Posted: Wednesday June 7, 2006 11:12AM; Updated: Wednesday June 7, 2006 3:24PM
Have you heard of UW-Madison? I think you should read up on your party schools before you declare your school the "King of Keg Stand" and "Babe Ruth of Beer Pong." UW has not been included on Playboy's previous party-schools lists because it was considered "men amongst little boys." On top of that we are one of the largest research schools and higher academically ranked public schools. I guess the only bad thing about UW is that it's up north. -- Miguel "Mad Badger" Calderon, Boston
Someone has his panties in a twist. You're absolutely right, some highly academic-ranked institutions are in fact primo-quality party schools. Ivy League, Shmivy League, those kids can party with the best of them. The problem is that most northern schools often get the shaft simply because, well, the South just caters to the party scene. People can party outside longer and wear less clothing here because our environment caters to that, whereas you have to stay bundled up much longer, and drinking is merely a way of cutting down your heating cost. At the end of the day, you can't hate a girl for representing her school in all its party glory.
Jenn, it kills me that a good Miami fan like you grew up to go to FSU. As the father of two young girls (and a Miami alum), I am raising my children in the fine Hurricane tradition. While they have the Miami cheerleader outfits, they both also have jerseys (one Antrel Rolle, one Tyrone Moss), are well versed in the Miami fight song and even participate in several cheers. Please tell me your decision to deny your childhood was based on some "Florida Bright Scholars" issue or something! -- Abe, Strasburg, Pa.
My decision to go to Florida State was actually based on two factors: 1) the school's top-notch criminology program, and 2) (cover your eyes, Mom and Dad) ... A BOY. Sure, I had a bright future, and I probably would have ended up at the University of Miami, but education being as expensive as it is nowadays and having a relationship tugging at my heartstrings, Florida State was a more logical place for me. That relationship ended about three months before the infamous Miami game that started this whole whirlwind that has been my life. So, for once, what could have been bad judgment on my part has seemingly become the greatest mistake I could have ever made; it's opened many doors of opportunity and allowed me to build many new friendships. Besides, I still cheer for the 'Canes, just not when their opponents are wearing garnet and gold.
FSU '04 alum here, Jenn. I was hoping you could help me out. My problem is that I can't find myself attracted to women in the "real" world. I think I really did get spoiled at FSU with all of the beautiful women, and now it's like I'm supposed to settle for less just because the world around me is. Forgive me if I come off like an ass -- looks aren't the only thing that matters, but I sure as hell need to be physically attracted to someone for any kind of relationship to be possible. I haven't had a relationship since I left school and don't know what I should do. -- Jeff, All Over
I have to agree with you, Jeff, that Florida State girls are like no others, but at some point you have to return to the real world. In the real world you realize that not all women are going to have the body of a 20-year-old, and at some point you won't look like your fratastic self of old either.
I know they say "Don't judge a book by its cover," but how will you ever know what is out in the real world if you only browse through the fiction section of the library? Sometimes when people get so stuck on looking for a certain type of partner, they miss out on something different that could have been special. I understand the need for physical attraction, but it should be counterbalanced with other traits. I may find the man-prettiest guy in town for my arm candy, but if we can't have a conversation, what's the point?
Sure, our kids would be beautiful, but they would also be dumb as rocks. So maybe you should stop walking through the Barbie aisle to find the right girlfriend. There are plenty of good-looking girls who can offer you much more than just good "packaging" -- you just have to search for them. Good luck in the hunt.
Isn't it true that female students greatly outnumber males (related to the tradition of what was "Florida Female College") at FSU, and why exactly wasn't I told about this when I was deciding on an institution of higher learning? -- Bobby D., Tulsa, Okla.
It's a little-known secret at Florida State that females outnumber males. I believe the ratio was 4 to 1, last time I heard. As for why you weren't told, you probably didn't do enough research. I mean, even Brent Musburger could have given you a few reasons to attend Florida State last September. We can't just come right out and say it, or there would be a huge influx of men to Florida State and we would end up in the ranks of, well, Georgia Tech. Besides, I'm pretty sure leaking stats like that might be a recruiting violation.
Having spent a large part of my childhood living in Kansas City (when the Royals were good), I am a lifelong Royals fan. Now they stink. I have two daughters who are two and five years old. I almost feel guilty for hoping that they become Royals fans. Should I encourage them to root for Daddy's team, a perennial last place finisher, or should I encourage them to seek out their own, less disappointing favorite team? -- Thomas, Tulsa, Okla.
I know all about following a losing franchise. My parents raised me to be a Tampa Bay Bucs fan way back in the Creamsicle days, when they wore the orange-and-white uniforms. It was always an ongoing joke in the Bay area that no team wearing orange and white would ever win in that stadium, some kind of a curse or something. Still, I remained a Bucs fan at heart.
I'm all for letting your kids seek out their own individuality, but I myself have always been a fan of the underdog. Call me sentimental, but there is no greater feeling than watching the little guy win a game against the big kids on the playground. Maybe that's why I stuck it out with the Bucs. The payoff came in 2003, when my Bucs won the Super Bowl. It was the ultimate victory, because we had been doubted by so many. So, my advice: Let them choose the team to cheer for, but remind them not to discount the underdog. The Royals may lose now, but who is to say they won't bring home a championship tomorrow? Besides, fair-weather fans aren't true fans, they are simply people who can't make up their minds.