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    The big 12 as seen in the world view

    A friend sent me the following analysis of Big 12 schools and their country analogues, and I thought I would share it. Some are pretty darned funny and I think accurate.. My apologies if others have seen this before.. The author is not an Iowa Stater (nor a Nebraskan for that matter....)

    Big XII/Country analogies

    Texas is like the USA - Wealthy, talented, and with seemingly endless
    resources. They have a big ego, but are deserving of it because they
    win at almost everything they do. Others often despise them out of
    jealousy. Their money and wealth make the world go round, and everyone
    wants a piece.

    Texas A&M is like China - Big, powerful, and rival of Texas (USA).
    They live in a male dominated society, and thus their women are not
    allowed to be cheerleaders. Their money and power also make the world
    go round.

    Oklahoma is like Mexico - Having no resources of their own, they have to invade the border of Texas (USA) in order to survive.

    Oklahoma State is like Venezuela - There wasn't a whole lot there to
    start with, but without the oil money they would be nothing there at
    all. They have a crazy guy in charge who often shouts nonsense when
    he speaks.

    Baylor is like Israel - A feisty little religious enclave that could
    not survive without Texas (USA). However, if provoked, they WILL kill
    you.

    Colorado is like Canada - A small, unimportant bastion of liberals who are not very good at anything. Like Canada, they are bad at all sports
    other than hockey. Like Canada, they produce no GDP.

    Nebraska is like Russia - A former super power who frequently stirs up trouble because they still think they are a super power. Nebraska
    (Russia) thinks it is the equal of Texas (USA), and pouts in public
    when it doesn't get its baby way. When they do not get their way, they
    take their ball and go home. Go big RED!

    Missouri is like Iran and North Korea - a definite member of the axis of evil. Conniving and loyal to no one, you cannot believe anything
    they say (you can only watch in amazement at what they do). Like Iran
    and North Korea, they are hated and despised by everyone--even the
    Swiss.

    Iowa State is like Switzerland - Boring, unimportant, not good at much of anything, but neutral and without enemies. Even the Hawkeyes like the Swiss.

    Texas Tech is like Australia - Big, dusty, and a Texas version of
    "down under". Cowboys like Aussie's drink a lot of beer and carry
    weapons.

    KU is like France - KU is full of socialists and they think they are
    better than everyone else. This high opinion of themselves is not
    shared by anyone else in the world. Like France, KU cannot be trusted
    or counted on during a time of need.

    K-State is like Ireland - A gritty, feisty, over-achieving little
    country with a large inferiority complex. What they lack in resources,
    they make up by determination and people. Others can't find them on a
    map, but they like them because they are fun, friendly, and like to
    drink beer.




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    Re: The big 12 as seen in the world view

    This was posted before. I tried to link to it, but for some reason, my links didn't work, even though I was simply copying&pasting the 'permalink' link. Anyway, its in the "big 12 as Countries' thread.



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    Re: The big 12 as seen in the world view

    Iowa State is like Switzerland - Boring, unimportant, not good at much of anything, but neutral and without enemies. Even the Hawkeyes like the Swiss.

    I don't think you can call a school that has won 18 national titles in various sports and has the wrestling program with more than 1000 dual wins and has had of the best wrestlers of all time "not good at much of anything". People need to start doing a lot more research before they write down garbage statements or spew crap from their pie-hole. Being sporadic at football does not apply to the rest of the athletic program.



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    Re: The big 12 as seen in the world view

    Quote Originally Posted by anticyclonic View Post
    Iowa State is like Switzerland - Boring, unimportant, not good at much of anything, but neutral and without enemies. Even the Hawkeyes like the Swiss.

    I don't think you can call a school that has won 18 national titles in various sports and has the wrestling program with more than 1000 dual wins and has had of the best wrestlers of all time "not good at much of anything". People need to start doing a lot more research before they write down garbage statements or spew crap from their pie-hole. Being sporadic at football does not apply to the rest of the athletic program.
    IIRC, ISU has gone to more bowl games than half of the Big 12 over the last 10 seasons and has won the Big 12 Men's Basketball championship once in the last 10 seasons. People are just ignorant. No other way to put it.



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    Re: The big 12 as seen in the world view

    You guys realize that it is a joke, right? None of the comparisons are flattering - they are caricatures of the teams. Nothing to get defensive about.


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    Re: The big 12 as seen in the world view

    Clearly written by a KSU fan. Who has ever referred to KSU as "gritty," "overachieving," "determined," "fun, and "friendly," with a penchant for drinking?


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    Re: The big 12 as seen in the world view

    Quote Originally Posted by kucyclone View Post
    Clearly written by a KSU fan. Who has ever referred to KSU as "gritty," "overachieving," "determined," "fun, "friendly," with a penchant for drinking?
    Yup. All of these adjectives apply to ISU, save maybe "overachieving". If I had to compare ISU to a country, it totally would have been Ireland.

    That Baylor/Israel comparison is a bit too complimentary. Israel does pretty damn well for themselves. Baylor, not so much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by anticyclonic View Post
    I don't think you can call a school that has won 18 national titles in various sports and has the wrestling program with more than 1000 dual wins and has had of the best wrestlers of all time "not good at much of anything". People need to start doing a lot more research before they write down garbage statements or spew crap from their pie-hole. Being sporadic at football does not apply to the rest of the athletic program.
    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    That Baylor/Israel comparison is a bit too complimentary. Israel does pretty damn well for themselves. Baylor, not so much.
    It's hilarious to me that so many of you want to take football out of the equation and look at the big picture when it comes to ISU. Then you do the exact same thing to other schools around the country that they do when viewing your Cyclones - you look only at football! You can't have it both ways people.

    If you look at the entire athletic department at Baylor, they are more than competitive in the conference and nationally - just not in football.

    Baseball - 11 NCAA, 3 super regional, and one CWS since 1998
    Women's hoops - 2005 National Champions
    Men's hoops - 2 of last 3 NCAA, elite eight in 2010
    Men's tennis - 2004 National Champions
    Women's tennis - 4 of last 5 Big 12 Championships
    Softball - 2007 Big 12 Champions

    It's no wonder that conference realignment came down to 'football only' decisions - it is all people know, care, and think about.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MookInLincoln View Post
    It's hilarious to me that so many of you want to take football out of the equation and look at the big picture when it comes to ISU. Then you do the exact same thing to other schools around the country that they do when viewing your Cyclones - you look only at football! You can't have it both ways people.

    If you look at the entire athletic department at Baylor, they are more than competitive in the conference and nationally - just not in football.

    Baseball - 11 NCAA, 3 super regional, and one CWS since 1998
    Women's hoops - 2005 National Champions
    Men's hoops - 2 of last 3 NCAA, elite eight in 2010
    Men's tennis - 2004 National Champions
    Women's tennis - 4 of last 5 Big 12 Championships
    Softball - 2007 Big 12 Champions

    It's no wonder that conference realignment came down to 'football only' decisions - it is all people know, care, and think about.
    I'm only talking football here, and that's really all that matters in the end. Baylor has been awful in football. ISU has been ok, but people act like we've been awful. The past decade yielded more winning seasons for ISU than losing ones, but it seems that no one outside of ISU fans even realize that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MookInLincoln View Post
    It's hilarious to me that so many of you want to take football out of the equation and look at the big picture when it comes to ISU. Then you do the exact same thing to other schools around the country that they do when viewing your Cyclones - you look only at football! You can't have it both ways people.

    If you look at the entire athletic department at Baylor, they are more than competitive in the conference and nationally - just not in football.

    Baseball - 11 NCAA, 3 super regional, and one CWS since 1998
    Women's hoops - 2005 National Champions
    Men's hoops - 2 of last 3 NCAA, elite eight in 2010
    Men's tennis - 2004 National Champions
    Women's tennis - 4 of last 5 Big 12 Championships
    Softball - 2007 Big 12 Champions

    It's no wonder that conference realignment came down to 'football only' decisions - it is all people know, care, and think about.
    Regardless, Baylor is at, or very near the bottom of the BCS food chain. There is no denying that and to do so would be laughable.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewo View Post
    Regardless, Baylor is at, or very near the bottom of the BCS food chain. There is no denying that and to do so would be laughable.
    and so is ISU.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Yup. All of these adjectives apply to ISU, save maybe "overachieving". If I had to compare ISU to a country, it totally would have been Ireland.

    That Baylor/Israel comparison is a bit too complimentary. Israel does pretty damn well for themselves. Baylor, not so much.
    If we (the USA) were to abandon Israel right now, they'd be fine. But they got to where they are because of US support. If we hadn't fed them all kinds of weapons, they'd be screwed in the event that we left them to fend for themselves. But since we DID give them all that support, they'd be fine. So without US support, Israel would have been destroyed a long time ago. A lot like Baylor without Texas.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MookInLincoln View Post
    and so is ISU.
    My point is that ISU is above Baylor on said food chain.



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