Saturday evening while basking in the glow of a Tiger victory I was brought back down to earth by a post of a friend of mine on Facebook. Basically it was a photo of her wearing an LSU hat saying "I choose LSU. Geaux Tigers" or something like that. I was immediately irritated and I tried to get to the basis of my irritation. My first thought was that she has lived in Columbia and chose not to pull for Ol' Mizzou and that was what I was feeling. I reflected on this and realized that there was some of that but not really the entire reason I was irritated. I asked myself if she had posted a pick of herself wearing a Rutgers hat (she was raised in NY) how would I feel. My answer: indifferent or even good for her. I realized the main source of my irritation was not the team she choose by the why and the type of team she chose.
What it boils down to is how I became a fan of any team. For me becoming a fan of a team or university is about personal connections I make. Mizzou is obvious because I grew up in Columbia and I am a Mizzou alum. KC Royals, Chiefs and SKC, I lived in KC for a short period of time and both sides of my family are there. I spent most holidays in KC as a kid. Stl Blues is even simpler I live in Missouri I like Stl and find it a nice place to visit. I am a fan of Southampton in the EPL . I have visited England on 2 occasions spending a total of about a month in the UK. Both times I spent most of my time in and around Southampton.
On the other side I consider myself a fan of any NBA team as I don't have any sort of connection to any of those teams. OKC is closest and fun to watch but they're in OKC. I went to a Kings game when they were still in KC but that was once when I was a kid and they've been gone for years.
So what it boils down to is that I was irritated that my friend chose to be a fan of team in a place she has never visited or have any other connection simply because that team is good. I guess we will see where she stands when/if LSU has a bad season.
So, in conclusion you all can see that I am a horrible person, I judge people based upon my definition of what makes a deserving fan.