Would you really root for them?

dsavoca77's picture
December 3, 2012 at 11:08a

ann arbor community college or shamecocks? 

First I want to state I live in South Carolina (moved from Ohio in 2004) and have to hear how great the sec is in football everyday. (makes me wanna puke)  Ive had to hear every LAME joke attempted about Ohio State from gamecock fans for about 8 years now. How usc beat us back to back Outback bowls blah blah blah. My boss has asked me if we can go to a bowl game this year about a dozen times over the season.  So needless to say cannot stand them.  Now the question comes Who do I root for? Would I really cheer for that team up north to win a bowl game? Would I want to have to hear lamecock fans for another year talk about beating a Big Ten Team.  I

As a Browns fan I relate this question twice a year when the Ravens play the Steelers.  I cannot stand either team for obvious reasons.   

A co-worker of mine once asked me "If you were in a barrell of shit up to your neck and someone throws a bucket of puke at your head would you duck? 

Barrell of shit or bucket of puke?

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"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

FlapJackson's picture

I don't have a problem rooting for Michigan. We beat them. They know it, we know it. So in my view, I have every incentive to root for Michigan. It reflects well upon us if they win, and makes us look like a stronger team.
But if it's just another SEC blowout of the B10, then our reputation and credibility takes a hit. Hate it, but it's true.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

This is always my thought concerning rooting for B1G teams during bowl season, even Michigan. B1G victories only help the conference, national perception and, yes, Ohio State.  A rising tide lifts all boats.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

My default position would be to root for Michigan against South Carolina, but it depends.
If I decide to pick South Carolina in my bowl pool and I'm still in the running on Jan.1, any temporary sympathies I might have for the Stinkweasels go right out the window.
I am beginning to think, however, that Urbz is once again making it safe for us to root for Michigan in non-conference games. If Urbz steals another 2-3 Michigan verbals, the weasels will be sufficiently domesticated. We could then pat them on their heads and say "good boys" when they win a third-tier bowl.

Oyster's picture

I will not root for that team, expecially if DR is doing that eating thing.  For his sake, I want SC to shut him down and not let him eat anything.  I only say this because I care.  If he eats too much he won't do well at the combine. 

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree, I don't want DR to eat any cereal. Maybe Gardner could throw 2 TD passes and Michigan's defense adds an INT TD return. DR runs a spectacular 78 yard TD run, but at the end of the run, just when he's diving across the pylon, a South Carolina safety smashes him in the mouth.
As a result, DR has the "wind knocked out of him" a la William Gholston and when he regains his senses, they have to wire his broken jaw shut. No more cereal for DR. It's mashed potatoes through a straw. 
But Michigan wins 31-21.  

Oyster's picture

You are a true humanitarian.  Bless you.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

bassplayer7770's picture

For the sake of conference perception, I do often find myself hoping that B1G teams win their bowl games.  In the end, I won't cry much if scUM loses.

cplunk's picture

The B1G is not my family. 
Ohio State is my team, but the conference is just a scheduling arrangement designed to make money. It does not say anything to me about my team if South Carolina beats a team in the B1G. It means nothing. Absolutely nothing. The B1G did not play the SEC, TSUN played South Carolina.
Root for whomever you like best or hate least. Take whatever BS abuse Gamecock fans throw at you because they did us beat in back to back years, right about the time the century turned. Whatever. It means about as much as what I had for lunch on, oh let's say, June 14, 1999. Don't let it bug you.

Buckeyejason's picture

^ This pretty much.


Baroclinicity's picture

I think the only way for conference perception to improve is if all of the B1G teams defeated the SEC schools in bowl games.  I'm a pessimist, and to me this likely won't happen, so no, I'm not rooting for Michigan.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

zjhousley's picture

Cheer for the Big Ten!! I always do unless the Buckeyes are on the schedule for that particular week.  The stronger the Big Ten, the better the Buckeyes look running the table.  With this being said, cheering for the referees is never out of the question. :)

BuckeyeUro's picture

I would root for them, it's the conference strength on the line, and when we beat them next year, we will look good too :)

TMac's picture

Given you are in SC and a Buckeye fan it's in your best interest for AACC to win that bowl game. If SC wins the SEC is superior conversation continues as it has, But if AACC wins then you and your neighbors/co-workers will all know that SC couldn't be a team the Buckeyes have already beaten this year and 9 of the past 10 years. So while we do have a bowl ban - IF AACC wins, their playing in a bowl only afforded them the opportunity to lose to an also ran behind the Buckeyes. 

ONE Not Done!

dsavoca77's picture

TMAC  you make a great point.  I was leaning that way its just so hard to grasp pulling for them.  I always pull for the Big Ten regardless but man. 

misterbulbous's picture

NO; and I never will.
I hate how college football fandom has evolved into this "our team sucks, but our conference is better than your conference" mentality like we have down here in Lexington KY.
I've gone to UK-Florida games and after the first quarter, UK fans will actually start rooting for Florida to win by a large margin so that the "SEC" team will advance higher in the polls.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

0-0 tie would be the best of both worlds.

Class of 2010.

onetwentyeight's picture

If you're in SEC country you understand. All you people that don't have to deal with SEC fans don't get it. Yes ND is hate-able but honestly in my own personal lifetime I have no actual memory of them being good, ever, because they haven't been. I was born in 1988. You guys still clinging to your residual hate of ND teams from decades gone by don't get it.
This is what we're faced with: 
SEC hegemony MUST. BE. STOPPED. At ALLL Costs. 
At this point I'd root for Satan himself if Hell was playing an SEC team in the NCG. 

