For the past year, I’ve rooted against the FSU Seminoles.
I’ve cheered on each of their opponents on every play in every quarter of every game.
I’ve lampooned the team’s famous Tomahawk Chop.
I’ve even booed Chief Osceola preening on his horse Renegade during pregame festivities.
I’ve vented my angst against their Heisman Trophy winning QB Jameis Winston who has demonstrated equal aplomb in avoiding both defensive linemen on the football field and any meaningful university disciplinary action on campus for his well publicized behavior.
I’ve grumbled and complained about their brilliant football coach Jimbo Fisher, who looks like Howdy Doody and sounds like Goober Pyle, but remains resolute, almost defiant, in defending his star QB
And, I’ve grown to dislike Florida State University football even more as they narrowly escaped the jaws of certain defeat with dramatic fourth quarter comeback victories.
However, I’ve come to admit that the root of my disdain rests squarely in the fact that they’re good.
Better yet, the FSU Seminoles are excellent.
Winners of 29 games in a row, their continued, unabated football success has ruffled my feathers. Their winning ways have made my blood boil and added to my indigestion.
And tonight, if you’re like me and most college football fans outside the state of Florida, you’ll also be cheering on the Oregon Ducks in this first ever national semifinal college football game.
At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, 2014 Heisman Trophy winning QB Marcus Mariota leads his Pac10 team against Winston, last year’s Heisman winner, and the defending ACC and national champion Florida State Seminoles.
The eagerly anticipated game pits the exciting, fun-to-watch Ducks against the most polarizing college football team in the country, the FSU Seminoles, whom most fans find fun-to-malign.
Not since the Miami Hurricanes of the late 80’s and early 90’s has there been such a talented, dominant program in college football.
For fans, the proverbial line in the sand may be drawn at the Florida state border when picking sides in tonight’s game.
FSU bashers may believe that their angst is justified. They’ll cite immature behavior and unfounded allegations among star FSU players as well as personal, inalienable rights as sports fans to root for whomever they want.
But, for those Seminole haters mature enough to acknowledge, Florida State University’s football is really, really good!
Forget about Jameis Winston and Jimbo Fisher and the Tallahassee Police Department, FSU’s unrivaled success is the primary reason why I, and so many others, don’t like Florida State football.
And, that’s why my college football motto all season has always been…anybody but the FSU Seminoles!
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!