I live in SEC country. There are two related sports talk shows here on two different stations, both now affiliated with ESPN. One of the shows features Paul Finebaum, whose show is a bizarre combination of legitimate interviews with actual coaches and media figures and redneck freaks who call regularly and hang way too much of their identities on the success or failure of the teams they follow. If you've ever listened to the show you know what I mean.
So Paul Finebaum is now writing a book about the rabid college football fans in the southeast and how they have affected the overall culture of the sport etc. I think Paul is proud of this. Lots of his callers actually seem to link the success of the SEC to the failures of the south during the Civil War and reconstruction. It's their revenge against the Yankee carpet baggers who took their dignity.
So all that is to lead into this: after reading the posts by angry Michigan fans calling for Brady Hoke's firing, lamenting how the Big 10 is irrelevant and plays horrible football, abusing and dog cursing 18-21 year old kids who work unbelievably hard each week to succeed, I think the problem is not Michigan football, but college football itself. I was upset today that Michgan lost. I felt like I had been kicked in the nuts. I feel like Michigan State is especially personal because I have family who went there, who hate Michigan because UM grads are "arrogant" and elitist etc. But in the grand scheme of things, who cares? Isn't it healthier to root for your team and move on?
Paul Finebaum and the entire SEC are an embarrassment to what college education is/should be all about. More importantly, they have made a mockery of what it means to be a student athlete. Will it ever be possible to back off of this madness and get some perspective?
I guess what I'm saying is that I think it's time to start caring less about college athletics -- or at least for fans of college teams to stop attaching so much of their own identities to what happens on the field between kids who are barely able to drink and vote. It doesn't matter that much. Find something else to care about that actually matters.