Sports team allegiances can be a tricky thing. I grew up a huge Pitt fan. My dad had tickets to Pitt football games through work, and he would take me to a couple games a year, typically against the weaker matchups that clients didn't want to go see. But what did a 11 year old care if he was watching the Akron Zips? My first real focus in collecting was Dan Marino. It blew my pre-teen mind that the greatest quarterback in the game went to this school half an hour down the road from me. I had it set in my mind that I would be heading to Pitt when it came time to pick a college. I have a Marino collection of a few hundred cards, but sadly most of his cooler cards are outside my price range. But I was able to snag this one for about $2.
Apparently pre-teen me didn't understand too much about academics, and ultimately when better scholarship offers came around from more prestigious universities it was still a tough decision to not go to Pitt. But I still followed the football and basketball teams pretty closely, until I ended up in grad school at WVU. Cue dramatic music.