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An open letter to the Utah State University Men's Basketball Team

Posted by aggieadmin on Mar 17, 2004 - 02:34 PM

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Dear Fellow Aggies:

I am thirty-eight years old. I was born an Aggie. My father has been a professor at Utah State since I was three. I have been to countless basketball and football games, held the tape at Aggie track meets, cleaned the toilets and locker rooms of the Spectrum...
Dear Fellow Aggies:

I am thirty-eight years old. I was born an Aggie. My father has been a professor at Utah State since I was three. I have been to countless basketball and football games, held the tape at Aggie track meets, cleaned the toilets and locker rooms of the Spectrum in order to raise money so our scout group could follow the team to the Anaheim Convention Center for the PCAA championships, arrived at the Spectrum at five every game day during college in order to sit in Section M Row 12 Seat 1 or 2 (the rim is right at eye level; high enough to see over the cheerleaders but low enough for the opposition and the referees to clearly hear commentary; across from the Aggie bench so the offense is front and center in crunch time of the second half; perfect seats!), huddled around countless radio calls by Craig Hislop and Al Lewis, paid for internet feeds while in graduate school on the East Coast, now travel to every home game from Park City. bought navy blue game day shirts for friends and family, have scheduled this year's vacation times around California road trips in order to visit Fullerton, Riverside, Long Beach, Irvine, and The Anaheim Convention Center and got a big lump in my throat when Cardell kissed center court on Senior Night. Although I don't know any of you, I feel like your my brothers. I haven't given as much as others but I am most proudly an Aggie fan.

The Selection Committee decision of two days ago is without any doubt the most painful, disappointing, and unjust experience I have felt in all my years as an Aggie fan which happens to coincide nicely with all of my years period. There is no explanation that even approaches satisfaction. It is an injustice unparalleled in college basketball as far as I can see. I haven't slept, eaten, or been able to concentrate for two days. I can only imagine what it has been like for all of you.

Asking you to run down the tunnel tomorrow is asking the impossible. But that is your task. It would be natural to mail it in as some have suggested. I would hope that your pain would turn to anger and your anger turn to determination, that the character of your team will emerge into greatness and legend. True greatness only occurs when all others would give up. You now have a chance for greatness - for Aggie lore. Be the team that generations will talk about that stood up and gave the committee the finger.

But if you won't do it for yourselves, do it for me and every other Aggie fan that has lived and died with this team for oh so many years. Do it for the 4000 people that traveled 1500 miles to make funny arm movements in navy blue shirts just four nights ago. Do it for this community that has never had such a buzz. Do it for the best damn student section all of America. Do it for Tyler Olsen. Do it for Al Lewis. Do it for all those players that have played on this floor. Do it for Wayne Estes.

We're all with you. We are counting on you. Don't you dare let us down.

Navy Blue forever!

Terrall Vern Budge

 

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