September 26, 2012

Hardcore Sports Fans


















When I say "sports fan", I'm not talking about people who watch individual athletes and admire them for their athletic prowess, I'm talking about those who worship sports team franchises, like the Dodgers, the Bulls, the Steelers... whatever. Have you ever asked a diehard sports fan why they root for a certain team? I have, and some get offended. "What do you mean why??" Talking about sports sparks just as much heated debate as talking about religion or politics. Well, to some diehard fans, their team is their religion. Baseball seasons rolls around, you see tons of emotional updates on Facebook from hardcore fans. The NBA lockout last year provoked so much anger and tears. Football season tickets are past from generations to generations and people live and die for their teams.

But why? Why such strong emotional attachment? Why does one get so depressed when their team loses, so defensive when someone trash talks their team? Why and how does one pick a team to root for in the first place?

Is it your hometown team? Does that automatically make you attached to them? Is it because your dad liked them? Because your friends root for them? Maybe there is money riding on a game? How many sports fans like a certain team based on just their skills or sportsmanship? Probably not a lot. I mean, come on, teams trade players every season, a team this year can be totally different than last year's. Perhaps they like a team because... they like the team. Or maybe you have to make yourself passionate about it to gossip with your other pals about it. I don't know, but the loyalty dumbfounds me.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it. Seems so silly to me.

Why is your team... your team?

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