Yellow Jacket faithful

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Letter to the Editor

To the editor,

Very often it is not the debate of which team has the best fans, or the biggest fan base or even the most loyal fans, but simply who are the best fans? My vote goes to the faithful of Jacket Nation….Greer Yellow Jacket football fans.

Like good therapy, football satisfies many psychological and social needs in the lives of fans. I love football. I love the aesthetics of football. I love the athleticism of football and the dynamism of Yellow Jacket fans. I love their passion for the Black and Gold and the enthusiasm that blankets a small town like Greer. I love the noise and the buzz and the electricity in the stadium. But what I really love about football is that it brings people together across religious divides, geographic divides, and political divides. I love the fact that for 90 minutes in a rectangular piece of grass, people can forget hopefully, whatever might be going on in their life and rejoice in this communal celebration of humanity we call Friday night lights. The biggest diverse, invasive or pervasive culture that human kind knows is a large contingent of screaming fans cheering on their beloved boys of fall.

Football is a wake-up call to those whose lives have become a bit too predictable, dull, or dreary. Though fans are not directly participating in the action, we benefit from being spectators.

In short, we love football because it is good for us! You have every reason in the world to remain stationary for two to three hours; scream and holler like a banshee, and shove endless amounts of hot dogs and carbonated beverages into your system. It’s therapy!

Or, at least, let’s keep believing this until someone can convince us otherwise.

57 days. You don’t need a ticket to ride this train-- just an attitude.

Tony Tipton
Greer High Booster Club president

The Greer Citizen

317 Trade Street Greer, SC 29651

Phone: 1-864-877-2076

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