This past weekend, Northeastern went into overtime in both games against Merrimack, and came out with a tie and a loss. Frustrated, I mentioned that No T OT should be taken out and shot, a sentiment that a number of people agree with. However, there seems to be a significant portion of resistance to this, and there are fans who have no interest in abandoning this. This is meant to address some of their points.
First, I don’t think anyone is suggesting that No T OT in anyway actually effects the game. I certainly don’t think No T OT makes our players play worse anymore than I think it makes them play better. However, this “tradition” so to speak has an abysmal record, 1-6-10 in the past 2 years. Our one win? With 3 seconds left against UMass Lowell last year, the team that garnered all of 5 wins last season. Hardly a ringing success. More importantly, as a superstitious sports fan, this just seems to be laughing in the face of fate every game. I wouldn’t consider myself a very superstitious person, but even this just seems unlucky.
Secondly, as to the idea that it gets the fans “into the game”. To be honest, if we need guys taking their shirts off to get fans interested in the fact we’re going into overtime means we likely have bigger problems with student involvement. It’s overtime, the DogHouse should be able to whip fans into a frenzy with or without the necessity to take clothing off. Furthermore, we run the risk of making No T OT having an opposite effect on the crowd. In psychology, it’s called “negative reinforcement”. The more times we see NO T OT end in failure, the less excited we get about it and the less excited the fans get. It’s apparent even now. Last year NO T OT was a novelty, a cool idea, a unique thing that we alone did. But over time, there were fewer people who readily did it. By this year, there were sections of the DogHouse where only a few people did it.
To summarize: while No T OT is a fun, unique concept, it’s gotten us nothing but misery, and is having a lessening effect on the student body. It’s time to move on, and find a newer, fresh idea that we can use.