College sports are different from professional sports in that the athletes are students who live, eat, breathe their school colors. Sometimes attending the school on an athletic scholarship, college sports teams bring a sense of pride and community to a campus. To express that passion and connect students with alumni, many college sports blogs have been established; below are five excellent ones I recently discovered:
Ugh, UF. As a long-time ‘Nole, it is difficult to even compose something that praises the University of Florida, but I have to give them credit; they have an amazing following of true blue and orange fans. Nicknamed the “Gator Nation” Gator Country keeps you up-to-date on all sports found at UF from rankings, to rosters, to news. There are forums to discuss various topics with other Gator fans, a web-based magazine, and updates on recruiting. Plus, if you join the Gator Nation (depending on membership type the price varies from $80-$160 per year) you instantly gain access to the premium areas of the site: videos, forums, photo galleries, and events.
M Go Blog is dedicated to athletics at the University of Michigan. There are numerous active forums, videos, and even podcasts that discuss any and everything related to Wolverines. In addition to its own articles posted by a variety of online contributors, M Go Blog also helps promote other University of Michigan- dedicated blogs; on the left side of the page is a list of recommended blogs, links, and other school blogs from universities in the Big Ten conference.
The appearance of this blog is basic, but the content is definitely written by a couple of die-hard college basketball fans; since we’re in the middle of the NCAA tournament, I’m giving bonus points for in-depth content. Since the blog focuses on the sport of basketball, rather than a specific school, readers have the luxury and convenience of getting up-to-date information on all the games at once. In addition, there is a ridiculous amount of humor written into each article; a recent post, for example, displays 50 of the funniest names in college basketball.
The Mid Majority is written for fans of mid-sized schools and their basketball teams. Florida Gulf Coast University, the Cinderella Story of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, is an excellent example of the type of institution and athletic team this blog focuses on. Speaking of The Tournament, this blog appears to have had writers watching games around the clock; every game has a recap article on this blog. Aside from March Madness, the blog offers a scrolling ticker with information on scores and game times, links to social media page’s for each contributor, and the opportunity for fans to become online writers.
Have you ever been to Notre Dame? If not, definitely take the time to do so, whether you’re a fan of the Fightin’ Irish or not, it is a beautiful university. That being said, the ND Football Blog offers extensive commentary, scores and schedules (during season), forums, articles, and inside information into the Glory Days of the football team and the upcoming season. Another cool feature is the tab given to History and Traditions which launches the reader back in time to relive moments from ND football history; can we say Hall of Fame members?!