Small Town Football Tradition
Written by: Andrew Wallace
Football is an integral part of the American life, there is almost a religious fervor during games. Many holidays are structured and it’s the kind of sport that brings family and friends together for a small town football tradition. During major events such as the Super Bowl it is not uncommon to find families meeting together to watch the game. There is also strong rivalry amongst different fans, with fans ardently supporting their favorite team.
From children to teens, schools take sports very seriously and trains kids with the intention of seeing them in the big league. Small towns have produced the finest stars who have gone along to the big leagues. So hence, they take football very seriously. Every single game at any level sees a regular turn out which includes parents, coaches, teachers, and others. They respect footballers and kids get a chance to interact with up and coming players who give them pointers to improve their game.
With this amazing support for footballers, there are a lot of traditions that have sprung up in this way. These are traditions followed by staunch football fans, who believe that their commitment will affect the team’s chances of winning. No part of USA is as passionate as the South, where football is king and an high school football match would see an audience of up to 15,000 people. This is also covered in the famous show “Friday Night Lights”, which shows the reverence small southern towns have for both big and small league football.
We all have heard of the amazing spectacle of the half-time show. There are also the special cheers associated with specific teams and special cheerleader dances. But some teams have some more remarkable traditions that fans follow religiously to boost their team spirit and to ensure a win.
In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of the football team Alabama Crimson Tide’, fans screaming the epic “Rammer Jammer” cheer might sound different for out of towners. But here it is seen as a way to cheer the team. In Starkville, Mississippi, where the proud Mississippi State Bulldog’ calls their home turf. The sound of cowbells is heard throughout the game. This is attributed to a story about a cow wandering in on a game, and it is seen as a token of good luck.
Massillon, Ohio, a small town where more than the half the town is present at most football games. Every baby boy who is born there is gifted with a tiny football by the local hospital. In all this one thing stands out all this seeks to bring people together. To unify family and friends who will continue to share vital traditions forever.
Cheerleading is also seen as an essential part of the games. The costumes and it is a family tradition wherein the cheerleaders follow steps that are set over the ages. Everyone is fully invested in bringing the best of the town to the world stage, and in providing support and care to help kids. Thus, the entirety of small-town America is fully involved in fostering and encouraging the younger generation to fully embrace football.