Blood Brothers

Ordinarily, I don't care for it when other schools use the "I bleed [insert school colors]" formulation.  

It just never made sense to me when other teams' fans used that one.  "I bleed red . . . and black" was a good slogan for a Georgia fan to use because everyone's blood is red.

Accordingly, the first part of the catchphrase ("I bleed red") was a factually accurate statement, which then was augmented by the tag line (". . . and black") to work in the other school color.  It made for a neat little bumper sticker saying.  

However, it always seemed a bit silly when the same motto was used by a fan of a school that didn't include red among its team colors.  If a Florida fan says, "I bleed orange . . . and blue" or a Georgia Tech fan says, "I bleed old gold . . . and navy," it makes no sense, because, uh, no, you don't.  

The second part of the slogan only works because the first part holds up; when that internal logic is removed, the phrase goes from mildly clever to simply stupid.

Technically, I suppose that a Vulcan who was a Miami Hurricanes fan could say, "I bleed green . . . and orange," but that's about as far as you can go when applying the phrase to a team that doesn't wear red.  

In the 23rd century, Mr. Spock will be a 'Canes fan . . . although he will concede that it was illogical for January bowl games played at the Orange Bowl in which Miami participated to be counted as part of their "home" winning streak, since postseason affairs technically are neutral site contests and the Hurricanes were the visiting team facing the host Big Eight champions in those games.

Nevertheless, the sentiment can be sincere even when the slogan is less than sensible.  Excellent evidence of this fact may be found at Bruins Nation, where the proprietor explains why he bleeds blue and gold.  Once you get past the underlying non sequitur, the heartfelt expression of fan devotion is deserving of your attention.  

Bruins Nation was pretty good-natured about it when I put U.C.L.A. on my worst-dressed list, so I'll set aside the ancillary matter of color scheme and focus on the part that matters:  Bruins Nation has done an outstanding job of telling us why and how he became a fan of his team and all aficionados of college football, of whatever affiliation, ought to respect that.  

That raises a question that is worthy of consideration on both coasts and everywhere in between.  How did you become a fan of your team?  

Go 'Dawgs!

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