Xavier Fans, Why The Animosity


Feb 1, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Xavier Musketeers head coach Chris Mack asks forward Justin Martin (20) if he watched Justin Jackson play defense. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Fans,

I write to you today asking why must you be so contentious on twitter and message boards? Why must you call the Cincinnati Bearcats thugs, trash the university and make fun of the females? Is life over on Dana that bad, are all of those generic concrete buildings finally driving you all mad? I don’t know all the answers to these questions I am not a Xavier student nor fan. I do have a sneaking suspicion as to why you are all so contentious though.

Lets start with your move to the new Big East Conference. You had high expectations, you thought this was a great move, you were finally in a respectable conference playing legitimate teams (a few). Instead you have joined a glorified A10 conference while Cincinnati left the Big East to join the American Athletic Conference and currently sits 13th in the country in what the national media considers a better conference. I get how frustrating that is, I really do.

Then there is the Crosstown Shootout. You all dominated that game, made Cincinnati look like a bunch of middle schoolers out there. A 62-47 win in front of a pro Cincinnati crowd. You expected respect from that win, instead no one remembers that win and no one counts it against Cincinnati. That is very frustrating as a fan, especially when you go on twitter and attack Cincinnati fans who brush it off with “13th ranked, still 17 wins ahead of you in the match up.” I can’t imagine how infuriating that is.

If all of that wasn’t enough to make you angry you now have to deal with former real Big East teams that play killer defense. Xavier has never faced such staunch defenses, the A10 is comprised of who? UMass? Woohoo there, welcome to real basketball. Yeah you beat Georgetown but losses to Providence and Seton Hall has everyone outside of Xavier questioning if this team can really compete. In fact Cincinnati is your only quality win this year, three straight losses earlier in the year to AQ schools had to have been a downer. Now you’re beating some Big East teams and you sit 4th in conference but can you really compete for a conference title? I don’t think so.

Now it comes down to you all on twitter, constantly attacking Cincinnati fans. With accounts like @WhosKilpatrick and @XU_BlueCrew it is no wonder people can’t stand you. Mean while we’re all just over here on a 13 game win streak sitting at 20-2, undefeated in conference coming off a win over defending National Champs Louisville and I have to wake up Friday morning to you buffoons on twitter (not those accounts in particular). We hate you as much as you hate us, the difference between us and you. Class. The knowing of when to talk and when not to. We got our asses handed to us by Xavier, yet we have moved on, not losing since then and minding our own business. I suggest you focus on your season and your team, we have the Bearcats covered.

Thanks, @MattNiehaus

P.s if you want to see how defense is played head over to Clifton, that is if you can find a ticket. Go Bearcats!