The Concordia St. Paul University Homecoming game versus Minnesota State Mankato took place on September 24, 2011. Concordia's Golden Bears entered to fireworks and roaring applause. The "student section" of the bleachers was relatively small and began to grow in size as the first half went on. Comet the Bear did his best to pump up the crowd. However, after Mankato had scored 41 points to the Golden Bears' 6, many students left at halftime for the carnival. In the second half of the game the Golden Bears did hold their own and managed to score 21 more points. Unfortunately, it was not enough and the Mavericks beat the Golden Bears 57 to 27. Some students never stopped screaming for the trailing Bears and showed school spirit despite the humiliating loss. Many penalties were called in the duration of this larger-than-life football game, most of which were in favor of the Mavericks. In the end, Concordia's Golden Bears couldn't complete the obligation of which the rest of the student body held them to.
Concordia, being the only private university in the division, seems to be out of their league in the area of football. People have said that loss brings greater knowledge than victory. If that were true in the Golden Bears' case, doctorates would be handed out in the locker room. Although stepping up and bringing their score from a mere 6 at the end of the first half to 27 at the end of the game, the Golden Bears lack the required proficiency in both offense and defense to beat the Mavericks or any other Division II team. Many missed throws and tackles easily defend this statement. The scoreboard alone makes a proclamation. The defense was unable at most attempts to stop the Mavericks from getting to their end zone. The offense was not able to, in most cases; break through the line of scrimmage to get the necessary points to win. With better coordination, less emotion, and more evenly matched adversaries, the Golden Bears would stand a better chance at a victory.
In truth, I was one of the fans that stayed in the stands for as long as I could, before I had to work, screaming my heart out in support of my school's team. Unfortunately, they did let us down at our homecoming. The arrogance and minimization of opponents that our Golden Bears showed on the field today is what allowed the Mavericks to triumph over us by such a large margin. There certainly was no lack of fan support in the section I was sitting in and we never gave up home on our team. Many of the penalties that were called upon the Bears today were fair and just the team members breaking the rules. Too much emotion, especially with homecoming, could have easily led to the Bears' downfall. I also did not feel that God or faith was incorporated at all in this game. Faith and learning is what Concordia is based on, and without the presence of either of these elements on the field today, I do not believe that our homecoming game was a good display of being human and Christian in an interconnected world.