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HATE BOWL 2008

Posted on: October 24, 2008 11:42 am
Edited on: October 27, 2008 9:46 am
 

As the Plain White T's say, hate is a strong word.  A violent word.  But in sports, we don't say we "really, really don't like" teams.  We HATE them.  An interesting take on this is that football "hate" is highly dependent upon a team's success or failure.  Face it.  It's hard to hate FIU or North Texas.  It's easy to hate Florida or Ohio State.

Of course there are a lot of factors that play into football emotions.  Longstanding rivalries, fleeting coaching gaffes, media love, and conference ties (shout out to all of you other SEC homies!) all play into it.  There's also the evolution of the BCS...I don't remember hating so much back when the Cotton Bowl meant something.  The dissolution of bowls as a reward to players and fans has kicked the whole hate thing up a notch.  You know, I've been a Gator nearly my entire 50 years, but I still remember enjoying the fanfare surrounding a classic USC-OSU Rose Bowl or a 'Bama-Penn State Sugar Bowl.  Heck, I even road-tripped to NOLA in '78 just to be in town to experience the latter one. 

But I digress.  Back to the topic.  Hate.

If you're a true-blue college football fan you've GOTTA hate some other team.  It's in the rule book we all get when we sign up, right below the rule about standing up for the National Anthem.  So here's what I've got for you.  Let's settle this post-to-post.  Just who (or whom, I could never get that right) is The Most Hated College Football Team in America.

Here's how it goes.  You give me ONE team.  The one you hate MORE THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN FOOTBALL.  Only one.  I collect yours and a bunch of others submitted by other football fans.  Based on the number of submissions I'll rank them and seed them, and then we'll play them off against each other (in the same manner as those other blogs that rate rock guitar players and scariest movies).  This HIGHLY NON-SCIENTIFIC study will show us two things...who gets the most hate mail and who, given the opportunity of playing against a number of other hated teams, would most of us hate until the end of time.

I'll set a preliminary timeline of collecting the front data until Friday, November 7.  If I'm getting a ton of submissions I'll extend it.  If not, I'll take a couple of days and post the first round of the playoffs. 

So here it is.  I humbly await your best hate.



Comments

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:37 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

By the way durfish, thanks for putting the effort into this poll/posting.  Even though you probably haven't gotten the kind of response you were hoping for, I was glad to be a part of it.  I think arguing for the most hated team is much more intriguing than arguing for one's favorite team.  I hope you get some more people who take part in this.  You can be sure that I'll be back to bash that backwoods-no-pro-team-no-class-lets

-get-drunk-and-see-how-many-people-

we-can-maim-since-we-cant-get-into-

a-prestigious-university state :)




Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:25 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

I went to a WVU-UMD game at Morgantown and made the mistake of wearing a Maryland jersey.  It wasn't so much the cursing and hazing that bothered me, because I fully expected the heckling.  It was the 4 or 5 empty bottles of Jim Beam that were hurled at me that made me realize WVU fans are the worst sports fans in the universe.  True story

P.S.-I will forever love the Pitt Panthers for what they did to the Mountaingayers last season in Morgantown




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:22 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

In light of new info, I'm changing TrojanLuver1's vote to USC.  Must be some kind of weird self-mutilation thing going on there.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:18 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

LOL APbabyAP!  I was wondering when WVU would come into play.  Thanks!



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:15 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

TrojanLuver1:

This is (curiously) the second hate vote I've had FOR USC FROM A USC FAN.  Huh?  I'm really just looking for who YOU hate, not who you perceive is the one hated by most people.  I'll put you down for ND...let me know if you want it changed.



Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:13 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

I gotta throw WVU into the running.  Their fans are about as classy as Ryan Leaf.

 

How do we know the toothbrush was invented in West Virginia?  Because if it had been invented anywhere else it would have been called a teethbrush




Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:11 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

1. USC

2. ND

3. The OSU

4. LSU

5. Florida

 

Because they are the Five BEST Schools in the Last SIX Years- No DOUBT!!!

Errr Maybe NOT ND so much.... But People Hate them even when they can'y play!!




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:11 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Ahhhh, chubbadaduck brings the almighty dollar into it.  Notre Dame + NBC = Evil?



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:08 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Gatorfan100:  I posted this on the blog a little while ago...

Well, I've gotta be honest.  After a huge flurry of initial votes things have tailed off.  I'll keep voting open through 5pm tomorrow.  If things pick up I'll collect until Friday as advertised.  If not, I'll respect the attention span of the virtual world and move things up considerably.  Considerably would mean Wednesday.

If you've posted, thank you!  This is my first attempt at an ongoing effort like this, and if I'm able to pull it off I'll consider doing one for other leagues and sports (NFL and NCAAB come to mind).

Keep this page on your radar for the upcoming Hate Playoffs!



Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:05 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Look for the beginning of the "Hate Bowl Playoffs" soon!When do the playoffs start?


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