BEST PLACE TO WATCH BASKETBALL
Texas Hall is a 4,200-seat theater that houses the school's dramatic productions. A basketball floor is laid down over the stage before the hoops season, and "Break a leg!" is replaced by "Don't tear an ACL!"
BEST HAND SIGNAL
Put up just your pinkie and your index finger and your message is clear: Hook 'em, Horns.
Kentucky and USC.
The Wildcats have won more national competitions (seven) than any other school, but the USC song girls, resplendent in their traditional white sweaters, embody the California ideal.
BEST PLACE TO CHEER
Before each home football game the Aggies hold midnight yell practice at Kyle Field. Toward the end of the practice, the stadium lights are turned off, which is a cue to kiss your date, "if you know the engineer," says A&M sports information director Alan Cannon, "you can slip him a few bucks to keep the lights off a few extra moments."
MOST POLITICALLY INCORRECT FIGHT SONG
New Mexico State.
An excerpt: "We'll buy a keg of booze/And we'll drink to the Aggies/'Til we wobble in our shoes...."
MOST OBTUSE CHEER
"Bossy Cow Cow [pause], Honey BeeBee [pause], Oleo Margarine, Oleo Butterine, Alfalfa [long pause], hay!" The intent of the cheer is "to confuse the opposition and their cheering section," explains one Aggie student.
"It works remarkably well."
MOST VENERARLE RIVALRY
Harvard versus Yale, rowing.
The nation's oldest intercollegiate sporting event was first staged in 1852 and has been held almost every year since. The race is contested each June on the Thames River in New London, Conn.
MOST OBSCURE RIVALRY
Navy versus St. John's College, croquet.
No two schools could be farther apart pedagogically (one is a military academy, the other a Great Books college) or closer geographically (the two Annapolis, Md., campuses are separated by only the width of King George Street). While cadets must participate in a sport, be it intercollegiate or intramural, St. John's has little in the way of sports, other than intramurals...and its croquet club. The Johnnies have won 11 of the 14 Annapolis Cup matches. "You don't understand," says one plebe. "They're out practicing croquet every afternoon! Alabama should take football this seriously."
BEST SCHOOL IF YOU DREAM OF BECOMING A SPORTSCASTER
Alumni include Marv Albert, Bob Costas, Dick Stockton, Mike Tirico and not Brent Musberger.