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(Outside The Redzone)   What do the 5 teams most likely to dethrone the SEC from an 8th straight national championship have in common? Really good quarterbacks and really easy schedules   (outsidetheredzone.com) divider line 199
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2013-07-25 09:21:59 AM  
Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"  

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.
 
2013-07-25 09:26:19 AM  

Shadowknight: Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"  

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.


There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.
 
2013-07-25 09:26:29 AM  
In other words, they're acting just like SEC schools.
 
2013-07-25 09:33:45 AM  

kronicfeld: Shadowknight: Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"  

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.

There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.


^^This

Tennessee fan here and when they face Florida or Alabama I obviously want TN to win, but whenever any SEC team plays an out of conference game I want the SEC team to win. I don't think that makes me a fence sitter.
 
2013-07-25 09:36:17 AM  
Ohio State however, will not have to face neither Nebraska nor Michigan State.

/*sigh*

Shadowknight: You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"


As a Michigan fan I find your comment amusing. There are a lot of assholes, most of them Buckeye fans, that will root for anyone playing against a rival team. But hell yah, I will root for the Buckeys in a matchup with the SEC.
 
2013-07-25 09:36:18 AM  

Monkey2: kronicfeld: Shadowknight: Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"  

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.

There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.

^^This

Tennessee fan here and when they face Florida or Alabama I obviously want TN to win, but whenever any SEC team plays an out of conference game I want the SEC team to win. I don't think that makes me a fence sitter.


You're living vicariously through the good teams in your conference while your team sucks donkey balls.

No one else does this in sports.  You don't see Red Sox fans celebrating Yankee championships after all.
 
2013-07-25 09:36:49 AM  

Monkey2: kronicfeld: Shadowknight: Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"  

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.

There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.

^^This

Tennessee fan here and when they face Florida or Alabama I obviously want TN to win, but whenever any SEC team plays an out of conference game I want the SEC team to win. I don't think that makes me a fence sitter.


The SEC is like family. We can talk trash to each other, but let anyone else start and we stick together. Suck it.
 
2013-07-25 09:37:57 AM  

TheDumbBlonde: Monkey2: kronicfeld: Shadowknight: Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"  

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.

There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.

^^This

Tennessee fan here and when they face Florida or Alabama I obviously want TN to win, but whenever any SEC team plays an out of conference game I want the SEC team to win. I don't think that makes me a fence sitter.

The SEC is like family. We can talk trash to each other, but let anyone else start and we stick together. Suck it.


Sometimes, the inbreeding jokes just write themselves.
 
2013-07-25 09:38:59 AM  
Talk is cheap, just like subby's mom.  Prove it on the field, not in the blogs.
 
2013-07-25 09:44:18 AM  

kronicfeld: There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.


Except that doesn't happen.  You see shirts...

mutigers.cbscollegestore.com

a.espncdn.com
cdn.shopify.com

rlv.zcache.com

rlv.zcache.com

books...

img2.imagesbn.com

ecx.images-amazon.com

and bumper stickers, fan websites, and how many other things.  Hell, look at almost any college football thread in season here on Fark, and you will see countless knuckleheads screaming about "the Greatest Conference" and maybe occasionally singling out a team.  I don't know if it's a Southern Pride thing, like since they lost the war they have some innate need to feel superior in SOMETHING, or if the egos are just so fragile that they need to feel like a winner at all costs and thus they widen their pool of who they root for so they have the best chance, but it's annoying.
 
2013-07-25 09:47:55 AM  

OregonVet: But hell yah, I will root for the Buckeys in a matchup with the SEC.


As a Michigan fan...

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2013-07-25 09:56:17 AM  
I like NL baseball more than AL baseball because I don't like the DH. I am also a fan of the Nationals, period.

Likewise, I generally like watching SEC football more than watching Big X football because there are distinct differences in playing style. The NCAA is not nearly as homogenized as some other sport leagues (e.g., NFL) and so there is a real difference in the product. But I am a fan of Auburn, period, and was rooting against Alabama in all of its Championship Game appearances over the last few years.

Your problem seems to be with the SEC, for some reason. Your examples are just silly. Every conference has those t-shirts and those books. Every conference has in the past had its own identity and legacy.

sportsthenandnow.com
 
2013-07-25 10:07:26 AM  

Shadowknight: kronicfeld: There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.

Except that doesn't happen.  You see shirts...

[mutigers.cbscollegestore.com image 350x350]

[a.espncdn.com image 300x300]
[cdn.shopify.com image 329x480]

[rlv.zcache.com image 324x324]

[rlv.zcache.com image 324x324]

books...

