|Welcome to Boulder. From: the CU Independent.|
That's all well and good, and I'm proud of how far the group has come since their humble beginnings. The crew running the show deserves all the praise they have received from the mainstream media (even some more). However, unlike last year when I voted for them on multiple occasions, I will not be casting a ballot for the C-Unit in this year's Student Section of the Year competition. The fact of the matter is, they haven't earned it.
Sure, the core of the group, built around the famous 50 who traveled to LA last March, is as loud and active as ever. Their use of the Big Heads has only improved with experience, and the first 10-or-so rows in the student section are legit and engaged. From a larger standpoint, the packed student section for the CSU game was one of the more impressive sights I've ever seen (the roar at tip-off will stay with me until the day I die).
|Students, on students, on students. From: the BDC|
The problem is consistency. Sometimes they just forget to show up to games. Against UCLA, one of the biggest home games of the year, the section was half-filled (at best). Against Cal, a crucial conference test, that number ticked up to maybe 2/3rds full. That's just not acceptable, not when compared to what the students have been doing the last few years.
"Oh, but the slopes just got some snow!" "The X-Games are in town!" "It's the Saturday before classes start up, and I don't want to be on campus yet!" "It's cold outside!" These are but a sample of the excuses I've heard as to why the student section has been sporadically filled outside of two games this season (CSU and Stanford). (My eye-rolling response is implied)
Excuses are fine, and no one is saying that the C-Unit isn't a good student section. But, as the old adage says, "90% of life is showing up." Attendance is what separates the best from the rest, and the C-Unit has let themselves down this season.
You want my vote? You think I'm full of shit, and don't know what I'm talking about? Fine, prove me wrong and fill up sections 13-17. Not just when it's convenient, but EVERY DAMN GAME! It's not as if the team doesn't deserve it. I know that 3,000+ are going to be there for Arizona in a fortnight, but what about ASU on the 16th? Can anyone in the lead C-Unit group honestly tell me they think they'll have a full section that day? ("The slopes beckon, brah..." *bong hit*)
|The team needs this rowdy setting every night. From: the BDC|
The C-Unit has set a pretty high standard over the last two season, now they just have to learn to continue to live up to it...