Potty mouths

OK, in this divisive world, we can at least all agree on one thing – we all know Colorado State University has an inferiority complex to CU-Boulder, whether it’s over football, being in a cooler town or just having better looking people on campus.

And yeah, we here at The Durango Telegraph may both be CU-Boulder alums, but we like to think that doesn’t get in the way of our unbiased and balanced reporting over CSU matters. In fact, we’ll even extend an olive branch: recently, CSU did beat out CU-Boulder in a recent poll.

The subject matter? “Most Vulgar College Fans.”

With the start of college football season, College Rover, a database on colleges and universities, plunged into the depths of Reddit to find which sport fans used the most profanity in regards to their team. College Rover reviewed 133 college sport team subreddits to find which were the most vulgar, as well as the most positive/supportive.

To do this, researchers created a list of vulgar words, and then looked at the frequency of each to see which schools had the most posts mentioning the dirty words. Reddit posts from June 2022-23 were used for analysis, and only college subreddits with at least 1,000 subscribers were considered.

The rankings revealed that CSU fans were the No. 1 most vulgar fans, with 49 profane words per 1,000 subscribers. And, CSU’s top word of choice? “A**hole.”

Classy.

Interestingly, CU-Boulder was nowhere on the list. Perhaps it was our upbringing? Sure, we CU students have been known to say an obscene word here and there. Some of our best chants, such as “Sucks to be a CSU Ram!” or “F*ck you, CSU!” or “Good luck with your degree in pigs, CSU grads!” certainly aren’t things you’d say at the dinner table. OK – we made that last one up.

And yeah, we sure do love to burn a couch every once in a while after a big win. The Daily Camera reported that in 2010, the Boulder Fire-Rescue Department responded to 22 burning couches. And that was in a year where the football team went only 5-7. Imagine if we were good.

All this to say, I think we can let bygones be bygones and let our rivalry remain on the football field, rather than cursing at each other online. (And apologies to office mate Sander for cursing him out in the office kitchen the day after the Buffs beat the Rams 43-35. We’re just too wrapped up in Prime Time fever.)

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