At Mary's gales. I don't like go zags and can watch them late after a second shift.
Who is your 2nd favorite team?
Or a second favorite college team thread? I have a feeling things could go wrong here
edit. Slippery Rock and Northern Michigan University
With you with those two...
Georgia. Don't know why but I've always liked their program. And Athens is pretty awesome
Georgia for me, also. But I actually know why. I was born and raised in Atlanta and during my formative years was when Vince Dooley reigned supreme and Herschel Walker was winning the Heisman and Georgia was one of the top programs in the country.
My older daughter was born in Atlanta and lived there all of 20 months before we moved to Chicago, but she still identifies herself as from Georgia and wants to do gymnastics one day for the Lady Dawgs. She prefers the Braves over the Cubs/Sox, and UGA over UM :(
I'm partial to Slippery Rock
Generally root for directional michigan schools....I like seeing them do well at all sports.
I've tried to root for hometown teams, but I just can't gain that much interest. It's hard to root for another team when I have so much invested in this one.
I've found the same to be true. I tried rooting for another school, but couldn't bring myself to actually care about the outcome of the games because I only have enough room in my heart for Michigan.
I have liked rooting for Gonzaga in basketball. I also like Pitt and wish we grabbed them instead of Maryland or Rutgers.
I really like their basketball team, and their head coach, Mark Few, is a class act. Tough to follow them prior to the Tournament, however.
I like to follow a school from each major conference and cheer for them to give bowl games a little more meaningful as well as just to make random games more interesting for me.
I don't really have a second favorite team in college athletics. I didn't even go to Michigan, but I could care less about what other teams do. However, I will occassionally root for Ball State since I went there. If this were to include pro sports than I would say Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, Pistons in that order.
Marquette basketball and the Montreal Canadiens. How I got attached to the Golden Eagles I'll never really know
Whoever is playing Sparty and the Buckeyes.
The university of Oklahoma. Go sooners.
just started liking them as a youth...I don't remember exactly why.
I have a team that I pull for in pretty much every conference. It makes NCAA sports more fun for me.
Went to a game in Baton Rouge a few years back. Incredible environment. As a result I've kind of hopped on their bandwagon. Les Miles always entertaining as well.
Team Zissou hands down.
Duke in basketball. No other team in football
Just so there's no hiding behind down-votes happening here, I'm the one who negged you.
If you're going to enjoy the benefits of being a Duke basketball fan, I think you have to pay the costs of being a Duke football fan (at least until a couple of years ago).
I live in Indiana. I love watching ND football and IU basketball. I hate them both, but love watching them. If nothing else, it gives me something to talk about at work.
Fight, Fight, Fight for the Cherry and the White!
USC (when Lane Kiffin isn't coaching)...married into a big time Trojan family
The Banana Slugs.
Div II: Slippery Rock, of course.
For non Div II/III schools, still California division, The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara.
Non CA schools, basketball: Butler.
Non CA schools, football: Nevada. Fun team to watch (and we see them out here in CA).
as awesome as it looks from PCH?
Absolutely stunning campus...but a dry campus and very religious...not a school for everyone.
That was a bit of a shocker for me the first time I visited, for a professional credentialing seminar held at their business school's exec ed facility.
It was weird seeing a group of 30-50 year olds smuggling booze into the building.
Northwestern is also my second favorite D-I team. I've spent a lot of time on their lovely campus over the years, first attending & later working at CTD (aka nerd camp :) ) in the summers back in HS & undergrad. I really like Pat Fitzgerald & their uncompromising academic standards, and we usually get the W against them, so they're not too much of a threat.
Going to ND for my MA certainly didn't make me a fan (in fact I hate them even more now, since half my friends are from there, so I *really* need those bragging rights!). Now that I'm at Catholic University in DC, though, I'm really loving being a D-III sports fan. I go to most of the home football & b-ball games, where the crowds are smaller than they were at my HS. Football is pretty mediocre, although we did finally have a winning season this year. Our b-ball team is actually pretty good for the D-III level, though. We won the National Title in 2001 & always are in the running for our conference. Last year we won the conference championship on our home floor on a last-second shot and all rushed the floor. I love rooting for a D-III school, because it's a lot of fun when we win, but it doesn't ruin my afternoon if we lose. The stakes are lower, so it's much easier to shrug off.
