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Old 12-04-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Everytime I go to parts a New England and when I want to watch a game, i feel like the oddman out. I'm the only one that cares. Why is this??
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:59 PM
 
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Well from an Angelenos perspective, we have no NFL team, just two NCAA rivals. Our football spirit revolves around them, not an NFL team, though some have chosen an NFL team to follow or if they are a transplant, continue liking their hometown team. If you are an illegal alien, you like the raiders. Personally, I like UCLA and the Chargers.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Everytime I go to parts a New England and when I want to watch a game, i feel like the oddman out. I'm the only one that cares. Why is this??
Boston College did really good this year, so that's something at least.

Generally though, I always got the impression that New England schools put the money into academics instead of athletics.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:10 PM
 
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We all know how AWESOME the Ivy league is with sports..
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:17 PM
 
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The Northeast only has Penn State and BC. If you were from up there I doubt you'd follow the Big East and we all know what the Ivy League is.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:46 PM
 
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Penn State is Big Ten, so it is really just an extension of the midwest in that way.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:50 PM
 
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The underlaying reason is the structure of universities themselves in the East. Every other part of the country has large, land-grant universities that are oftentimes the only schools in their respective states to have any sembelance of a college football team. Hence, a high proportion of the state's population has an allegiance to that school. In the East, you have people who went to UMass. They don't have the same proportion of support in the state because just as many people went to Harvard, BC or BU.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Generally though, I always got the impression that New England schools put the money into academics instead of athletics.
Bingo.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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I think it has more to do with like the others said, there aren't as many large flagship land-grant schools in northeast. Plus they have more pro teams.

I love college football, and even California isn't really into it. It is more of a midwestern/southern thing.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:07 AM
 
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The underlaying reason is the structure of universities themselves in the East. Every other part of the country has large, land-grant universities that are oftentimes the only schools in their respective states to have any sembelance of a college football team. Hence, a high proportion of the state's population has an allegiance to that school. In the East, you have people who went to UMass. They don't have the same proportion of support in the state because just as many people went to Harvard, BC or BU.
There are several Division I football schools in N.C., TX, FL, and at least 2 or more in every state...I can't think of any state that has only 1 football school. Allegiances are split among just as many universities everywhere else as in the East.

Major football programs in the Northeast: Pitt, Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse, UConn, Penn St....Good IAA programs: Villanova, New Hampshire, UMass, Colgate, etc...and even though the Ivy League isn't nationally significant, the fierce competition and tradition of the league keeps it relevant. I won't even go into all of the quality basketball, lacrosse, soccer, etc. teams at the Northeastern schools. I have no idea why there is such disinterest there.
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