Clay Travis linked to an unscientific poll last night that called Kentucky Basketball the "most lunatic" fan base. This got Travis to thinking about what creates a lunatic fan base. Among his reasons for lunacy were, "isolation/no other winning team in area, historic success, low college degree % in state/region." Travis applied this and got the three national lunatic fan bases, Kentucky Basketball, Alabama Football, Notre Dame Football. (He also said UF fans are usually the most good natured, which I am sort of surprised by.)
This got us to thinking, who is Florida's football rival with the most lunatic fan base? Not who Gator fans hate the most, but the fans that make you think, "Goddamn, these bastards are crazy." We consider the traditional rivals; Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and Miami. We don't include Alabama because those bastards are crazy but we don't play them every year. (They would win this poll easily too.) We did include Miami because while we don't play them every year, we have to live near them every day. "Pro Lunatic" and "Non Lunatic" arguments are presented for each team. You vote below and leave your comments.
Pro Lunatic: Delusions of grandeur despite losing to USF and chasing out the only successful coach in school history. FSU alumni and students also have a deep inferiority complex, as they are constantly reminded by UF alumni and students which school has the better academic reputation. (The Florida Legislature may pass a law this year that declares UF as Florida's "elite" school.) For this reason, UF fans feel no kinship with FSU fans, which is the ultimate sign of disrespect.
Non Lunatic: You can't have a lunatic fan base when 10,000 USF fans can get in your erector set stadium. Or when I can yell during the 2008 UF-FSU game, "I'M IN YOUR STUDENT SECTION FSU! I'M! IN! YOUR! STUDENT SECTION!" after every touchdown.
Pro Lunatic: Red pants, black helmets, thinking Herschel Walker still plays for them, getting to Jacksonville on Wednesday and leaving during the third quarter, "pure" bulldogs, D-A-W-G-S and not D-O-G-S, preaching about how holy they are behind Mark Richt then thinking the entire team getting an excessive celebration is acceptable, counting a win in 1904 against 11 dudes from Florida when Gator Football did not begin until 1906.
Non Lunatic: Loyal in filling Jacksonville every year despite lean seasons and a six hour ride, also thought the black helmets were lame, dog people, will compliment you on your terrible mustache even though you are a Gator, the best dressed women of any age. Also, they did schedule two games of the Florida-Georgia series in Savannah.
Pro Lunatic: They have a live tiger for a mascot, always seem drunk, you would not want to fight any of them because that bottle and deep fryer double as weapons. Scariest road game experience.
Non Lunatic: Mike the Tiger is awesome, fans are always hilarious, would buy you a drink and feed you. Best road game experience. It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium by former LSU lineman John Ed Bradley is one of the best sports books of the last 20 years.
Pro Lunatic: An astonishing number of Miami fans never attended UM, and probably never attended any college. They have pride in their five National Championships, but think that makes up for half filling a soul less NFL stadium on game day. UM fans also tout the high morals of coach Randy Shannon, who was outed in ESPN's "The U" for paying players as an assistant.
Non Lunatic: Miami is a very good school and Coral Gables is a nice place. If you just counted alumni and students, UM would look tame in this argument.
Pro Lunatic- They rioted on campus when their coach left for another job. Not their coach of 17 years. Their coach of one year. Not their coach that won a National Championship and coached their best player. A coach that was too crazy for Al Davis. When Tennessee comes to Gainesville, you can't find Vols fans in the hotels because they drive to the tailgate spot and sleep there. Then they go out Friday and Saturday night, thinking a few swipes of Mitchum will freshen them up. 90% of the men have facial hair and half of those guys have the Dale Earnhardt mustache. (The Earnhardt mustache does not look cool as you drive your Chevy Cavalier to your job as manager of a Sunoco.) Accused UF fans of throwing cups of urine during the 1991 game, which was reportedly in response to UT fans allegedly chanting, "We don't kill our students," during the 1990 game in reference to the Gainesville student murders that August.
Make your pick and type in your comments.