State of the Union: Home Team and Home League, New York's Unique

Ezri SilverCorrespondent IMay 16, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 30:  A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during morning trading March 30, 2009 in New York City. All U.S. stock indexes were down sharply this morning, with the Dow dropping 288 points at one point, on the news from the Obama administration suggesting potential bankruptcy for General Motors and rival carmaker Chrysler. Yesterday the Obama administration demanded the resignation of GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner as a condition of the administrations ongoing bailout plan for the struggling auto industry.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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When I came to New York 10 years ago, there were several beliefs I held constantly prior to becoming a "New Yorker":

1. Root for the home team.

2. If the home team doesn't make it, root for the division team.

3. If the division team doesn't make it, root for the league/conference team.

Then came New York.

The real Mets fans (those with passion) hate the Yankees and the real Yankees fans (those with passion) hate the Mets. Same for the Jets and Giants. Jets fans are usually Mets fans and Yankees fans are usually Giants fans. Any other combinations and you are a dysfunctional fan. In New York, there is no home team, only my team.

This is the difference between a city with one team in one league versus multiple teams in one league. This is the difference between a city that is big enough to be five cities (i.e. five boroughs) in one city versus just one city. 

Admittedly, I miss the non-New York feel. This is why I have held on to my teams in Ohio outside of New York (Ohio is where I come from). More than one city in the same sport and league in one state is ok, but only in New York can more than one team fuel the torment of a minature nation known as New York City.