Remove Montana State Football Goal Post

I think Bozeman needs to loosen up. But as a longtime resident of Bozeman, a decent citizen, a frustrated taxpayer, and a proud Montana state alumnus, I can see both sides of this issue — one that I’ve never given a sneeze about in years past.

In fact, I can’t remember anyone ever waving their fingers at this tradition, until now. It’s something that happened (occasionally) decades after Cat-Griz turned out well for Bozeman. It’s all fun, isn’t it?

Not correct. The removal of the goalpost from Bobcat Stadium in order to march it downtown to a number of local facilities drew very negative reviews online. The reactions were in fact practical but surprising to me. Not once Over the years I’ve dealt with a goal post that has occasionally been removed by adoring fans. (Hell, there might even be an agreement between the state of Montana and some downtown corporate supporters regarding a goalpost for the Cat Griz game. However, I couldn’t get MSU officials to review it over the weekend.)

Is it “vandalism”? Yes I think so. But maybe it’s “acceptable vandalism” for the sake of celebration, tradition, and posterity. We’ll be talking about this Cat Griz win for years to come. Will pieces of Montana State’s goalpost hurt anyone at some local bars? No way. Am I disappointed that everyone thinks it’s a shameful act of rebellion? Yes. I am. This tradition doesn’t bother me one bit and I think people should loosen up.

The image below of a piece of a goalpost is from The R Bar’s Facebook page. I’m not exactly sure WHO brought in the goalpost, but that’s clearly just part of it. The Rocking R Bar has been a HUGE supporter of the Montana State Bobcat over the years and TO ME this image screams “school spirit”, not vandalism.

Some online comments include:

  • “Vandalism disguised as a school ghost…”
  • “You shouldn’t take MSU property. It costs too much college money to replace it.”
  • “Just why??”
  • “Why are we doing this to our school? Get over it. We won the brawl. Put the trophy away for the year and get ready for the playoffs.”
  • “Please return to college”
  • “That’s a shame”
  • “It’s vandalism, others have to pay for it.”

Did these negative people have ANY fun in college? I mean, shouldn’t we be a lot more worried about violent post-game fights or drunk driving this Cat Griz weekend? Don’t worry about the goalpost anymore…This past weekend was the most united I’ve seen Bozeman in years.

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