Meet the Parents
When BU plays Albany, it becomes a contentious affair around the dinner table for the boys of BU Hoops :: Doggy-style. See, both High Roller and I attended classes along the Charles and bleed Terrier red (well, obviously). But Ma and Pa both accumulated their knowledge at UAlbany/Albany St. - or, as much knowledge as one could actually accumulate at a SUNY school.
The 'rents have the decision between rooting for the school at which they earned their degrees and rooting for the school to which they send all of their money. Ma received degrees from UHartford and SUNY Binghamton in addition to UAlbany, so the loyalty there does not seem to affect her that much -- so she roots for BU. But Pa lived it up along Washington Ave for his FIVE years of undergrad, and remains staunchly dedicated to the Great Danes. He claims his Most Valuable Player trophy for the 1973 Albany St JV track and field team maintains his connection to UAlbany sports, but to be honest I'm surprised he can remember much from that portion of his life!
The fact remains that the High Roller and I spent our formative years in the Capital Region, and yes we spent a few nights watching the Danes play some fine D-III ball under legendary coach Doc Sauers. But I think I speak for him when I say that the day we stepped onto that Commonwealth Ave campus we became Terriers for life. Sure, there's a soft spot for the Great Danes now and then, but we ain't bleedin nothing but red from now on.