This is my first fanpost so I hope people can bare with me but I wanted to start off by saying that as a UCLA fan and as an even bigger football fan, I have been embarrased on several occasions by UCLA fans. 3 years ago when I witnessed Drew Olson and Maurice Jones-Drew carry our football team through the 2005 season, I felt the most amazing sense of pride. The most exciting game I had been too that season however was the Cal game. Maurice Jones-Drew scored five touchdowns including an 81 yard punt return, and caught a 28 yard pass to bring the score to a narrow 47-40 score with 1:35 left to beat the, then no. 10 ranked Golden bears. UCLA was ranked 20th with Cal being an obvious favorite to win.
How then does the UCLA fan become embarrased, well as close as this game was, the stadium was filled with mostly UCLA fans. The small Cal section however, was the loudest of the two teams, I could barely hear myself think as I looked over at my friends next to me who were trying to yell even louder. Frankly, I felt the embarrassment of having an entirely filled UCLA fan based rosebowl be outyelled, and out-fanned (if that can even be called considered a word.)
Moving on, to make a long story short, after experiencing the wrath of cal fans (even after they had lost) I went to the UCLA vs. Cal game in 2006 expecting a decent showing of UCLA fans...and there was. Only to find that the ENTIRE section of UCLA fans was sitting down quietly the whole game, as if we were at some theatrical event watching it all unfold. We lost that game the following season, and I know that part of it had to do with the terrible fan base that I witnessed as a UCLA fan.
In writing this, I can see how some people could be offended by what I am saying. However, My experience at SEVERAL other football stadiums emphasizes my belief in the lack of commitment from UCLA football fans to STAND UP! BE PROUD! and BLEED BLUE AND GOLD at EVERY game.
This is coming from a UCLA student who has witnessed the disappointing losses and the amazing comebacks and I hope that with a new amazing coaching regime, what I call the Tetrarchy, UCLA fans can inject their energy into the rosebowl. I ask that EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD, show each team that comes to Pasadena why being a UCLA fan, student, alum, etc. is one of the most honorable experiences any person could ever have. Thank God I'm a Bruin, and I can't wait to see UCLA football unleash its wrath on any visiting team.