When I made the decision to go to Southern Tech University instead of the more conventional choice of the University of Delosa, I knew that one of the things I was missing out on Big Time College Football. I visited by brothers periodically in Ephesus almost always timed for a good college football games. Going to the annual showdowns between Delosa and the University of Louisiana was an annual tradition. Southern Tech didn’t have that. They had a team that had been great in the past but was struggling by the time I had gotten there. I was never a big follower of high school football, so despite the fun of going to Delosa Crimson Panther games, I didn’t figure that I was missing out on much.

By the time I graduated from college, I had gone to two or three games. The Southern Tech Wolf Pack had fallen on particularly hard times. They were rarely of anything approaching national championship caliber, but even less lofty goals like a conference championship or even a bowl game seemed out of reach. Any time we were playing a teach I had heard of we got trounced and when we played competitively it was against teams that one could take little pride in defeating. And while my brothers were surrounded by football fanatics, few of my friends cared.

Curiously, it was only after I left that I started following college sports more generally and the Wolf Pack specifically. Some of it is that the school was suddenly fielding decent and wildly entertaining teams. Sometimes they won, sometimes they lost, but rarely were they boring.

I find that I am not alone in this. One guy that I knew passingly in college, Al Cavanaugh, found me on a blog I used to write. Since then we’ve been in correspondence and we would make a point of going to at least one or two football and basketball games a year. Al went to the University of Delosa Law School and is a Red Panthers fan for the most part, but like me he has taken an interest in Wolf Pack sports. Being that he lives in Colosse, the Wolf Pack games are much easier (not to mention cheaper) to attend. An advantage to following the football team of a non-football school is that while you miss out on the high-charged atmosphere of 80,000 screaming fans, you don’t have to deal with the headaches of being in a stadium with 80,000 screaming fans.


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