliot Heis at: sports@thepolypost.com

Take hold of last year

Take hold of last year’s momentum for future success

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