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For those that are looking for the NFL Mock Draft (the 50 of you that read it last week), I have too much stuff going on this week to research to get one done.

 

And I had no intention of writing a blog of any sort this week, but something irked me tonight while on Facebook.

 

For those that know me on here, you know I have an odd set of favorite teams....Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Duke Blue Devils for college basketball. I don't follow baseball or hockey enough to root for a team.

 

Now, I'm from a small town in central Indiana. A lot of my friends from high school are attending Butler University. Add on that the their starting center, Matt Howard, is from my hometown and 90% of my friends on Facebook are Butler fans. I consider myself an avid Butler fan, but all these friends see is that I'm a Duke fan.

 

 

Tonight, both Butler and Duke were playing. Around halftime of the Butler game, there were numerous posts about the Butler game, one they were losing by double digits. I have jokingly commented on one of their status' "Duke's up by 30. Just saying"

 

BIG MISTAKE

 

I was immediately blasted with talks of bandwagoning, rooting for teams that just win, and rooting for teams who don't have heart but just talent. And this irked me for a couple reasons. But I need to explain my reasoning for said teams first

 

Growing up, my father and mother neither followed sports outside of NASCAR. So, unless you consider Jeff Gordon an athlete, I wasn't a fan of any athlete or sport. In fact, I was more enthralled with WWF than anything else. I was the most avid fan you've seen until the age of about 10 or 11. I seriously watched no other sport up until that point.

 

 

The first sporting memory I can recall is the Super Bowl between the Titans and Rams and honestly, the only thing I remember from that game is the last play. So, for about a 3 or 4 month period, I became infatuated with the Titans. It didn't last mainly because of the offseason and not being able to watch them.

 

 

That following spring, I was flipping through channels between commercials of Monday Night Raw and found a basketball game. I watched the two teams a little bit and really liked the blue team - mainly because my favorite color was blue. I didn't know either team and certainly didn't know their past, present, or what their future held. However, I liked that blue team and rooted for them the rest of the game. That blue team turned out to win the game. I vowed to watch that blue team more and more as they played.

 

 

Patience - or lack thereof - got the better of me again. I never followed the team because, at that age, The Rock was cooler.

 

However, between those two Duke games, I had found another team I began to grow fond of.

 

The only time I had been exposed to sports was when I went to my uncles house. He was an avid Lakers fan (I couldn't tell you why) and he would talk about them to his brother (not my father) while I listened. That June, the Lakers played the Pacers and it drew a lot of attention. Allow me to give you one more short story

 

For those that don't know me, which is all of you, I'm a big boy. Right now, I stand at 6'2, 300+ pounds. I've always been a big kid, so when I was playing basketball in elementary, I was called "Baby Shaq."

 

Back to the original story. I knew Shaq played for the Lakers, but I knew the Pacers were from Indiana. I watched a couple games, but secretly rooted for the Lakers. The Lakers won and I was happy, but Raw was still on and I didn't pay much attention to the teams after that.

 

 

However, this sport watching sparked my interest. I began watching Sportscenter more and more. Around that time, Randy Moss was still on the Vikings and causing all sorts of headlines. For some reason, I drew a liking to this Moss guy and began rooting for him and his team.

 

Soon, however, Moss was traded. I had to make a decision: root for Moss or stick with the Vikings. As you can tell, I stuck with the Vikings.

 

These three stories describe the ways I came about rooting for the said teams. I rooted for them all from those points on - through the Love Boat Scandal, Kobe's rape charges, and Duke Lacrosse's rape charges.

 

All of them had their down years. The Vikings continually choke year after year. The Lakers completely dismantled their team to see how far Kobe could take them when he was given 3 scrubs and Lamar Odom as his teammates. And Duke choked through the Redick years and then hit a huge bottom when ousted by VCU in the first round of the NCAA tourney (by the way, I still hate Eric Maynor).

 

Is it my fault that all three teams hit their best moments in recent memory in the span of a couple years? How could I control that the Lakers win 2 titles and make 3 Finals, Duke wins the 2010 NCAA title, and the Vikings make the NFC Championship game all within 3 years? I had rightfully rooted for them as I grew up. Is it my fault my parents were sports fans and I simply rooted for the teams I was exposed to?

 

Which brings me back to current day. I obviously can't describe this story to all my friends. And if I could, I doubt many of them would care. I most certainly don't consider myself a band wagoner as I never once rooted for a team because they were good or because they were having a good season. And I rooted for every team through good and bad. I certainly think that I'm neither a band wagoner nor a fair-weather fan.

