Perhaps even more than the games, what I enjoy about college sports season (football, basketball, baseball, I don’t care) is the partisanship. I love hearing about obscure traditions just as much as I do the instantly recognizable ones. And the recent upswing in entries at College Rule Notebook demonstrates that wonderfully.
You might not know where Maryville College is, but you will after you read TheGoldfishCowboy’s ode to his undergrad days. They have weeks-long water-balloon fights, streaking, and a goofy fight song. I gather TGC will favor me with the Tennessee Volunteers soon as well, which is long overdue.
More familiar to all of us is the legend of Bullet, Pistol Pete, and Barry Sanders. But if that’s all you know about Oklahoma State University, you’re missing out. My favorite thing about filling in the links for this post was finding multiple pictures of Pete – skiing, at a wedding, and even with bikini babes on the beach. Second favorite was reminiscing about Oklahoma Joe’s, which I visited because I had two good college buddies from Stillwater. Good times, worth the trip.
Head on over and immortalize your alma mater as well! I look forward to the link-searching.
Also, no matter who you root for, Patrick Donohue at LWS has a week one college football viewing guide, complete with some thoughts on the healing ability of sports at Virginia Tech and Indiana.