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  •  It's like rooting for your home team even if... (21+ / 0-)

    ...you hate the players or the owner. How many Yankees or Reds fans changed their loyalties because of the antics of Steinbrenner or the racism of Schott?

    For some some people, especially people of the land, the common clay of the New West, politics is a team sport.

    The case against Assange debunked: http://www.nnn.se/nordic/assange/suspicious.pdf

    by expatjourno on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 01:02:07 AM PDT

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    •  team colors is especially apt (8+ / 0-)

      you cheer for your team, win or lose.
      Your team is always the good guys, even if they benefit from a bad call, or engage in a little doping. The Other team is always full of cheaters and reprehensible people of dubious skill but somehow always able to work the refs more than your team. Their wins are not earned, but the result of corruption and/or luck.
      But the simplest way to know who to root for is to identify with the team colors. This is often exemplified with burning the opposing team's mascot (in its team colors) in a large and raucous bonfire.

      Mitt Romney is not running a campaign; he's making a hostile takeover bid.

      by kamarvt on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 06:55:57 AM PDT

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    •  Well, my New York-born n' bred dad.... (7+ / 0-)

      ....for one. He also couldn't stand Wellington Mara and stopped rooting for the Giants for the same reason. He moved to the DC area to work for the Federal government and later came to support the Redskins and the Orioles. Though, Dan Snyder has made him a lot more indifferent to the Redskins these days.

    •  I certainly agree with your general premise, but (6+ / 0-)

      even this diehard Yankees fan has a breaking point.

      Through all of Steinbrenner's antics I often was less enthused, but still a Yankee's fan UNTIL they let Joe Torre go when it was the last season in the old stadium.  That year (2008), I was hoping Joe (with the LA Dodgers) would meet the Yankees in the Series, and win!  And I have been a Yankee fan for almost four decades.

      (and yes, I know it was George's son at the helm at the time.)

      I know there are Republicans out there that also have their breaking points - i've read many stories from/about them.

      Yes, a lot of people, perhaps the majority, will vote the party line regardless - but there are quite a few who will finally make the break.

      "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

      by MRA NY on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 07:30:12 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, and, like you say, some Republicans... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...have reached their breaking points. Others will go on for a while voting for people they dislike out of team loyalty.

        The case against Assange debunked: http://www.nnn.se/nordic/assange/suspicious.pdf

        by expatjourno on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 08:48:45 AM PDT

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