[img2.imagesbn.com image 260x306]

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]

and bumper stickers, fan websites, and how many other things.  Hell, look at almost any college football thread in season here on Fark, and you will see countless knuckleheads screaming about "the Greatest Conference" and maybe occasionally singling out a team.  I don't know if it's a Southern Pride thing, like since they lost the war they have some innate need to feel superior in SOMETHING, or if the egos are just so fragile that they need to feel like a winner at all costs and thus they widen their pool of who they root for so they have the best chance, but it's annoying.


Or maybe we know it pisses you off.
 
2013-07-25 10:15:24 AM  

kronicfeld: Your problem seems to be with the SEC, for some reason. Your examples are just silly. Every conference has those t-shirts and those books. Every conference has in the past had its own identity and legacy.


Are you honestly going to tell me that the SEC fanbase isn't a LOT worse in this department?  I am a Michigan fan, but my sister is a Michigan State alum so I will root for them so long as it doesn't effect Michigan.  But that's about it.  

How many years back, when Michigan beat Florida led by the great Tebow of Nazareth, all the Florida fans suddenly started crowing about how badly the SEC (LSU specifically) stomped Ohio State in the championship.  You know, as if I would feel wounded that the Big10 team lost.  Hell, I was happy that LSU won, because they were playing OSU.

/also, I may be slightly trolling for the first time
//wanted to see if the SEC fans are easier than the politics tab
 
2013-07-25 10:17:35 AM  

Shadowknight: kronicfeld: Your problem seems to be with the SEC, for some reason. Your examples are just silly. Every conference has those t-shirts and those books. Every conference has in the past had its own identity and legacy.

Are you honestly going to tell me that the SEC fanbase isn't a LOT worse in this department?  I am a Michigan fan, but my sister is a Michigan State alum so I will root for them so long as it doesn't effect Michigan.  But that's about it.  

How many years back, when Michigan beat Florida led by the great Tebow of Nazareth, all the Florida fans suddenly started crowing about how badly the SEC (LSU specifically) stomped Ohio State in the championship.  You know, as if I would feel wounded that the Big10 team lost.  Hell, I was happy that LSU won, because they were playing OSU.

/also, I may be slightly trolling for the first time
//wanted to see if the SEC fans are easier than the politics tab


/CSB
 
2013-07-25 10:27:03 AM  

PowerSlacker: Monkey2: kronicfeld: Shadowknight: Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"  

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.

There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.

^^This

Tennessee fan here and when they face Florida or Alabama I obviously want TN to win, but whenever any SEC team plays an out of conference game I want the SEC team to win. I don't think that makes me a fence sitter.

You're living vicariously through the good teams in your conference while your team sucks donkey balls.

No one else does this in sports.  You don't see Red Sox fans celebrating Yankee championships after all.


You make a good point on my living vicariously. Being a Tennessee fan is a tough thing these days. They screwed up by ditching Fulmer, screwed up again by hiring Kiffin, almost made amends by hiring Dooley, but then farked that up by firing him too soon. Tennessee football is in bad shape and I don't see it improving anytime real soon, doesn't mean I'm going to stop being a fan.

Interestingly enough as to your analogy, I've been a lifelong Yankees fan since back when there were only two divisions in the East. It's kinda apples to oranges to me. You don't see the division alliances in MLB that you see in college football. I don't see the conference allegiance thing as bad in college sports. Your opinion may differ and that's ok. Go Vols and go SEC. If TN can't get it done than I'll support the Gators or the Tide or even (shudder) the Commodores.
 
2013-07-25 10:36:19 AM  

Shadowknight: Florida fans suddenly started crowing about how badly the SEC (LSU specifically) stomped Ohio State in the championship. You know, as if I would feel wounded that the Big10 team lost.


Meh, I never meant I would feel wounded either, just that when my sons ask who I'm rooting for it'd be OSU in that situation (for a championship or something- not regular season). I live in Ohio and nothing is more fun than watching a Buckeye fan piss and moan about a loss considering how they more than make up for it in obnoxia (is that a word?) when they win. But yah, bowl games I'm all about the Big-however-many-teams-it-is-now.
 
2013-07-25 10:40:41 AM  
Meh, different conferences play different styles.

/Gotta win your conference first, which means building your team to that spec
//Sometimes that leads to mismatches in bowl games
///Until someone knocks off the SEC, they have upper hand
////BOOMER!
 
