A hyphened associate professor at Ohio State has your tax dollars at work, giving us the results of a study of the emotions of OSU students during the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan game.
(Spencer Hall of EveryDayShouldBeSaturday.com w/ deets on fun video)
Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, co-author of the study: “You don’t want to be in a great mood during the whole game if you really want to enjoy it.“
Having covered Ohio State football in Columbus for four years and worked on the Buckeye football broadcasts, I can assure the woman that, based on her criteria, OSU fans get plenty of “enjoyment” out of their team.
More than anything though, if the study is dead-on, that explains why Yankee and Red Sox fans love their teams so much, seeing as they’re always such a miserable lot. And why spectator sports dominate the lives of northeasterners more than any other U.S. region. (Yes, that includes the south. I lived there for 10 years and went to UGA, I should know.)
Meanwhile, Cubs fans are legendary for being laissez-faire, because they never seem to be too worried about losing. Much like Dodger fans, who mostly treat attending their team’s games the same as a night at the bowling alley.
The conclusion of the study, when considering the loyalty of fans of certain teams does make sense. But is there any other school on the planet besides Ohio State that would commission such a ridiculous “study”? (Alabama fans, don’t answer that.)