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It's not funny
December 4, 2007 - Heather Ziegler
OK, OK, so we West Virginia fans are taking a beating at the hands of our so-called Ohio State friends. But what's happening in Morgantown is not funny. After WVU's stunning loss to Pitt on Saturday, many students were beside themselves emotionally. They sat in the stands longer than usual. They just didn't know how to process the loss because it meant no shot at the national title. Many had plans to go to the title game. Seniors felt the most anger, let down. You can tell them it's just a game, but they are still young people who are supposed to be enjoying "the best years of their lives." As a parent of a student there, I was more concerned after they lost than if the team had won and there had been couch burnings and car tippings. Some students just didn't know how to deal with their disappointment and I guess things got ugly toward the end of the game - kids throwing things from the seats down onto the field and even at the cops on the sidelines. The worst thing I heard was the phrase "suicide watch" for Morgantown. What a horrible thought that the loss of a football game would produce such a thought. Please let's get on with it. It's over. There are no words to console those who hurt the most, but life does go on. I'm not planning to trade in my WVU garb anytime soon. It's not the national championship, but I'd like to think they have another chance to show the country that we are true Mountaineers who have survived coal mine disasters, floods, economic strife and the loss of a football game. Let's go Mountaineers.
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