Nothing in sports is more frustrating than spending an entire season following your favorite team and then watching them lose a championship game. It's even worse when you have to watch them lose with a bunch of people who rabidly support the other team for no real reason.
It really sucks to have someone celebrating in your face who you know doesn't follow a team and especially when their sudden, rabid, single game devotion is based on the following set of statements:
"I have / had family member(s) who lived in their city"
"I hate the other team"
"I hate a star player on the other team"
"I'm rooting for the underdog"
"I like a star player on the other team"
"I've got money on the game"
I have / had family member(s) who lived in their city / geographic area or went to that college
Allow me to explain how ridiculous this is by creating a list of every additional sports team I would have to support (aka buy a jersey):
Major League Soccer:
At an average of $60 / jersey, being a one day rabid fan would set me back: $960
Sure you might have a parental / familial attachment to a team but that doesn't make you their number one fan. I honestly don't follow many of these teams but if they win, good for them.
I hate the other team
Here is every team I simply cannot stand but that doesn't mean I support anyone who plays them (in this model Oklahoma vs Texas A&M is essentially the team of Brett Favres vs a team of Brett Favres). I'm not going to go crazy if the Yankees lose a game to the Angels and I won't jizz in my pants if ESPN Scorecenter shows the Canadiens lost a regular season game to the Flyers.
Due to who they might play in division, conference and national championships (especially NCAA Basketball) I can't put together a list of every possible team I would have to rabidly support for 2-3 hours but if you are a fan of any of these teams, you're probably used to being hated on so I imagine you have a thick skin:
- Oklahoma University
- Texas A&M
- New York Yankees
- Montreal Canadiens
- New York Giants
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Miami Heat
I hate the star player on the other team
Here is everyone past and present I hate or hated back in the day:
- Lebron James
- Barry Bonds
- Roger Clemens
- Aaron Boone
- Derek Jeter
- Alex Rodriguez
- Sean Avery
- Scott Stevens
- Mark Messier
Just because I don't like Derek Jeter doesn't mean I'll run into the street yelling "In your face!" if he makes an error or pulls a hamstring. Sure I don't want these guys to win (well the active players) but that doesn't mean I'll make a special trip to the store to buy an Orioles or Padres jersey.
I'm rooting for the underdog
This is by far the dumbest reason to root for a team because if they've managed to make the series or Superbowl, they are actually a pretty good team. The media likes to decide underdogs as a way to boost ratings and create story lines but there are very few true "underdogs" in the modern age because talent in professional sports (except the last decade of the NBA east) is generally pretty well distributed. The New York Giants aren't 3-star high school players or XFL rejects, they are legitimate NFL players.
I like a star player on the other team
Eli is so cute, isn't he? I guess this isn't as bad so long as you have a reason for liking a player that's rooted in their on field performance and not their underwear modeling (female Beckham fans).
I was a big fan of Cal Ripken Jr. and Ozzie Smith when I was a kid but have I been to 0 games featuring the Cardinals or Orioles. I like the backstory of Michael Oher and hey, Matt Birk won the Walter Payton award this year but I could care less about the Ravens.
I've got money on the game
Okay, can't fault you on that one. If you have enough balls to make a bet, you shouldn't have to be modest about it but always make a disclaimer to keep it cool.