2013-07-25 10:43:01 AM  

Shadowknight: /also, I may be slightly trolling for the first time
//wanted to see if the SEC fans are easier than the politics tab


I don't think you understand how trolling works.  It's the SEC fans who have been trolling everyone else.  The only thing SEC fans like more than watching their conference win championships is sticking their dicks in Big Ten fans' eyes.  The endless passive-aggressive "the lower one third of the SEC doesn't match up with the middle 3/8 of the MAC" piss party this year coming out of the other conferences only feeds it.  If anyone is tired of the SEC's bragging, shut them up on the field.  Don't whine about polls or ESPN or grey-shirting or "everything is cyclical", just go out and beat them or shut the hell up and accept the SEC as the kings.
 
2013-07-25 10:49:49 AM  
The SEC will win it like they always win it.

Booster Money
Oversigning
PEDs
Southern football culture

Mostly though it's probably #4. Football is simply a terrible sport when it comes to brain damage, and since the South is brain damaged to begin with there's no real risk involved.
 
2013-07-25 10:56:18 AM  

Mentat: Shadowknight: /also, I may be slightly trolling for the first time
//wanted to see if the SEC fans are easier than the politics tab

I don't think you understand how trolling works.  It's the SEC fans who have been trolling everyone else.  The only thing SEC fans like more than watching their conference win championships is sticking their dicks in Big Ten fans' eyes.  The endless passive-aggressive "the lower one third of the SEC doesn't match up with the middle 3/8 of the MAC" piss party this year coming out of the other conferences only feeds it.  If anyone is tired of the SEC's bragging, shut them up on the field.  Don't whine about polls or ESPN or grey-shirting or "everything is cyclical", just go out and beat them or shut the hell up and accept the SEC as the kings.


Agree and disagree. The SEC is a good conference I think. The best? Hell I don't know. The SEC has some good teams, they also have some damn crappy teams. It's kind of tough to try and compare conference to conference overall. I'm not the type of fan who wants to, as you put it. "sticking their dicks in Big Ten fans' eyes."  I love college football, I'm a Tennessee fan, I'm an SEC fan. I love college football is the bottom line. I grew up close to Clemson but have no love for the ACC in general, but when they play good ball it's fun to watch. I enjoy watching any team from any conference play good ball.
 
2013-07-25 11:09:05 AM  
I can't wait till BSU wins the championship.  The roidrage will be epic
 
2013-07-25 11:12:00 AM  
Louisville? We'll see just how good they are now they're actually playing real teams this season.

Beating Rutgers doesn't really get you much credibility, it just means you have a fighting chance against DeVry.
 
2013-07-25 11:12:24 AM  
Alabama plays LSU and @A&M...the rest of their schedule is a cake walk.

I guess they have a pretty easy schedule in common with those five teams too.
 
2013-07-25 11:12:39 AM  
Also, 37 Days

/BeatBama
 
2013-07-25 11:20:21 AM  

srhp29: I guess they have a pretty easy schedule in common with those five teams too.


I loathe alabama. But let's say bthey go all the way again - after the sec championship game and the title game they likely will have beaten at least 4 top ten teams. Will anyone else be able to say the same? Just being the devil's advocate - little would give me more joy than them losing every game. Just saying if they go undefeated they damn sure will have earned another title. I'd say the same about A&M - how much confidence do you have that A&M can beat bama in their own stadium?
 
2013-07-25 11:22:25 AM  

TonnageVT: Louisville? We'll see just how good they are now they're actually playing real teams this season.

Beating Rutgers doesn't really get you much credibility, it just means you have a fighting chance against DeVry.


I had to take a side trip to Wikipedia to find out what the hell an AAC is.  Looks like it's the smoking ruins of the Big East.  I guess they finally figured out that Kentucky and Texas aren't East Coast states.
 
2013-07-25 11:23:19 AM  
Considering that the BCS rankings rely on strength of schedule and how strong your opponents are, wouldn't you want your fellow conference members to kick ass outside of your matchup?
 
2013-07-25 11:23:55 AM  
Is it really 8 in a row? What is in the water down there? I think Ohio State wins out - gets in.
 
2013-07-25 11:24:10 AM  
The article writer is a bit more optimistic about Texas's chances than I am.
 
2013-07-25 11:24:37 AM  
The bottom teams in the SEC were something like 0-38 vs the top teams in the SEC last year. The top teams in the SEC all end up 11-0,10-1 or 9-2 because the top teams never have to play against all the other top teams in the SEC.
 
2013-07-25 11:25:58 AM  

TonnageVT: Louisville? We'll see just how good they are now they're actually playing real teams this season.


Uh, have you seen Louisville's schedule this season? The only saving grace is they manage to not play a school with "...for the Blind" in its name.
 
