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July 11, 2013

READERS' FORUM: July 11, 2013

Lost football tradition a big disappointment

I’ve had a long-standing hope to play my last North/South game under the lights of Memorial Stadium. After such a long-standing tradition of lengthy, grueling but fair games on a neutral playing field, what will this year’s change bring?

A smaller stadium, less parking, and less community support are just a few of the downsides I think this change will bring. After three years of watching my senior teammates take the field, my anticipation grew for the day that I will take the field at Memorial Stadium to play a game that is loved by more Americans than any other sport.

My anticipation was crushed due to the news of the Bell game not being played at Memorial Stadium. After three years of being a South Brave, I can honestly say that North and South are rivals, but they are not. They are friends that put on the pads because that’s what we love. We play to win, but after that game is over, we are friends again.

I could never be convinced that concession sales will balance their loss in ticket sales. I believe a rise in ticket prices would be a much better solution than crushing a long-standing tradition. If for no other reason, it should stay at Memorial Stadium for this reason, both Terre Haute teams are out of the MIC and ready to pursue one of the best seasons out of any other team in the last 10 or more years.

Let us continue in tradition and pursue the best for all aspects, not just the budget.

— Dennis Ramsook

South senior football player

Terre Haute Irony abounds from court ruling

Isn’t it ironic (don’t you think?) that the very book undoubtedly used to swear into office the Supreme Court justices obviously wasn’t used to inform the majority’s recent decision concerning gay marriage. (And who would’ve thought, it figures.)

— Randy A. Piatt

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