1) This morning I posted the following on the Wiscy board:
Generation gap in Wisconsin?
First, congratulations on a great season and an excellent game played on the field. Error-free, power football, exactly as advertised. I know some of you are frustrated by not running more, but the Frogs' opinion is that the big runs on the final drive were set up by your play calling in the first 3 quarters. It was two excellent teams out there, and this TCU fan is glad that we came away with a great victory against a great team.
My comment relates to my perception of a generation gap in your fanbase. The 40+ fans that we met all over LA, and sat next to in restaurants and at the parade, were pleasant, thoughtful, good people. We enjoyed meeting them, and greatly enjoyed getting to know them, as we have other fanbases (Clemson, BSU, etc.) through the years.
However, your younger crowd really reflects poorly on your University, and your State. From the "you f'd up" chant, to chanting "f TCU" on the way in to the stadium, to intentionally hard-bumping our fans in the stands, to fighting with each other outside of the game, it was really bad. And it wasn't a few knuckleheads, present in most fanbases (including ours). It was the majority of the younger crowd. For me, taking my three kids (9, 12, and 15) to the game, it was not entirely pleasant.
It seems that your older fans remember that there are up years and down years, and it pays to be courteous to all, including your opponent. It seems that your younger crowd has had nothing but success and believes the conference affiliation/student body size=greatness nonsense.
I strongly encourage you more mature Badgers to vocally call out your younger counterparts' bad behavior at games and on messageboards. They are not just making fools of themselves--they are making the entire University and State look bad.
2) This evening I am banned from the Wiscy board. The above respectful post is far from the type of thing that should get one banned (right, mods?)
3) I just checked in to the Hyatt at Disneyland with my family, all wearing TCU/purple gear. A 50ish Wiscy fan walked by, made eye contact, and I said "nice game yesterday," as I had done with a number of other Wiscy fans today around Burbank/Universal Studios. He glared at me, without so much as an acknowledgment. After checking in, I walked past he and his wife and another Wiscy couple. I gave him a friendly nod. He continued to glare at me. Finally, I just gave him the only line that should be given to such idiocy: "Stay classy, Wisconsin!"
Absolute idiots. The several nice older men and women that my family met and sat with at the Parade are completely outnumbered by a state full of absolute [Craig James]heads.
Stay classy, Wisconsin!