Winning the conference last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V14gztRXwo
The real USC South Carolina gamecocks! I started watching them with Lou holtz when they were winning 5-6 games. They have become so much fun to watch and I love the old ball coach despite what people think of him.
I've lived in Seattle for nine years so...
I love the badgers!
I had a great trip there for our victory in 01, and then another great trip a few years after that... plus they win their rose bowls...
and I don't even mind their basketball team.
I can't root for any other D1/FBS school. Besides UM, I'm an alum of an ACC and another B1G school. I just can't muster any feelings for these schools. I don't donate to their alumni associatons. It's just UM for me.
Now, on the D2 level, I root for the Michigan Tech Huskies whenever possible (excepting D1 hockey matchups with Michigan, of course).
If not, then the Pats. Best-run organization in football, and would that the Lions could learn a thing or two from them.
Plus, I like to follow teams with former M coaches, like San Diego State and Arizona.
The Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State University.
It's a four-way tie between Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame & Penn State. Each of them represents something wonderful and unique and I have a deep, geninue respect and admiration for their players and fan base. In many, many ways - these four schools represent all that's "right" with the world of athletics and something Michigan can only hope to become someday.
Sorry this is silly question. You simply CANNOT have a "second favorite school team" anymore than you can have a seond favorite best friend forever or a second favorite first time you got laid.
So there is no other team you would want to see win unless they played Michigan? And obviously you can't have a second favorite "first time" of anything since there is only one first time, but you can have a second favorite band, car, vacation spot, place to eat, bar, etc. so why not a second favorite team to watch? This question is not silly at all.
I disagree. Grad school degrees entitle you to support that school so long as there is no conflict with Michigan. Also, childhood loyalties are tough to shake, but again, with the same caveat.
That's ridiculous. Of course you can have a second favorite team.
Look at the vast majority of responses. Most are in the "i like the flying hedgehogs from Rhode Island State Teachers College" category which means they really arent somebody's "2nd favorite school".
I agree with the grad school angle though. And candidly I was just goofing around cause I was bored. Can we all agree that you cant have a THIRD favorite school then?
We have to draw the line somewhere.
Your question is a bit vague, with no limitations. So I'm taking this in several different directions.
- Any team my son or daughter (in 7th grade) are playing on. I go to more of their games (and gladly) than Michigan games. Between football, wrestling, baseball, basketball, soccer, and swimming, there have been plenty of competitions to attend. It will end all too soon.
- Local high school football. Glenbard North has done pretty well the last 10 years, and it is fun to go to the games of a good high school program.
- Any team playing MSU, Ohio, and ND during the regular season. Unless they're playing each other, in which case I favor the lower ranked team (example: I wanted MSU to beat Ohio in the Big 10 Championship game.)
- Any Big 10 team playing the SEC in football. As much as I hate Ohio and MSU, I'd still rather see them beat Auburn or Alabama or Georgia or Florida or LSU.
- (Almost) any Big 10 team playing a bowl game or in the NCAA tourney. So, in the spirit of your question, I root first for Michigan, second for any other Big10 team in the tourney. I generally would prefer to be the one to crush them (think UofM vs. Illinois in the 1989 championship year.) I also rooted for MSU over Stanford. However, because they were so full of themselves, I rooted against Ohio and for Clemson this year. The tears of pain with two losses after 24 wins were incredibly tasty and delicious.
- (Almost) any Chicago professional team. So my second favorite team would be whichever Chicago team is playing that day. However, I can't ever root for the Cubs. Insufferable fans, akin to ND fans (returning to glory . . . albeit after 100 years.)
- If the question has to do with quirky mascots, I like the Dominican University Rosary Beads, the University of California Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, and the Ann Arbor Huron River Rats.
