So you may think yeah it is a little different but so what. Where this all comes into play is when I'm I'd talk to folks about sports and who we root for. If I started naming off all these teams I got some really weird looks and people questioned whether or not I was truly a fan. So I started whittling things down and decided two teams per sport was enough. Doesn't mean I've dropped those other teams completely but it allows me to have somewhat normal conversations with other sports fans and I can devote my time, and money, to less teams. I still root for those other teams but I'm just not that hardcore fan. This last week I rooted for, and so enjoyed, the Spurs as they Trounced the Heat for their fifth championship.
One other aspect of fandom for me is I'm always rooting for someone. No matter who is playing I'll be rooting for one team. In my mind I'll either like or dislike one team more than the other so I'll have a rooting interest. Maybe it is rooting against Yankees who I dislike on principal or rooting for the New Jersey Nets when Buck Williams played for them. Yeah that is an old reference... It is one more thing that allows me to enjoy games when my teams aren't playing in them.
So fandom is an easy thing at it's core and it is with me as well. Just because I have two teams in each sport to root for doesn't make me any less of a hardcore fan. Again it is all about fun and sports is definitely that for me.
|Eddie Johnson, Kansas City Kings|