A Fan’s Rant on the Two Team System

Jadi MwendoCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2008

You people make me sick.  Yeah, I’m talking to you; you sports “fans” who claim two teams from the same sport, the same league.

I asked a co-worker the other day what NFL team he was a fan of.  He told me he was a Chicago Bears and a Jacksonville Jaguars fan.  WHAT?!?

Another co-worker told me he was a New York Giants and Carolina Panthers fan!

How is this possible?  How can you be a fan of two teams that have to compete against each other?

Let’s be clear, there are two different kinds of people who watch sports. 

There are those who root for a team here and there, but have no real allegiance to any particular team.  They might even favor one team over all others, root for that team, and hope they win.  This person is not a fan.  I don’t know what they are, but they are not a fan. 

Then there are those of us who have a personal and emotional stake in a team.  We live and die by that team.  We bleed that team’s color.  We are FANS!  We are the guys (and gals) who are on cloud nine when our team wins and in the pits of despair when they lose.  We take it as a personal insult when someone talks smack about our squad.

I’m a DIE HARD New Orleans Saints fan.  From my childhood through my teenage years, I literally cried when the Saints lost (“You must have been crying a lot”…yeah, yeah, ha, ha.  Don’t bother writing it; I’ve heard it all a thousand times).  I developed an actual hatred for the San Francisco 49ers because, when they were division rivals, they would always pull some kind of bull crap victory out of their posterior at the last second. 

When I got to college, the guy who would become my best friend talked trash about the Saints; we almost got into a fistfight over it.  To this day, I get heated when people talk bad about the Saints.  I have spent, in total, years out of my life defending the Saints against the brutalities heaped upon them by less fortunate wannabes.

I am a fan!

I have said, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart, that I would sacrifice the ring finger from my left hand for the Saints to win the Super Bowl.  How can you feel THAT deeply for two teams who one day might have to do battle?

This all sounds crazy right? 

Well, what did you think a fan was? 

Fan, according to dictionary.com, is short for fanatic.  Fanatic is defined as a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal; an insane person.

Ok, granted, I’m more zealous than most; more so than most true fans.  You don’t have to cut off a finger for your team.  You don’t have to shed a tear or get into physical altercations to prove your fanhood. 

But you can’t be that guy (or gal) who casually follows a team, doesn’t know the backup quarterback’s name, and couldn’t tell you the last championship they won. 

And you DEFINITELY can’t be a fan of two teams in the same league.

You know who you are.  You sir (or ma’am) are not a fan.