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Okay here's the theory and feel free to try and debunk it

If you're a fan of a sports team based in the United States and that team is not a team from the city in which you were born then you are a stinkin' weasel fraud BANDWAGON JUMPER unless -

1. You are cheering for your Alma Mater
2. You were taught by your family to cheer for _____
3. You are cheering for the team in the city where you now reside

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beejmi wrote: Okay here's the theory and feel free to try and debunk it

If you're a fan of a sports team based in the United States and that team is not a team from the city in which you were born then you are a stinkin' weasel fraud BANDWAGON JUMPER unless -

1. You are cheering for your Alma Mater
2. You were taught by your family to cheer for _____
3. You are cheering for the team in the city where you now reside

4. You cheer for a team in a league that doesn't have any teams in the Country that you live in / were born in.

 

And by the way - as a guy that was born near Montreal and now lives in Vancouver who is a lifelong Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Cowboys fan I certainly do not agree with your above statement.

 

 



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Got to agree with the Canadian. Growing up as a kid Baltimore didn't have a football team for me to cheer on. I latched on to the Packers at a young age just because Green was my favorite color. By the time the Ravens came to Baltimore I had already invested nearly a decade as a fan of the Packers. Now I do cheer for the Ravens as well but the Packers are my number one team. Thankfully they only play each other once ever four years because it gets ugly around my friends.



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One other theory for "faraway' fans. In the era of free agency, some fans
are sick & tired of large market teams "buying" championships
(Yanks, Red Sox, etc.) .
So, they cheer for the SM teams like the Marlins, Rangers, A's, Padres,
Pirates, etc.
I'm just the opposite. I wish the  team I root for did spend money like a drunken sailor, so they could compete with the Yanks & Red Sox.

Here's a link to MLB teams payrolls for 2010.
I've mentioned the bottom 5 in my post

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/salaries/teams

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When I was a kid in Toronto, we obviously didn't have an NFL team. At the time, we got our US TV out of Buffalo. Now remember this is the early 80's and we primarily got the AFC east. This is when it was Buffalo/Miami/Baltimore/Jets and NE

Now Buffalo was the shits with Joe Ferguson as QB. Miami had that fruit Marino. Baltimore was taking off for Indy. The Jets had faggy uniforms, so by default I started following NE since they had the LT of the AFC in Andre Tippett. That and I thought Steve Grogan was so old that I might see a QB murdered on the field. I pretty much stuck with NE until I moved to KC. I wasn't a huge NFL fan (It was the Leafs by far #1, then the Jays, then probably the Argos, then the NFL)

I picked up following the KU Jayhawks when I moved here also, as we got the Big East primarily on TV in Toronto. I followed Georgetown in the 80's for the most part, but picked up KU (where my wife went) as I finally started going to actual live games (same thing with the Chiefs, I'd never been to an NFL game before I came here)

Now, even if KC got an NHL team, there's pretty much no way I could become a fan of it regardless. Same with the Royals. I still follow the Jays, and it's the only games I go to see at Kaufman each year.

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Only other teams i dig that arent Detroit based are:

Arizona Wildcats(Im still a die hard Wolverine, my sis went there)-Always been a fan of them since Shaun Elliot...I was huge into basketball in the 80s, latched on to Lute and the boys around 87.....Again, will ALWAYS be a Michigan fan first and foremost.

UConn Womens hoops team-I was in love with Rebecca Lobo, and Jen Rizzotti, and have liked them since Lobo got there(early 90s).

Used to be a Miami Hurricanes football fan, but they've been shitty for awhile. I used to love the way they'd put a beatin on a team, and didnt care about how they did it. Plus, they had Rusty Medearis, and he was a bad mother fucker when he played for them, so were: Russell Maryland/Jerome Brown/Bennie Blades, and a bunch of other guys. I still follow them somewhat, but not like i used to.

 



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Used to be a Miami Hurricanes football fan, but they've been shitty for awhile.


Nah you're not a bandwagon jumper I take that back



And by the way - as a guy that was born near Montreal and now lives in Vancouver who is a lifelong Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Cowboys fan I certainly do not agree with your above statement.


