There are no good college football teams in the Northeast. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
- UCONN isn’t established enough.
- Syracuse perennially blows, despite being on TV in Boston every fucking weekend.
- Boston College has a history of choking that is almost unrivaled. Also, no one cares about them. To wit: Boston is a sports mad town, just rabid. The Revolution led the MLS in attendance for about a decade, for Christ’s sake. That being said, I only know one person who has ever attended a BC Eagles game. It was my brother and he was 12. I don’t even know where Alumni Stadium is and I fucking lived in Newton for 3 years.
So, this leads many a person up here to adopt a team. More than likely, it’s your alma mater or a family member’s. Well, not many people I know went to BCS schools. My middle brother and I both went to I-AA schools (aka Division I Football Championship Subdivision blah blah blah) and as you can tell by this “action” photo between our two alma maters, rooting for I-AA schools is fucking stupid:
So, we’re left elsewhere to find our NCAA rooting interests. Here are mine:
– Arizona Wildcats – My youngest brother smartened up and decided to go to a school known better for athletics than academics (sorry Mom) so the Wildcats have become a rooting interest. Yea, they’re Pac-10 and definitely not the best in the conference, but that makes it more fun to cheer them on. Also, Arizona – Arizona State remains the only big time college football game I’ve ever attended. The result was fantastic:
– Texas Longhorns – You know how vacation destinations hold a special place in your heart? Well, Austin’s like that for me and, consequently, so are the Longhorns.
I made my first trip to Austin for the 2005 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Best. City. Ever. 3 months later, the Longhorns beat USC to win a National Title in the greatest college football game I’ve ever watched.
The following year, my friends and I walked UT’s campus (gorgeous) then snuck into Darrel K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium a few days before the 2006 version of ACL Fest. Just amazing. It was like walking into the Coliseum for the first time. Especially considering I was used to this.
So, BCS orphans, who do you root for? I’ve noticed lots of Facebook love for Michigan and Notre Dame today. Where do your loyalties lie?