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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:49 AM
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Sports fans - do you root for your hometown team?
If you're from another area, do you still root for that team? Did you inherit your team choices from your parents? Do you adopt whichever team is in the town you live in? Why and when did you start liking the teams you like?

Me-I'm pretty boring. I like the Eagles, Phils, Sixers, and Flyers. :D Hometown teams all the way.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:51 AM
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1. Packers fan living in Detroit...Not always an easy feat. They pick
on me for cooking outside in winter. We always did that back home.

I'm not much on the Brewers but count me in on anything Badgers.
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:52 AM
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3. My parents went to UW.
That's where they met. They are die hard Cubs/Packers fans (I inherited it) but now I have to root for the Panthers over the Packers.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:53 AM
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5. ***Gasp****
You've broken my heart....

...and now I don't have any replacements. :cry:
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:54 AM
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6. You've still got the one next to your kitty there
And that is NOT a euphemism :D
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:58 AM
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15. *ahem*
:blush: I would NEVER steal the heart from my kitty...and that's all I'm going to say about that.
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:56 AM
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10. Hey - they are still #2. And a hard one at that.
That HAS to count for something. The ONLY time I root against the Pack is when they play the Panthers.

(My parents have a 'share' of the team, too)
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:57 AM
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13. We bought one for my Daddy.
He's been on the waiting list for tickets for 40 years now. Someone put him on as a wedding gift. :)
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:59 AM
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17. My aunt and uncle used to get tix for the Milwaukee games.
I think they gave them a deal for a game or two when they moved out of playing there.

I think they still go to 1 or 2 games a year.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:09 PM
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36. I was once a hapless Vikings fan living in Stevens Point!
Yikes!
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:21 PM
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42. Yikes doesn't even begin to explain that, sweetie.
;) Glad you got out alive! :hug:
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 03:21 PM
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65. We get shit for grilling our brats in the winter here
in MO also.
I grew up w/ it. It's something that must be done every Packer Sunday. You rush home from church, change into your Packer gear and get the grill going.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 03:43 PM
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67. exactly! And my next door neighbor points, and makes fun.
Stupid Steelers fan. ;) :hi:
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 05:21 PM
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71. In my neck of the woods it's
stupid Chiefs fans. I have to see their damn red flags everywhere!
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:51 AM
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2. Yes. I root for the Hurricanes (NHL)
the Car. Panthers and I used to root for the Hornets, before Shinn showed his big ugly ass. I haven't really gotten into the Bobcats like I did when the Hornets started up, though. I think I have just given up on the NBA.
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:56 AM
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11. College ball has been more exciting to watch for years now
I still watch the NBA to see what Iverson is doing but my heart isn't in it.
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:00 AM
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18. I am in college ball heaven. State/Duke/UNC triangle
Go State!
:D
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:53 AM
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4. I'm a Dbacks fan!
But lucky for me I don't follow any other sports. It would be really, really tough if I liked football and I had to be a fan of the Cardinals... ugh! :scared:
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:54 AM
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7. Absolutely.
You may passively support other teams, but your heart should ALWAYS be with your hometown teams, no matter what.
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:55 AM
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8. My hometown team is the Rockies
Need I say more?

I didn't think so.

I'm not the only one, either. Coors Field's attendance numbers get lower every year.

Nuggets are the joke of the NBA. Most of the time. The last couple of years, I understand they've done better.

Broncos I'm sick to death of. You'd think that they were created by some supreme Football God or something. People around here need to get a grip, already.

The college hockey teams do better, attendance-wise, than the Avalanche. They get more (and better) press coverage, too. Of course, they aren't fussing over money and haven't had any recent lockouts.

Hometown teams are good and all; there are a lot of places that don't have teams to root for, but sports loyalties aren't always geographical. At least mine aren't.

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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:57 AM
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14. I'm grateful to the Rockies.
It usually keeps the Dbacks from being in last place... but not always.

And welcome to DU! :hi:
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:58 AM
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16. Welcome to DU and yeah sorry about the Rockies
Could be worse-you could be from Cleveland. :hide:
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:56 AM
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9. Just the Cubs.
:cry:
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:00 AM
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19. I feel your pain
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:57 AM
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12. I was born in PA but moved here very young (Twin Cities)
I love the Twins and Vikings, I like the Wild and the Timberpuppies. As far as college football, it is the Badgers, and for college hoops I am a Gopher fan.

If and when we move out to SoCal (more likely when than if) I will remain loyal to my teams - It is just going to cost me more, since I will have to get the extra sports packages from the cable company. There is a Viking fan club that meets close to where we will be moving though!
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:02 AM
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20. I live in Detroit and root for the Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers
Most of us gave up on the Lions about 20 years ago.

