Roar Lions Roar FAQ (2008 Edition)
Welcome to my world
As more students start to come back to campus and we get closer to the start of the season, I thought it was a good time to explain some of the basics to the many new readers coming to this site.
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 I, 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 wear 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 47 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 things to obsessive levels. 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 kids to a game where they can see players who have their priorities straight.
I am sick of spors anchors on ESPN getting all high and mighty about college athletes and leagues that are corrupt and then they don't spend even a minute focusing on the players and leagues who do it right. It's hiprocritical and cynical and I won't have it.
Anyone who says that the Ivy League "isn't real college football," should be reminded that BCS football for the most part isn't reall college.
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 on this blog or via email to me. Not ONE. 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. Seriously don't worry about me, this is not as time-intensive as it looks.
6) How will the Lions do this season?
Better this year than last, that's for sure. We still have a lot of question marks, but the few Ivy teams that have players who have won back-to-back Ivy Rookie of the Year awards have all done much better in the season following the second award. Columbia is now one of those teams with Austin Knowlin winning it in 2006 and Alex Gross taking the award last year.
More important than the awards is the way this teams fights to the end. Even in the blowouts last season, the team never gave up. This trend was evident in 2006 as well, so I'm conifdent about team enthusiasm bringing us more wins this year and next.