You are looking live at a rendering of Turkey. Today, of course, is Deniz Kilicli’s final home game and his parents will be in the Coliseum to see him play a college game for the first time. In their honor, İstiklâl Marşımwill be played before the game.
That would be the Turkish national anthem.
And so would this.
Fear not, the crimson banner that proudly ripples in this glorious dawn, shall never fade,
Before the last fiery hearth that is ablaze within my homeland is extinguished.
For that is the star of my people, and it will forever shine;
It is mine; and solely belongs to my valiant nation.
Frown not, I beseech you, oh thou coy crescent,
Smile upon my heroic nation! Why the anger, why the rage?
Our blood which we shed for you might not be worthy otherwise;
For freedom is the absolute right of my God-worshipping nation.
Interesting, perhaps only to me, subtext to today’s game. WVU has a five-game losing streak . That’s as long as the miserable slide the football team had in the fall. That ended against Iowa State. The Mountaineers also have a three-game losing streak on Senior Day.
What does it all mean? No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative.