FYI, this could get a little offensive. Several of my favorite teams and athletes are polarizing especially around the Ohio/Pennsylvania neck of the woods which I have lived my entire life. Let me school you on why I love who I love and prove your point wrong about "how I can be a Steelers' fan if I'm from Ohio." :) Here We Go!
So here's the number 1 rip I hear and from it, stems all other illogical ramblings. "How can you like the Steelers? You are from Ohio. Bandwagon, front runner, trader, idiot!!! You have to like the Browns or I guess the Bengals." I tried to keep the quote PG for those who may be offended otherwise. Let me break it down as to why I'm a Steelers fan and why people who say the above are________(fill in the blank).
First Point: My father was/is a Steelers fan. That should end the argument right there. Blood is thicker than water goes the saying. Many sons follow in the interests and likings of their fathers in many respects. Sports is certainly one of them. The rebuttal to that explanation: Well your dad was a bandwagon jumper in the 70's! Wow. Good one! First of all, don't talk about my dad! Secondly, my dad in particular wasn't much of a sports fan growing up. He was the country boy type. He fell in love with the Steelers because of the Steel Curtain Defense that destroyed people, literally. But to continue to refute that ignorant point, why would he have not jumped on the Browns bandwagon? They just came off a decade where they basically won the championship every year and had the greatest football player of all time...And if he was a bandwagon jumper why did he stick with the Steelers through the 80's when they were average? How about the 90's when they weren't much better than the 80's minus a Superbowl year? Wouldn't he have jumped ship to the Bears? The 49ers? The Cowboys? No because he became a Steelers' fan and stuck with them forever.
Second Point: Geography. I am from southeast Ohio. I lived 215 miles from Cincinnati, 150 miles from Cleveland and 90 miles from Pittsburgh. They are the closest professional team which makes it pretty easy to start and continue to follow them.
Third Point: This one might be the most important. Neither the Cleveland Browns nor the Cincinnati Bengals represent the state of Ohio. This is something that the fans of these teams have literally no concept or understanding of. ((**Side Note** : I'm making generalities about the fans of other teams. There are normal, rational people who follow these other teams. I dislike many people who share my sports allegiances because they make us all look bad with their illogical spoutings.**))
Cleveland is a city in a corner of the state. At most, the city represents everything in a 20-30 mile radius from its center. They aren't the Ohio Browns. They don't play anywhere near the capitol city. Hell, they are technically now the Baltimore Ravens. GOOOOOOOO OHIO RAVENS!!! I'm only kidding, but seriously. Quit telling me I have to be a Browns fan because I'm from Ohio. Do Browns fans also like the Bengals? Not in most cases. So what's your genius logic for that? You're from Ohio. You must split your allegiances evenly or be caste aside! Give me a break.
So there! Please feel free to fill me in on some other reasons I might be missing. I hear so many outlandish reasons it's hard to keep them all in order. Look, I understand it's miserable being a Browns fan. I'm glad I don't have to do it but don't try to tell me that because I'm from Ohio I have to root for a sad sack team that is also located in the same state. Not happening and you have no legitimate reasoning. Thank you and goodnight!
Ohio State Buckeyes (Football)
But yes. I am a huge Bucks fan and I am highly critical of them almost all of the time. I love Urban Meyer, can't stand Jim Tressel and that was before he helped ruin a couple of seasons in Columbus. So the Buckeyes AND the Steelers you say? Well I already explained to you Pittsburgh. The Ohio State Buckeyes, unlike Cleveland or Cincinnati actually do represent Ohio. Sure there are plenty of other schools in Ohio but they aren't called Ohio State nor do they play in the capital or attract 105,000 people every Saturday to their stadiums. If you want to call the Ohio Bobcats the state team I have no qualms but I nor would just about anyone else agree with you.
College football is a pretty heated debate waiting to happen these days. I'm anxious to see how this playoff system plays out this year. I'm guessing it's going to be nearly as problematic and questionable as the BCS was but the BCS was terrible and thank God it's gone!
I don't want this to turn into an MJ/LBJ post because I'm simply laying out my sports loyalties here but I could go on forever about this subject. I think we still have another 2-3 years before we see the best LeBron and he's already a top 5 player of all time and first ballot HOFer without question.
Let me clear one thing up though about this subject. I am not a Miami Heat fan. I root for the Heat simply because of LeBron. I hate the Lakers but if LeBron went there I'd want them to win the title every year. Oh, that's bandwagon jumping you say? No. You know how many fans Cleveland gained when LBJ went there? A heck of a lot more than what they had prior. How about 99% of the male population between the ages of 5-35 who became die hard Bulls fans in the 90's. Were they all bandwagon jumpers? Did everyone all of a sudden just like the color red? No it was because Michael Jordan was doing things that no human being had ever done before on a basketball court and we all wanted to be a part of it. Same thing is happening now. Honestly, to those people out there that hate LeBron, man I just feel bad for you. You are wasting your hatred instead of enjoying seeing a once in a millennium type of athlete hitting his prime. He is an absolute freak of nature and when I'm 60 I'll get to look back and be thankful that I was able to see the entire career of potentially* the greatest basketball player the Earth has ever seen.
North Carolina Tarheels (Basketball)
My favorite all-time college basketball player? Vince Carter/Ty Lawson. My least favorite college basketball player? ANYone who has ever put on a Duke jersey. I cringe just typing that name.
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Please, bring a logical opinion. I would rather not have to shuffle through the drivel to get to the people making solid observations, positive or negative.
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For a an in-depth look at the rules of a true fan check out this old post from my favorite sports writer Bill Simmons: Rules for Being a True Fan. I just checked and I meet them all with every sports allegiance I have.