Popping the question the sports way

By Zion Guillory  |Staff Writer|

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and for many this is an opportunity to express their love for someone special.

To others, Valentine’s Day is just a meaningless commercial holiday aimed at our wallets.

Of course there are those who may think that there shouldn’t be just one day that allows us to express our love to that special someone, but that every day should present an opportunity to express love instead.

One of the most effective acts of love comes in the form of a marriage proposal.

Nothing says “I love you” more than telling that special person that you want to spend the rest of your life with them.

There are many different ways to pop the question, but one of the most extravagant ways to pop that question is by doing it at a sporting event.

Usually the proposal happens either during halftime or after the game with thousands of people as witnesses.

At this year’s Super Bowl, New York Giants’ rookie Greg Jones shocked his girlfriend of a year and a half, Mandy Piechowski, with an on-field proposal.

Mandy had ran on field after the Giants’ victory to congratulate Jones. To her surprise he pulled out a diamond ring and got down on one knee to pop the question.

With tears streaming down her face, Mandy accepted the proposal.

Back in 2007, Boise State’s running back Ian Johnson also popped the question to his cheerleader girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics, after Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl victory.

Originally planning to wait until they got home, Johnson saw his big moment after scoring the game winning two points to propose. Chrissy accepted.

There are many opinions about a marriage proposal done at a sporting event.

Students here at CSUSB had varied responses to the idea of such a public proposal.

“I think it all depends on the couple. It’s romantic if the girl really likes sports and is really into the idea of a big flashy proposal. If not, it’s just really awkward and random,” said student Kenny Johnson.

Another student shared similar sentiments.

“I would be so mad if my boyfriend proposed to me at a freakin’ basketball game. It’s just so impersonal, and I don’t even like sports,” said student Oma Nguyen.

Proposing at a sporting event can become a very risky idea because you don’t know for sure whether your partner will say yes.

It could be emotionally devastating to be rejected so publicly.

Recently, a student from UCLA proposed to his girlfriend at a basketball game during halftime.

Unfortunately his girlfriend wasn’t on the same page as he was; it was obvious from the way she shook her head no and walked away leaving him on bended knee.

We can never be too sure of something like that, but at the end of the day, love is all about taking risks.

While there are many places, circumstances and methods that can be used to drop the question, putting it all on the line in front of thousands of people is definitely an act of bravery. A true way to show that person you really love them.

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