Maybe it’s the Tim Tebow effect.
Those Gators just aren’t the party animals they were a year ago, falling from first place to second behind that bastion of hedonism, Penn State, in the Princeton Review’s new listing of the top party schools.
Following the Gators were those hard-partyin’ Rebels at Ole Miss (mint julep, anyone?) and then UGA, up from its seventh place finish last year. The rest of the Top 10 in descending order: Ohio University (in the lesser Athens), West Virginia (couch burning!), Texas (do they go shirtless like Matthew McConaughey?), Wisconsin (killer cheese dip), FSU (good to know they’re still good at something) and the University of California at Santa Barbara (surf’s up!).
Seriously … no, wait, there’s no reason to take any of this seriously. The list was compiled from the votes of 122,000 students nationwide and apparently resulted in some Facebook ballot-box stuffing on the part of the Nittany Lions, who for some reason desperately wanted this, uh, distinction.
And I can understand that. When I was younger, I thought these lists were fun. I remember Playboy did one back in the 1960s and legend had it they retired UGA from their list because its partying was so far ahead of other schools. I have no idea if that was really true, but that was what they told us at orientation when I was an incoming freshman in Athens.
And we didn’t even have the hundred-plus bars in downtown Athens to go to like today’s young Dogs!
The rest of the Top 20 found the partying out of bounds in places like Iowa City, Schenectady, Grand Forks, N.D., and Tempe, Ariz. Question: How can the folks at Tulane, located in the Big Easy, hold up their heads after finishing behind Greencastle, Ind.?