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Daily Bull 01.05.16 - Demanding Perfection

When she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Oooooo and she's buying a stairway to heaven

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College football is a product, a widget produced by a company to be sold at a market price. In this heavily regulated market, however, prices are artificially inflated by tapping into the fan's sense of pride and duty towards their school. Your donations and season tickets costs are your solemn duty, paid to ensure the continued success of the program. And while a lot of people get very rich between points A and B, the fact is that your money in aggregate does have a direct effect on the success of the team.

Feeling that you can make demands of a football program because of the financial and emotional investment you have made is not wrong. It stands to reason that you should be able to insist that a higher quality product be made using your investment. To that end you can enforce your will on your team in the most traditionally American way possible, by withholding your donations, canceling your season tickets, and ceasing all intake of chicken fried hot dogs until the team's performance improves. You can be the very embodiment of marginal revenue lost, the next person not to purchase a widget in the business model you strive for your sport to become. Your voice as a stockholder will be heard, however quietly.

Or you can view your dollar spent as the cost of admission to a thing you enjoy. You can look things and acknowledge that they are far from perfect and yet still as good as they have ever been, and you can choose not to focus on the former statement while the latter is still true. You're not condoning mediocrity, you're asking for people not to confuse the decent with the mediocre.

This decidedly un-American course of action will no doubt lead you to be berated for your weakness, because by recognizing that your team will seek to win regardless of the level of anger directed at them on the internet you will be perceived as weak and your commitment to excellence will be assumed lacking. You just might enjoy supporting your team again though.

Remember, they're not your team because you own them. They're your team because you love them. Football is fun.

Gig 'em.