Originally Posted by New York Red
I'm pretty much the same way. My teams have always been the "home" teams of my area -- UK, Reds and Bengals. I could never relate to fans who cheer for the Yankees, Steelers, Cowboys, Lakers, etc, without having ever had any type of geographical connection to those areas.
I sometimes root for a team simply because I like some players on it. When that occurs I find myself still a bit of a fan of that team even after the players I originally liked have gone. For example, I am not much of a fan of the NBA at all, but if I do root for a team, especially if the Celtics are the opponent, I will root for the Lakers just because I did root for Wilt and Jerry West decades ago. Similarly, Rick Mears of Team Penske was my favorite driver. He has been retired for two decades but I still root for Team Penske. I still sometimes root for the Oakland Raiders even though they haven't had a player I really root for in decades.