2013-07-25 11:31:57 AM  

Monkey2: kronicfeld: Shadowknight: Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.

There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.

^^This

Tennessee fan here and when they face Florida or Alabama I obviously want TN to win, but whenever any SEC team plays an out of conference game I want the SEC team to win. I don't think that makes me a fence sitter.


i want the conferences of my favorite teams to do well for several reasons.  for one, i want the conferences of those teams to be recognized so that my favorite team gets credit for a tough schedule.  for two, i want a good conference so that watching my favorite team is more fun.  it's boring watching 73-0 every saturday and acting like your mamsy pamsy team is something wonderful.

/ likes UT (my alma mater), LSU (big deal to my wife's family) (and because i hate alabama), and U of L lafayette, cause their fans make better food than any one else.. likes some other teams, but just for whatever reasons.
// everyone needs to pick at least one underdog team.  builds fanbase character.
 
2013-07-25 11:34:27 AM  
The SEC has never lost to an NFL team.  Fact.
The SEC would beat any NBA team because they play defense.  Fact.
The SEC would destroy the UFC in a fight.  Fact.
The SEC would win the most medals at the Olympics if they competed as a country.  Fact.

Whatcha gonna do about it, you stupid rubes?  There's a reason that the SEC has the best educational institutions in the world for learning how to throw a football.
 
2013-07-25 11:34:32 AM  

kronicfeld: There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.


No. I'm a Packer fan. I don't go rooting for the Bears, Vikings and Lions come playoff time if the Packers aren't around. Alabama doesn't get to root for Auburn come bowl season and Georgia doesn't get to root for Florida.
 
2013-07-25 11:40:37 AM  
The Buckeye's schedule this year is shamelessly cakey.  But hey, I like cake.
 
2013-07-25 11:42:02 AM  
The last couple years have had less to do with the SEC being strong in general and more to do with riding Alabama's coattails.  They demolished ND, but the rest of the conference wasn't nearly as impressive in non-conference games & bowls.  The SEC bias reached ludicrous levels when Mississippi State was ranked as high as #12; though that nonsense finally wore off, SEC teams were the heavy favorite (at least in terms of ranking) in just about every bowl game they played.  Georgia and Texas A&M turned out to be legit, I guess, but Florida was exposed about as badly as ND.  South Carolina damn near lost to a Michigan team that was way more hobbled than the one Alabama dismantled with ease.

The B1G is traditionally known for being a top-heavy conference (with Michigan rebuilding and Ped State & OSU on bowl bans it's more like "decapitated"), but these days it's the Bible Belt where it's Alabama and then everyone else.  As much as I despise Saban for playing the FBS with all the law-abiding cynicism of an investment banker, he's got that team performing on a level of its own.  And even if Alabama has a "down" year in the sense that it loses an extra game or two, the SEC is a power conference with enough teams that at least one will be in the top five.  So, the SEC is going to be in the National Championship conversation every year for the foreseeable future.  But in general, the conference is still kind of basking in a reputation of invulnerability that it sure didn't deserve last year.
 
2013-07-25 11:43:35 AM  
I don't really care about the SEC thing. most other conferences dont interest me much in football.

I like crazy Les Miles even if he didn't want to come back to Michigan... he has a great thing down there. Florida is okay since Meyer is gone, though their basketball team bugs me for some reason.

the only one I don't like is Saban. I didn't like him at Michigan State, and I sure dont like him at Bama. without Bama, that's a good chunk of the SEC's mythical champion teams there.
 
2013-07-25 11:44:21 AM  
But God roots for the Irish, snicker snicker
 
2013-07-25 11:52:41 AM  

Shadowknight: This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious. Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.


But it's logical to hate on a whole conference for no reason, right?
 
2013-07-25 11:55:12 AM  
Lotta buttmad people in this thread, airing their jealousy of the SEC for the whole world to see....
 
2013-07-25 11:56:18 AM  
I think part of the SEC fandom has to do with us northerners occasionally acting like dicks to southerners.  When the rest of the country has an anti-South circlejerk, eventually they'll start to circle the wagons and defend against criticism and puff up what they do well.  Hell, even as a Yankee I have to shake my head when I see crap like this:

bdub77: The SEC will win it like they always win it.

Booster Money
Oversigning
PEDs
Southern football culture

Mostly though it's probably #4. Football is simply a terrible sport when it comes to brain damage, and since the South is brain damaged to begin with there's no real risk involved.

