QUOTE(InTheZone @ Mar 26 2007, 07:52 PM)
sgm, why in the world would you be a fan of a school that is in the same state as the school you attend and is on the schedule of almost all of our sports?? I can understand people like BuckZip's feelings, as he attended both, but you have never attended Ohio St and never will. Were you a big fan of another high school back in the day when you were in high school (however long ago that was)? It makes no sense, it's pathetic, and it represents everything that is wrong with your average Akron sports fan. SMALL-MINDEDNESS and some sort of awe worship of a school they've never even attended and have no ties to.
As I've stated many times before, I have had many relatives that have gone to OSU. Because of this, I got to go to OSU games and followed OSU football and basketball since I was a little kid.
Growing up, I didn't live near Akron...I had no allegiance to the school (and why would I?). When I was a senior in high school, I applied to and was accepted to Akron, Bowling Green, and Ohio State. I chose Akron, because it was good for my major, because my sister was a Zip and loved it, and because I felt it was a school on the rise.
I have never - for one single day - regretted that decision. I love Akron, I'm an avid follower of our sports teams, and take great pride in being a Zip.
And when OSU is playing a game that's not against Akron - in a separate conference of course - I cheer for OSU.
And because of that I am pathetic and small-minded?
Listen...there are a lot of people like me who grew up in other areas other than here that grew up Buckeyes fans either by family connection or by default. They are by far the top athletic school and by far have the biggest fan base in Ohio. That's not going to change anytime soon - we can either accept that or not.
Akron has their two "big" programs - football and basketball - both on the rise. We have two great coaches, a ton of young talent, and a new stadium on the way for football.
One of the the main things missing is the fan base. Football crowds are lacking, as most games' basketball crowds. We have the die-hards - they're here and will stay here. We need the average fan.
But if we continue to bash people for wearing OSU stuff, or bash people for cheering for OSU, or bash people and tell them to go to another school just because they point out that OSU has no good reason to come to the JAR, that average fan base will never grow. We need to embrace these people - instead of bashing them for liking OSU, why not invite them to a game and get them hooked on our wonderful product?
We have the coaches...we have the players...we'll have the facilities...now we need the fans.
Now...with that in mind...why in the world would we push people AWAY from the program?
Talk about small-mindedness...