Why do you root for the Canucks... or whatever team you root for...?
This question came to me when I realized that one of my friends, who's only been a Vancouverite for a year and a half, is the most passionate Canuck fan I've ever seen in my life. She used to be an Oiler fan when she lived in that part of the world, I think.
Now, that made me wonder, what is it that makes us lay claim to a certain team? Is it just the fact that they happen to call home the same city as we do? A case of "home grown talent pride"? But the majority of players aren't even from the same country as us, let alone the same city...
Is it because they are the best of the best? Hardly!
When Bure was on the Vancouver roster, everyone was treating him as the second coming of Jesus Christ. As soon as he left, he was forgotten. If Bertuzzi played for a different team, we’d hate his guts. Do you see my point? We get so worked up about our team’s performance to the point of rioting, but I don’t see the logic in it.
A long time ago, a local team was just that. The best of the best the region had to offer. A certain amount of pride was justified. It was a sample of the local talent and greatness. Now, it’s only a proof that the club has the money to be in the game.