Sunday, 17 October 2010

Cheering for a Conference

Due to popular demand, this is a re-post originally made 3 January 2008.... enjoy!

Happy New Year Everyone,

From my seat in a Georgia section at the Sugar Bowl yesterday, I was very suprised by the fan reaction when Georgia did something well during the game. Although not a Georgia fan, I can certainly expect a jovial uproar in the aftermath of a sack or a touchdown; but, in lieu of cheering for their team the Georgia fans decided to vorciferate "S-E-C". While initially I thought it was only the Napoleonic complex ridden Georgia fans (who, on a side note, I would like to point out hold onto the past more than any other fan base in the country- Everyone is sick of hearing about Hershall Walker!!) barking "S-E-C" instead of "Bulldogs", I then noticed many fans wearing LSU and even Florida gear join in with the Georgia fans in cheering for the conference.

Maybe I am just a little slow or am I missing something because I don't understand spending an entire year hating a team and then cheering for everyone in the conference, including hated rivals, if they do well in a bowl game. For example, just seeing the colours purple and gold gives me intense nausea because I hate LSU- so, why would I cheer for them at all? Is it supposed to make me feel better if the Tigers beat a MAC or Big East team like UCONN in a bowl; no- it pisses me off because I never want anyone wearing purple and gold to have the smallest shread of happiness. Also, what is the purpose in general? Do these people think Hawaii heard "S-E-C" and felt like they didn't belong; or that Michael Jordan and James Worthy would have won another title if the Dean Dome erupted with "A-C-C" every time His Royal Airness posterized someone (which will never happen by the way!)? Or- the unthinkable- Duke fans cheering for Carolina after the Blue Devils make their yearly 2nd round exit in March???

My next thought was: is this a new sickening trend or something I have missed over the past several years. Maybe it is a new trend; and thus, next year we will all be serenaded with an "A.L. east!" chant in Fenway Park when the scoreboard shows the Orioles are beating the A's. Or perphaps, I will see someone streaking through the pitch at Le Parc des Princes รก Paris holding a "Ligue 1" sign during a Champions League match between PSG and AC Milan next year (of course that is making the long shot assumption PSG ever gets back into the Champions League but right now Ligue 2 seems more likely...) . I guess only time will tell...

Till next time,


  1. We cheer for the SEC because it is by far the best league and the only reason every team isn't ranked is because they beat up on each other. Teams in other conferences like the Big 12 or Pac 10 would have losing records if they had to play the kind of schedule we do.

  2. While that may be true, nobody could possibly know the sec is the best conference because except for Alabama none of the teams play a single legitimate non-conference game. According to the bowl records below the pac-10 appears to be the best conference:
    Conference Schools Record Percentage
    Pac-10 (5) Ariz,Cal,Ore,OSU,USC 5-0 1.000
    SEC (8) Ala,Fla,Ga,Ky,LSU,Miss,SCar,Vandy 6-2 .750
    Big East (6) Cin,Pitt,Rut,UConn,USF,WV 4-2 .667
    C-USA (6) EC,Hou,Mem,Rice,SMiss,Tulsa 4-2 .667
    MWC (5) AF,BYU,CSU,TCU,Utah 3-2 .600
    Big 12 (7) KU,Mizzou,Neb,OU,OSU,Tex,TT 4-3 .571
    Independents (2) Navy,Notre Dame 1-1 .500
    Sun Belt (2) Fla. Atlantic,Troy 1-1 .500
    ACC (10) BC,Clem,FSU,GT,Mary,Miami, NC,NCS,VT,WF 4-6 .400
    WAC (5) BSU,FresSt,Haw,LaTech,Nev 1-4 .200
    Big Ten (7) Iowa,MichSt,Minn,NWestrn,OSU,PSU,Wis 1-6 .143
    MAC (5) BallSt,Buff,CMich,NIU,WMich 0-5 .000

    But- the point of my blog was wondering why sec fans cheer for the conference instead of their team? No other conference in the country or league in the world is like this. Is it because you think the only real football is in the south? I'm sure USC and the 50+ future nfl players they have on that team would beg to differ....