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Old 12-19-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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Default Team fan for no good reason.

Why is it there are so many people that root for sports teams that are not from their home turf. People seem to root for random teams these days and when you ask someone if they're from that city or area they say no. If you ask if they used to be from that city they also often say no.

Do they know someone on the team? No. Do they know someone who coaches the team? No

I'm watching Monday Night Football, ( Sf vs Pittsburgh ) in SF and when the camera man shoots to the stands you see many Pittsburgh fans. I'm thinking to myself, are all these people from Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania? Maybe some, but I'm guessing most of these people are the type of fans I'm talking about, they root for random teams for no explainable reason.

It's just a pet peeve of mine, does it bug anybody else?

Don't get me stated on the whole bandwagon movement, rooting for the teams that win on the occasion of them winning!
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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There are some teams that have a strong history and "brand," the Steelers would be one of those. I don't mind it assuming it's not the whole bandwagon thing. There are a lot of places with no pro sports and sports fans there need someone to root for or it's just not as much fun.

SF does have a lot of people who are from other places, so a lot of those Steelers fans could also originally be from that area.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Pittsburgh is one of those cities that have fans all over the country. A friend of mine from Little Rock is a Steelers and Celtics fan, never been to either himself.
Lots of people are like that with the Lakers, Cowboys, Celtics, Steelers, Raiders, and Packers.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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Why is it there are so many people that root for sports teams that are not from their home turf. People seem to root for random teams these days and when you ask someone if they're from that city or area they say no. If you ask if they used to be from that city they also often say no.

Do they know someone on the team? No. Do they know someone who coaches the team? No

I'm watching Monday Night Football, ( Sf vs Pittsburgh ) in SF and when the camera man shoots to the stands you see many Pittsburgh fans. I'm thinking to myself, are all these people from Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania? Maybe some, but I'm guessing most of these people are the type of fans I'm talking about, they root for random teams for no explainable reason.

It's just a pet peeve of mine, does it bug anybody else?

Don't get me stated on the whole bandwagon movement, rooting for the teams that win on the occasion of them winning!
I grew up in Upstate NY and a fan of Boston sports mainy Red Sox and Bruins. but as a kid I never liked the Pats, partly because the didn't have Boston in there name and I hated the helmet.

I liked the skull and cross bones and the silver and black and I was an instant Raider fan.

this is all before the age of ten, pre 1975

I still have never been to California
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Woodbridge
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Why is it there are so many people that root for sports teams that are not from their home turf. People seem to root for random teams these days and when you ask someone if they're from that city or area they say no. If you ask if they used to be from that city they also often say no.

Do they know someone on the team? No. Do they know someone who coaches the team? No

I'm watching Monday Night Football, ( Sf vs Pittsburgh ) in SF and when the camera man shoots to the stands you see many Pittsburgh fans. I'm thinking to myself, are all these people from Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania? Maybe some, but I'm guessing most of these people are the type of fans I'm talking about, they root for random teams for no explainable reason.

It's just a pet peeve of mine, does it bug anybody else?

Don't get me stated on the whole bandwagon movement, rooting for the teams that win on the occasion of them winning!
As others have mentioned, the Steelers have some of the best fans in sports. Their fans are also very loyal too.

To your other point, I think it just really depends on the individual. There are plenty of fans who jump on bandwagons but quite a few aren't. I'm a Tennessee Titans fan and I'm from the DC area. I know people always ask me the question of why, but there's a few things people have to realize about me. First I'm in my mid 20s, so for me I wasn't old enough to enjoy the glory years of the Redskins. Even though I remember them winning their last Super Bowl, there wasn't much else to remember after that. From that point on, the Redskins have become one of the hardest franchises for anyone to root for. They are slowly dying off to the point that Daniel Snyder is taking seats out of the stadium just to keep the team from blacking out. People are fed up here with how horrible this team has been and how horrible their owner is.

For me, I never had a strong allegiance to them so as I grew up and started following football more and more, I began watching the Titans when McNair and George first got into the league. I became a big fan of them and have been ever since. I've been a fan when we went to the Super Bowl and even when we had seasons when we went 4-12. All in all, I think it really depends on how much people follow the sport. There are some people that claim teams but hardly watch the games. I'm a big fan of football period so I will watch anyone, especially the Titans. And BTW, I'm a fan of the rest of my home area teams (Wizards, Capitals, Nationals, and Orioles)
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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Does it matter?

Why is geography a more valid reason than any of the other factors that may lead you to like a team?

I'm also from upstate NY and I like the Seahawks, Sharks & Marlins - I absolutely detest the bills and many of the NY teams ...... I have what are to me very valid reasons and am glad I didn't limit myself to geography - especially since I have moved fairly frequently
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:15 PM
 
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Good topic. I believe one should root for your hometown, the town you grew up with and if they move then they should still support that same team/town you grew up with. It is part of your city's economy. You get all the games and get to go to the games too. I think the rest are just bandwagon fans. If I grew up in San Francisco then rooting for the Dallas Cowboys just does not feel right.

Also, there are bandwagon fans who will support whatever team that wins the championship.

It does not bug me but I don't think they real fans. Lot of them can't even name a few players from that team.

There are plenty of bandwagon 49ers, Steelers and Packers fans because of the multiple Super Bowls they have won.




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Why is it th.ere are so many people that root for sports teams that are not from their home turf. People seem to root for random teams these days and when you ask someone if they're from that city or area they say no. If you ask if they used to be from that city they also often say no.

Do they know someone on the team? No. Do they know someone who coaches the team? No

I'm watching Monday Night Football, ( Sf vs Pittsburgh ) in SF and when the camera man shoots to the stands you see many Pittsburgh fans. I'm thinking to myself, are all these people from Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania? Maybe some, but I'm guessing most of these people are the type of fans I'm talking about, they root for random teams for no explainable reason.

It's just a pet peeve of mine, does it bug anybody else?

Don't get me stated on the whole bandwagon movement, rooting for the teams that win on the occasion of them winning!
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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Pittsburgh is one of those cities that have fans all over the country. A friend of mine from Little Rock is a Steelers and Celtics fan, never been to either himself.
Lots of people are like that with the Lakers, Cowboys, Celtics, Steelers, Raiders, and Packers.
People like the Raiders because of the colors.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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I also remembered when Bulls had lot of bandwagon fans but when Jordan left, they were all gone.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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Doesn't bother me at all.

Just because somebody feels that a person should root for the hometown team... doesn't make it so. People root for teams for many reasons. Most do it just because they have a favorite team. What difference does it make where they are located?
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