OrangBlue makes some logical points. They sound correct. Once upon a time, I leaned that way as well. But, they are not correct. There is a difference in psychological responses of groups of people that are informed by collective identities, collective experiences, and a sub-culture within a culture. It is true that our neighbors exist in a similarly situated environment as we do. But, our neighbors have cultural and identity factors that affect their behavior, outlook, and passions differently. It would seem plausible that all fans are about the same across the board, or at least, fans in one group act similarly to fans in another group that is close in most factors. But, it is just not true. Why do some groups have associations with them that are not with others? Which schools tailgate the best, are the loudest, are the most hospitable? Just because it is largely anecdotal does not make it not true. Here in Alabama, you can clearly see a distinction among Auburn and Alabama fans. One is definitely more arrogant and obnoxious than the other, and one group clearly has complex and it has been that way for years. They are often in the same household. But, there are differences that are real. Another example: Miami has a larger base of fans that did not attend the school than Florida or FSU, or heck, even UCF. There is a difference in fandome there than the other places. To dismiss those differences is to overlook significant factors. As for Ahia State fans and Miami fans, both groups have a much stronger reputation among many of being more obnoxious than the average fan. That is largely anecdotal, I will give you that. But, it is long-established and well-earned, and renewed in every generation. I do not see that anywhere else. There are distinctive characteristics of being a member of this and that group that influence who we are and who we become. It is a real psychological phenomena that cannot be overlooked. We are changed by decisions we make, groups we hang out with, our responses to events in our lives. Who we become is made up of those things. Different key decisions bring about a different road to travel with different experiences that change who we are.