The West Virginia Mountaineers have finally received the credit they deserve.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite the look I was going for.
According to SI.Com —Sports Illustrated online—the fans in West Virginia have been voted No. 1, when it comes to the rudest fans at a home game.
I am not so sure that I can agree with that. What I can agree with is the fact that the student section—Mountaineer Maniacs—can get a little out of hand.
However, even the Maniacs do quite well at showing hospitality during the actual game.
I have never seen the Old Gold clad youngsters—in recent years—disrespect the visiting team nor its’ fans, during the respective, collective activities.
Allow me to refer to a recent column of mine dated Oct. 25, 2009, “UConn: Welcome to Wild, Wonderful, Well-Mannered West Virginia—The Fans.”
Now this is just a smidgen of the entire article that I wrote exclaiming my appreciation of the WVU fans—including the Mountaineer Maniacs.
" …I have never been as proud—of all of the Mountaineer fans—as I am, following the game in Morgantown on Oct. 24, 2009. The visiting UConn Huskies had just lost their star corner back, Jasper Howard, to a violent incident the prior Saturday.
"After a record-setting victory performance against Louisville, Howard was stabbed to death, following a Homecoming Dance on the UConn campus.The UConn team and fans came to Milan Puskar Stadium with more than heavy hearts—having not even laid to rest the body of their fallen teammate, friend, and brother. The Mountaineer fans, including the student section—Mountaineer Maniacs—were more than affable…"
I don’t know who was included in the voting for the SI.com. It was apparently “fans” from various schools and conferences.
I did not get asked to vote. I did not even know this poll was taking place.
Many folks may say that there is no bad publicity. I can agree to a certain extent.
However, when the publicity is negative toward the Mountaineer Faithful, it hurts.
For, I am one.
I did not play any sports for WVU so; I cannot take credit for contributing to the major success of the football team. Nor can I take credit for a trip to the “Elite Eight”.
As a matter of fact, I did not attend WVU so; I cannot take credit for helping gain the title of No. 1 party school, either—on more than one occasion.
Nevertheless, I am a Mountaineer!
We are good people. Don’t let some poll, dreamed up by CNN, influence what you think about West Virginia.
Come see us! You’ll be quite surprised! We love each other and we love you, even if you beat us.
We should be No. 1.
We’ll let you decide the category.