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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: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 3:00 pm
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Changing your vote now, UltimateTideFan.  Thanks.



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 11:46 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Auburn



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:49 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

UPDATED STANDINGS:

(I'LL UPDATE THE STANDINGS EACH EVENING FOR THE NEXT WEEK BOTH HERE AND ON THE "HATE BOWL" MESSAGE THREAD.  I'M ADJUSTING THE TIMELINE UP TO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 AND WILL SEED THE TEAMS AND POST THE MATCHUPS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3.  IN THE MEANTIME, KEEP THAT HATE COMING!)

AS OF 9:49 AM EST ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 YOUR LEADERS ARE (WITH VOTES IN PARENTHESES)...


MIAMI (13)

NOTRE DAME (13)

BYU (12)

USC (9)

MICHIGAN (7)

OHIO STATE (6)

FLORIDA (5)

TENNESSEE (5)

FLORIDA STATE (4)

ALABAMA (3)

IDAHO (3)

OKLAHOMA (2)

GEORGIA (2)

AUBURN (2)

UTAH (2)

IOWA (1)

OREGON (1)

PENN STATE (1)

WASHINGTON (1)

UCLA (1)

COLORADO (1)

MISSOURI (1)

BOSTON COLLEGE (1)

NEBRASKA (1)

MARYLAND (1)




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:48 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Utah-By-5:

Got all of your picks.  I just lumped them together as a BIG single vote.  Thanks for stopping by!



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:32 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Of course it's  BYU. Can I vote twice? My second pick would be  BYU. And third and fourth



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:30 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

LOL, packrat1271!  I'm sure most of us (and some of them) don't think Jesus really cares if they score a touchdown.



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

HATE BOWL 2008

Got your Yewte vote, SluggoGal4BYU.  FYI my brother graduated from BYU last spring...loved it there.  Somehow the mountain air must have affected his brain, though.  He's now studying for his master's degree at Tennessee.  UGH!  The boy grew up Gator!

Tough win for y'all this weekend.  Thanks for stopping in, and keep a lookout for the beginning of the "Hate Bowl" playoffs!



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 2:50 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Another Notre Dame vote.  Some of their football fans get confused about who actually walked on water.   



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2008 1:03 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

Oh, yes, I know in my heart who the most hated team SHOULD be:  UTAH, UTAH, UTAH.  

But I come from a forgiving, peaceful people, who have been taught to turn the other cheek.  We joyfully reside down south in Happy Valley-- miles away from that Den of Sin & Iniquity, that Cesspool of Red Pride, Satan's stomping ground, otherwise known as University of Utah!  

We, the Cougar Faithful, don't understand why we generate such hate.   Is it because we are sweet, kind, and good?  Is it because we are smart (a whole lotta Rhodes scholars), yet humble??   Is it because we are a great football team that will knock the stuffing out of those flippin', fetchin', DANG Utes on November 22nd???

You bet!!




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2008 9:51 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

LOL RCJ78! She lived there for a while as a kid (dad was in the USAF). I guess the constant exposure to the "N" drove her nuts. Explains why she married me!



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