 

That brought me to another question: at what point is someone not a band wagoner? Is there a set time that they need to be a fan before they lose the band wagoner title?

 

These same friends that are calling me a band wagoner are all also Colts fans who haven't truly had to suffer through a bad year.

 

I don't think any child is really a fan until about the age of 10 or so. There are exceptions, but let's use this as a basis. And wouldn't you know it, in 2001, they Colts finished 6-10 and haven't won less than 12 games since.

 

So what makes them any less of a band wagoner than me? They are rooting for a local team, but it's no coincidence this team has been the most consistent team in the league over that time.

 

They're worst season? A couple of first round exits in the playoffs.

 

And I kid you not, I had a friend tell me these exact words when discussing whether I was a band wagoner...

 

well your version of sucking is obviously different from mine.. because 10-6 records aren't exactly stellar.

 

I literally laughed out loud. In the last 9 years, which is the time I've been a Vikings fan, they have produced two seasons of equal to or more than 10 wins and have made the playoffs just twice. The Colts haven't missed the playoffs in that same time period and have been to two Super Bowls, winning one of them.

 

I brought up how spoiled Colts fans our with Peyton Manning. All my friends have never rooted for anyone other than Peyton Manning and he is arguably the greatest QB of all-time. They've had some of the best management and head coaches in the game. When's the last time you wrote the Colts drafted a bust? Or made a bad trade? A bad signing? Yeah it doesn't happen. What about the Colts make a bad play call that cost them the game? Doesn't happen.

 

 

A friend rebutted with...

 

so colts fans are spoiled? what about you with kobe? that's a little spoiled

 

I didn't reply to that comment because the argument had went on long enough, but Kobe and Peyton aren't on the same level

 

Kobe had rape allegations. He had rough times to follow him through. He's hated by everyone. You had rough patches during his career where any fan could have left him and it been accepted.

 

But the biggest is simply the skill level. When NFL Network released their top 100 player rankings, Peyton was listed 8th, and he's certainly not done playing.

 

Kobe is still argued for being top 10 overall. Peyton is a shoo-in for top 10 and cracks the top 5 in a lot of people's rankings.

 

Personally, it gets very annoying constantly batting down constant band wagoner allegations and certainly when it comes from Colts fans. I'm eager to see how supportive these Colts fans are when Manning retires and they enter a period of mediocrity for a while.

 

So this is a personal letter to all Colts fans. Don't talk to me about being a band wagoner until you're team suffers a couple years. Then we'll talk. I have paid my dues as a sports fan and will gladly continue rooting for my teams
November 16, 2010  10:27 PM ET

Being from a small town would be hard in terms of being a sports fan. For me, it's something I can't even comprehend being from the 6th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

I've got two local options in the NFL and MLB. One in the NBA and NHL, and numerous other lower level pro sports teams and college teams.

I've set my loyalties out from the day I was born (as far as I'm concerned) and I've stuck with them.

NBA: Warriors
NHL: Sharks
NFL: 49ers
MLB: Giants
NCAAF: Stanford
NCAAB: Santa Clara, Stanford

For me, I've always had sports teams near by to root for.

I feel your pain on that one Rude. But I see where your loyalties for the teams you picked comes from.

I know you go to IU, why aren't you more of a Hoosiers fan?

November 16, 2010  10:29 PM ET

Also, I would take what your friends said with a grain of salt.

From you say, it seems like they are just big time homers of Indiana sports, and can't accept the fact that you have branched out to other teams.

November 16, 2010  10:35 PM ET

I have too much stuff going on this week to research and get one up.


Too much information

XD

November 16, 2010  10:37 PM ET

I'm gonna have to read this in 2 sittings...never figured you for a Redneck, though!

November 16, 2010  10:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Being from a small town would be hard in terms of being a sports fan. For me, it's something I can't even comprehend being from the 6th largest metropolitan area in the United States.I've got two local options in the NFL and MLB. One in the NBA and NHL, and numerous other lower level pro sports teams and college teams.I've set my loyalties out from the day I was born (as far as I'm concerned) and I've stuck with them.NBA: WarriorsNHL: SharksNFL: 49ersMLB: GiantsNCAAF: StanfordNCAAB: Santa Clara, StanfordFor me, I've always had sports teams near by to root for.I feel your pain on that one Rude. But I see where your loyalties for the teams you picked comes from.I know you go to IU, why aren't you more of a Hoosiers fan?

