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Old 09-13-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default Is NFL football the only North American sport where....

if your city does not have a professional team you're considered a true NFL fan being loyal to a team instead of being a fan of a player?

I find that it seems more acceptable to follow players in other sports and support the team he plays on whereas NFL fans all over North America have a true loyalty to one franchise if they don't have their own.

Is it acceptable as an NFL fan to see someone follow a player and claim them as your team?
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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if your city does not have a professional team you're considered a true NFL fan being loyal to a team instead of being a fan of a player?

I find that it seems more acceptable to follow players in other sports and support the team he plays on whereas NFL fans all over North America have a true loyalty to one franchise if they don't have their own.

Is it acceptable as an NFL fan to see someone follow a player and claim them as your team?

Besides quarterbacks the average NFL player has much less impact on the success of his team than the average NBA player.

You can be the greatest offensive tackle ever, but alone that isnt going to translate into wins.

Offensive tackle is one of the most important positions other than QB. Why they are often drafted high and paid a lot
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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NFL has a good fan-culture, unlike NBA.

Its really disgusting to see NBA-fans follow players rather than support a team.

A team/club will live forever, a player only "lives" 15 years. What are you gonna do when the player retire?
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:52 PM   #4
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Yeah like machoman said above, there are no rules to this.

But in football it would be harder to root for a whole team just because you like one player, unless that player is the QB.

Because half the time, that player won't even be on the field. And if he isn't the QB, he'll probably only be directly involved in about 10 plays per game (or 25 for a RB as good RB's get about 25 carries per game).

So it'd be pretty boring to try to watch a whole game just because of one player.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:00 PM   #5
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NFL has a good fan-culture, unlike NBA.

Its really disgusting to see NBA-fans follow players rather than support a team.

A team/club will live forever, a player only "lives" 15 years. What are you gonna do when the player retire?

I'd disagree.

Supporting a team really doesn't amount to much besides being part of a fan-base and rooting for colors. The players are not from that city and come and go all the time, so the city association is meaningless besides being a part of that fan-base.

Furthermore, it's pretty strange when a player who used to be on a rival team comes to your team. Or when you keep rooting for your team even after they make some disloyal moves and screw somebody over. Or when a team just all out moves.

Following a team is pretty wierd.

At least when you root for a player you might be rooting for something real. You like the players work ethic, his style of play, the fact that he played college at your alma matter, or whatever. All of that is just as real, if not more real, than rooting for a professional team.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:01 PM   #6
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tw*ts like that^

aahhhh tmac, not you!

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Old 09-13-2013, 01:54 PM   #7
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I know, just wondering :)

Meh, it's not as exciting as basketball, but I find that it's more exciting than how other people think of it. Most people think it's one of the most boring sports to watch, but I think it's quite entertaining :P
i actually think nfl games are more exciting than your average nba game. mainly because i follow phoenix suns and we don't have anything exciting going on, but overall there is more parity in the nfl, and a lot of exciting talent. unless you have a top 3-4 player on your nba team, you know your team isn't going anywhere. i enjoy nba playoffs a lot, especially conference finals and finals but you already know which teams are making it and which aren't. the nfl is unpredictable because talent doesn't dictate success, who the hell thought 49ers were superbowl-bound and that ravens would win the championship? with the nba, you know a healthy okc or spurs are coming out of the west and it is a given that miami is coming out of the east. although this last season things were more exciting bc of rising teams (indiana, GSW, etc) but you still know in the back of your head curry and company ain't got enough to beat okc or a veteran squad in spurs.

tl;dr - nba is predictable, exciting sure, but predictable to a good extent. NFL is less predictable and most teams are on even ground so-to speak because of 1 game series instead of 7 game series. coming from phoenix, i like cheering for the underdogs
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:57 PM   #8
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I'd disagree.

Supporting a team really doesn't amount to much besides being part of a fan-base and rooting for colors. The players are not from that city and come and go all the time, so the city association is meaningless besides being a part of that fan-base.

Furthermore, it's pretty strange when a player who used to be on a rival team comes to your team. Or when you keep rooting for your team even after they make some disloyal moves and screw somebody over. Or when a team just all out moves.

Following a team is pretty wierd.

At least when you root for a player you might be rooting for something real. You like the players work ethic, his style of play, the fact that he played college at your alma matter, or whatever. All of that is just as real, if not more real, than rooting for a professional team.

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Old 09-13-2013, 02:29 PM   #9
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When I say it's a little boring I meant the gameplay though. A predictable NBA game is better than a predictable NFL game. BBall is just a more enjoyable game to me
thats reasonable. i enjoy hooping more than i do playing football so i can relate. both sports are enjoyable to me though, it just irks me that suns don't do anything in the playoffs
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:48 PM   #10
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You can be a bullets fan with me this year

no thanks, i'm already rooting for a subpar team.
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:59 PM   #11
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In basketball its most likely a player that make/made you a become a fan of that/his team, no matter what a "strict team fan" will tell you this is the truth by majority.... In a player im a fan of a specific skillset/talent/gamestyle.... its pure shooting, guys like Reggie, Ray, Bird and i like also super versatile games like Magic, Bird, Lebron, Pippen, Penny etc...

Unlike NFL (and soccer) a basketball player can single handedly literally dominate the game, yes it is a team game, but much less dependant on it than what NFL is....
A single player in NFL cant just "catch fire" and take that egg ball slithering his way to 50 touchdowns and win the game...
A single player cant control the game whenever he wants to...
A single players immense talent/skill over other players doesnt matter even close to as much as it does in basketball....

NFL is 100% dependant on a team game/team play.... Basketball is aswell but due to the 5 vs 5 matchup, the different rules and as an individual being able to control the ball from being deflected much better than in soccer or NFL it makes it possible for individuals to shine.... but basketball can also be a much more team play dependant game aswell than any sport at the same time depending on strategy/style of that team...

Its spontanious, versatile, filled with flash/drama/action/excitement/scoring/plot twists from a team standpoint or individual standpoint etc....

Hence why basketball > anything...

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Old 09-13-2013, 04:53 PM   #12
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Orlando has no NFL team, but I root for the Dolphins, all Florida sports teams are terrible besides the Heat and the Gators.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:30 PM   #13
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