I probably don’t need to remind you, but college football season has started once again. Most everyone around these parts, it seems, has a favorite team. It doesn’t matter if they attended the school or if they or anybody in their family even attended college. They love college football, they love their favorite teams, and they are eager to let everyone know it.
I am not one of those people.
I can relate to being passionate about sports. I know what it’s like to connect with a team. I love baseball, and most of my interest in sports is reserved for baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox. I grew up in New England. My dad passed his love of the team down to me, and I’ve stuck with them ever since. I watch dozens of games online each season. I collect Carl Yastrzemski cards. I wear a Red Sox hat when I mow the lawn. I once had a cat named after Pedro Martinez.
I like other sports, too. I like college basketball. I like hockey. And I do like football. I’m a 49ers fan, and I love watching my nephew’s high school games. But college football isn’t a big thing in New England, and as a result, I grew up not caring much about it.
But things have changed. Every fall, I feel more left out. I’ve lived in the South for 20 years now, and I feel like I’m missing out by not loving college football. I want to love it, though, and the only way I know how to do that is to find a team to love first.
I attended UTC, but I don’t love the Mocs. I might have latched on to them, but I really loved the close-knit atmosphere of Chamberlain Field, and when the school moved their games to Finley Stadium, something was lost for me.
Most of my wife’s family members are huge Florida Gator fans. Their passion goes back decades, like mine does with the Red Sox. The trouble is I have never been able to feel that same passion.
Other family members and friends love the Vols. Or Georgia. Or Alabama. Or Vanderbilt. Or South Carolina. I almost attended South Carolina. I like the Gamecocks. But I don’t love them. Like the Gators, the Gamecocks and all of the other teams I mentioned feel like other peoples’ teams. I need a team of my own.
What do I do? Is it too late for me? Can I still develop a meaningful relationship with a college football team?
Please help me pick a favorite team. Which is yours, and why should it be mine? Tell me in the comments below. Once I settle on a team, you can then explain the whole bowl system to me.
Bill Colrus writes about (in no particular order) local news, culture, music and media. You can find him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or reach him at email@example.com. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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