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Old 09-05-2018, 03:12 AM
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My allegiances changed when my favorite players left town.
I was a hardcore Maple Leafs fan until March 3, 1968, when they traded Frank Mahovlich to Detroit, so I instantly became a Red Wings supporter. Then on Jan. 3, 1971, Detroit swapped the Big M to Montreal, so overnight I became a Habs fan. My loyalty to Montreal cooled considerably 13 years later when the Canadiens basically forced the great Guy Lafleur to prematurely retire midway through the 1984-85 season, but the last straw was when they traded Patrick Roy to Colorado on Dec. 6, 1995. I have been an Avalanche fan ever since.
Same thing in baseball. I loved the A's until New Year's Eve, 1974, when Catfish Hunter signed with the Yankees. Loved the Bombers ever since.
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Old 09-05-2018, 02:07 PM
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Not in baseball or hockey. I've been an Orioles and NYRangers fan in those sports since I was a little kid in the late 50s. I grew up a Baltimore Colts fan though. They were my life actually. Until, of course, they bailed in 1983. After that I 'test drove' a couple of teams. First, the Oilers (I had season tickets for a while), and then I followed the Ravens for a year but they were just another stolen team so I let them go. Finally, the Texans were born here in Houston and I got in on the ground floor. Bought season tix the day they went on sale and have been a fan ever since.
Those were some tough, dismal times rooting for the Blueshirts throughout the 1950s and 1960s.... good on you for staying loyal!
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:13 PM
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I grew up a Mets/Jets/Islanders fan. (For those of you not from the tri-state area, that is the usual rule of thumb grouping of teams. On the other hand, Yankees fans generally tend to love the Giants and Rangers.)

Going to college in Western NY exposed me to the rabidity of Bills fans, and slowly over time I started rooting for them...until I became a frickin' diehard Buff fan!! Went to a MNF game at Rich Stadium and cried like a baby four years in a row after the Super Bowl. Last year, they backed into the playoffs (and played terribly), so I thought the Buff was finally re-emerging from the doldrums...but here we are in 2018 and once again they are in rebuilding mode. Ugh. Still love my Jetties, but the worst 2 days of every year are when the Jets and the Bills play each other.
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:46 PM
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... and i assure you i never will.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:50 PM
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For baseball it has always been the Cardinals, although I did decided I needed to have a favorite AL team too. The early 80's A's became my AL team, I was a huge fan of Rickey Henderson & also enjoyed the antics of Billy Martin.

Hockey it has always been the Blues, only other team I ever really followed at all was the Canucks as I was a big Pavel Bure fan.

Football has been a little different for me, it's the one sport where the home team wasn't always my favorite team. My first game I watched was a Monday night game in the early 80s with the Steelers & I have been a life long fan since then. Thought I rooted for the football Cardinals & later the Rams, the Steelers have always been my team
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:01 PM
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I was a Philadelphia Flyers fan as a kid/teenager but when Bobby Clarke made his ridiculous comments about Roger Neilson, I became an Edmonton Oilers fan. This was in the early 2000s so I did not jump on the Gretzky Stanley Cup winners bandwagon. Go Oilers!!!! I hope to catch them for a home game in the near future.

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Old 09-05-2018, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Huysmans View Post
Those were some tough, dismal times rooting for the Blueshirts throughout the 1950s and 1960s.... good on you for staying loyal!
Those were weird and wonderful times to be a hockey fan. Six teams, you knew everyone in the league on sight. My Dad used to forbid anyone in the house from turning on a radio when the Rangers were playing a day game on Saturday or Sunday. He wanted to watch the tape delayed game that night unspoiled.

Sports has brought me to tears twice. First when the Rangers won the Cup in 1994. And then when I walked into Madison Square Garden to see them play in 2005 after haven't been away for 35 years.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:53 PM
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I could see changing favorite teams if you moved, or your team left town. But my favorites have not changed. Packers, Badgers, and Brewers in that order. I root for the bucks and don't really follow hockey.
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:47 PM
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There was a time when I was pretty young I had a White Sox hat, but my grandfather on my mom's side changed that by taking me to Wrigley every summer from the mid 60's on. My first MLB game was at old Comiskey though, a Sunday afternoon doubleheader against the Angels. I'm in the north burbs of Chicago so it's natural you gravitate towards the Cubs especially in the late 60's early 70's.
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Old 09-29-2018, 02:28 PM
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Long-suffering MN sports fan here.

I love the Gophers more than anything.

I cheer rabidly for the Vikings, Twins T-Wolves and somewhat more tepidly for the Wild (Not a hockey guy).

I do have other teams I enjoy watching, but that is mainly because of a player. I love a speedy centerfielder, so I watched a lot of A's games in the 80's and Indians games in the 90's.

I also used to hate Duke basketball. Now that my kids are college age, I am a fan because they seem to stay away from the off court stuff and tend to graduate guys that stay 4 years. Not many team are doing that anymore.
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