Watch Eastern Michigan players hilariously attempt to knock down cinderblock wall as they’re introduced


The team went with a concrete motif on its new turf, too. (Mike Householder / AP)

Give Eastern Michigan points for thinking outside the box.

The school decided to introduce the team before the season opener Saturday by having players knock down a cinderblock wall with sledgehammers — which is harder than anyone could have imagined, even for big, beefy football players — before they could run out onto their new turf field, which also carries a grey concrete motif. Freed from the tunnel, Eastern went on to beat Morgan State 31-28.

This all came about when first-year coach Chris Creighton said he wants his team to have the attitude that it will play anyone, anywhere. ”We’ll play in a parking lot on glass,” he said this summer (via Yahoo).

On second thought, good thing they went with concrete.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · August 31, 2014