The Canucks have a fine young squad that you check check into

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Growing up in Memphis in the 80's, professional teams consisted of the Memphis Americans (an indorr soccer team) and the Memphis Chicks(Chickasaws), which at the time was a farm team for the KC Royals.  So for baseball, I was a fan of the Royals.  For the NBA, I liked the Celtics and Pistons. For the NFL, it was the Cowboys and the Bears.

Sports in Memphis, for the most part, centered around the Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) Tigers. I wasn't huge for the football program but I LOVED the basketball program and still follow it. For the record I attended there for two years>0

I moved to Houston in '94, and loyalties have since changed:

College: University of Houston (where I am finishing up my bachelor's degree) except when the basketball team faces Memphis.

NFL:Texans with the Packers a second favorite. The Cowboys lost me when Switzer left.

MLB: Astros but I am not a huge baseball fan.

NBA: I don't like how the NBA has changed but I do like the Rockets.

 



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5. You're a Brit who marries an American from the city of the sports team you're a long-distance fan of.

 

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In football in particular it doesn't seem all that uncommon.  I won't accuse anyone of being a frontrunner as long as they stick with the same team from childhood.  If you suddenly switch teams at 36 (for a reason other than the team moving) then there's something wrong.  I became a Broncos fan at about 10 because I loved Elway and found their games a lot more exciting than the Giants plodding style or the Jets non-existant style.  I stuck with them through all the Super Bowl blow-out losses to the eventual back-to-back championships through the very rough post-Elway regime.  I can't say I follow them as religiously as when they were good, but I'd never cheer for another team.  



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I root for the Bears, even though I grew up in Indiana, but only 50 miles from Chicago, and when the Colts moved to Indy, I became a fan of the "home state" team.

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beejmi wrote: Okay here's the theory and feel free to try and debunk it

If you're a fan of a sports team based in the United States and that team is not a team from the city in which you were born then you are a stinkin' weasel fraud BANDWAGON JUMPER unless -

1. You are cheering for your Alma Mater
2. You were taught by your family to cheer for _____
3. You are cheering for the team in the city where you now reside

I agree except for college teams. I lived the first two and a half years of my life in the city of Chicago. Chicago does not have a major college team. Northwestern which is North of Chicago has sucked the majority of my lifetime. My Alma Mater Eastern Illinois University is not a college power. I'm not Catholic so I never rooted for Notre Dame. I viewed people that went to the University of Illinois as plastic, young adults using their parents credit cards. So I never rooted for the Fighting Illini. So I really don't have a favorite college team in basketball or football. I watch college sports because I like college football except for the silly overtime rule and college basketball.

I have  two college teams that I root against. Notre Dame and Illinois. In general, I'm a Big Ten fan that doesn't really have a favorite team. Occasionally I'll bandwagon jump Northwestern football or Michigan football but I don't live and die with either team. I don't root for Northwestern or Michigan in college basketball. I also root against Duke in college basketball. Long story.



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I started watching and liking the Blackhawks because of Tony Esposito in the mid-70's. 35 years later, I still follow them religiously. I live in the middle of Canada and had no external influences telling me to like the Blackhawks. Plus they were pretty shitty in the mid-70's to boot.

If your team now was the first team you ever liked, you can't be a bandwagon jumper, for whatever reason. If you started liking one team and switched, then there are ways you could be considered a bandwagon jumper, though I'd say each case should be individually judged.



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khawk wrote: I started watching and liking the Blackhawks because of Tony Esposito in the mid-70's. 35 years later, I still follow them religiously. I live in the middle of Canada and had no external influences telling me to like the Blackhawks. Plus they were pretty shitty in the mid-70's to boot.

If your team now was the first team you ever liked, you can't be a bandwagon jumper, for whatever reason. If you started liking one team and switched, then there are ways you could be considered a bandwagon jumper, though I'd say each case should be individually judged.

Good call. The first teams I ever liked: Lions/Tigers/Wings/Pistons/Wolverines



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beejmi wrote:
Used to be a Miami Hurricanes football fan, but they've been shitty for awhile.


Nah you're not a bandwagon jumper I take that back


I still kinda follow them. Sad thing is, they'll never get back to what they were in the 80s/early 90s, when they just didnt give a fuck, and would demolish teams. I loved those Jimmy Johnson/Erickson teams....they beat the shit outta guys.

Then, the game changed(probably due to them), and they started fucking with them, and Miami changed their image/logo.



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