As many of you know a great debate was waged earlier on the “Tate on the Loose” fanshot. It was set off by a comment I made to another Michigan fan. My intentions of that comment were not to anger anyone but to rather poke fun at the “Lloydalists vs. In-Rod-We-Trust” split that has been so over-emphasized over the past few years among the UofM faithful. I thought other Michigan fans would pick up on the irony and have a slight laugh at our own expense. Instead, it was the equivalent of a schoolyard fight with all the kids running to the scene for a better view and to throw gas on the fire.
Being fairly new to the world of sports blogging, I myself got caught up in all of the hype and found myself scrambling to read every comment that kept popping up every other second in order to respond to anyone who would dare challenge my fanhood. It was not easy, nor was it fun. But at the time I believed it to be essential. Now my head hurts. Never again. (I hope)
The point I am trying to make is that College Football is effin great. No other sport, collegiate or professional, sparks the passion and intensity that can be found in the hearts of College Football fandom. Sure, European soccer hooligans make a good argument, but I think the unabashed love and hate displayed by SEC fans puts us over the top.
The bad part is that passion and intensity sometimes leads us to forget how lucky we are. Our love of CFB is a gift. Nothing compares to waking up on a cool Autumn Saturday and preparing yourself for the unknown excitement that awaits. Whether it be loading up your truck and heading to your local stadium for a day of tailgaiting; or just cracking open a cold one and catching College Gameday before spending all day and night watching every game your local cable or satellite provider has blessed you with. I just want to say that while I love ALL sports, I am thankful that CFB is #1 in my heart, and not Nascar, college basketball, or some other off-season filler.
So, to all those who took part in the Great Debate of Feb. 10, 2011, I just want to say keep doing what you do. Your love, intensity, and dedication are a part of what makes College Football the greatest sport in the world. Aint no hard feelings here…even though I could have done without seeing that picture of MJ chewing popcorn with his mouth open.