However, when it is all said and done, I will always be a Michigan fan, first and foremost.
U really put some thought into this
They were very fun to watch durin the Tedford years but my god how far they fell. I don't think sonny was the right hire
Was just talking to a co-worker about how many great players they had in the last decade. Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Desean Jackson, Jahvid Best to name a few... Just bad timing with the USC juggernaut in the same conference during that time.
Second favorite: Ohio Bobcats.
Second favorite in the Big Ten: NW
Not in the sense that I'm a fan who follows their teams, though. I just like to see them have success.
The Basketball team. The Football team is my favorite. The Hockey team is a close third.
I don't have a second favorite school. It's like having a wife or gf, you don't have a favorite second,
I love me some Michigan football, but your priorities might be a tad fucked if you're comparing the wife to a sports team.
UCLA football. The anti-Trojans.
It's a tie for second, anyone playing STAEE or OHIO!
It's kind of a sympathy thing, but whatever. They're cool in my book.
IU I know it's weird for it to be in the same conference but I go there and I'm from Indiana.
Stanford. I respect how they've succeeded even with their high academic standards. I love their band. I like the mascot - Cardinal is quirky. And I love northern California. Also, how many teams have a player with a photographic memory who can read plays in the blink of an eye and then help design plays on the sidelines based on his split-second encyclopedic knowledge?
I vaguely recall that you live in Evanston (not positive, might be wrong.) But if you do live in Evanston or the area, how come (given the reasons you like Stanford) aren't you a NW fan? My sisters live there, and I see that if I was there instead of near Wheaton, I'd probably follow NW just a bit.
Northwestern is #3. I can't put them at #2 because we play them and I have a little bit of competitive disdain for any team that we play regularly. But I do root for NW against every team except Michigan. And I have great respect for their program.
My 1st through 8000th favorite team is Michigan
East Grand Rapids. Go East!
Grew up in East. Great community and athletic department as well.
Go Northview Wildcats!
IDK, I actively root against ND and Liberty "University"
RPI in college hockey, if anyone knows them
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Second favorite is Purdue my undergrad. Grew up a Michigan fan and went to Michigan for two graduate degrees.
probably because grad school there was unbelievable.
My second favorite team will be auburn. I hate roll tide they remind me of the Ohio people.
Mine changes all the time. Whichever non-b1g team is playing well that season. Sometimes during a particular game I'll cheer for the underdog. My 2nd favorite b1g team is definitely Northwestern.
Whoever's playing OSU, ND, USC, Oklahoma, Alabama, or FSU.
Been following University of Kentucky basketball since 1966.
UNC - Chapel Hill is amazing and it is a great University. The BBall fanbase is second to none, too.
Loyola Marymount - spectacular views and Hank Gathers!!!! Great film program, too.
I went to The University of Charleston, so Michigan is obviously the #2 school for me, but I love Michigan sports (born and raised in SE Michigan, though to buckeye parents) since UC is DII. Aside from those, I like Ohio because all my family and friends went there and my family still lives about 15 minutes from Athens. Always a soft spot in my heart for them. I guess I don't mind Miami, after living there for several years and going to a lot of games there. I can live without all others though.
I went to grad school to get a phd in history. needless to say, there weren't too many colleagues of mine who liked sports, except my one buddy who's a Washington fan. The first few seasons it was a disaster, we lost to App State and then went 3-9. He went 0-12. But, we both stuck to it (we went to the Sugar Bowl, I'm hoping to fly out new Husky Stadium next year).
Washington's been a fun team to root for. They've got a ton of talent, they're university outlook is similar to Michigan's, etc. Pretty pumped to see what Petersen does.
Southern Illinois and Cincinnati. Although I do actually own a Campbell college shirt. I just wanted a shirt that said fighting camels on it.
but not so much now (especially with Alford there). If I had to pick another school it would probably be Butler (although I haven't seem them play this year).
I like Minnesota and washington. Don't know why. Just do.
