When Rocky Balboa made his rags-to-riches rise to a title fight against Apollo Creed, did you want Apollo to win?
You did if you’re a KU fan.
Put in perspective, it seems unnatural. Bad, even. Or just plain wrong.
Like pulling for Pontius Pilate in his effort to crucify Christ.
But that’s you, Kansas. For God’s sake, basketball was practically invented at your school. Everyone knows you’re going to win, so we all root against you.
You’re Apollo Creed. You’re Pontius Pilate. You’re–gasp–the New York Yankees.
Hard for you Jayhawk fans who root for the Royals to accept that last one, isn’t it?
(If you’re a KU fan and a Yankees fan, please stop reading now. I’m sorry I interrupted your sex with Satan.)
To the victor belong the spoils.
At what price victory, though? You’re the bad guys.
You didn’t know this? Now might be a good time to ask the person who’s reading this to you to start over.
Seriously, though. It’s a long fall from the high horse. And with you at that elevation, the rest of us can’t possibly expect you to see things like everyone else.
Sure, we’re all jealous. We would love to be the assumed #1. Who wouldn’t want to be the fan of the school that every coach writes into the buyout portion of his contract.
But the rest of us like being the perennial underdogs. We’re used to it. Hard work and struggle are the salt and pepper on the meal of mediocrity–season changers that help us occasionally break through and make miracles happen.
Here’s to you, Jayhawks. If you cut down the nets this year, don’t let the shame of being the bad guys take away from the experience. Hell, Bin Laden still goes to work every day, doesn’t he?