To the editor:

“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working 24 hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.” If we believe, we will achieve the goal we have all been seeking. Positive attitudes can go a long way in sports, and I believe the Early Longhorns never let down their fans, but sometimes, the fans let down their Longhorns.

If the fans would put as much energy talking positively about our boys as they do negatively, it will be an amazing thing to witness. I have been involved in sports all of my life, and still am. Just the presence of the people cheering your team on, the achievements of the parent’s faces when their child does a great play, and the feeling of winning when no one believes in you.

There have been a lot of people in the Early community talking about our kids, brothers, sons, grandsons and friends of the Early football squad and their staff. Let me tell you of five years ago. All Early players had, as they stepped onto the football field, was a wing and a prayer, always hoping to win. It’s high school. It is not a certainty that you always win, it is a hope. This year, yes, our team is suffering a little, and injuries have hurt us, but let’s not forget that we were one game away from a state championship last year.

Since Coach Robbie Tindol and his great staff has had a hold or our/your boys, they know what it feels like to succeed at sports; either it being on the or off the field. Those teachers and coaches see our/your kids more than you the parents do. You say that you’re a community that comes comes early and stays late, RIGHT? Or is that just when we are winning? Listen, community, our boys need us to stop talking negatively about them and start believing in them. If you do not know what I mean, then read your shirts. Remember, these are the young players who once and will always have feelings; even the pros have feelings (they just get paid to have them).

We, as Early, shall rise again just as we always have, but parents, fans, and friends need to back our Longhorns, not bash them. Our young athletes do not go out each Friday night with blood, guts, and tears just to lose. Not to say any less about our Coaches, who spend more time with your kids than they do with their own families, JUST TO LOSE! I do not think so. They come to win, with a positive attitude and do not need to have negative thinking. So, if you want to watch the pros, watch Sunday and Monday night football, but if you want to watch Early, then we will see you on Friday.

“Always look at what you have left and never look at what you have lost.” Never give up, Early Longhorns. I didn’t write this article to step on anyone’s toes, but if your toes are hurting, and your ears are burning! Then my point is well taken.

Erika Alvarado Kirkland