Buck Crawford, Livingston, Mont., Published March 02 2013
Letter: A dishonorable Bobcat decisionIt is embarrassing to be a Montana State Bobcat alumni and football fan. So, I’ve decided to root for the Bison and the University of North Dakota.
The latest event is yet again ducking out of playing the Bison. Most would consider it an honor to play the team that actually made it to the finals. Plus, it is a bonus that the Bison have actually beaten Sam Houston, unlike the Cats and Griz. To be fair, after MSU kicked the College National Finals Rodeo out of Bozeman, I started rooting for the Griz, which was easy to do for a decade. My loyalty is fleeting and fickle as a windless day on the Plains. Politically correct intellectuals at MSU were tired of the tacky Montana-bred rodeo cowboys and cowgirls winning national titles while the basketball and football players recruited from out of state could not, so they deprived the community of the greatest cash cows known.
I rooted for MSU again recently when they hired the current coach. Alas, it seems as well that the Big Sky Conference had been adding more California schools while snubbing our border neighbors, presumably to increase travel costs. By ducking North Dakota until recently, we have strategically opted to travel to California to lose. We may soon be the Big Sur Conference. It is unappetizing to get beat by Californians but not so much by North Dakotans. That is because I am a Montana native, unlike 86 percent of the current Bozeman populace.
MSU has a great coach and fan base, but bureaucrats are the same the world over. Sure, the Bison may have beaten us, and perhaps UND. But someone has to teach us to get to the next level, and they may as well be friends. Besides, as we are closing our doors to out-of-state workers, your doors remain open to us.
Thank you. North Dakota is employing countless Montanans, so I submit: Root for the hands that feed you. UND and NDSU fear no one.