Big teams evoke strong emotions

“By Brian Matzye bmatzye@buchtelite.com Hate is a strong word. According to Webster’s, hatred is defined as intense animosity or hostility. There are no better words to express my feelings towards Notre Dame football. Seeing them every week on national television is as painful to me as watching a Rosie O’Donnell striptease.”

By Brian Matzye

bmatzye@buchtelite.com

Hate is a strong word.

According to Webster’s, hatred is defined as intense animosity or hostility.

There are no better words to express my feelings towards Notre Dame football.

Seeing them every week on national television is as painful to me as watching a Rosie O’Donnell striptease.

What makes matters even worse is the fact that because of their despicably large fan base, Field Goal Jesus [sic] receives a mass amount of media attention.

To say this media attention is undeserved would not be an understatement; it would be an outright lie.

As far as the college football landscape, the Fighting Irish have been as relevant as Vanderbilt the past 15 years and won just as many bowl games.

And please don’t get me started on the biggest joke of a homer analyst Lou Holtzsszszzzzz.

Loathe is a very powerful word, stronger than hate.

I absolutely loathe the Dallas Cowboys.

Save their gorgeous cheerleaders, I would love nothing more than to see the entire organization wiped off the face of the sports landscape.

Thanks to Dallas Cowboys Live, which ESPN tried to pawn off as NFL Live, we were fortunate to be updated on everything from what Terrell Owens ate for lunch to which movie Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson went to see on date night.

The day after Super Bowl XLIII, there was as much buzz surrounding a 9-7 squads travel arrangements as there was the best Super Bowl of the decade.

Now, with Jerry Jones is forbidding his employees to talk to the media, I’m willing to bet Sports Center will go from hour-long program to 5-minute infomercial.

Again, the Cowboy’s receive so much pub because of their ridiculously huge fan base, and not unlike Notre Dame, have been irrelevant since I was in grade school.

Now that I got that off my chest, allow to sound like a huge hypocrite.

I love the New York Yankees.

The fact that they are willing to spend money to be serious contenders makes me proud to love the pinstripes.

The fact that it chaps the behinds of every other baseball fan makes it that much better.

I mean really, do you know how gratifying it is to hear Tribe fans beam about acquiring Mark De Rosa and Kerry Wood while the Steinbrenners are spending a quarter of a billion dollars on three players?

Now allow me to play analyst over fan for a minute.

The fact of the matter is people who say the Yankees are buying championships have no idea what they’re talking about.

Unless the American League East is the equivalent of a World Series banner, the Bronx Bombers haven’t bought a title since 2000.

While I feel sacrilegious grouping the Bombers with teams that make my skin crawl it must be said, from a die-hard fan no less, than the Yankees do in fact receive much more attention than is warranted.

Everything from Derek Jeter’s love life to Johnny Damon’s bank account has come under the microscope while there are much more relevant issues going on in baseball.

And don’t even get me started on A-Rod.

Whether it’s an affair with Madonna, a ridiculous salary, or something he did six years go (with another team!) Yankees fans and detractors alike can’t wait to pounce on the guy.

Now granted, I love New York (not the horrible show), but the truth’s the truth.

The Irish, Cowboys, and yes the Yankees, although lucky enough to have a huge following, have not produced enough wins to deserve the ridiculous amount of media attention they receive.

As a fan of one of these teams I feel it’s only fair to admit that it can be annoying and downright unfair.

On the bright side, Yankees fans can at least be happy their biggest accomplishment of the last two decades was more impressive than winning the Hawaii Bowl.

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