BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Here's a column from OKNews.com about Gators fans. Good column but a few things need pointing out.
1. Of course Mark Bradley of the AJC is going to write that Florida has the most obnoxious fans. He writes for Atlanta and he loves UGA. Here's what writers who cover football don't understand: The more obnoxious the fan the better the fan. When Bradley named Gators the most obnoxious fans in the SEC, he was unwittingly handing the Gators the best-fan award. Well, maybe that was his point.
2. The columnist's first instinct was correct. LSU has the most obnoxious and slovenly fans in the SEC. Baton Rouge breeds the perfect Deep South hooligan. Cultural isolationism? Check. Prone to violence or shows of brutish masculinity? Check. Blind loyalty? Check. Wild Turkey sour mash whiskey? Check. Teeth? Optional. Inferiority complex? Check. Most people stop drooling around the time they learn to balance themselves upright. These two skills performed simultaneously are too complicated for the average LSU fan on game day. They regress. Evolution stumbles backwards, drunken, confused and marking its territory on every building and tree. LSU fans either walk around leaking at the mouth or crawl around on all fours like the primitive beasts they are. "Tiger Bait!"
3. Is Miami really UF's backyard? From the perspective of someone in Oklahoma, yes. From my vantage point, not exactly. Miami is one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country but the Gators have failed to pull a recruit from Miami-Dade County since Dorian Munroe almost four years ago. Sheesh, that's pathetic.
4. I've been to every Florida home and away game for two straight seasons. I also grew up going to Auburn and Alabama games and later covered Auburn and Alabama games. Florida fans are not that rowdy. Gators might take this as a compliment or an indictment, I don't know, but since I've been in Gainesville, the most obnoxious fans were the Miami Hurricanes fans who celebrated their fandom with a giant mosh pit outside The Swamp before Florida 26, Miami 3. Does anyone remember this? Guess they figured celebrating before the game was the best idea.
So, who has more obnoxious fans: Florida or Oklahoma? If Billy Sims is any indication, then the award should go to the Sooners.