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Football: A work in progress

Sept. 2, 2003

Staff editorial

Bear fans, get ready: the start of another football season has begun. Although Baylor didn't see a physical victory Saturday against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers, fans were able to spot a much better victory: an exciting, competitive game.

Imagine a group of contractors renovating an old home. They can paint over the old paint and add a few extra touches, but unless they really dig down into the surface, the home can never be successfully renovated into a new place. Improvement never comes quickly, and the same goes for the Baylor football team. As much as we would like to hope that our team will automatically win under the direction of Coach Guy Morriss and his staff, it's an unreasonable task to ask of a team trying to rebuild.

Even though the Bears lost Saturday, the game was one of the most exciting many fans have seen in recent years. The team held their own against the Blazers and treated fans to four competitive quarters. Rarely could one see fans sitting in the bleachers instead of standing, and much to the surprise of many, the gold shirts of Baylor students stuck around until the end of the game.

Last season, it wasn't unusual to see students and fans empty the stadium shortly after half-time, discouraged by the numbers on the scoreboard, but Saturday there was evidence of the Bears' improvement, just by the numbers of bodies remaining in the stands at the end of the game.

Like many good things, the Baylor football team is a work in progress. The Lariat staff looks forward to many more competitive games. We encourage all Bear fans to do the same, and remember that although we may not be winning right now, the future looks bright.