It doesn’t matter if you have the perfect plan, there’s bound to be a kink at some point the first couple times you do something new. That’s always the case and was exactly what happened last week at the Panther Walk. But now we’re going to set everyone straight:
WE WANT YOU INVOLVED.
Fans, alumni, people who just plain love football and want to be at a college game. Every one of you in the parking lots around the Georgia Dome on Saturday, we want – no we NEED – you to be involved when the team gets to the stadium.
The Panther Walk is for you, no question. It’s for the fans, it’s a way to give you an up-close-and-personal look at the players from a unique perspective. But don’t think for a minute that the players don’t feed off it. They absolutely do.
Every time there are people around, people who are set to cheer them on and give them the extra push they need to make those dramatic plays – anyone remember not one, but two consecutive fourth downs on the goal line last week? – the players feed off of those people. And it starts from the moment they get off the bus.
If you’ve ever been to a ‘big-time’ stadium with a ‘big-time’ college ‘program’ you will know what I mean. I use ‘air quotes’ here because there is no reason we can’t have the same thing here at Georgia State in the program’s fourth season of existence. No. Reason.
They have to go play hard and find ways to win. They did one of those things last week, and probably better than most expected. You can help them continue improving toward the second, but we need you to do your part and be there. Be in the parking lot, be in the stadium, be loud, be active and be a Panther.
So this week, get to the stadium and get parked by 11:30 a.m. The team will be coming down Mangum Street about noon (probably closer to 11:50 because every team ever has been early) and then get out on the street and cheer them as the Panthers walk into the stadium.
Don’t stand behind the barriers. The street is closed down at that time by the police for a reason: to let you, the fans, get out there and be with the team. Take advantage and enjoy yourselves. And get our guys’ day started the right way.