In anticipation of this weekend’s Super Bowl 51, today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog tackles the privilege of rooting for your favorite team in spite of what others think about your choice.
That’s because sports transcends religion, cuts through cultural ties, eludes ethnicity, ignores bank accounts and fails to distinguish between sex, weight, age and even familial bonds.
Regardless of the sport, your favorite team is simply your favorite team – not your dad’s, your sister’s or even that of your spouse.
Your inalienable right as a sports fan is to root for whomever you want and root against any team you deem appropriate to direct your angst.
Sure, your choice may defy logic, strain family ties, break stereotypes and shatter urban myths. But it’s still your personal choice, one that should never be forced upon you at any time.
Root For Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots?
You may live in Atlanta, but love the New England Patriots. Or, you may call New England home, but your Boston College ties have you cheering on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons and against Tom Brady.
The right to root for your team and your favorite player is buried deep down in your DNA. It’s your privilege and your prerogative in spite of what others think or say.
Not only is it your right to choose your favorite team, but I propose it’s also a God-given sports right to cheer against another team.
Why can I hear a chorus of “Amens!” from all the Patriots haters out there?
It’s healthy and even cathartic to vent your sports fan frustration toward bitter rivals who have beat up on your boys too often in the past or carry themselves in a far too confident manner. Articulating your angst by deciding “Anybody, but…” is what’s best about sports.
For example, it’s OK if the continued, unabated success of college programs like Duke and Kentucky basketball or Alabama and USC football ruffle your feathers.
It’s understandable if the 27 World Series Championships that New York Yankees fans routinely bring up in baseball conversation makes your blood start to boil.
Plus, Bronx Bomber fans always seem to reference baseball’s purported greatest team ever – the 1927 Yanks.
It’s alright if the preponderance of championship banners hanging over the courts at Staples Center in Los Angeles or TD Bank North Garden in Boston cause you to grind your teeth.
It’s a part of the game when storied soccer teams like Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid spend boat loads of cash to consistently attract the toptalent in the world and make you want to scream as your local club wallows in mediocrity.
Hey, maybe the original America’s Team (the Dallas Cowboys), the wanna-be America’s Team (the New England Patriots) or the most likely choice from Titletown for what should be America’s Team (the Green Bay Packers) give you indigestion at the sound of their names.
No worries, man! Just ease up. Flip on ESPN Sports Center and relax.
It’s OK to blow off some steam. Remember that you’re just fine. Allow that cup of angst to spill over as much and as long as you want.
Remember, it’s your Constitutional sports right to root for – or against – any team from any town at anytime.
In my house, the sports motto has always been, “Anybody but…”
So, “Go Falcons, and I’ll root for anybody but the New England Patriots!”
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MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!