UNLV is my second favorite team. Living in Vegas (Henderson), I go to a lot of their games. The basketball games are usually fun, I know a teacher who gets student tickets from UNLV students and we sit there for free. The football games are usually terrible, although they did make a bowl for the first time in 100 years or something. You can drink at both of the games. Alcohol makes for a rowdy 8 PM PST Saturday night crowd in basketball. You can almost feel the venom directed at the other team. When New Mexico, San Diego St, BYU, and UNLV were on top of the Mountain West in basketball, the Thomas & Mack, for those games, was the loudest place I have ever been. I couldn't even talk to the person next to me it was that loud. UNLV vs BYU is one game I definitely miss. The hate that flows from the UNLV fans is incredible (Half of Las Vegas is Mormon too). UNLV basketball is having a down year, and really have no homecourt advantage this season, but I will be at the game tonight against Boise St!
I overlapped with Beilein there; it was a bummer when he left for WVU, but I feel pretty good about the whole situation now.
I have family that lives in Albuquerque most of the year, and having spent time there and attending a Lobos football game (yet to see a basketball game at "The Pit" but I can't wait to, it's a great venue from everything I've heard and seen on TV), I have taking a liking to the campus and the teams. It's not anything like Michigan fandom, especially being an alum, but I do find it fun to have another team to follow and root for, and I have actually enjoyed watching the Mountain West develop into a formidable conference going even further back than liking the Lobos. The football team has fallen on hard times, they used to be decently good under head coach Rocky Long who went to San Diego St. as DC under Brady Hoke, and then replaced Hoke as HC for the Aztecs. Lobo basketball has been pretty solid for a long time, and dominated the conference under current UCLA coach Steve Alford (I know, I know), and they are still a pretty good bet to make the NCAA tourney, probably as the 2nd or 3rd team out of the MWC.
I have always liked Clemson as my 2nd favorite team. It is nowhere near the passion I have for Michigan though.
San Diego State...
Only other college that I have articles of clothing from.
Don't really have a set 2nd favorite team... I like to root for my prospective colleges as a current high school junior, just as long as they aren't playing UM which they typically aren't.
wife for med school and residency, Michigan didn't :(
My 2nd favorite BIG team is Northwestern
Hometown team: University of Vermont! Varsity football team hasn't been defeated since 1974
Football - LSU. Wish we had Miles and Cameron. Plus Death Valley is awesome.
Hoops- North Carolina
I was born in Oklahoma and spent the first 12 years of my life there.
East Carolina University... Go Pirates! Did my undergrad there and grad at Michigan. If those two ever meet in football I don't honestly know who I'll root for.
My two favorite teams are Michigan and whoever is playing Ohio State
NCAA Football: Cal, Stanford, UCLA. I'm not old enough to remember Rose Bowl losses to any of them, I can't stand the rest of the Pac-12, the only ACC teams I consider tolerable are lousy, and obviously the SEC and Big 12 are out of the question for football. The California teams not named Trojans are all respectable institutions and programs.
NCAA Basketball: Kansas and North Carolina, pretty much because they're the programs that can tell Sparty to shove it when they go on about how they're the best program in the country. Obviously there's also Duke and Kentucky, but I'm not rooting for them.
NFL: Patriots. And not just because of Brady. When I was a junior in high school in 1998, I'd have to work kind of late on Sunday nights, and I'd always get home just in time to see the fourth quarter of the prime time game. Two or three times that year the Pats had some real barn-burners they came back to win, that just got me rooting for them when not watching the Lions.
NHL and MLB, it kind of just depends who's left in the playoffs after the Wings or Tigers have been eliminated. Teams I'm guaranteed NEVER to root for include the Blackhawks, Sharks, Blues, Penguins, Blue Jackets, Predators, Ducks, and Stars. I guess if I had to lean toward anyone it would be the Devils, Flyers, and Bruins, don't really know why. In baseball I'll never root for the Yankees, Rangers, Angels, As, White Sox, Braves, or Twins.
Miami football and Duke basketball. I know, I know