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  • Courtesy Benjamin Family

    Dororthy and Michael Benjamin in an undated family photo. They founded the first African American theater in the area -- Sacramento Repretory Theatre -- in the 1970s. Michael served as instructor of technical theater and black drama at Sacramento City College from 1972 to 1995. He currently teaches stagecraft part-time at Sacramento State. Dorothy helped start Black Culture Day at the California State Fair in the early '80s. She also led the effort to establish the local Martin Luther King Jr. March in 1987. In the 1970s they operated the downtown Capitol Infant Toddler Center, which became the current nonprofit Rainbow Day Care. The Benjamins continue to be active in community organizations.

  • Courtesy Benjamin Family

    Dororthy and Michael Benjamin in an undated family photo. They founded the first African American theater in the area -- Sacramento Repretory Theatre -- in the 1970s. Michael served as instructor of technical theater and black drama at Sacramento City College from 1972 to 1995. He currently teaches stagecraft part-time at Sacramento State. Dorothy helped start Black Culture Day at the California State Fair in the early '80s. She also led the effort to establish the local Martin Luther King Jr. March in 1987. In the 1970s they operated the downtown Capitol Infant Toddler Center, which became the current nonprofit Rainbow Day Care. The Benjamins continue to be active in community organizations.

Poll

What would compel you to attend Sac State football games?

Leading Off: Does Sac State win by playing big schools

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013 - 5:12 pm

It's possible that very little long-term good will come from the big loss by Sacramento State's football team to Arizona State on Thursday.

The Bee's Bill Paterson wrote an excellent story about the compelling reasons Football Championship Subdivision teams seek games against the Football Bowl Subdivision big boys: It's a good payday; players get to perform on a bigger stage; and the exposure can be good for recruiting, especially in the wake of upsets such as Sac State's victories over Colorado in 2012 and Oregon State in 2011.

But the losses to the Sun Devils this season and to Stanford in 2010 are the flip side, setbacks that beg the question: Do big losses outweigh the close wins?

Only the most starry-eyed fans think the Hornets are bound for national football greatness, but they play entertaining football and thousands are looking for reasons to attend games and check game summaries.

But it's possible big early-season losses chill the ardor that might be further stoked by victories, or at least even matchups, as the team prepares for the conference schedule.

It might be that winning is more important than playing a marquee road game that could be considered more of a sideshow than an integrated part of the season.

Practically speaking, Sac State got no bump in attendance at home following last season's road win over Colorado. The best attendance was for games against good Big Sky Conference teams.

No doubt, the occasional upset of a Pacific-12 Conference team is a fine achievement, but in the long run, fighting in your own weight class might be a better approach.

What to watch

Baseball, A's at Minnesota, 5:10 p.m., CSNCA: Rookie Sonny Gray is 2-3 despite a 2.51 ERA in six starts for the A's.

Today's poll

What would compel you to attend Sac State football games?

• Winning more games, even if against inferior competition.

• Playing more schools from bigger conferences on the road.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday's poll results

What grade do you give Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor against the Colts?

• A: 6%

• B: 58%

• C: 30%

• D: 5%

• F: 1%

Total votes: 177

The last word

What you're saying on sacbee.com comments: • " … Pryor's throwing ability leaves … a lot to be desired. More wounded ducks than a hunting preserve, and terrible accuracy on anything over 8 yards." – PolishLogic on "Leading Off: Pryor gives Raiders fans reason for hope"

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