Everyone knows about Notre Dame’s legendary status as the most optimistic fan base in college football. From Lou Holtz picking the Domers in every game to their fans truly believing they’re on the cusp of winning a national title—to be honest it has become a novelty that college football can’t do without.
They’re steadfast in their beliefs, they hang together in packs, stick up for one another, and will attack en masse any and all who attempt to oppose or even correct them.
I’d like to reach out and give them a pound, a nice little fist bump because they’re the fans who love their team no matter how bad they are. They don’t boo, show up late, or leave early. They love those Golden Domers and they don’t necessarily need a decent or recent reason to. It’s great.
However, all good things must come to an end, and sadly enough I feel that there is a fan base that has risen up to overtake that number one spot.
The new number one belongs to the fans of one Appalachian State University from Boone, North Carolina.
That’s right. App State has risen up and slain yet another of college football’s titans. First Michigan in the Big House, now Notre Dame at the alter of delusional team adulation.
App State you say? Not crazed ‘Bama fan or Big Ten guy who swears there isn’t a talent gap? Not Arizona fan who thinks Stoops will finally get them on track or Syracuse fan who still thinks the Orangemen are just a year away from Jim Brown or at least the McNabb days?
No, it has to be App. The tiny little mountain school has risen up to a level of optimism of such epic proportions that its tough to see where the myth that is Appalachian State even begins.
Sure if you’re in Ohio, Idaho, California, or Maryland, somewhere out of the reach of the “other” Mountaineers you still see them as a feel good story. The Michigan game exposed them to the world, their three national titles are cute. Everything is all warm and fuzzy when its still at arm’s length.
If you’re in any of the states surrounding App, it’s a completely different story. By the way that’d be Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina for those of you who still didn’t know that App was in North Carolina.
Living in Charlotte, which has a plethora of newly unearthed Mountaineer fans, the mindless drivel spewed by their fan base is a daily obstacle that sensible folks encounter.
There have been some clever arguments kicked around by App fans, including teams in DI-A being scared of them and the idea that they should be a top-25 team, but recently two legitimate arguments posed by fans almost made me drive my car into a ditch.
There are Appalachian State fans out there that believe:
1) Armanti Edwards is better than Tim Tebow and Pat White.
2) Appalachian State is going to walk out of Tiger Stadium with the pelt of Mike VI slung over its shoulder to use as a rug.
Pause for a second to wrap your brain around those two ideas.
Tim Tebow, the reigning Heisman winner, SEC quarterback who battles NFL caliber defenders on a game-by-game basis.
Pat White, the most dangerous quarterback in the nation, one of the fastest players nationwide, Fiesta Bowl MVP.