Not counting if you moved, or your city does not have a team, or your team has been eliminated, or even if you are cheering for a team that your parents liked.
I mean cheering for a team like Golden State, the Pats, or the Yanks when you have no connection to any of those areas AND your city has a team is such a cop out.
It's never bothered me. But, I don't get being a bandwagon fan. Part of the satisfaction of 2016 and the Cubs winning the World Series is the fact that they hadn't ever done it before in my lifetime. All that time of being bad and FINALLY they put it all together and won. You don't get that feeling being a bandwagon fan that just becomes a fan of a winning team.
At first was a Redskins fan like the rest of my family until 2008, when I got so fed up with Snyder’s BS that I started cheering for the only publicly held team in football, the Packers.
This was also around the time Favre retired and I liked the new guy they had out there, Aaron something or other. So it kinda worked out two and a half years later when we won a Super Bowl, meanwhile I don’t think the Redskins have won a playoff game since I’ve moved on from them. And that’s after everybody gave me shit for moving over because Mike Shanahan was going to win Washington a Super Bowl
Post by Can you afford to pay me, Gah on May 2, 2019 20:25:53 GMT -5
For the NFL I knew a few fans as I was kind of one myself. KC Chiefs fan. A lot of people in St. Louis became a fan of them when we didn't have an NFL team after the Cardinals left and before the Rams where here. A lot of us still followed KC while the Rams where here. I also do like the Packers.
Me, I will say after the Blues in the NHL I do like the Knights. A part of that like many in St. Louis love Reaves but the team is fun to watch as well. I remember growing up for some reason liked The Maple Leafs. Blues always first but they where the others.
Baseball never liked anybody else but the Cardinals as a team, The rest was just player by player deal. Like I wouldn't say I like the Angels but I like watching Trout play.
Y? Two reasons Spite - parents are Cowboys fans, grandmother was a Redskins fan. So I wanted a team in the same division so it came down to either
Cardinals Giants Eagles - saw Cunningham once and liked him thus my team was chosen.
I never understood the thought processes that I MUST root for my home team.
Basketball Phoenix Suns short answer Kevin Johnson, Charles Barkley.
Trust and hate, and love and fate, and I don't understand. Social grace, the human race, confuse me. These words I speak bring forth a world of emotions. Emotions of dreams lost, dreams found, and dreams I'll never see. So it is written. So it shall come to pass.
Post by hashtagdaley is a Grimes Guy on May 3, 2019 22:37:26 GMT -5
I mostly cheer only my local teams.
Kings Niners Giants Sharks
Funny enough, I HATE the other local teams Raiders/Warriors/A’s.
My one outside team I cheer is the Pats because I think the salt they generate is fxxxing hilarious. They’ve been so damn good for so damn long it’s impossible for me not to respect and love what they do. Helps the Niners have been terrible for probably 90% of their run.
I'm in the St. Louis area and I'm a fan of the Miami Hurricanes. This area just isn't very big on college football. U of I games aren't even televised in the area, SLU doesn't have a football team I'm pretty sure, and I've never felt much of anything for the Mizzou program. I used to get called a bandwagoner when Miami was great, but they haven't even won their conference outright in 17 years. It kinda sucks to be so far away from where they play and get covered, but luckily in CFB you can watch most of (if not all of) their games with any type of streaming TV package. Where as if I liked a certain non-local NHL, MLB, NFL, CBB, or NBA team, I would need to sign up for some sort of league pass to view the majority or all of their games.
Sports fandom can be weird. A friend of mine's dad lives in STL and had tickets for the Rams for years. I even went to a couple of games, despite being a fairly casual fan of the Rams (I liked them during the Warner/Faulk era, but can take them or leave them after that). So they finally moved back to L.A. And get this...after looking around for other teams he STILL is a fan of the Rams. His dad lost all his equity in those tickets, so he hates the Rams now.
I'm from Louisville and pretty much have been a Colts fan since the mid 90s, but admittedly there have been years where I kinda lost interest. And in the NBA I've been a big Suns fan at various points (1993-95, most of the Nash era) but when they suck they're just not on TV enough to care about them.
Things get weird when it comes to MLB though. Growing up the Louisville Redbirds were the AAA team for the Cardinals, so I was always kind of a Cardinals fan. However, the Cubs were on WGN every day and my dad and I watched them a bunch so we were also fans of the Cubs. So yes, somehow I would say I was a fan of BOTH the Cubs and Cardinals, but neither team was especially great from 1988-95 or so and thus it wasn't a serious problem deciding between the two. My dad more or less stayed a Cubs fan for life, whereas I turned on them around the time Dusty Baker wrecked the careers of Mark Prior and Kerry Wood. I'd say I'm primarily a Cardinals fan now, but when the Cubs finally did win in 2016 I was happy for them.
Don’t live in a city so don’t have this problem. Local team is Crawley Town and while I do follow their results I’m an Arsenal fan over everything else. Brighton is my local Prem team and been to see them on a number of occasions and they were the first game I ever went to when they were struggling in division 2 (now League 1).
Living in the DC area, I'm a Blue Jays fan (baseball), Sharks fan (hockey), Raptors fan (basketball), Panthers fan (football), and Gators fan (college sports). Never lived in those areas, I just chose those teams early on in my life and stuck to them.
I'm the total opposite in regards to the NFL part. I live 20 min from Charlotte but I'm a Redskins fan. I've been one all my life. I've been here longer than the Panthers have so pulling for them wasn't an option.
Post by Urethra Franklin on May 26, 2019 0:09:47 GMT -5
I consider the Bills to be a local team because they’re the closest NFL team to me and I’m able to attend games on a regular basis.
I became a Manchester United fan as a child because I turned on the TV one Saturday morning and they were playing Crystal Palace. I thought Crystal Palace was a weird name, so I decided to cheer for the other team.
That’s literally the only reason why I became a United fan.
You know, I don't know why I am a fan of the Wolverines. I just know I was a fan by 4th grade I had a teacher that went. She told me about a lot of the traditions and history. Funny enough I had another teacher that was a fan of OSU, as I believe her dad went. It was a lot of fun.
The Michigan fandom played into me becoming a fan of Denver as well. I couldn't stand Jerry Jones after Jimmy Johnson. I was trying to find a new team and after thinking about the Dolphins (I forget why) and Panthers (they were new so I could say I was there from the start), I moved to Broncos Country. The Broncos were coming off a Super Bowl win, Michigan won the National Championship, and the Broncos had drafted Brian Griese who was the QB at Michigan. God help me if I had followed Woodson, lol.
I had also been on a vacation through the area which helped.
Post by EoE: My Highway Is The Sky on Jun 16, 2019 9:10:04 GMT -5
For the first few years of my life as a rugby league fan, my team of choice in the major competition was the Newcastle Knights, located about two hours away from Sydney which, in the greater area of the city, had something like 11 teams to choose from at the time. I don’t know how that happened, but my hunch is that I just liked their jerseys, which at the time had a bit a rainbow effect happening with their blue and red colours being offset by the green and yellow of their jersey sponsors at the time. A couple of years in, they won their first championship in one of the great playoff finishes in the history of the sport, so I got that happiness...
But eventually, after moving house to my current location, I threw my support behind the nearest team to me, the Cronulla Sharks, long-time strugglers of the competition until they finally won the championship a couple of years ago. Ironically, the year I got a Sharks jersey for Christmas, the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Knights, and the Knights won their second championship in the grand final.