"I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.” So said Chief Justice Earl Warren. I only wish I was articulate enough to have said something like that, or even intelligent enough to have had the thought. I originally heard this quote listening to a Dodger game. Vin Scully, who could read a grocery list and make it sound interesting, quoted the former Chief Justice, though I can't for the life of me recall the context. The quote stuck with me, but I must confess I had to look up the Chief Justice who's sentiments I adopted. I get up in the morning and usually check the direction of the markets, check email, and check a few select sources for news, but only after I have read BN and found out if the Dodgers won (shorter process after the series and until spring training).
I love sports. I have for as long as I can remember. And I am loyal to the teams that I support til death do us part. I am willing to add teams to the fold, as I am a hopeless homer. When I lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, I became a Cardinals fan. When in Houston, a Texans fan. I am within a month of moving to the DFW area, and am considering becoming a Cowboys fan, too. This will be hard, as I also have a long memory. It could be said that I don't forget much.
I feel that as a fan I have a responsibility to support my team, and dislike their rival. As a UCLA fan I of course hate USC, but I have no love for Notre Dame (Bruce Flowers, Kelly Trapuka, Adrian Dantley - I hate them). As a Dodger fan, I hate the Giants (and properly those Northern California folks here hate us back. I also hate the Yankees. I hate Reggie Jackson (he was out of the baseline AND threw his hip out to interfere with the double play), I hate Greg Nettles, Ron Guidry. As a Los Angeles Rams fan (they ARE returning, and you can get in on the ground floor of my investment team to bring them back : ) ), I hate the Niners - see above reciprocal hate comment. I also hate the Vikings, and of course, the Cowboys. I hate these teams because they broke my heart (less so with the Giants, I just hate them on principle). Everyone here is identical, though with different teams we support except one.
Hate is such a strong word, though. It has never really been hate that I feel. It's more that I hate the rivals' accomplishments, in particular against those I support. I liked the way I hated USC's accomplishments up until more recently. They were the rival, and as such they required my hatred of their results. But those results weren't accomplishments, they were failures.
I suppose it's that we record accomplishment of those operating inside the rules, while a record can be accomplished outside of them. I would rather support failure of the former than support accomplishment of the latter.