Nothing says National Champs like fried chicken.
You cannot talk about group identities without discussing fan culture–specifically when it centers around athletics. Now, you may love sports or you may hate it, but neither of those feelings matter that much in a conversation about sports. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who wins the big game (don’t say that to any LSU or Alabama fans..) but it matters why we play the big game. See, how I said “we” there? I’ve managed to not only place myself into the conversation but also negotiate a space for myself on the team. I’ve never been on a football field, yet I feel some kind of odd connection to football culture; I don’t feel this connection because I love Alabama or Auburn or even Florida State. I feel this connection because I live in the South. Sports culture affects me whether I like it it or not. At the very least it affects my internet.
For those of you who are particularly interested in this subject, the 2009 Patton Oswalt film, Big Fan, explores these questions along with some other deeper questions about the role of faith and religion:
I want you to consider what it means to be a fan. What does it mean to be a fan of a school where you don’t attend? And why is it important, for some people, to be part of a cheering community?
And what other questions or concerns come to mind when you consider sports culture?