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"I'm not paying attention to the hype": Haruki Takayama

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"I'm not paying attention to the hype": Haruki Takayama

By Inari Fushimi
The Daily Magi
July 19, 2066

The Prophecy of the Supersonic Salvation has all of Canada holding their breath and all of America on notice. And yet, there are some who are not paying much attention to the possibilities and the hype, so much as to deliberately balk at them. Mitakihara Magi junior quarterback Haruki "Trick" Takayama is not concerned with what people are talking about. Instead, he's focused on improving his game as a player and as a leader. The Magi open their season on the road against the Miami Hurricanes.

"I'm not paying attention to the hype regarding the Supersonic Salvation Prophecy," said Takayama after practice to the media at Hakurei Centre and the Rose Turf. "Don't get me wrong, I have tons of respect for Dr. Akemi, because she and Dr. [Madoka] Kaname founded this university a long time ago, but I think that puts too much on us to fulfill it. So I don't care about it too much.

"On the other hand, I can see how much it's galvanized our team to really go for it this year and defend our hardware that we've had in our possession for years. It's been uncanny. I appreciate how I talk with residents of this city who've lived here all their lives and they ask me, 'How's the team morale? Anyone hurt? Did anyone get suspended for breaking team rules? How's practice? Any new developments?' And so on and so forth.

"I talk to my parents about the upcoming season and who we're up against this year. We start the season with a couple of lower-ranked opponents and then we get to the heart of the schedule, where the next five opponents are all in the Top 7. And then at the end, we finish the year with some mid-ranked teams at home. It's a brutal schedule for those who don't have the players, but we thrive on brutal schedules. It's something we're accustomed to.

"I will say this regarding the prophecy: if our teams believe they can win their respective national championships, they'll do it because they're good enough to do it. Winning is a part of our culture here at Mitakihara. Maybe after this college sports season finishes in '67, then some of those sides will have some humble pie just to make things fair."

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