The Pride, the Fall, and the Backyard Brawl

Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. CJColucci
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    Welcome back, Em.j I went to two schools that used to feature prominently in Penthouse’s long-defunct annual feature article on the 20 worst college football teams, (I would buy that issue and have to explain to my wife), so I’ve never had a natural rooting interest. Though I did have an office mate who came in second in the Miss West Virginia pageant.
    So Go Mountaineers!Report

  2. Michael Cain
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    Long-held grudges… I know people in Nebraska who still despise Penn State because of the 1982 game in Happy Valley. The zebras blew two late calls — both of which were obvious on the network’s replays — that almost certainly decided the outcome of the game. Even older-timers in Nebraska still despise Alabama from the year Bear Bryant told the Sugar Bowl selection committee where Alabama would be playing, “Any opponent except Nebraska.”

    On a tangent… I predict that the Big Ten is going to be disappointed with the addition of USC and UCLA. It will not add enough to the TV viewership to justify the payout they will get from the conference. Same goes for any of the other Pac-12 teams picked up by the Big 12 or Big 10. College football is not a religion in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, and the conferences are not going to turn it into one.Report

  3. Fish
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    Ok, you’ve convinced me. I’ll watch the game tonight and cheer for WVU (just don’t tell KU).Report

  4. Mike Schilling
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    Em was too nice to mention this but not only did Rich Rodriguez jump to Michigan, he tried to avoid his buyout clause by claiming that WvU had violated their contract with him. No dice.Report

  5. Em Carpenter
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    Sigh.Report

  6. Slade the Leveller
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    I’ll never understand the abrupt departures of college coaches. Bowl games aren’t even really part of the season, so why not stick around for one more game? Just bizarre to me.Report

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