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Mitakihara is hyped for college football to begin

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Mitakihara is hyped for college football to begin

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
August 20, 2052

Tatsuya Kaname's No. 5-ranked Mitakihara Magi kick off their season in a few days at home against the Penn State Nittany Lions, ranked No. 4 in the land by the USA Today Coaches Poll. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET and will be televised by TVA Sports, City, The Mtn., and NHK and BBC online. And all over Mitakihara Town, numerous gatherings have been held to ramp up support for the football team: from pancake breakfasts to business luncheons, to rallies involving civic leaders, to visit to local business and hospitals by coaches and university administration.

Madoka is the most-visited university in Canada and the 10th-most visited university in the world, according to a recent report by MacLean's Magazine in July 2052. All over the city, signs of footballs, helmets, and other merchandise with the Madoka Cross, the Madoka Shield and the Script Madoka are everywhere, sold by the dozen and some. Its marching band has had the honor of performing in shows and events across the province and even appeared on The National this past week.

Indeed, the phrase Madokamania is the buzzword and the Twitter hashtag across all of Canada and the United States. There are Mitakihara Family chapters in every major city in the world: from New York, to London, to Paris, to Rome, to Tokyo and Berlin. And everyone is glued to their television monitors or computer screen to check out the latest news from one of the most accomplished sports teams this century.

"I think it's an exciting time to follow the Rose, Pink and White," said provost Asuna Yuuki, whose daughter Shaun was a former middle linebacker for the Magi and is now the head coach for Leafa College football team in Canberra, Australia. "Everywhere you go, you will hear Madoka this, Madoka that, and the expectations for results will be disseminated and analyzed by so-called experts across all the major sports networks around the world.

"The main objective for the players is to not feed off of the hype but focus on the next game and the tasks that need to be done. There is no need to overdo things and put undue pressure on themselves, and they know that. So now it's time for the players to get ready for Penn State and show to the world, once again, what this football team is all about. That's all."

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