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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:02 AM
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21. Yeah after Barry it was just all downhill huh?
:D
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vikegirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:22 AM
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22. I'm in Denver,
and I DETEST (can't emphasize enough) the Broncos and Rockies. Love the Avs, though, and pity the Nuggets.

I was born in Minnesota, so VIKINGS RULE for me. Reared in Iowa, which means for college sports, I cheer the Cyclones and to some extent, Hawkeyes. :-)
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:24 AM
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23. You Midwesterners seem to hold on to your allegiances
Vikings and Packers fans seem to be fans for life no matter where they live later.
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vikegirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:26 AM
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27. Yep!
See username! :hi:
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:31 AM
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28. Ha ha I didn't even notice that!
:hi:
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:24 AM
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24. Of course!
Detroit Redwings, Pistons, Tigers, and Lions, sad sacks as the last two may be.... :-(

And, because I live in Ann Arbor and am a UM grad, my favorite, favorite team always -- the University of Michigan Wolverines. Go Blue!
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:25 AM
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25. pretty much
I live in NJ so I get the choice of what I think is hometown, so I picked the Mets and Giants. As for college basketball...I root for Duke, donno why I guess because when I first started following them, Bobby Hurley was a hometown guy
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:25 AM
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26. In baseball and hockey, yes.
I'm a Cards and Blues fan all the way. The Rams? Not so much. I like football, but I don't really have "a team."
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:31 AM
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29. Isn't it easier to get into a game if you're pulling for a team?
Do you just pick a team to root for at the beginning of a game?
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:40 AM
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30. Usually the underdog, but it's not a hard and fast rule.
I usually do lean towards one team or the other, but it's kind of nice to enjoy a game without having nerves and anxiety over every play. When I follow a team, I tend to get VERY emotionally invested in it, so it's nice to have a break in football. :yoiks:
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:41 AM
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31. I know what you mean about the anxiety
I think I have an ulcer over the damn Eagles. :scared:
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:42 AM
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32. I do, but I admit that I'm a very fair-weather fan.
I tend to lose interest pretty quickly. :D
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:49 AM
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33. yep
Edited on Thu Feb-16-06 10:50 AM by realisticphish
but my parents really didn't watch sports, so i kind of found them myself. For example, my dad went to Ohio State, but we didn't really watch football. I started watching it myself, and now I'M going to OSU. I'm a bengals fan, for some odd reason, though it paid off this year. And my hockey loyalty is split between Columbus and Detroit; I root for them both, until they play each other, then I stick with Columbus.

But I wouldn't change loyalties now. Doesn't matter where I might move, I'd stick with my teams
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Ron Mexico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:06 PM
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34. No, I root for all Los Angeles teams (plus St. Louis Rams), but
I am not from Los Angeles, I'm originally from Brighton, New York. I just fell for the Dodgers as a kid, hated the Yankees, and picked up the L.A. ball from there. Followed the Rams to St. Louis, but other than that it's all L.A., all the time (Lakers, not Clippers).
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:12 PM
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37. Well everyone hates the Yankees
It's only logical. :hide:
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Ron Mexico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:14 PM
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38. Not my parents. Not my best friend. Not my
sister-in-law, brother-in-law, mother-in-law or father-in-law. And my wife likes San Francisco Giants. I'm surrounded.

Send help. Please.
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:15 PM
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39. Jesus we need to get you out of there
I can only help you if you're willing to convert to the Phillies. You can move to Philly and have a nice life. We don't win mind you. But everyone here hates the Yankees.
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Ron Mexico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:17 PM
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40. I'm not far away.
I live in Arlington, VA. I might be better off rooting for the Phils in an anti-Yank zone than for my first love in a pro-Yank zone.

Can my wife come, too?
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:21 PM
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43. Happy to have her
You can buy a loaf of bread for less than 10 bucks too. (I hear the cost of living is a tad high in suburbs of DC).
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Ron Mexico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:05 PM
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46. Your skills at polite understatement are admirable.
Saying "the cost of living is a tad high in suburbs of DC" is like saying "the Bush Administration is a tad corrupt, ineffective and counterproductive." :)
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:21 PM
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52. "George W. Bush is a teensy bit of a lying scumbag"
:D
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Ron Mexico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 03:42 PM
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66. Right. And I'm a wee tad annoyed at this country's direction at present.
:puke:
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:08 PM
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35. Vikings fan...
Edited on Thu Feb-16-06 12:09 PM by Left Is Write
Raised in a Vikings home.

I haven't followed major league baseball in years, but I'd still root for the Twins.

