That’s right. We’re partnering with Hamilton High’s media class to broadcast live Friday night, and I’m suggesting to not watch it. Why?
I was born and raised in Hamilton, and before I could fantasize about playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals, Bearcats … I fell in love with the Big Blue. I vividly remember standing court-side as a youngster, in awe at the crowd, and atmosphere in a hot, packed gymnasium, all rooting for Hamilton.
It wasn’t the gymnasium, I can’t recall the score, I can’t tell you the opponent. It didn’t matter. It was the support of the community, and atmosphere in which gave me an identity I have carried for life. I was Hamilton, and pretty damn proud of it.
Last year, I asked someone to write a story about Hamilton-Middletown rivalry in the 1950’s for our magazine The Hamiltonian. The response I got back was “No one cares about Hamilton – Middletown.”
Wow. I questioned who was writing the checks for a second, but damn. Hamilton, Middletown… no one cares. So last week, I took note of the crowd at Barnitz Stadium. Big Blue nation, we can, and need to do better.
So here’s my plea. There’s no excuses. Hamilton plays at home for the final time this year with a chance to make the playoffs.
So bring an atmosphere in which will give some kid at Virgil Schwarm Stadium the same pride I had. He won’t remember the new turf, scoreboard, or stadium seats.
He will remember the roars. Make them loud. Pack The Schwarm.
If you’re unable to attend, Chatterbox Live will be streaming it live. You are able to watch the broadcast after the game for those coming to the game as well.