A dilemma about loyalty to AFL football teams...?
Question:I've never really followed football until recently (I'm 26). When I was a kid (about 10) I kind of half-heartedly barracked for collingwood, mostly because a couple of my friends did. Years passed where I never cared much about footy, but I really got to dislike collingwood, I dont know why.
Now I'm into footy and I feel like barracking for someone, and Richmond has been my favourite team for a while. I want to barrack for Richmond officially but its such a crime to swap teams, so I feel a bit dirty. Is it OK for me to be a Richmond supporter now that I follow footy seriously for the first time in my life, and I only really followed Collingwood because of peer pressure?
I am a life long Tigers fan, and although they havent been the most succesful lately (well, 20 years) there is a good culture with a large loyal fan base. You wont have to worry about the threat of exctinction either, like the Roos.
i dont feel disloyal to the eagles, i was a kid who only went for them coz of my parents. its how you feel now as an adult - you can make the correct choice now. richmond are pretty a good team (although u guys are fighting us for 8th spot). go with what you know now and what you feel is right, dont feel bad. enjoy your games.
Go for Richmond if they are the ones you go for. If your friends have a problem with it just turn it into banter. Maybe put a couple of beers on the next game they play etc?
At least you will follow and enjoy the game more.
I have watched Australian Football on and off from America for several years, without barracking for a team. I moved to Australia in January and went about the process to pick a team. I first decided I would watch last season highlights, read through statistics rather than opinions, and see every game of the NAB Cup pre-season to give me good and current data.
I decided next on my criteria;
1. Who appeared to be exciting to watch, and appeared to have a magical touch; an intuitive, progressive style of play that stimulated great momentum
2. Due to footy being a highly injury prone game, Superstars dont win matches and seasons, but teams do. I decided to look at the entire lineup and pick the team Whom had the best observable teamwork on the field.
3. Many choose a team because they are close in proximity to where they play, relatives, neighbors, friends, etc. As you observed, these are not always the best criteria. As I am based on Melbourne where a good percentage of games are played, and travel frequently around Australia, I chose to deliberately avoid selection of a team for geographic reasons. As I did not know anybody upon arrival, I had nobody to pressure me in any particualr direction. I decided I would therefore choose the team that looked the most prepared for a succesful season, one with all the indications that they were ready for a Premiership season.
This criteria was what led me to my selection. The Mighty Adelaide Crows. and they are going just beautifully at the moment.
They must be doing somethign right as Adelaide now has the biggest membership base in AFL history (just ovr 50,000!)
Adelaide has a great club here in Melbourne, really good people, and we watch the lMelbourn games at the MCG and TelstraDome, home games at Bells Hotel in South Melbourne together, and do a fantastic series of events pre-and post match throughout the year. The group is awesome, not like thousands of thugs from Collingwood, nor brusiers from Western suburbs... a good mix of greta people from Adelaide, Melbourne, and many other places.
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