Collegiate athletics in Texas are huge—period. Football is the reigning king of the South; everyone knows someone who went on to play professional ball, completing the two degrees of separation that Baylor is famous for. Competing for a close second in popularity are basketball and baseball. When home games roll around, especially if Baylor is playing a rival school (pretty much anyone), the stands are packed. It’s easy to get to the stadiums and arenas even if you don’t own a car, because chances are one hundred of your closest friends are all going, and even if they weren’t, there’s a trolley service.
The biggest advantage to living in a state that revolves around sports, is that on the slow weekends when everyone stays in town, you have something to do. The school is small enough that you’ll have classes with the heroes on the field, making it more personal to cheer for your friends rather than just another jersey. Attending a sporting event, especially if it’s football, is an all-day affair. Fans, alumni, and Greek chapters do tailgate parties, and it’s a Baylor tradition to storm the field, rip down the goal post, and carry it to the front lawn of the SUB if we win. Since the summer of 2003, the Baylor athletic department has undergone an overhaul and the changes are already marked. There really aren’t any drawbacks to having great fans and close games except when we compete against rival schools, but even then Baylor’s true colors shine through, because her fans still taunt and play within their moderate Baptist bounds.