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The quirks of loyalty: Who I support across sports

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8th November, 2018

Let me start by saying I am open to the idea that I might be a bit weird.

I love my sport, my kids (most of the time) and my wife (some of the time). As it is the quietest part of the year I thought I would write about the weird sporting loyalties I have built up over a lifetime and put it out there to The Roar community.

Some boring background. I was born in Christchurch and now live happily on the beautiful Gold Coast. There are not many of us Kiwis on the Gold Coast so sometimes I feel isolated and alone in my loyalties.

Obviously I’m a Crusaders and All Blacks fan first and foremost. Now come the odd ones – and some of the reasons why.

Super Rugby: Crusaders…then any Kiwi team especially against the Aussie teams, even Auckland.

NRL: QLD in Origin and Cowboys, Tigers because I rated Big Paul Sironen back in the day and the Warriors when they are in form.

AFL: Lions/Swans and in the final I cheer for the non-Victorian team… I still struggle with the Eddie McGuire factor. And I just can’t get on the Suns/Titans footy train. The Suns are that bad and the Titans signed Jarryd Hayne.

A-League: Roar and the Phoenix – I know, the Pheonix. I was nearly a Mariner this year so it could be worse.

Sheffield Shield: Who cares… I joke – QLD. In fact if I could I would support the QLD team over the Australian team, but thats another article.


NFL: Green Bay Packers: I was on the Brett Favre bandwagon despite his performance in There’s Something About Mary.

NBA: Chicago Bulls…back in the Jordan/Pippen/Rodman glory days.

Major League Baseball: New York Yankees, because I’ve been to Yankee Stadium. I saw a college football game there but thats beside the point.

NHL: The New York Islanders because I went to a game where they got pumped but hey I’m a loyal fan.

English football
Fulham: Only tickets I could afford when I was living there, the MJ statue that used to be there was spectacular (strange but spectacular) – it’s already been a tough season.

Wigan: My Grandad was there goalkeeper centuries ago, they’ll be up in the PL next season.

I think that about wraps it up. What do you think roarers? What are some of the weird loyalties you’ve built up over the years? I think my next piece might be the opposite… who do you love to hate and why?