Unsung Heroes: No Longer Unsung
By: Matthew Lupo, Freshman, Wisconsin
A lot of words are overused nowadays. Is the amount of “The War on __________” situations too high? Absolutely. Is the word “literally” approaching a rate of one use per sentence? It literally is. Are too many awesome daily occurrences described as “totally tubular?” Almost definitely. One word, however, that is impervious to such oversaturation is “hero.” Am I a hero for working the chain gang at a handful of interhall football games? I’d like to think so.
Those of you unfamiliar with the game of football might believe that the players are the main attraction of the game. I, however, would argue that the officials and support staff are the true stars of any professional sporting event, and especially in football, where their services are so vital to the game. Though the audience only receives brief glimpses of the chain gang on national television, they are the heart of the game. After all, the chain gang is the only thing that separates quality football games from simple pickup games in the backyard. Without the precise measurements and diligent attention to detail of the chain gang members, the game would descend into anarchy. In a way, then, the chain gang holds a line to measure ten yards, but they also hold the line that separates the civilized game of football from utter chaos. In my mind, there’s nothing more heroic than that.
While I am honored that my heroism of being an integral part of the chain gang is being recognized, I do have to point out the irony of this column being titled “Unsung Heroes.” Considering I am being featured in this widely circulated bi-annual periodical, I can no longer be regarded as an “unsung hero,” especially when it takes three people to successfully operate the sidelines. For that reason, we should also award the title of hero to Logan Arnold, Albert Oh, Chris Ray, Conor Nailos, and countless other members who dedicated their time to working the sidelines. They are the true unsung heroes.
Unsung no longer,