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It sounds like your heart was never in it with the Steelers to begin with. I also watched XL surrounded by fans that were impartial and I still thoroughly enjoyed the victory. A few years later when they beat the Cardinals and I was dancing in the streets with hundreds of other Steelers fans and could watch the parade from my office window, it was a much better experience, but the first one was still pretty damn awesome. That's not a knock on you, just that you never forged a deep bond with them so it is easier to shift affiliations to the local team.
So, essentially, you don't really care about any team, but would rather be a chameleon based on your surroundings and companions. The team means little, where as the environment means everything. In my mind, being the only fan of a team at a Super Bowl party in a "foreign" city would be awesome. To each their own, I guess
You should have come back to Pittsburgh with me for any of the Super Bowls.
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
OMG NEAL JUST GAVE ME PERMISSION TIME TO GO STOCK UP ON PURPLE CAMO
This is a weird conversation btw but something I never really thought out.
Oh and FWIW Steelers have been #4 on my list below the Terpies and Orioles since I came to college. I've never claimed to be as into them as you or RHTB&G. Hell my grandmother probably watches more Steelers games than I do because of NFL Red Zone if I'm too lazy to go to a bar and they aren't on locally.
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
This. You make it seem like an obligation to your dad, rather than your own personal fandom.
I'm sure I could've switched or whatever at any time in high school and nobody would've cared. Mom even bought me a Super Bowl tee in middle school when the Ravens won.
I had kind of a similar situation growing up. I was raised as a Steelers fan but we moved away from here when I was pretty little. For a long time when I lived in North Carolina we didn't have an NFL team so I kept rooting for the Steelers. When we got the Panthers I was still a Steelers fan, but it was easy to get swept up in the excitement of having a local team. I had a Panthers starter jacket, I'd watch Panthers games every week and I'd watch the Steelers if they were on also, but if they weren't on I didn't really sweat it. When I moved back to Pittsburgh for high school I pretty much ditched the Panthers. If I'd never moved back maybe I'd be more of a Panthers fan today than a Steelers fan. And that's probably the reason I feel a deeper bond with the Terps and the Pirates than the Steelers. And I'm clearly chomping at the bit to become a Kansas City Chiefs fan. So I think I can see where you're coming from. Just surrender your Steelers starter jacket and we're all good.
Im a skins fan, and my in laws are ravens fans. I made it clear lil 2more was going to be a skins fan. An agreement was made that if they wanted to get him stuff it would be MD gear. A ravens outfit showed up in our house ... I took it back to the store. After the ravens/broncos game my father in law asked if lil 2more could wear ravens stuff for a couple weeks. My wife (who doesnt care about football and finds the whole thing silly) reaponded "2more says of course not". Sunday she gets the same text and responds "not unless you want me to gey divorced". She's awesome. At some point im Probably going to get piased when they keep asking.
My bro did this and burned all his old shit, which was old (Roy Williams jersey) he wasn't really an nfl fan bc of his distaste for "his team" and didn't feel connected to a team. He was never that invested. the board gave me shit when I mentioned this, but it literally doesn't phase me at all. He's a Terps and caps guy so he isn't about finding the hot team.
I support the Ravens bc my wife's fam are hardcore about them. I've rooted against the Ravens literally three times in 12 years and always root for them against the NFC bc it helps my team. I got to a minimum of 4 games a year and have fun doing it. My wife celebrated last week by running around topless in canton. That kind of passion is infectious.
No one likes bandwagon fans but not rooting for you hometown team is bizarre to me (unless you have to move to a city of a rival division/team etc)
This post was edited by SkinsTerp 18 months ago
“Route 1, where everybody meets.” ~Nick Faust #5
Damn we went to the square after the final whistle on Sunday and I didn't see SkinsTerp's wife
now that i live in Phoenix i pull for those teams. in the case of the Coyotes its mainly a selfish thing because i want the team to stay here so i can see the Caps come to town. and for the teams in general i think it would be fun to see them go on a championship run. and again being selfish it would be fun to go to a world series or nba finals game.
but i dont think i will ever really care or feel anything if one of those teams wins it all.
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
So will you be in Canton for the Super Bowl?
I'm delighted the Cowboys fans are beginning to melt away in this area. I could see the look of defeat in their eyes after the last Monday night game.
I'm also enjoying the disappearance of Patriots bandwagon fans. The ebb is turning into a rush.
I lived in Oakland for 2 years (1999-2001). The A's were incredible those years. Giambi, Tejada, Mulder, Zito, Hudson, Ramon Hernandez, etc. I sure looked for their scores in the morning before I looked for the O's scores. For a while, I thought the A's had moved up to #1. But the O's came to town, and I was sure rooting for them over the A's.
I now live in San Diego. It's pretty easy not to root for them. Just seeing Phil's face all over town turns my stomach.
I think it's a lot easier to accept a new baseball team in a new hometown than the football team. It was for me personally when I moved to Clearwater. The Rays kinda sucked (was actually the year they got good) and it was alot of fun going to cheap ass games and rooting on a team that has traditionally stunk. When the O's came to town I was there in the first row behind their dugout cheering them on in every game, but there was never any disdain for the Rays. I was actually excited for them and the fans who actually showed up.
The Bucs otoh were not at all likeable. I just couldn't accept them as a team to root for just because I lived there. It might be that NFL fans are so much easier to loathe than baseball fans that even a vanilla team like Tampa is hard to adopt.
Watching the Lightning was fantastic. I had never been a fan of the Caps and fell in love with going to the games in Tampa. Since I loved back, I haven't really cared.
I'm from Western Pa. and I've been a lifelong fan of the Pirates, Pens and Steelers, and since I never went to Pitt, WVU, or the other regional teams that were hyped here (OSU, UPS) i had no rooting interest in them. I played at Yale when Yale was still relatively big time (we were nationally ranked believe it or not), and they don't play major college ball today.
Oddly enough, I've had links to UMD since I was a kid, and I always rooted for them in hoops, I did my Senior thesis on John Barth who set his novels mostly in Maryland, and the guy who got me to go to bidness school was a Terp all American lax player, and all of this was before Cory went to UMD or was even born. Karma? I think so.
Tiffles is African, isn't he? He isn't bound by normal conventions, and anything that gets him or anyone else to abandon the Cowboys is a good thing. Carry on.
Found a local here in St. John that was a huge ravens fan. I asked why and he said because he went to school in Pittsburgh....
these posts crack me up. for every boy who likes a team because that is the team his old man roots for (that may or may not be the "local" team), there is a boy who purposely picks a different team just to assert his individuality. now a little 5 year old wearing a RGIII jersey you got him is one thing, but he is not old enough yet to form his true opinions. not old enough yet to rebel.
This post was edited by BCiB 18 months ago
You are a great American.
this is number one on the list of illegitimate reasons to switch...incredibly fraudulant....sports isnt about teams its about places...you never root for anyone that doesnt rep your city
isn't that the point? the new place becomes 'your city'.
Yeah, I admit that rule doesn't make complete sense. Switching to the new team and dumping your old one is unacceptable, but picking up the new team as a second favorite is fine under the right circumstances.
Your city is where you grew up and were raised, especially if you didn't move around as a child.
at a certain point, you've lived in the "new city" longer than the city where you were born and raised and identify more with the your current city.
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