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From the Editor’s Desk: Homecoming and football bring people together

Homecoming is a very exciting time. Current and former Bobcats get to reunite with old friends, visit nostalgic places and come back to a city that holds a special place in their lives. There are a ton of events that take place in celebration of homecoming but all of them center around one thing: the football game. 

This year, Ohio’s homecoming game will take place against Akron, who is 1-4 this season. Akron has been at the bottom of the Mid-American Conference for the past couple years, and the game should be winnable for Ohio. Regardless of the game’s outcome, it will still be exciting. The homecoming game is about school spirit, camaraderie and coming together to cheer one your alma mater or current team. 

We’ve always said that one of the best things about sports is the way they can bring people together. Some of our own earliest and best memories involve sitting down and watching sports with our families, or actually going to a game. There is nothing quite like the feeling of being in a stadium, arena, or field to watch one of your favorite teams, which is something that current and former Bobcats can look forward to this weekend. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a new student from far away like Ohio field hockey midfielder Mijntje Ligtenberg, or have been out of Athens for many years like the first Ohio hockey team from 1958, homecoming is for you. 

There are many different levels of college football, from programs like Ohio State and Alabama that bring in truckloads of five star recruits to Division III programs just scraping to get by, but there is one thing that most college football teams have in common, and that is the homecoming game.

Almost every team in college football tries to schedule a winnable game for homecoming, as Ohio has done, and turn a simple home game into an event for students and alumni alike, and that is what we will see in Athens this weekend.

Whether it is athletes, members of the Marching 110, or just alumni who wanted to come back to Athens for a weekend, homecoming is a special time for so many current and former Ohio students to remember why they love the school, and sports are often at the center of that.

No matter how good Ohio’s teams are, heading to a sold out Peden Stadium or a packed Convo is always going to be a good time, and homecoming should once again serve as a great reminder of that.

Will Cunningham is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University and sports editor at The Post. Interested in chatting more with him? Email Will at wc425318@ohio.edu or find him on Twitter at @willocunningham 

Molly Burchard is a junior studying journalism at Ohio University and assistant sports editor at The Post. Interested in chatting more with her? Email Molly at mb712319@ohio.edu or find her on Twitter at @molly_burchard8

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