Thanks for understanding. No, I am not one of those who tells anyone who they can and can't root for. I just chose to root for the Wings, and don't really have an opinion otherwise. I love the game, it just doesn't make me go yay when it's not the Wings lifting that shiny trophy. I guess I was a little vague in my post, whereas my intention was misconstrued. My intention wasn't to say "You can't root for any team other than the Wings", but being a smart ass and saying "Geez..... How could you want any other team to win, makes me sick" Oh well.
Cool. *awkward hommie hug*
It just pisses me off when somebody says you're not a true fan or you're a so-and-so fan if you don't do these exact things. I can usually tell when it's in fun, but it goes overboard in here with plenty. It's ridiculous, there are no "rules" in order to be a fan, you like who you like/dislike and everybody likes different teams or players for different reasons and forcing your rules down other people's throats like they are idiots isn't going to change their minds.
I just don't like doing it unless people who initiate deserve to get dumped back on. I'm not going to make fun of fans in Phoenix or Florida generally speaking that aren't as established as an O-6 franchise and who might have just started following the game a year or two ago if they don't completely know the rules or all the players, I'm not going to put a bandwagoner tag on anybody, you're a fan and you like watching regardless, no matter how long, no matter for whom, etc. I'm not going to give people attitude and tell them they are stupid for who they cheer for or whatever, even if I don't like them.
One of my friends from college who I still keep in touch with off and on was raised in the Pittsburgh area so he likes the Penguins, but eventually wound up working for the Philadelphia Eagles as a trainer, so he liked the Eagles more than the Steelers. Of course I don't like the Penguins all that much, and liking both the Eagles and Steelers would clash naturally you think, but do I give him crap for it? No. He likes who he likes and I'm not going to change it, I think that's cool that he likes the teams he likes, and me going on a soap box about ZOMG Pittsburgh etc. isn't going to change jack squat.
Basically I'm all about respecting everybody else regardless of affiliation. I'll always be friendly with the enemy if they don't act overboard and obnoxious towards others. Don't act like an a'hole to me or others and deserve getting lashed back at.
Edited by SouthernWingsFan, 05 June 2010 - 08:30 AM.