Oyster's picture

I always heard that Satan and Saban were one and the same?  One is the old time spelling with a 'T', the other is the modern English translation?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

misterbulbous's picture

...agreed.  In the middle of SEC country myself.

sloopy88's picture

They are really annoying.  My Mac school played Vanderbilt when I was in college and as a result I had to watch forty twenty-minute clip shows of Florida beating Ohio State every time play stopped while they all yelled SEC as if they had something to do with it.  Rarely have I felt more angry.  I was happy that Michigan beat Florida a few years back, and I'll root for pretty much anybody against the SEC.  That said, I don't really mind it when Michigan wins games.  I loved watching Appalachian State as much as anybody but it's disconcerting to me when Michigan loses.  I want them to be dominant world-beaters every year, and I want to take them out at the end of the season every year.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Yes you couldn't be anymore right.  Although I must say Gator fans have tamed a bit IMO.

mshaf's picture

Personally,I root for all the BIG teams in bowl games except TSUN. I just can`t seem to lower myself that far. But,it does make our conference look better if we win a few games and can hopefully shut the mouths of any of the SEC schools.
And since I live in Cali., I hope Whisky puts a serious ass whipping on Stanford.I get tired of hearing how Ohio State couldn`t beat USC,Stanford,UCLA or Oregon,even though we beat Oregon a few years back.

osubuck57's picture

I always root for ALL Big Ten teams come bowl season,except that team up north.Looks good for the conference as a whole if they do well,and we don't have to listen to Melissa May talk about how inferior the Big Ten is to all the other conferences,for about 5 seconds.


ArTbkward's picture

I always go back and forth on this issue but this one is easy.  Yes, I want Michigan to win against South Carolina.  The B1G is going to look terrible in the bowls and if they can get a win then all the better. 

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

SPreston2001's picture

I will never and I repeat NEVER root for scUM to win any game. I'm a fan of OSU and really don't give a damn what the rest of the conference does but I do usually root for all of em EXCEPT scUM! When it comes to the maize n blue, nothing brings me more joy than seeing them get beat to a pulp! I personally think part of being a OSU fan is hating scUM so I just can't bring myself to root for them. Hell I truly enjoyed the Rich Rod years! 

Buckeyejason's picture

ann arbor community college or shamecocks?

Do we have a stupid nickname for every college program in the country? Shamecocks? lol good one!


hail2victors9's picture

Umm, yeah, you do.  Every team that has ever beaten you or had success, along with every player and coach not wearing red and gray.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Doc's picture

I don't root for AACC to win anything.  Period. 

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Newman92987's picture

Gamecock fans are pretty easy to deal with.  Just reference 1998 and 1999 where they went 1-21.  Their only win in those 2 years was against Ball State in 1998.  They went completely winless in '99.  

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Yes, without a doubt root for the skunks.  

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Conference loyalty can kiss my Buckeye. Where was this loyalty crap when they were piling on Jim Tressel, and Ohio State the last two years?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

3technique's picture

I don't have Big ten loyalty but I would root for the Taliban against the SEC. I am so glad that there is not another oversigning bowl... I also think the domers play a similar style to out favorite team. They obviously have better LBs (although our D improved a lot after the Indian debacle) I am trying to focus on the positive effect the extra time has on recruiting..

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I don't have a problem rooting against the OBC. I'm more rooting for the fake USC to lose instead of for Brady Hoke's Victory Dinner (which will be celebrated regardless of the final score)

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Seabass1974's picture

It's ok to root against the SEC winning but it is never ok to root for Michigan to win.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

Doesntwork's picture

rooting for meshitagain to win 3-2 on 8 turnovers per side game.  BIG needs to win this bowl season to salvage our embarrasing nonconference schedule next year.  If we are ranked #3 next year and #1 and 2 never lose, we will never jump over either one of them with a down BIG.

Iwearmocs's picture

I will root for scUM against any SEC team.  Except maybe if its a national title game. 

bigbadbuck's picture

Rooting for scUM to me is like hoping there is dirt in my dinner, so no.....I never have and I never will

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dcolombe's picture

Yes I too have been struggling with this because I live in North Carolina where their only ACC fans for basketball and SEC fans for football.  So naturally I have a hatred tpwards the SEC like that team up north.  However I will say I have to root for the Big Ten in general because people are saying the powerhouse conference is on a downfall and I don't want to see that. Every bowl game this year is critical for Big Ten to restore it's respect in the collegiate football comunity.  

BoFuquel's picture

First and formost you are in said barrell, my advise is do whatever you have to do to get yourself out of it.Don't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.That is all. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

jthiel09's picture

1. I want every B1G team to win every bowl game, only makes our conference look better. And we need a lot of that nowadays.
2. Notre Dame ... yes I can route for them. Namely so we don't have to hear about how amazing the SEC is. We'll just have to hear excuses as to why Bama lost other than they got beat and why the SEC is still better.


Buckeye2005's picture

I can relate.  I moved to South Carolina in 2005 and up to that point I would have said that I'd never root for UM under any circumstances.  However, Shamerock fans (I like your nickname for them) are beyond obnoxious.  A mix between that and the fact that they are in the SEC which I have to hear about daily, like you said, means I would like to see UM beat the fake USC by a point. 

PWLafferty. TBDBITL. TRow.'s picture

It's funny to me when fans make fun of other schools/teams while easily ignoring the fact that their own school/team's history is extremely medicorce/not even in the same class as the team they are making fun of.  As a Cleveland fan, this is why I never talk real **** about any other city's teams, because chances are, they are better than my own teams.  

"I'm up there with Chris and Dave Pass, getting ready to broadcast that game, and that band came out of that tunnel, I was wiping tears out of my eyes and all the memories came back." ~Urban Meyer