I found the article interesting because as a sports fan who has lived and died over a professional team’s success, I find the whole emotional attachment fascinating.
I can understand the logic of hoping for a school team because they are friends and classmates, sons and daughters or neighbours. I can understand the logic of hoping for local teams like the Rampage.
I get the Olympic size events or World Cups or even hoping for a Canadian golfer or tennis player because we have pride of country.
I am not pointing fingers here because I am just as guilty as anybody, but it is interesting why we invest so much emotion into hoping for a professional team 500 miles away (or more if we like some other team) when the players themselves have no bearing on our lives.
Is there some primitive dynamic here, some evolutionary trait that forces us to join with others? Is the sport itself too uninteresting on its own that we need to be hoping for a team to enjoy the game?
And for me the there is absolutely no logic. I grew up hating the Yankees (of Mantle and Maris) because they always won. And it became really easy for me to dislike them when they were owned by rich guy Steinbrenner and led by a cocky Reggie Jackson. Growing up in Vancouver I was a big Canucks fan but after a few years in Rupert I lost the attachment and now actually dislike them.
My dislike for those two teams is just as irrational as my liking another team. Because when you look at the Yankees today, I see baseball players that I actually like. And on Vancouver nobody can not like the Sedins who were often criticized by fans during their first few years. Now I am not sure if the Canucks would trade them for Crosby and Ovechkin.
So as much as I dislike Vancouver for all the political power it holds over the rest of the province and the privileges it figures the rest of us owe it, if they do happen to win (and I still hope they don’t), seeing the Sedins hoist the Cup will make it somewhat bearable.