I felt many different things during yesterday’s Ohio State-Michigan game. That is what comes from watching your team put its unbeaten record on the line against its long-time rival in a battle of seesawing scores and emotions. At various points, I felt elated, exhausted, annoyed, anxious – pretty much all of the emotions you would expect a serious college football fan to face during such a game. However, there was one thing I felt more than any other, perhaps surprisingly so: I felt old. Continue reading
My readers are most likely familiar with the television show Mythbusters, which takes a claim that is generally believed to be true (or at least intensely debated) and puts it to the test. Today, I am going to do something similar, only with less explosions. I am going to examine a claim that is often repeated in the world of college football fanatics: that the Southeastern Conference (SEC) has the best teams and/or is the best performing conference.
Full disclosure here: I grew up in the Midwest and am a fan of the BIG 10 conference. My particular loyalty is to The Ohio State University, but I also want to see the conference do well as a whole. Whether in its 10, 11, 12, or 14 team form, I would put its history, traditions, and fan loyalty second to none. Thus, it is not with complete happiness that I have witnessed this ever increasing SEC superiority complex.
Granted, the SEC is a great conference in its own right. Its fans are equally rabid and its traditions equally hallowed. Had I grown up in SEC land, I’m sure I would be just as ardent a supporter of that conference as I am of the BIG 10, which is why I am so thankful that God did not assign me to that fate. Continue reading