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You know who I like?

I like people who wear alumni apparel on Sunday after their school's football team got thumped on Saturday.

It's easy to pull on your sweatshirt or fly your flag after a victory. And there's certainly nothing wrong with that. (Let's just take it as a given that the wearer also cares about the school's academics and research programs.)

But it's a different sort of impulse that gets someone to fly his flag or don her alum togs and go out in public the day after  a loss. To me, these folks are the exact opposite of losers.

Of course, some of these people don't follow sports and aren't making a statement. Or maybe they didn't even attend the school in question. They're just wearing a sweatshirt they got as a gift.

But that reality sort of muddies my theme here. So let's just hum a few bars of “Be True To Your School” and move on.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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