The idea is to get a better understanding of our worthy adversaries from the view of someone who might care about and follow the team, but might be equally likely to not know the name of the coach or their record last year. This is the hard-hitting stuff you've come to expect from us.
This week, we face the Ohio Bobcats from Athens, Georgia. We have two respondents this week, which is two more than I thought I could round up for this: @Buddha_Ohio and @NikkiLovesCO. Let's get right to it!
1) Do you refer to yourselves as Athenians? If no, why not?
Wisconsin?! This is what we call an inauspicious start, Buddha. Good gravy. Being an Athenian is better than any Badger affiliation, so let's give him the benefit of the doubt and pretend he said "Yes." What about Nicole?@FrothyGopher 1) I go to school in Athens, but I'm not from here. Wisconsin born!— Buddha Hagman (@Buddha_Ohio) September 24, 2015
This makes sense, it being the mascot and such, but it really feels like a missed opportunity. If the original Athens had a college team with a Woodpecker for a mascot, would they call themselves "Woodpeckers?" The ancient Spartans versus the Woodpeckers? No, no they would not.@FrothyGopher no, I don't think anyone refers to themselves as Athenians; we are Bobcats for life!— Nicole Richards (@NikkiLovesCO) September 25, 2015
2) Guessing you're a fan of REM since they're also from Athens. What's your favorite song and why?
How could you be so wrong and so right in the same tweet? Of course Ghostbusters is the best theme song/movie ever, but Ohio University is in Athens, Georgia, birthplace of Michael Stipe and Herschel Walker.@FrothyGopher 2) that is Athens, Georgia. My favorite song is Ghostbusters theme song. Because it is the theme for the best movie ever.— Buddha Hagman (@Buddha_Ohio) September 24, 2015
YEAH, BUT HE WAS BORN IN MINNESOTA, SO HANDS OFF!@FrothyGopher @kristapoch REM is from Athens?? who knew?! Macguyver went to OU though. Did you know that?— Nicole Richards (@NikkiLovesCO) September 25, 2015
3) For Gopher fans visiting Athens for the game this weekend, where's the best place to grab breakfast and a beer?
@FrothyGopher @kristapoch The best place for breakfast would be Bagel Street Deli, Court St Diner, and Union St Cafe.— Nicole Richards (@NikkiLovesCO) September 25, 2015
There you go, Gopher fans, plenty of options for food and drink tomorrow. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford the flight to Georgia this weekend, so hit it hard in my absence.@FrothyGopher 3) beer at a bar called Jackie O's. Breakfast at a place called Casa.— Buddha Hagman (@Buddha_Ohio) September 24, 2015
4) How offended will your players be if we start a "MOAR LIKE BOBCANTS" chant?
@FrothyGopher @kristapoch we Bobcats are a peaceful bunch. we may not always win at sports, but we damn well win at life!— Nicole Richards (@NikkiLovesCO) September 25, 2015
@FrothyGopher 4) no, they have thick skins. But be sure to mock the fans because they usually leave at halftime.— Buddha Hagman (@Buddha_Ohio) September 24, 2015
Huh. Fans that are generally successful at life but don't stick around until the end of the game. Seems kind of familiar. Also, sounds like it's safe to mock the players tomorrow!
5) What's the biggest thing Gopher fans should be concerned about?
@FrothyGopher @kristapoch The Bobcats can definitely surprise you. Don't underestimate Solich and the pride that we bring to everything!— Nicole Richards (@NikkiLovesCO) September 25, 2015
Last time Solich faced the Gophers, he beat them by about 8,000. So let's get really drunk tonight to pre-forget!
I know of no other kind of drinking but heavy and angry. I'd be more concerned about this if our own fanbase wasn't at Defcon 2 and ready to tear itself apart in rage. We may need the angry, drunk Ohio fans to play the role of UN peacekeepers.@FrothyGopher 5) Bobcats can be angry drunks, and heavy drinkers. So tread lightly with shots and insults.— Buddha Hagman (@Buddha_Ohio) September 24, 2015
That's it for this week! Thanks again to Buddha and Nicole for getting us into the heads of Ohio fans. Give them a follow on the Twitters.