Let me preface this by saying that there is absolutely no Philly sports team that I hate or even dislike. I may not care if the Eagles win each week (other than for wanting my boyfriend to be happy), but that does not mean that I want them to lose. I like who I like, but I’m never disrespectful about it.
I have no good reason for why I originally became an Arizona Cardinals fan other than the fact that I simply loved everything about Larry Fitzgerald. But that does not mean my being a Cards fan will end when he retires or would have ended if he had gotten traded in the past. It started with Fitz, but has turned into so much more. It’s the Cards first and favorite players second. Heck, the jersey I plan on wearing this coming Sunday isn’t even number eleven. It’s one of my other favorites, Calais Campbell.
I have never had a favorite team before the Cards, and I won’t have another one. This isn’t me just following a division leading team. I’m not jumping on a bandwagon here and do not switch teams. Just like I’ll always be a Flyers fan, I’ll always be a Cards fan.
There are way worse things that I could do instead of merely loving a football team that’s not the team in the city that I live in and have always lived in. But yet, people still think, somehow, that it’s disrespectful.
It is 100% true that you should never have to explain to others why you like something so much or why you are the way that you are. You should always be you and be proud. We like what we like, and if we are happy and aren’t hurting anyone, it shouldn’t matter.
But when someone says that what you like does not go along with how things are “supposed to” work, it’s insulting. You feel like you have to explain yourself.
I’ll admit… if you go through my FB history prior to the fall of 2011, you’ll see nothing about the Cards anywhere. But you also won’t see me claiming to be a fan of any other NFL team. What started to really bring out the Cards fan in me was my relationship with Dan because I stopped being a one sport (hockey) girl and began to follow the NFL closer.
But keep in mind: the Cards were not a playoff team during my time as a serious fan until just last season. I suffered through some awful QBs and frustrating trade rumors. Heck, our third string had to start in the playoffs this past January.
Being a sports fan is about going through ups and downs, being passionate, and having unconditional love for a team that you can’t control at all. If you do all that, then who is anyone to try and tell you you’re wrong?
Always, always, always be you and do what makes you happy.
I am an Arizona Cardinals fan, and that’s just who I am.