As I spend these long, football-forsaken days of summer longing for the steam-whistled roar of Grant Field touchdowns on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I find myself mindlessly watching replay games from College Football Classics on Sports South. And as I watch games like past Egg Bowls or NCSU vs. UNC I can't help but root a little one way or the other as the games go on. Now, that would feel plenty normal except that I've noticed a trend - I tend to root for whichever team is not named the "University of" it's respective state. For example, as I write this, I'm watching LSU face UK in Lexington (from '02), and even though LSU dominates it's state I STILL don't want to see UK win...just because it's a big old "U of." I think for me I simply despise the phenomenon that "U of's" get untold throngs of extra fans from their free public perception as "representing the state." I even find myself refusing to call UK or UT-Knoxville "Kentucky" or "Tennessee" as it just irks me that Louisville and Vandy aren't as easily associated with the pride of those states. I've begun to wonder if this is normal among us Georgia Tech fans. So I'll put it to you, my fellow Jackets:
Taking special vendettas out of it, do you find yourself generally happy when a "State" or "A&M" or "Tech" or "Named-for-a-town-or-person" makes a good play against any "University of ______?"