Pre game both Griz fans and Cat fans alike can be down right nasty to one another. Tensions build in households where normally husbands and wives from opposing schools can coexist in perfect harmony. Little jibes here, crude jokes there, and the nanny nanny we won last year and are going to do it again inevitable arise. But when you get right down to it, its truly about a mutual respect for each others school. Montana is not exactly a densely populated state so this one particular football game truly is a way for all of us to come together behind one team or another and say better luck next year to the fallen team afterward.
Being a second generation Griz grad myself I'm rooting hard for my boys in maroon and silver. Even though they have quite possibly had the worst season I've seen in 25 years (yes I was indoctrinated in Griz football when I was very young). I am not a fair weather fan and will root hard for them in the good years and the bad. Montana State on the other hand is ranked #2 in the Big Sky Conference this year (normally that's the slot that UM has) and though I will deny this if asked by my Cat buddies its been pretty fun watching them do so well. My dad would probably roll over in his grave at that last comment but I think he of all people would understand my appreciation for such a formidable rival.
|Courtesy of Sebrina Brown at the 112 Griz Cat Game in Missoula 11/17/2012|