Apr. 24th, 2011

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Maybe someone that watches NHL hockey can explain the appeal of being a sports fan because honestly, I don't get it. I can understand why people play sports. I can even understand the appeal in watching professional sports (though I think it loses a lot in translation from real life to television). I can even understand the appeal of something like the Olympics or World Cup soccer (football). It's homegrown talent, and people are rooting for their home countries. I get that.

What baffles me is team loyalty to a team that is anything but homegrown talent, that changes from year to year, that buys and sells players, that fires and hires managers and trainers. Other than the name, this isn't the same team that my husband was cheering for ten years ago, or even twenty or thirty years ago. Yes, he has been a Canucks fan for over thirty years.

So, if there is no thread of commonality other than the name, where is the appeal? He can't explain it. He says it's just something you either understand or you don't. And evidently, I don't. Can someone offer me an explanation of being a lifelong, die hard fan of a sports team?

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