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Go Cats

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Every year the Cats/Griz game is a big deal to Montanans, and this year the MSU Bobcats pulled out a 21-16 victory. This is a pretty big deal, since the last MSU victories came in 2005, 2003, and 2002. Prior to that, MSU hasn’t gotten a victory since 1985. That means that U of M kicked ass through half the Regan era, and all of Bush Sr. and Clinton’s eras.

The main reason I root for MSU is because they have all my money. That’s the deal. You go to a school, go into heavy debt, and then cheer for those bastards for the rest of your life while you eat Top Ramen. I have shitty luck when it comes to my “home teams.” I remember the Bobcat victory in 2002, because I graduated in 2001. For four years I cursed the blue and gold for being a bunch of losing assholes that dropped every one of those rivalry matches. Then – as soon as I’m gone, they pull out two straight. Fuck you! That happened to me in high school as well. As far as I know, the Billings West High Bears never won a football championship prior to my time there. I graduated in 1997. As soon as I got my diploma, the team went apeshit, winning pretty much all the games for the better part of the next decade. I know they got the school’s first tittle in 1998, and I think they’ve gotten a few more since then. So, fuck them too. Why do my teams get good when I stop caring?

Honestly, between you and me, I don’t even really like Bozeman anymore. Because of good ol’ MSU, I’m up to my eyes in debt for an education that fell drastically short of preparing me for the real world. On top of that, yuppies have invaded the town, sucking all the fun and soul out of the town. Nowadays, the cops are rough on drinking, there are a couple high-fallootin’ wine bars, as well as box stores like Home Depot, IHOP, Borders, and so on. It’s not the rowdy Mom & Pop town it once was (that I loved).

However, I realized today, even if I hadn’t gone to school in Bozeman, I would probably still root for the Cats. It’s not because I like an underdog. It’s because Griz fans are a fancy pack of pricks. There are a lot of people that specifically root against the Yankees or the Cowboys because the fans are such irritating sphincters. Missoula fans think they’re superior because the football team is consistently good. I would be fine with their sickening loyalty if they were former U of M students that are as deep in debt as I am — but they’re not. U of M has legions of fans that didn’t even go to college. I wonder if some of these idiots even have a GED. I watched the game in Billings at Hooligans Sports Bar. Three quarters of the room was dressed in maroon, sitting sullen, because their champions were losing to a rival that they almost always beat (69-36-5, if you’re keeping track). There was one small chunk of the bar sitting in the back corner of the bar like Rosa Parks, dressed in blue and gold, cheering for a school we had actually attended.

Part of our enthusiasm was the victory itself. It was like a crowd excited to see Haley’s Comet – you never know if you’re going to see that shit again in your lifetime. The other thrill was watching the pompous Griz fans pay their bar tabs with dead, gray eyes, and leave. Odds are, the Griz will win again next year. But, in the meantime — eat shit Grizzlies, go Cats go.