I definitely root for the Hoosiers. I should have included them, but that's too much writing to fix and I have two exams tomorrow lol

November 16, 2010  10:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Too much information

XD

We fixed that one

November 16, 2010  10:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

We fixed that one

lol

November 16, 2010  10:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm gonna have to read this in 2 sittings...never figured you for a Redneck, though!

I wouldn't call myself a redneck. But I grew up with a lot of them

November 16, 2010  10:47 PM ET

Indiana fans are the biggest front runners in sports.... I go to school in Indiana, and suddenly people who were formerly IU/Purdue/ND fans were suddenly talking about how much they loved Butler. It was stupid.... I mean everyone who wasnt already a Dukie rooted for Butler, but to pretend they were your favorite team all along is ridiculous.

That being said, I have a friend back in Columbus who is a fan of Ohio State, the Heat (since 03) and the Jets.... and it does kind of annoy me that he randomly picked teams rather than staying local, and is happy to lord their success over Cleveland's failures all the time, at which point he gets called a frontrunner. Same thing probably happened to you.

November 16, 2010  10:50 PM ET

I have to confess though, my loyalty to the Niners is fading fast. They're always "the team that will be good next year".

Of all my teams, I've never once questioned my loyalty to any of them, but my patience with the 49ers is running thin.

I'm considering becoming a fan of whichever team drafts Andrew Luck, whenever he does go to the draft.

November 16, 2010  10:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Indiana fans are the biggest front runners in sports.... I go to school in Indiana, and suddenly people who were formerly IU/Purdue/ND fans were suddenly talking about how much they loved Butler. It was stupid.... I mean everyone who wasnt already a Dukie rooted for Butler, but to pretend they were your favorite team all along is ridiculous.That being said, I have a friend back in Columbus who is a fan of Ohio State, the Heat (since 03) and the Jets.... and it does kind of annoy me that he randomly picked teams rather than staying local, and is happy to lord their success over Cleveland's failures all the time, at which point he gets called a frontrunner. Same thing probably happened to you.

Yeah. But I don't typically go around bragging about my team's success.

I knew not to brag about Duke's title over Butler as I would be murdered.

I had only one or two posts about the Lakers winning the title simply because I have a couple Celtics fans and Lakers fan on facebook.

And I don't have anything to brag about for the Vikings.

November 16, 2010  11:02 PM ET

I grew up and still live in a town of less than 1000 people in the north Georgia mountains.

I can get to Atlanta in around an hour if I don't hit traffic in Woodstock or Marietta on the way.

Obviously I was gonna be a Braves fan, the entire south has been a Braves fan since the time I was born. I was born in 1991, the year the streak started, and about the time I started to be able to understand what baseball was about a guy named Chipper Jones was playing his rookie season.

My parents took me to my first Braves game and I witnessed Chipper Jones hit his first career home run in Atlanta.

From that moment on I had two favorite athletes, Dale Earnhardt Sr and Chipper Jones.


My household featured my mom, who didn't care for sports, and my dad who just followed baseball and was a huge NASCAR fan.


For basketball, I've always liked playing and liked the concept of the game, but I just never could stand the attitude of the pro players, so I never got into basketball minus a few Hawks games in between football and baseball season.


For football, it was 1999, the Super Bowl was the Broncos vs the Falcons, I never really watched football before, but my dad bought me a square in the Super Bowl pool, and at the end of the day I had 500 dollars, and I watched John Elway's final game.


I didn't get back into football until a couple years later, and I was agains torn, the Broncos had just traded for my favorite UGA player in Champ Bailey, and I couldn't stand Mike Vick.


Needless to say, I've been a Broncos fan ever since.


Personally I love small town southern living. The people are nice, and willing to help. I don't live in any city limits, so there are no ordinances that limits what we can do.

There are two neighbors within 2 miles of me, and when we party, they always come.

I have enough land to hunt on, and the Etowah River is just down the road to fish in.

I would never make it living in a big city.

November 16, 2010  11:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I grew up and still live in a town of less than 1000 people in the north Georgia mountains.I can get to Atlanta in around an hour if I don't hit traffic in Woodstock or Marietta on the way.Obviously I was gonna be a Braves fan, the entire south has been a Braves fan since the time I was born. I was born in 1991, the year the streak started, and about the time I started to be able to understand what baseball was about a guy named Chipper Jones was playing his rookie season.My parents took me to my first Braves game and I witnessed Chipper Jones hit his first career home run in Atlanta.From that moment on I had two favorite athletes, Dale Earnhardt Sr and Chipper Jones.My household featured my mom, who didn't care for sports, and my dad who just followed baseball and was a huge NASCAR fan.For basketball, I've always liked playing and liked the concept of the game, but I just never could stand the attitude of the pro players, so I never got into basketball minus a few Hawks games in between football and baseball season.For football, it was 1999, the Super Bowl was the Broncos vs the Falcons, I never really watched football before, but my dad bought me a square in the Super Bowl pool, and at the end of the day I had 500 dollars, and I watched John Elway's final game.I didn't get back into football until a couple years later, and I was agains torn, the Broncos had just traded for my favorite UGA player in Champ Bailey, and I couldn't stand Mike Vick.Needless to say, I've been a Broncos fan ever since.Personally I love small town southern living. The people are nice, and willing to help. I don't live in any city limits, so there are no ordinances that limits what we can do.There are two neighbors within 2 miles of me, and when we party, they always come.I have enough land to hunt on, and the Etowah River is just down the road to fish in.I would never make it living in a big city.

I left out UGA for some reason, but I'm from Georgia, and not a nerd, so that should tell you what you need to know.

November 16, 2010  11:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I didn't get back into football until a couple years later, and I was agains torn, the Broncos had just traded for my favorite UGA player in Champ Bailey, and I couldn't stand Mike Vick.


Needless to say, I've been a Broncos fan ever since.

Ironic then.... I'm a huge Atlanta Falcons fan, behind the Browns.... really like Matt Ryan, so naturally followed the team he got drafted by.

November 16, 2010  11:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Ironic then.... I'm a huge Atlanta Falcons fan, behind the Browns.... really like Matt Ryan, so naturally followed the team he got drafted by.

I started liking the Falcons once Vick left, they are easily my second favorite team.

The Broncos still have my favorite UGA player in Bailey, and Knowshon.

I will always like the Broncos, but I'm more of a college fan, I follow UGA alumni more than I do the actual Broncos.

November 16, 2010  11:13 PM ET

I haven't wrote a real blog in a long time, I might think of an idea for tomorrow.

November 17, 2010  01:20 AM ET

Also... how on earth did you get paragraphs? I wrote a blog after Lebron left Cleveland, and it was one massive paragraph even though I put in space....

November 17, 2010  01:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Also... how on earth did you get paragraphs? I wrote a blog after Lebron left Cleveland, and it was one massive paragraph even though I put in space....

Ah. I bet you have a Mac or use Safari right?

In the space where your space between paragraphs are, you have to put

<p>&nbsp;</p>

So, for example, the beginning of this blog looks like this when I really write it...

For those that are looking for the NFL Mock Draft (the 50 of you that read it last week), I have too much stuff going on this week to research to get one done.
<p>&nbsp;</p>
And I had no intention of writing a blog of any sort this week, but something irked me tonight while on Facebook.

If you want to do a list of things like one right after the other line by line, you have to write it like this...

<p>AFC<br>1. Baltimore<br>2. NY Jets<br>3. Indianapolis<br>4. Kansas City<br>5. New England<br>6. Pittsburgh</p>

Hopefully this works and makes sense to you

November 17, 2010  06:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

Ah. I bet you have a Mac or use Safari right?In the space where your space between paragraphs are, you have to put <p>&nbsp;</p>So, for example, the beginning of this blog looks like this when I really write it...For those that are looking for the NFL Mock Draft (the 50 of you that read it last week), I have too much stuff going on this week to research to get one done.<p>&nbsp;</p>And I had no intention of writing a blog of any sort this week, but something irked me tonight while on Facebook.If you want to do a list of things like one right after the other line by line, you have to write it like this...<p>AFC<br>1. Baltimore<br>2. NY Jets<br>3. Indianapolis<br>4. Kansas City<br>5. New England<br>6. Pittsburgh</p>Hopefully this works and makes sense to you

I find the html blog coding absurd considering it doesn't work like that in any other area of the site (such as posting throwdowns or message boards).

FanNation should at least supply some kind of legend, key, or warning.

 
November 17, 2010  08:02 AM ET

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