Posted: Wednesday April 18, 2007 11:16AM; Updated: Wednesday April 18, 2007 11:16AM
Until last year I had never really liked baseball all that much. It was just too slow for me, and the fan environment seemed so... well... stale. But then I met the Animals of Section B. For anyone not versed in the grand traditions of Florida State Baseball, the Animals of Section B are one of the more famous and recognized cheering sections in college sports. They will rewrite other school's fight songs to suit their own liking, create mindless chatter, and even congratulate the other team after a good play (within reason, of course). After joining them for a Florida State game against our archrivals Miami Hurricanes, I got a fever. And the only prescription was more cowbell ... I mean, baseball. Since then, I have become a huge fan of not only Florida State baseball, but have even come to tolerate Major League Baseball, as well. The fan experience really can make or break a sport, and thanks to the Animals of Section B, I can now say I truly love America's favorite past time.
I think you've gotten this question before so I don't know if you'll answer it, but I'm having a big problem with my boyfriend. He's addicted to fantasy sports. It's bad enough during football season, but at least that's only on Sundays. But since baseball started, he barely talks to me. He's on the computer all night long and his friends are always calling about fantasy stuff. I can't take it anymore. When I've confronted him with this, he tells me he needs to work hard at it because there's a lot of money on the line. What should I do? -- Stephanie, Kansas City
If I have said it once, I'll say it a thousand times: men are like little kids when it comes to competition. They absolutely hate to lose. And when that man has an imaginary franchise, with his own hard-earned cash riding on their success, well, things can get pretty ugly. My suggestion? Have a curfew on when he has to have his fantasy stuff done by so it doesn't consume the time you designate to spend together. AHEM! I hope you gentlemen in my fantasy league are reading this, because while you may be up at 3 a.m. bending your brain over who to start the following day, some of us require a little more beauty rest. And if you could please lose the "Reply All" button, that would be grrrrreeeeaaattt.
I haven't seen any Road Trip Shows lately. Are you on hiatus? Are you doing any traveling this spring or summer? We still want you to come out here to visit UT. Please tell me you'll come here for a football game. Have you ever been to Texas? You'll love it. I promise. -- Travis, Fort Worth, Texas
If this Cowgirl learned anything during her travels this basketball season, it's that there really is no place like home. I had amazing trips all over the country, but most notably, the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers stole my heart. After my last stint in Vegas, yours truly racked up quite an extensive bill at the doctor's office treating the nasty bronchitis and laryngitis I contracted while out in Sin City. So, the powers that be at Sports Illustrated, and the Sterger household (Hi, Mom and Dad!) decided that enough was enough. I needed a vacation. So, I've been taking it easy here in beautiful sunny Lutz for the time being. But fear not Road Show fans, the weekly installments kick up again in the fall with some pigskin. So keep submitting those entries telling me why I should come to your school this football season. And who knows, I could be tailgating on a campus near you! Thanks again to all the schools I visited for their amazing hospitality. I'll see you again.