s first home football game is Friday, at the home stadium the school has dubbed the “badlands.”
Here’s why, according to the Stallions athletic website:
Stallion Stadium will also be referred to as “The Badlands” due to the connection of the school’s name with our nation’s 26th President, Teddy Roosevelt who first travelled to the North Dakota Badlands in 1883. Roosevelt, commented on his experiences in the west by saying, ”I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.” He felt his experiences in the Badlands, initially as a sportsman hunter, and later as a rancher “took the snob out of him” and taught him to see people as worthy based on their character and accomplishments, rather than on their economic worth, formal education or social standing. He experienced successes, winning the respect of the locals, strengthening his body, character and soul, and even being selected as a spokesperson for the cattleman. But he also experienced failure in the ravages of a harsh winter and the loss of much of his herd representing a large portion of his imvestments and net worth. It was here that Roosevelt put into action the principles he later spoke about in an 1899 speech called, The Strenuous Life. He argued that strenuous effort and overcoming hardship were ideals to be embraced by Americans for the betterment of the nation and the world in the 20th century.
The first home game also means the very first trips to the school snack bar. Sticking to the Western theme, you can buy such grub as burgers, dogs and pork sandwiches. See the menu for “The Branding Iron” here.