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Postby Warpigs » Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:36 am

No, I'm not talking about the Simpsons here. I just wanted to talk quickly about the phenomenon of people rooting for local teams.

When my family moved to central PA, it amazed me how many Eagles, Steelers and Penn State fans there were. A large percentage of them, when asked, had only one reason for rooting for them -- they were local.

Now, I personally think that rooting for a team simply because it's the closest is a little short-sighted. Why wouldn't you analyze the teams and root for the one with your favorite player, coach, team philosophy or overall image? Yes, it's much harder for me being a Packers fan to see a team so far away, but how many homer-fans actually go see the teams that are close-by?

Any comments?
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Postby SeaWolf » Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:41 am

I can only speek for myself. But I grew up with my dad rooting for certain teams, so that's who I rooted for. They all happen to be local teams, but it also helped that my dad had season tickets for the Seahawks. ;-D
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Postby deluxe_247 » Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:10 am

while i do pull heavily for seattle...and its considered my home team (still 3 hours from my house), my other 2 fav teams are about as far away from oregon as you can get (baltimore and tampa). i actually dislike almost every westcoast team except the seahawks.
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:16 am

When I was 8 year old in 1985 I became a Colts fan mostly because I just wanted to be different than every other Niners and Raiders fan on my block. My favorite color as a kid was blue and the Colts just happened to be on the tube that day. The rest is history.
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Postby awwchrist » Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:28 am

Grew up outside the Seahawk black out restriction..so most every game was on TV. Instantly fell in love with Largent and Warner and Knox.


That being said...

I know what I would do if Portland ever got a NFL franchise.

1. Thank Jesus, Allah, Muhammad, Tagliabue...whomever is listening.

2. Cry.

3. Have my sons draw straws. Shortest gets their college savings turned into season tickets for ol' pappy.

4. Pray that Portland wouldn't be an NFC team. I don't think I could handle the conference trauma.
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Postby Mercer Boy » Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:54 am

Long post!!! It sounded funny to me as I wrote it, though. :-o

Well, I think there are 3 distinct classes of fans (I am not lumping any Cafe members into any categories...you can put them there for yourself. ;-)):

1) "Homers" - These are the people that find loyalty in sports teams by city alone. They feel the players represent the city they live in, so because of that, they want to cheer them on to victory. Many times I commend these people for sticking with a team even if they are not one of the better teams in a sport (example - me and my Pirates... !+) ). The only downside to these fans is the small sub-group of "Homers" known as "Albino-homers." Their blind loyalty to the players on their team clouds their actual judgment of the quality of the players in question. (example - King Titan. :-P )

2) "Bandwagoners" - These are very shifty people indeed. Not really having a team to call their own, these guys constantly sway their loyalty to an up-and-coming team that seems to be heading for the playoffs or a good season or a new player that they think is good. (Example - the people that are all of a sudden in love with the Chargers and the Falcons...they are starting to play better than in years past, and they have electrifying players like Tomlinson/Vick to aspire to.)

Bandwagoners don't want to be "homers," normally because a) their hometown team is garbage or b) they don't like the town/players that play in their hometown. I'm not a big supporter of bandwagon fans...mainly because a good percentage of them just do it so they have the glory of their "favorite team" winning each year. :-t

The only acceptable form of "Bandwagoner" is the "Onset Dedicated Bandwagoner" better known as "ODB's." :-b These are sports fans that started to like a team at such a young age that they could not have possibly known that what they were doing was becoming a Bandwagoner. They stick with that team from then on and are unwavering in their loyalty even through tough years (example - me. I've liked the 49ers since I was six years old...the first football game I ever watched was SB XIX - I had to watch the game in another room because my dad hates sports...I liked the 49ers jerseys and picked them to win the game. I've liked them ever since.)

3) "Homer/Bandwagoners" - These guys/girls are better known as "Sports Fan Scum of the Earth." :-D These fans can be broken into two hybrid sub-groups: The HB's and the BH's.