 
2013-07-25 11:57:38 AM  

PowerSlacker: Monkey2: kronicfeld: Shadowknight: Yes, the rest of us would have a better chance of feeling like we were on the "winning side" if we were rooting for an entire conference like SEC fans seem to, but we don't.  We pick a team, maybe two.  You're never going to see Michigan fans cheering for OSU just to say "We are the champs, Big10 rules!"  

This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious.  Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.

There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.

^^This

Tennessee fan here and when they face Florida or Alabama I obviously want TN to win, but whenever any SEC team plays an out of conference game I want the SEC team to win. I don't think that makes me a fence sitter.

You're living vicariously through the good teams in your conference while your team sucks donkey balls.

No one else does this in sports.  You don't see Red Sox fans celebrating Yankee championships after all.


I really don't want to be the guy defending SEC fans, but college football championships are not decided on the field of play (entirely).  Perception plays a huge role in what teams play for the BCS title and where they end up ranked.  Therefore, a team from your conference winning the title in 2013 will have a real, positive (although difficult to calculate) impact on your own team's chances to win the title in 2014.  And so on.  The SEC, partly through actual merit and success and partly through perception, have created a situation in which winning the conference title all but guarantees a spot in the BCS title game.  In fact, you can even lose your division title and still make the championship.

It's not like that in any professional sports except when you need to root for your biggest rival to beat the team ahead of you in the playoff race.
 
2013-07-25 11:59:15 AM  

llortcM_yllort: I think part of the SEC fandom has to do with us northerners occasionally acting like dicks to southerners.  When the rest of the country has an anti-South circlejerk, eventually they'll start to circle the wagons and defend against criticism and puff up what they do well.  Hell, even as a Yankee I have to shake my head when I see crap like this:

bdub77: The SEC will win it like they always win it.

Booster Money
Oversigning
PEDs
Southern football culture

Mostly though it's probably #4. Football is simply a terrible sport when it comes to brain damage, and since the South is brain damaged to begin with there's no real risk involved.


This coming from a guy whose name is Trolly McTroll spelled backwards.
 
2013-07-25 11:59:17 AM  

kwame: Shadowknight: This constant "BEST CONFERENCE EVER!" thing is just plain obnoxious. Pick a team, you pathetic fence sitters.

But it's logical to hate on a whole conference for no reason, right?


Nope, just the fans.  I have been known to pull for LSU and 'Bama, since I have friends that went to both those colleges and I have had them over for football Saturday.  It's the fence sitting fans I dislike.
 
2013-07-25 12:00:15 PM  

Gosling: kronicfeld: There is no contradiction or hypocrisy in rooting for your team and acknowledging that the rest of the conference is good as well.

No. I'm a Packer fan. I don't go rooting for the Bears, Vikings and Lions come playoff time if the Packers aren't around. Alabama doesn't get to root for Auburn come bowl season and Georgia doesn't get to root for Florida.


That's a bad analogy because in college, unlike the pros, conference prestige is a recruiting pitch.

"Hey kid, come to Ole Miss.  I know we're not good now, but we're up and coming, and we play in the best conference in the country, so you'll be on TV every week."

Nobody ever signed with the Detroit Lions because of the proud history of the NFC North.
 
2013-07-25 12:03:09 PM  

Shadowknight: Nope, just the fans. I have been known to pull for LSU and 'Bama, since I have friends that went to both those colleges and I have had them over for football Saturday. It's the fence sitting fans I dislike.


So when you watch any game that doesn't involve your team, you watch with disinterest and never care which team wins?  I want go with you to a Super Bowl party this February and hear you explain why you're cheering for one side or the other.
 
2013-07-25 12:04:51 PM  

Shadowknight: Nope, just the fans. I have been known to pull for LSU and 'Bama, since I have friends that went to both those colleges and I have had them over for football Saturday. It's the fence sitting fans I dislike.


I guess you don't know what the phrase "fence sitting" means either.
 
2013-07-25 12:06:24 PM  

Monkey2: You make a good point on my living vicariously. Being a Tennessee fan is a tough thing these days. They screwed up by ditching Fulmer, screwed up again by hiring Kiffin, almost made amends by hiring Dooley, but then farked that up by firing him too soon. Tennessee football is in bad shape and I don't see it improving anytime real soon, doesn't mean I'm going to stop being a fan.


Hiring Dooley was a bigger mistake than hiring Kiffin.

Even Rich Kotite thinks Derek Dooley is a bad football coach.
 
2013-07-25 12:07:38 PM  
Texas will lose to OU and OSU.

No one in the Big 12 has a shot.

/OU fan
//Wife is an OSU fan
///Go Tulsa Golden Hurricane!!!
 
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