I have never experienced anything like it. When the UA team arrived at the Ole Miss Stadium, they had a horde of well-wishers to greet them. The crowd gave the team a hero's welcome, and we got to trail along behind the team.
I imagine that this is remotely similar to the Palm Sunday welcome that Jesus received in Jerusalem.
It's a bit sad to me. A football team gets celebrated as modern heroes. A GAME becomes a cause for wild celebration. A person who can throw or run a ball in a GAME outranks so many other endeavors. Go figure.