In a provocative posting meant to do nothing more than insult certain college football fans – while boosting page views – FOX Sports, along with its partner, MSN, has decided to trash Gator Nation and Noles fans.
Using 10 photos and scant information, FOX has dubbed the Gators fans and Noles fans the 10 “most obnoxious fan bases in the country.”
Is there any logic in how Fox arrived at this conclusion? Not as far as I can tell. And it doesn’t even appear to have even a scintilla of evidence to back up the specious claims. Florida “lives in the past and never shuts up” quotes the FOX posting. Huh? What kind of nonsense is that? Their quarterback won a Heisman Trophy and the team is just two seasons removed from a national title. Part of the criticism has to do with Steve “Evil Genius” Spurrier, who did of course earn lots of scorn from opposing fans and coaches, but that’s ancient history now.
I mean if you are going to come up with some reason to rip the UF fans, at least mention something with a little more zing, such as those allegations from a million years ago that Gator fans poured urine on visiting Tennessee fans.
But in my mind, FOX Sports goes even more overboard when it comes to Florida State fans, saying that the fans spend more time “bragging about themselves and their rituals instead of their football team.” The posting goes on to rip FSU’s tomahawk chop as “cheesy.” All I can say is that person who wrote this particular work of fiction – her name is Lisa Horne – has probably never been to an FSU game and doesn’t know anything about FSU. In recent years, coaches and team players have complained that the fans don’t show enough enthusiasm and that the team can’t fill up the stadium for games against lesser-known opponents. How that is “obnoxious,” I honestly can’t tell.
What’s even more telling is that if Horne knew anything about FSU she would realize that FSU fans have for a long time suffered from a massive inferiority complex. It wasn’t that long ago that Coach Bobby Bowden had to annually answer the “can’t win the big one” question from the media.
And finally, after all this, if you are going to rip UF and FSU, how on earth could you omit the Canes fans? Has anyone at FOX ever gone to a game here in the state of Florida? Have they ever seen Sebastian the Ibis hold the “State Champs” sign when UM would beat FSU? Has anyone at Fox ever heard Ray Lewis and other Canes players talk about the “U” and the “five national titles” etc. etc.
Somebody needs to tell FOX Sports they are full of it.