I am a Badger. I graduated from UW-Madison, and am very proud of my degree (even though I don’t directly use it anymore). I have been dating a Golden Eagle for five years, and he is very proud of his degrees, which he uses daily.
It is definitely decidedly non-standard for a Badger and a Golden Eagle to be friends, in the college world, and likely in the wild. But to make things more fun cheering-wise, and to make it possible to stay together, Tommy and I made a deal… I would cheer for Marquette basketball (he played from ’04-’08) if he would cheer for Badger football (Marquette has no football team).
The Badgers are now headed to the Final Four, which is super exciting! And since the Golden Eagles have not made it to the tournament, it is appropriate for me to cheer for my alma mater.
Since I have a lot of facebook friends who went to Marquette, I have seen quite a few anti-Badger statuses, such as “Today, we are all Arizona fans,” etc.
Why? Wouldn’t you want the school in the same state that you went to that beat you to win, to make you look good? It’s better to lose to a winner than a loser, no?
Then it occurred to me. The more you hate, the less you celebrate.
I am sure it makes a difference to have Wisconsin as my home state, versus Illinois. Wisconsinites as a people seem to have a lot of pride in their state, and even a Golden Eagle born in Wisconsin would be more appreciative of any team from their home state doing well.
It made me think about competition in general, outside of sports. The less you hate, the more you celebrate. We are all on the same team, and only competing against ourselves, from yesterday. I often get caught up in the comparison trap, and it’s time for that to end. I want to celebrate your victories alongside my own. There’s enough success for everybody*!
*Except “THE Ohio State,” and Michigan. Down with those schools! haha
P.S. I found the Bay Area Badgers! Here we are singing “Varsity” after the big win!
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