Although UM students might be lazy when it comes to academics, politics, or national events, one thing they take seriously is football. One thing that UM students treat religiously is football. God help you if you come in between a 'Cane and the TV if the game is on. It helps, of course, that UM has one of the most dominant college football programs in the country and that the team shows no sign of dropping out of the nation’s top tier. A true sign of a college student’s devotion is how early they’re willing to wake up for a game. For 12 p.m. games on Saturdays, students line up outside the gates of Dolphin Stadium as early as 8 a.m. to ensure good seats. By the mid-morning, the lines wind out into the parking lot. This is especially true for the big games against rivals like the University of Florida or Florida State University. Tickets to every UM sport are free to students, but not many people bother with anything but football, even though one of our former athletes took part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Intramurals also play a big part in campus life. There’s a yearly competition between the residential colleges called Sportsfest, where teams from the dorms compete in dozens of games over a weekend. There are also intramurals during the fall and the spring, where the activity is dominated by fraternities, but can also include various other organizations. The IM games get pretty heated, especially in popular sports like flag football and basketball. Sportsfest is a fun way to compete against other dorms and other floors from within your building, and it also helps to build bonds between floormates. But the most important thing will always be the football team, proven by the funeral-like silence the day after any rare loss.