as someone who was working as a graphic designer from 90-95 (well, i still am for that matter, but that's when i was first seeing stuff like this), i think one major factor in the development of these "grunge" fonts is missing in this piece: Fontographer. It had a feature where you could automatically combine two fonts, but it never really turned out well, and the resulting combined font always looked a whole lot like Morire or its ilk... whenever we had a client who wanted what we called "an emigre font" we used to just throw two random fonts into fontographer and use that rather than buy one.
JUST to nitpick, "These are all three teams heavy on upperclassmen" is not true of VCU at least, they have one senior on their roster & maybe 3 juniors, it's mostly freshmen and sophomores playing for the Rams this season.
@Paul William Drew@facebook no, i speak of North Carolina (with mention of the mustard variant appearing in a large part of SC). In my experience, it can get a bit tomatoey in the western part of NC - though still with the vinegar base, they just throw in a bit of ketchup with it - but most everywhere i've ever been from 77 eastward is vinegar/pepper, no tomato.
@Abe Sauer it's the flavor, though... in Iowa BBQ pork actually tastes pretty much like a McRib, sauce-wise (setting aside the dubiousness of the meat product) while in the Carolinas it does not, unless you're at an Applebee's or somesuch.
carolina bbq? other than the pork, mcribs have nothing in common with carolina bbq... i'm not talking quality or anything, carolina bbq has a thin vinegar/pepper sauce (with most of SC having a mustard-based sauce). the mcrib's roots are in midwestern bbq.