Who is your favorite sports team? Do you have several?
Everyone seems to have at least one on some level.
The one team that gets our attention and brings us great join and even greater pain.
But how did you pick it? Was it recent or have you been a fan since your childhood?
For me, my dad was pretty new to Canada, so he did not have an allegiance yet. He loved English soccer for sure, but there was no connection with North American sport past knowing who the teams were.
So, for me as a boy, the world was wide open to pick the team I was going to love.
Growing up in SW Ontario, you would think I would have sided with a team from Toronto or Detroit. Nope, I was different.
My longest running bond with a pro sports team is with the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL. I have been a fan of them since I was 10.
Second longest would be my love of Michigan basketball, which started around the same time and makes more geographical sense.
It got me hooked on hoops to the point of playing it for the next several years.
That same University of Michigan team is where I am now seeing the next line of sports fans grow. My boys.
Our oldest son, who is four, now loves Michigan. He has the t-shirt, watches the games and gets pretty excited every time the yellow team puts it in the basket.
It is cute to see, but I even know deep down that he is not really a fan of the team. He is a fan of what I like. Dad likes something, of course the kids are also going to like it at a young age.
I would love for this to stick. Years of watching games together and arguing over who the best players are.
But I predict in a few years, he will start loving his own teams and players.
He loves the Toronto Blue Jays as well because his Nana is a big fan.
Seems young kids are impressionable. Of course they are.
It’s not like they are going to just pick out a team one day. They need a little nudge of whom to like.
I guess I can only hope he never grows up to be a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
There I said it. Leave your hate in the comments below.
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