ShoelessJoe wrote:Atog wrote:HskrPwr13 wrote:In no particular order:
3. The SEC disciples. I'm talking about those that think that only one conference played football this year, and act like the SEC is the only conference that has ever played football. I'll admit that that I believe that the SEC was the best conference this year, but its not like they were so far away great that everyone else was just dogs. The SECs ooc sched wasnt any tougher than any other conference and they collectively didnt "prove" in the bowls that they were far superior. The fact that Fla won the NC proves they were the best team. It doesnt validate the whole conference. If that were true, then the Big8 had better seasons, as a whole, than I ever gave them credit for. Speaking of history, it was only a few years ago, '99 and prior, that NU couldve kicked the crap out of anyone in the SEC. LSU's only been NC relavant since Saban got there, how often has Auburn been a true NC contender in the past 40 years, and dont get me started on MSU, Kentucky, Vandy, Ole Miss, Ark......................
I don't know if just it's us up in Big-Ten country, but it seemed like the SEC fans took their bowls WAY more seriously than anybody else.
I was interested in the Wisconsin and Penn State Bowls, but I didn't care that much about them.
(For the record, I am about to only further HuskerPower's initial post #3)
That's because SEC fans take football more seriously than other conferences IMO. Look at the average attendence of SEC stadiums, look at the noise of the SEC stadiums. They call the big house the quietest 100,000 people or something like that... I don't remember the same being said about Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. I was at the NC game and the OSU fans out numbered the FL fans 5, maybe 6-1 and I can tell you that the FL fans were still louder. I know they obviously had more to cheer about, but even after Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff and the Gators had the ball, the OSU fans were not as loud as the Gators were once OSU got the ball.
(I'm sorry I know I am an SEC homer and I do actually have a hard-on for the SEC as I speak but I really think that SEC schools care more about football than other conferences.)
One last note. At the NC game, there were holding signs everywhere from both teams' fans. "Tressell wears a sweater vest" "Meyer is a whiner" etc etc. But I did see an interesting sign that shows how much the SEC cares about not only their own team, but the other teams in the conference. There was a sign that had "Florida, #1... LSU, #2" Then throughout the game Gator fans were also cheering SEC multiple times. I just think there's a mentality in the south that the SEC is superior (even though the SEC being the premier conference is relatively new).
And I'm also guilty of caring too much about the SEC bowls. I watched a lot of bowl season but if an SEC team was on, I was watching that game start to finish.
Ya, you did, but you cleaned it up nicely with the parenthecied (sp?) statement. You could be right about the fans collectively being the most supportive. If its true, I think being the first to a 12 team conference helped, plus, and I think this was brought up on this site last year or the year before, but CBS "sound" seems to convey a lot more noise than ABC and other stations. Also, if the team is doing well, you have more support. Since the top half of the SEC has done well over the last few years, those school's fans will show out more. Plus that means more "big" games for the lesser SEC opponents if there are more "big time" teams to play. For example, in the Big12, Mizzou, KU, and CU dont have big time fan followings, but when NU shows up, those fans become just as passionate against NU has any SEC team's fans are when they play a big time SEC opponent. There are some places where big time teams dont seem to have quite the same passionate following. Southern Cal comes to mind. But for the most part, if a school can put together a few good seasons in a row, and now the program becomes "relevant", the fans will show up, regardless of what conference the school belongs to. I think KSU fans are a good example of this. Of course, since the Big12 doesnt have its own network, like the SEC does, only those following the Big12 will see this passion. Which actually makes me wonder then if the passion isnt brought out to some degree by the fact that "your" team/conference gets big time nationally televised game(s) every week.