"HB's" (as we'll title them) are normally not even sports fans at all. Most of the time they just happen to realize that the team they live closest to is starting to play well, and other actual sports fans (most likely "homers") are talking more and more about the team. Because they want to appear in the know, "HB's" start to pick up on what the team is doing and attempt to act like "homers." They will buy all sorts of pennants, bumper stickers, shirts, etc. to try to enhance their image as a fan of their hometown heroes...all the while not really caring a bit about the sport or knowing much about the players involved. You're lucky if an "HB" even knows the name of the top QB, RB, and WR of their football team.

Note how I added "girls" into this equation. I would say 80% -90% of women are "HB's." Due to the increased popularity of the hometown team, more football parties are needed to be had at people's houses. Many women will then put the party together with other friends (predominantly other "H/B's"). These "H/B-havens," as they shall be known, are created for all to have a good time cheering blindly for the team wearing the correct color jersey.

The more detestable subgroup of "H/B's" would be the "BH's." Generally BH's are hibernatory. In a subconscious slumber all the time, these people actually do follow sports quite regularly...but they normally do not cheer for or do not like their hometown team. The reason for this is almost exclusively a poor local team that has continually lost for several years. They will decry and belittle the play and players of the hometown team. But, when that team starts to actually show signs of life, the BH's true persona crawls out of an inner cave and starts to scream the praises of the city's pride and joy team. Out come the old banners, coffee mugs, hats, shirts (most of which don't fit anymore), and other paraphernalia that has been locked away in the BH's basement/garage (the physical cave of their inner psyche).

There you have it - everything you need to know about the kingdom of sports fans...all brought to you by Mercer Boy - proud ODB. ;-D
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Postby Manja » Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:16 am

I believe I'm an ODB... Though my dad worked hard at making me a hardcore Cowboys fan. After he lost his first chance with my brother (his step-son) and losing him to the 9ers, he made sure he got me.
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Postby dave416 » Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:33 am

I live in Philadelphia and have been a Bengals fan my whole life. I can't explain it, I just enjoyed watching Boomer and Ickey play when I was little. I am not anti-Eagles, just somewhat indifferent towards them. Nothing wrong with being a fan of the hometown team, as long as you stick with them. When the Eagles made the SB last year, I was amazed with the amount of bandwagon jumpers. Many of them couldn't name 5 players on the team, or were not even football fans for that matter. "Yep, I can't wait for the game. There is no way they will lose with McNabb, Owens, and that Westingbrook guy." (In many cases, they are the only 3 players anyone knew) I know there is always bandwagoners, it is just a shame that they try to come off as real fans when others stuck with the team the whole year.
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Postby Mercer Boy » Sat Aug 20, 2005 5:12 am

dave416 wrote:I live in Philadelphia and have been a Bengals fan my whole life. I can't explain it, I just enjoyed watching Boomer and Ickey play when I was little. I am not anti-Eagles, just somewhat indifferent towards them. Nothing wrong with being a fan of the hometown team, as long as you stick with them. When the Eagles made the SB last year, I was amazed with the amount of bandwagon jumpers. Many of them couldn't name 5 players on the team, or were not even football fans for that matter. "Yep, I can't wait for the game. There is no way they will lose with McNabb, Owens, and that Westingbrook guy." (In many cases, they are the only 3 players anyone knew) I know there is always bandwagoners, it is just a shame that they try to come off as real fans when others stuck with the team the whole year.


See, I knew what I was talking about...there is another example I should add for my commentary. I should submit that to a newspaper or something. :-? ;-D
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Postby Ironhorse75 » Sat Aug 20, 2005 5:34 am

I usually follow two teams.

The local team, and another team for whatever reason whether it be players, team values, etc etc.

Packers are the hometeam. ;-D

Falcons are my team away from home. Goes hand in hand being a Hokie fan. All we need now is Kevin Jones to come on down!
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