GQ Names the Top Ten Worst College Sports Fans
Tuesday March 15, 10:08 am ET <TABLE height=4 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD height=4></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>- Duke, West Virginia, Maryland Lead Best of the Worst
NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the NCAA final four, GQ magazine names the top ten most obnoxious college sports fans.
Duke: The Cameron Crazies are the Clay Aikens of college sports fans-too loud, too geeky, too cute, and terminally annoying. It'll take twenty consecutive losing seasons just to make them tolerable again.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers might be the college-sports version of soccer hooligans. Nothing says school spirit like lighting 1,129 intentional street fires (according to Morgantown Fire Department data from 1997-2003) or hurling a whiskey bottle, golf balls, and a trash can from the stands.
Maryland: They don't say "Fear the Turtle" for nothing: Terp outrage caused over $500,000 worth of damage on a single night in 2001, and the frequent vulgar outbursts at home games have prompted university officials to seek the state attorney general's advice on how to control UM fans.
Ohio State: OSU hell-raising after the 2002 Michigan football game-which involved more than one hundred fires, including a nine-car victory pyre-cost the city of Columbus over $135,000 in police overtime.
Harvard: With their tweed jackets and sickening chants of "safety school," the Crimson faithful are the epitome of Ivy League smugness.
Washington State: Cougars fans are still talking about that time after the 2002 Apple Cup when rival University of Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges told people, "I feared for my life." Of course, we'd like to see what those fans would do if someone threw beer bottles at them.
Minnesota: In 2002 & 2003, Minnesota fans waged two full-blown riots, setting fire to a TV-news van and causing around $200,000 in total damage, all after winning the ... NCAA hockey championships? We don't want to think about what they'd do if they won a title that mattered.
Florida State: They started the tomahawk chop. Let us repeat that: They started the tomahawk chop.
Vanderbilt: Vandy actually makes this list for student-fan apathy. Despite being smack in the middle of arguably the nation's best football conference, student fans have grown increasingly scarce as the team's fortunes have tanked. Home attendance at Vanderbilt Stadium is so anemic that after a 2003 Vandy victory over Kentucky, it took fans a pathetic ten minutes to tear down the goalposts.
Colorado: Few college fans take more joy in rioting than the Buffaloes of Boulder, whose lust for postgame rampaging led local officials to institute a "sofa ordinance" in 2002 to curb the burning of furniture during sports-related celebrations.