For all I care, the Big XII could be the weakest conference in the country. USC has a setup right now that I truly envy. I'm not saying the Pac-10 is the weakest conference in the country, but it certainly isn't one of the stalwarts, and what has that gotten USC?
Six straight Pac-10 titles (interesting note, the Pac-10 site has ASU listed as the Co-Champ this year), perennial national contention, and a yearly berth in the BCS.
For all you complaining USC fans, we should all be so cursed as to have to go the Rose Bowl every year.
If Texas played in a conference that was so weak they could win six straight titles, that would be my heaven. Instead, they lose one game all year and can't even win their own division. Big XII fans are loving the strength of the Big XII this year, but I'm bemoaning it.
I certainly will never say to myself, "Well Texas had a tough year, but at least the Big XII was great." That is a loser mentality.
I'm not saying it's necessarily wrong to have pride in your conference, but it certainly is odd in the world of sports to cheer for your rival to win something that you were unable to do yourself.
Perhaps if someone could point to a similar occurrence in sports then I might be able to understand, but as of now this concept is alien to me.
I know some people might be anxious to point out that baseball has its loyalists. Some people root for the American League and some for the National.
This, however, has its roots in the fact that they were actually two separate leagues that never played each other except for its champions in the World Series.
Recently, however, interleague play, along with free agency, and even the commonizing of the umpires, has really begun to do away with these biases.
The same could be said for pro football, because the AFL and NFL used to be two different leagues that didn't compete with each other on the field, but only for fans and revenue. However, the merger was so long ago that you really don't see an AFC/NFC bias.
Perhaps I'm just lost in the days of yore when hating your rival was a year-round type of event and not just a one- or two-Saturday-a-year ritual like Thanksgiving.
Imagine, you go to the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail party and the Red River Shootout (don't say RRR), and while you're there you hear all about how the Gators suck and other hateful things from Georgia fans, and you hear the same from Longhorn fans in Dallas about OU.
Now imagine those same fans that said those hateful things are now cheering for those very same teams. That would be a paradox in the literary world. In the sports world, I simply call it unfaithful.
I know, people will criticize me for insulting them by calling them unfaithful. However, as a Longhorn fan I have an unwritten and unspoken oath to hate with every ounce of my soul every team that gets in the way of my Longhorns and their greatness, conference affiliation BE DAMNED!!!!!!!