From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. - Socrates
I also asked for an explanation as to why this disdain goes right to the core. What followed explained the anatomy of sports hatred as well as can be imagined. Varied, layered, and complex, let us take a look at not only what makes us hate, but who we direct our vitriol toward!
1. It is simply in the blood.
As @Kugrlovr , @KilroyFSU , @NolesFan86 , @timbe2 , @rocknreza and @brendanloy all pointed out from the get-go, it shouldn't be all that surprising.
USC fans are bred to hate UCLA fans from a young age. Young Texas A&M fathers toss and turn at night contemplating the day when their son or daughter could don the burnt orange of Texas. Reminds me of a quote from the former French general and president Charles de Gaulle:
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own come first.We are all nationalists today!
The question still stands: Why do you hate them so much?
2. It's a YOU problem
Many of the responses tracked back to bad experiences that individuals had with a certain group of fans. These teams aren't necessarily your rival, but the animosity isn't any less evident. @JJSportsBeat and @NatalieCGordon took issue with the arrogance of the SEC...(and a jab at Boise State, who along with BYU and Texas, garnered the most individual disdain.)
When @DJ_Beckett mentioned his contempt for all things Wyoming, @StoneMQ responded as any rational individual should:
Oh, Mr. Stone. This is sports. Trivial is not in the lexicon. And trust me, our Wyoming friends have less-than-glowing things to say about BYU fan.
3. You robbed me of greatness.
Two of the USC fans that responded mentioned a hatred for Texas. I found this interesting considering the only matchup I can remember between the two powers took place in the National Title Game. Didn't think there would be time for bad blood. Think again. @TrojanMikeG and @SportsStilettos set me straight.
4. You were lucky.
Resident Washington Huskies fan @krizoitz didn't go for his natural rival Washington State. Perhaps it is inhumane to hate something so weak and fragile. UW dude opened up on all things SEC...only to specify that Oregon gets his wrath. And for funny reasons too.
5. You are beneath me.
@jlvip echoed a sentiment that was common among haters, "Be more like my favorite team you unwashed mass."
One of the best responses came from my friend @albolte, the only New Mexico fan I know. Bless his heart.
Your sacrifice is noted, sir. God bless.
7. If you weren't so damn ignorant and stupid
Our own @bhein3 laid out a case as to what would drive him to hatred.
8. You haven't met hatred until you have heard me discourse
Our man @WyoNationFans spoke for the entire Mountain West, Western Athletic, and any other conference in which BYU has been a member.
Care to expound on that?
There certainly is "something to that." What is it? I think as evidenced above, it is different for everyone. Truth be told, good-natured ribbing of your rival is what sets college sports apart from their professional counterparts. In college, the team brand never changes. Individual players don the uniform for a short time, only to exit after a brief spotlight run. Rivalries are important no matter the record. Hatred lives to fight another day. So, take your utter disgust for your counterparts and have fun. Heaven knows we need an outlet in this crazy world of ours. Just keep the banter within the confines of normalcy.
What team do you love to hate? Why? Comment below or get at me on Twitter @zbloxham