When a group gets obnoxious you tend to dislike them. For example, MSU fans hate Ole Miss fans, and Ole Miss fans hate LSU fans, and everyone hates Alabama fans, and on and on it goes.
Why do the teams of the SEC rally together at bowl season? I’ve not seen other conference’s do this, though I think they are starting to, but only in retaliation against the SEC(that whole being obnoxious thing). The ‘conference pride’ seems to have started with the SEC but did it only start once the BCS era started?
I’m a part of the ‘SEC Fandom’ but I really have no idea how I got started. My ‘fandom’ has always been ‘MSU’ first, because I’m an alum, ‘Ole Miss’ second, because my whole family has ties there, then I decided to be ‘for’ the SEC West teams, then the SEC East teams and to always hate on LSU unless they are playing outside the conference. That third(and fourth) part is something I added on when the BCS started up, but I’m not sure how that got started. Did the BCS start conference pride or did it grow before that? I think it started when the SEC management got smart and tried to tie individual teams victories to the conference and I fell for it.
What about you guys? How does your ‘fandom’ work in regard to college football? And why?