‘Bless you, Boys’ — an Open Letter to Our Football Team

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Olivet College will not be celebrating Halloween this year.

In fact, don’t even try to tempt us with candy, scare us away from our claimed stadium seats because we will be too distracted by the competition taking place at The Cutler Event Center this Saturday, Oct. 31, on what America otherwise recognizes as a glorified confectionary holiday of devilish fun.

We’ll be too busy to notice, holding our breath, watching the football team write history.

Our Comets are headed into the game of their lives against our MIAA foe Albion College (6-1) this weekend with an impressive 7-0 record, and I have just one thing to say: bless you, boys.

I have no reason to doubt that this is our time. I’m sure many of you are aware of how far all of you have come, how hard you all have worked to be present in this moment, for this game. Undefeated. Victorious. Consistent.

Bless you, boys.

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You’ve overcome the bitter losses, the embarrassing fumbles, player egos and everything else in between. These are the trials that you have carried on your back — but you climbed and hiked with this weight anyway, uphill to a No. 19 ranking in the nation, in fact. The team today is not the one I would wince at as I watched on as a spectator our freshman year. You’re stronger, faster and have grown into a well-oiled machine that will perform at its peak once again this Saturday.

We’re going to win because we have known loss. Victory has become too common for Albion — they felt loss once this season, and that leaves behind a sour taste, but nothing is more worse, more motivating than perpetual hunger, and the Comets have been sitting at the table for years now. That is why we will win.

Bless you boys.

Because I know whether you win or lose, it will be a victory or defeat handled with class, most importantly. And that to me speaks more volumes than any death metal concert-sized decibel that could be produced. No matter what happens, we know that you bleed red and white like true Comets.

Bless you, boys.

You have known and felt your share of heartbreak throughout the seasons leading up to this point, and trust me, the Olivet College community has felt it alongside you too. But this fall, there has been a new energy across campus, a genuine fervor generated from the highs and overcoming the lows of your gameplay each week. Thank you for this uptick that has fortified Comet pride for all, retiring the disconnect that was once inherent between athletics and academics.

Bless you, boys.

And to the seniors, this is your time. Take a moment to witness what you have built, the balance that you have restored to an un-winning program four years ago — now an undefeated program, and a balanced team defensively and offensively that is going to mercilessly blindside the Britons. We’re going to win because we have known loss. Victory has become too common for Albion — they felt loss once this season, and that leaves behind a sour taste, but nothing is more worse, more motivating than perpetual hunger, and the Comets have been sitting at the table for years now. That is why we will win.

We will win because Olivet seeks one more victory.

Bless you, boys.

(Photos courtesy of olivetcomets.com)

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