posted on: Thursday September 30, 2010
Chris Torello ’11/Sports Staff
I have no voice. When I spoke with my mother this past Sunday night, she was yelling that I’m going to lose my voice for good. “You can’t go out there and yell and yell over sports, Christopher!” Mom, I love you—but I don’t care. I love the Friars too much.
I grew up in Connecticut and was an instant Jim Calhoun disciple. By the time I was 15, I had experienced two Final Fours and two national titles. I was the husky kid who loved the Huskies. Now, I’m 21 and 80 pounds lighter. I can’t stand that University or its legendary coach anymore. I bleed Black and White. I’m a Friar now.
When I arrived on the PC campus back in the fall of 2007, I was young and wanted to have a voice at the games. I was timid at first—always wondering if I would be clever enough from the stands—but I grew out of that thanks to my friendship with a few seniors who grew up as Friar Fans. I learned that I could get away with some of the comments that my high school wouldn’t allow at sporting events. I also learned that with the exception of Men’s Basketball games, all PC sporting events are FREE!
I took full advantage of this as I made it a priority to support every Friar team as best I could. Then I met a group of kids that were more obsessed with Friar Athletics than I was. We formed the Friar Faithful—the student-based booster club—and began to organize thoughts and ideas so we could have a great impact at each PC sporting event. Our cheers and jeers have helped Friar Teams capture some of the most memorable victories in school history. From our Women’s Hockey Team winning the Hockey East Regular Season title in 2009-10, to the Men’s Basketball Team upsetting No. 1 Pittsburgh back on Feb. 24, 2009, there is no greater feeling than knowing you were in the stands and yelling at the top of your lungs.
Now here I am—a senior with one last hope at celebrating postseason glory on the PC campus—asking you, the students, to get out and get loud. I can honestly say that Providence has the advantage over so many schools because all of the sports facilities are either on our campus or five minutes downtown. Let’s take advantage of the walking distance to the FREE games on campus and the FREE transportation to the Dunk for basketball games. Let’s come together, whether freshmen or seniors, and become Friar Fanatics this season. Providence College has a rich tradition. The Friars have known success in many different sports over several years. So, yes, buy your season tickets for only $99 and reserve your seat at the Dunk. But also make sure you are catching all of the games on campus and supporting your fellow students who are wearing the Black and White for you. Trust me, there is no better feeling than getting inside the heads of opponents, seeing your athletes acknowledge your presence, and watching your team claim victory after victory here in Friartown.