I'm not into basketball...and I haven't followed NHL since the North Stars moved south.


edited to add - my loyalty stayed with me even when we moved. Of course, Idaho has no professional football team anyway.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:20 PM
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41. Of course! LA teams all the way!
Angels, Dodgers, Clippers, Kings, USC / UCLA...

Too bad most of the LA sports teams suck though!
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:49 PM
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45. Hey we're not in much better shape
I feel your pain :D
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 03:19 PM
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64. Yeah, it sucks!
Last time LA won a championship anything was in 2002 when the Angels won the world series. But even that was because we won against the NL West and they suck more than all the LA teams COMBINED.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:25 PM
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44. We only have one pro team
but yes. Otherwise I prefer the San Francisco teams to the slightly closer ones in Oakland.
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:15 PM
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47. Yes. No. I'm From This Area
I root for all the Chicago teams in some form or other. I haven't moved out of the Chicago area, so i've never been faced with changing allegiances. I don't think it's boring to root for the hometown team. Just part of being a fan, i think. Better than changing every 5 years because one is a frontrunner.

The Professor
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:17 PM
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48. That's true
I've never lived any where but here either. I guess it's just natural-all your friends, family like the same team so of course you're going to, also.

You had some good NBA and NFL years to balance out your drought in MLB :D
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:21 PM
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54. Not Many Good NFL Years
Remember i'm 49. I've seen two champsionships in the 40+ years i followed pro sports. Now, the Bulls are a different matter! And, for many years (i've changed a bit) pro basketball was my favorite pro sport. Now, i think it's #3 behind football and pro golf, but there aren't that many touring pros from the Chicago area, so there i just have to like who i like. (I guess i'm a front runner there, because i'm a Tiger fan! I plead guilty!)
The Professor
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:27 PM
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55. We were talking above
about how college ball has been so much better than the NBA for a lot of years now.

How can you not like Tiger. It's like not liking Michael Jordan. When you happen to live in the same lifetime as someone who could probably be the best of ALL TIME at a sport you kinda have to give it up for them right?
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:35 PM
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58. Refects My Feelings Exactly
Sort of like how i loved Gretzky despite being a Hawks fan.
The Professor
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:44 PM
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61. Gretzky yeah
and Montana and Rice even though I've always hated the Niners.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:18 PM
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49. my Redskins will ALWAYS be my team
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:20 PM
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51. I thought you were in Boston?
You're not from there?
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:21 PM
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53. am now. from MD originally
Dad got me started on the Skins at the age of 2

LOVE the red sox though
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:28 PM
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56. Gotya
Well I'm a Phils fan but I would always root for the Sox over the Yanks anyway :D
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:19 PM
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50. All I have are the Trailblazers
naah, I don't root for em anymore...
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:29 PM
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57. Everyone but the Raiders
I hate Al Davis....
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MANative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:37 PM
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59. Yes - in fact my darling 13 year old niece,
coined her "11th commandment" around this very concept. My brother moved his family to MD and they still root for the Red Sox and Pats. The 11th commandment according to my little sweetie is "If thou were borne in Red Sox nation, thou must forever hold thy allegiance to thy nation's holey (pun intended!) sox."

Hey, she's 13. She's allowed to be silly!! (But Aunty MA Native confesses to being in total agreement...)

:rofl:
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imperialismispasse Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:38 PM
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60. Wow
You New Englanders are rabid eh? :D
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MANative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 01:44 PM
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62. No doubt! We luv our Sawx and Pats
:D
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friesianrider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 02:03 PM
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63. Yep - mainly Eagles football, but...
Also the Sixers and Flyers. Go Philly! :woohoo:
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 03:45 PM
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68. Yes. Even more so since I moved.
I grew up in Pittsburgh and Currently live in Cleveland, but I am still a big-time Steelers fan.
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jakefrep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 04:47 PM
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69. Technically, my hometown team is a high school...
..does that count?
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 05:11 PM
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70. Nope
I'm 90 miles from San Francisco (grew up about 15 miles further away) and 300-plus from LA, but I've been a fan of LA teams across the board since I was a kid.

I think I did it to get back at my dad, who was a die-hard Giants fan. Plus, Sandy Koufax was my idol hell, he still is. Plus, I couldn't stand the Willie Mays worship that poured from the mouths of Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons inside that old Zenith radio.

Funny thing is, I don't hate the Giants anymore. I want to beat their asses, but I don't hate 'em.

Note, though, that I don't care much about football anymore, and basketball has gone right into the dumper. (I was a HUGE Lakers fan in the days of West/Baylor/Chamberlain and a few years beyond.)
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