Friday, June 08, 2007

Roar Lions Roar FAQ! (First in a Series)

Sid Luckman in his days with the Bears, before he started losing to my grandad at cards

As traffic to this site picks up, I assume there are a lot of you wondering what the heck is going on here? You could do things the hard way and just start reading the archives that start with posts back in the summer of 2005, or you could look at the frequently asked questions section below to save time.

1) "Hey, are you an idiot? Don't you know the title of our fight song is "Roar LION Roar?"

Yes, yes I am aware of that. I'm doing something called a play on words. I like to pass myself off as a witty writer. I also like to pass myself off as Kaiser Wilhelm, but a lot more people seem to go for the writer thing.

2) Why are you such a crazy Columbia fan?

First of all, let's define "crazy fan." Do I go to just about all the games? Do I get happy and depressed based on the team's performance, and then write about it online?... yes to all of the above. Do I don a rainbow wig, paint my bare chest light blue, and beat up opposing team mascots... no, (well there was that incident with the Dartmouth kid who dresses up like a keg back in '79, but the charges were dropped).

Actually I never really realized it until after the fact, but I was pretty much destined to be a Columbia football fan even before I set foot on campus as a freshman in 1988. My grandfather was a close friend and pinochle buddy of Columbia and Chicago Bears great Sid Luckman. Wien Stadium is named after a distant relative of my grandmother's, Lawrence A. Wien. And I'm pretty sure, my mom, who isn't much a sports fan, was dragged to the Ivy League championship-clinching win over Penn at Baker Field in November, 1961 by her then-boyfriend when she was a first-year at Barnard College.

3) You Columbia fans make me sick. Why do you talk so much even though you haven't won a title in 46 years? You should just be quiet and leave us alone.

Yes, die-hard loyal CU fans tend to dominate Ivy Internet chat boards and the like. But we're usually not boasting; we're just talking about our team and the sport we obviously love. This was the same reason why the Red Sox fans were so dominant on the Web pre-2004 and also why Cubs fans follow their team so closely all over the world. Fans of super-successful Ivy football teams like Harvard and Penn just aren't battle-tested enough to take the team to obsess. We are.

I follow just about all the pro sports and "big-time" college football and basketball too, but those sports have lost a lot in my eyes over the years. The average pro team has more turnover than a second-term White House administration, and many of the BCS football teams are filled with young men who work hard, but can't really be called "college students." Every Ivy football player is a true student-athlete. It's damn nice as a father to take my kid to a game where she can see players who have their priorities straight.

4) Okay we get it, you love the team. But why spend so much time writing about it on the Internet, and what are trying to accomplish here?

Writing is what I do anyway. It's the way I make my living and I actually enjoy it. The Internet gives you a built-in audience, however small sometimes, so if you don't hate your writing, why wouldn't you post it on the 'net?

And the point of all this is to create a virtual meeting place for CU fans, players, etc. I wanted to prove that there is a large and vibrant Columbia fan base, it just needed a sounding board. As President Reagan once told his speechwriters in 1981: "The choir needs music."

Everyone is welcome of course, but so far not ONE person has left a nasty personal attack-type comment in this blog's two years of life. By Internet standards, I think that's a record.

5) When do you sleep?

I'm a dad, so I still don't exactly bank on 8 hours of sleep each night. But since I don't kill myself with as much meticulous editing as I should for this site, it doesn't take me too long to get these posts online, (except when I'm out of town, like I happen to be at the moment). Seriously don't worry about me, this is not as time-intensive as it looks.

6) How will the Lions do this season?

Well, my magnum opus preseason predictions for Columbia and the rest of the Ivies is still more than two months away. But quickly I can tell you that this is the most encouraged I've been about a season since 1996 when the team eventually finished 8-2. On the down side, Columbia has a much tougher schedule this season and more teams will be gunning for them.


At Fri Jun 08, 08:45:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I check your blog each morning before I check my portfolio!

At Fri Jun 08, 09:24:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Jake, just keep doing what your doing. The team is on the rise and the interest will continue to grow. I'm feeling good about CU athletics in general. I think many of the programs are on the right track with more administrative backing for sports.

At Sat Jun 09, 01:27:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Well, for the last few days, my blog has been looking better than most portfolios!

Thanks for the support.

At Sat Jun 09, 01:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I appreciate your blog because it made my family realize that my preoccupation with Columbia sports could be far worse, something they didn't know before!

Thanks for the time and effort you put into this, and especially for the items you do on individuals.

At Sat Jun 09, 01:59:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Yes, please feel free to use me as the benchmark for craziness... I hope I can serve to bring more marriages and families back from the edge!

At Sat Jun 09, 03:12:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife thinks I'm nuts, but I also read your blog six or seven times a day. You're column/articles/comments or whatever is much more interesting than the New York Times Sports Section and all the other New York newspapers combined; i.e. you write about college football, particularly my beloved Columbia Lions. Thanks Jake. You're the best.

At Sat Jun 09, 04:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep it up!!


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