Ah, sports fans, the world is right again, isn't it? Labor peace in the NFL. Fantasy Football commissioners readying for annual drafts. College football media days this week. And, Big 12 schools are still bickering.
It's all good and can only mean that fall--and big-time smack talk--is right around the corner.
ESPN The Magazine recently published a story about college sports fans and what they are saying about their rival schools. The results, not surprisingly, tend to focus on the major programs and the most well-known rivalries, including our own local Kansas-Missouri "Border War."
Here you go--a summary of input from 3,000 online entrants and which smack talk phrase they cited most often:
"Liar, liar vest on fire." Ohio State Buckeyes, 16.2%.
"Trojans don't protect against the NCAA." USC Trojans, 11.6%.
"Around the bowl, down the hole, roll, Tide, roll." Alabama Crimson Tide, 8.6%.
"Hoosier Daddy?" Indiana Hoosiers, 6.4%.
Tigers Bleaux." LSU Tigers, 5.8%.
"Not smart enough for Cal, not pretty enough for USC." UCLA Bruins, 5.7%.
"You flop like it's your job." Duke Blue Devils, 5.2%.
"Rock chalk, chicken hawk." Kansas Jayhawks, 4.8%.
"Big House of disappointment." Michigan Wolverines, 4.8%.
"You're responsible for Ryan Leaf." Washington State Cougars, 3.7%.
"Eat more Bevo." Texas Longhorns, 3.1%.
"All you ever win is frequent-flyer points." Hawaii Warriors, 3.0%.
"M-I-Z-E-R-Y." Missouri Tigers, 2.5%.
"San Diego is not a state." San Diego State Aztecs, 2.4%.
"All dirt roads lead to Tech." Virginia Tech Hokies, 2.4%.
"One and done University." Kentucky Wildcats, 1.9%.
"Ted Bundy was a Husky." Washington Huskies, 1.7%.
"AFLAC." Oregon Ducks, 1.5%.
"Save a tree, kill a Beaver." Oregon State Beavers, 1.3%.
Other - 4.9%.