Re: Favorite/least favorite teams in all sports
Personally, I can find individual athletes pretty easy to like, even if they're not playing on one of my "favorite" teams. It's fans and coaches I dislike. Too, I find specific approaches (Duke's penchant for flopping, Cub management acceptance of losing for 100 years, St. Louis holier-than-thou attitudes, Pittsburgh's willingness to play dirty in football) difficult. They definitely color my perception of those teams.
For example, for the first time in 20 years, I'm having a hard time really disliking Jim Calhoun. I'll likely not like him later, as he's pretty easy to dislike-- he's irascible, arrogant, sarcastic, and a cheater and liar. But he's hurt. So... yeah. He gets a bit of a pass.
On the flip side, I used to like OSU quite a bit in both basketball and football. But, in light of recent allegations and the actions of their fans, I find it hard to root for them in any sport. I also really liked Xavier (and went to 25 or so games over a five-year period, including three A-10 Tourneys). But the interview after the UC fight pretty much ruined my feel for the Musketeers. (I never liked Cincinnati, so that was easy. As a child, I remember Tony Yates taking the air out of the ball in 1984 when playing Kentucky-- my favorite team at the time. The final score-- 24-11-- made me hate UC.)
Odd how that works, I think.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher