The top five reasons you should attend an EC sports game

 by Cole Sheeks, Sports Editor
Follow him at @ColeSheeks

Attending sporting events is usually one of the last reasons why a student would choose to enroll at a Division III college and for the most part, the average student has more important things to worry about than watching their classmates play sports.

That being said, as somebody who goes to a lot of these games, I can speak from that unique perspective and tell you guys about all of the exciting things that you can see at Division III games.


Reason #1:

A good, close game.

Nothing is quite as exciting as a sports game that goes down to the wire. Whether it is football, soccer, basketball or anything else, you never know when you are going to see a really good, close game at EC.


Reason #2:

We have cool uniforms

Navy and white are really nice colors. What’s more, most of our teams add light blue to the mix to change things up and the end results are some of the finest uniforms offered in the CCIW.

Regardless of the score or the outcome of the game, you can be confident that you will be seeing some of the best uniforms available when you watch sports at EC.


Reason #3:

Victor E. Bluejay

If you are lucky enough to go to the right game, you may be able to spot our school mascot: Victor E. Bluejay.

I’m not sure when we was created or who designed his costume, but I would definitely rank him up there as one of the top mascots in the conference.

If I’m being honest, Vic is probably the primary reason I came to this school in the first place.


Reason #4:

The pregame

I haven’t been able to actually convince anybody I know to go to these games with me yet (fingers crossed), so I generally attend our games sober; however, from what I hear, sporting events are a great place to hangout and drink.

I know our concessions stands refrain from serving alcohol, but it can’t really be that hard to sneak it into games. If you manage to pull that off, prepare to have the time of your life.

If you are underage, you could pregame it and then hang out at the game for a little while.

Personally, I think it would be pretty cool if we had a bunch of drunk college kids at all the games, but there aren’t always that many people who come out to support the Bluejays, so don’t get too excited about this one.


Reason #5:

A fight could break out

This is really my number one reason and it is the reason I became Sports Editor at The Leader.

Now understand me for a second, I have never personally witnessed a fight at any EC sporting event, nor do I endorse this sort of behavior, BUT this kind of thing happens at games all the time. Go on YouTube and type in “College of DuPage football fight.”

This was not an EC fight and it wasn’t even a Division III game; however, it happened pretty close to EC and I imagine it is possible at one of our games.

The whole video is pretty awesome and I highly recommend that you go check it out.

We will have the link embedded on for those who care to watch it.

Football games get pretty chippy and emotions can run wild in the heat of the game. If I had to bet on a sport a fight could happen in, football would be my best guess.

In addition to that, I am always on the edge of my seat at EC baseball games when somebody gets a pitch up and in. Like I said, it has not happened yet, but I can envision a Rougned Odor versus Jose Bautista-esque showdown at Butterfield and it is beautiful.

But this is not limited solely to the players. People in the crowd at sports games start fights all the time too. Hell, it could happen to you.

So there you have it. These are the top five reasons to attend a Division III sports game. Come on out to EC and support the Bluejays at their next home game. Hopefully I see you all there.