Do You Have A Favorite Team or Favorite Players?
Are there any true fans anymore? Is it okay to jump ship if your favorite player goes to a different team? The lines have been blurred for favorite teams nowadays; maybe nothing has changed but the rules in sports, meaning free agency and the freedom for players to move around more freely.
I remember a time when players used to play for the same team for years. It wasn’t hard to root for your favorite team because you knew exactly who was going to be on the team and when I say team I’m talking about multiple sports in college and pro.
I grew up in a rural area in southwest Georgia and I had multiple teams. Bear with me as I try to explain the teams I followed. I rooted for two college teams, Florida State and University of Georgia because I lived in Georgia but I was about an hour away from Tallahassee which is where the Seminoles reside. I was a Braves fan for obvious reasons in the 90’s; they had star players and won a bunch of games.
The NFL is where things got a little weird for my love of sports teams. I didn’t really like watching the Falcons; I was one of the biggest Dallas Cowboys fans in the world. Most people think I jumped on the Cowboys bandwagon because they were winning all the time in the 90’s but that’s not the case. I’m a third generation Cowboys fan and my first bicycle had 33s all over it for the great Tony Dorsett. Could things have been different if the Falcons were a winning team or if they had some big name superstars? I don’t know, but I do know that most of my friends were loyal Falcons fans even though they were usually terrible.
I felt pretty much the same about Atlanta Hawks too even though they did have one of the best players in the NBA when I was growing up. Dominique Wilkins was a well-known superstar and most people that lived in Georgia rooted for him but for some reason it didn’t bother me if I saw the Hawks play or not. All I cared about back then was the Bulls. I wanted to know when the Bulls were going to be on television because I had to see Michael Jordan.
As an Adult
As an adult, things have changed a little bit, since I live in the Atlanta area now I don’t have the same connection with the Florida State Seminoles that I once had. I was still a ride or die fan for the Georgia Bulldogs but now my son plays college football, so of course I’m not going to pick a team over my own flesh and blood.
When it comes to the NBA I root for the Hawks because I live in the city but I usually watch/follow whatever team Lebron James is on. I was a fan when he entered the league and for me he kind of filled that void that Jordan left when he retired. As far as the Bulls, I stopped caring when Jordan left.
I root for the Braves in baseball kind of by default. I don’t really have a team that I have to see in the MLB, I just don’t follow the sport for whatever reason like I used to. I think that will be a good discussion for another day.
The only consistent thing in my sports life right now is the fact that I’m still a Dallas Cowboys fan. Yep, even though they haven’t had much success in recent years, I’m still a die-hard fan.
As I thought about this, I don’t think I’m much different from most other sports fans out there. There are a few people out there that are ride or die fans but I believe that most people are fans of certain athletes. I’m sure I wasn’t alone when I stopped watching Bulls games after Jordan left. I’m sure I wasn’t alone when I didn’t care what the Cavs were doing when Lebron left. I’m sure I wasn’t alone when I all of a sudden became a Miami Heat fan.
The point I’m trying to make is that people like individuals more than they like teams. I haven’t looked at any polls on this or researched it because I think polls are sometimes skewed depending on who you ask or where the polls are being done.
This is just my opinion and I’d love to hear what you think. Do you think people are more loyal to their “Team” or to their favorite players?
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