During this time of the college football offseason when teams have long since wrapped things up, the bored faithful tend to get restless. On Feb. 2, fans watched excitedly as new football recruits signed on with their new teams.
We all got all worked up about it; threads were humming with rhetoric and debauchery about which school was getting which recruit.
And yet, four years later, the college football recruiting rankings on Scout.com and Rivals.com rarely resemble the final BCS polls. So how important are they?
Now this week comes news that a crazed 62-year-old Alabama fan, poisoned the tradition-packed 132-year-old oak trees on the Auburn campus known as Toomer’s Corner.
The proud fan then called a local radio show hosted by Paul Finebaum to pop off about it, identified later after police promptly arrested the nitwit, as one Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr.
Alabama folks will quickly point out that there is some doubt as to whether this guy ever attended their university in the first place. Many claim he's an uneducated high-school drop-out who just glommed onto the program as most of the worst fans of programs do.
Nevertheless, on the radio he bragged up his despicable act, and claimed it was in retaliation for Auburn fans toilet-papering the same trees in celebration when famed Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant passed on. Auburn fans often toilet paper these trees for celebration, as they have for some eleven decades.
Auburn fans deny the Bryant rumor ever happened, while Alabama fans insist it did, and each fanbase is bitter because of it. Both claim the opposing fans are the most obnoxious in America.
This is where the Pac-10 comes in.
Speaking as a UW Husky alum who has had to tolerate the adolescent habits of Oregon Duck fans for three decades, I would have to contest that last point.
Yes certainly there may be some mentally-challenged individuals in the SEC who do stupid things like this, but are the fans in that conference anywhere as raw than our pals down in the tractor-lot-infested middle of I-5 Oregon?
I think not, and apparently many other fans of Pac-10 schools agree with me.
Evidence? On the next page is a fan poll that was presented to each school in the Pac-10 this past year, asking who they rated as the most derelict in the league? Guess who won?