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Pick a sports team and just stick with it

09/20/2010
By:

Kaitlin O’Brien

Staff Writer

Liking a bad sports team must really bring you down, but that doesn’t mean you should start liking new teams every year. When I was born (I am ashamed to say this now) I was raised a Mets fan. Now of course, at four years old you don’t know what to team to like, but when I was eight years old I realized I wanted to be different. In order to be different, that really meant going against my entire family when it came to baseball, and liking the worst possible team to ever like if you were brought up as a Mets fan: The New York Yankees.

Now I must say that decision I made over 12 years ago has proved to be one of the greatest changes I could have ever made in my life. Not only did I like the Yankees in 2000 when they beat the Mets in the World Series and posted obnoxious signs all over my house, but I was able to witness history last year and attended the parade after the Yankees won the World Series. How many other people can say that they switched teams and it has chosen to be the best choice they proven have ever made?

Now that is one example of how making the change of a sports team has proven to be very beneficial to me. If I was still a Mets fan, I would be extremely depressed year after year just like the rest of my family. I guess the joke is on them now. I didn’t know better when I was young and once I started my passion for sports, I realized a change must be made. Now when it comes to other sports, I guess I stuck with the family.

The Dallas Cowboys. Yes, I am one of “those girls” as many refer to us as. Born and raised a Cowboys fan and that will never change. I can safely say when I admit to being a Cowboys fan the looks you get are unimaginable. A small-town girl from Connecticut likes a team from Texas? Well, yes I do but they are America’s team, and my team. I made a change when it came to baseball and it proved to be a great one and maybe when they Cowboys started losing every year in the first round of the playoffs I should have started to like someone else, however I was old enough to know changing your team just means you’re a front runner.

My point is, when you like a team – stick with that team. Yes the Mets are absolutely horrible and I changed teams when I was young so I have an excuse. Many people change baseball and football teams every year just because their teams start to lose. Stick with your team and don’t be one of those “front-runners” that everybody always talks about. My Cowboys can’t win a first-round playoff game if their life depended on it, but when they do – I’ll be able to say, “I’ve liked them all along.”

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