Evolving.
Published on August 29, 2005 By Angloesque In Sports & Leisure
So it's Monday Night Football, my favorite part of the week, and the Saints are playing the Lions. Frankly I couldn't care less about either team, but I'm not going to turn it off—I love football too much to commit that act of heresy. So I wonder: What's a tepid fan to do? I don't know what the rest of y'all do, but here's my method for cheering for teams:

1. Broncos. If Denver's playing, I cheer for them no matter who they're playing against.
1b. Green Bay. I used to hate them but I grudgingly became a fan because they're just so damn fun to watch.
1c. Other teams I might go for include San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.
2. Raiders last. No matter who* they're playing, I'll cheer for them over the Raiders.
3. West over East. If the Patriots are playing San Diego, I let my coastal bias show.
4. North over South: If New England is playing Miami, I let my climate preference show. Plus teams who play in the snow rock.
5. AFC over NFC, if nothing else.
6. If in doubt, don't go for Texas. (*Yes, I might even cheer for the Raiders over Dallas.)

So Saint Louis vs. Detroit? Well, West over East means Saint Louis, even if my sympathies want to help Detroit suck a little less.

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on Aug 30, 2005
My team needs all the help it can get after that performance.... that hurt to watch. And of course, since my best friend is a die-hard Raiders fan, he got a kick out of this when I read this to him.

Of course, you think your "tepid fan" criteria are complicated, you should see my own criteria for figuring out who I am going to cheer for in any given game in college football.... I think it is even more complicated than the BCS formula.
on Aug 30, 2005
You're a Detroit fan? Hmm. Sucks to be you, but it's only preseason. You never know.

Of course, you think your "tepid fan" criteria are complicated, you should see my own criteria for figuring out who I am going to cheer for in any given game in college football.... I think it is even more complicated than the BCS formula.


So post it. I thought mine is fairly complicated. Obviously it would be easier if I just loved or hated each team.

-A.
on Sep 03, 2005
I don't know if you saw this or not, but I did just as you suggested Anglo:

My "What's a tepid fan to do?" article
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