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a fa­mous, but not so nice pro­fes­sional ri­valry. The Bos­ton Red Sox and the New York Yan­kees. Think the fans like each other – wrong. Sev­eral years ago driv­ing through Bos­ton (and tak­ing your life in your hands in ev­ery thor­ough­fare), one could not hardly no­tice an enor­mous bill­board in down­town Bos­ton. It said, and I may of­fend some read­ers, “F --- the Yan­kees”. Now is that any way to ex­press your opin­ion of the most suc­cess­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion in

the his­tory of Amer­i­can sports?

Hate to say it, but Yan­kee fans are just as bad. Play­ing in one of their 39 World Se­ries, (their record is 27-12 for those who care), the op­pos­ing team sent a memo to fans go­ing to the sta­dium. “Do not wear full team at­tire at Yan­kee Sta­dium. Do not wear our base­ball caps to the re­strooms. Travel in threes. If you go as a sin­gle, go at your own risk.”

I don’t like to go to large sport­ing events. I guess I’m un­lucky when I go, but af­ter at­tend­ing a Car­di­nals-Cow­boys game, I was able to use the old phrase,

“I went to the fights and a foot­ball game broke out.” No less than five fights broke out within eye sight. I guess the cheap $12 beers had some­thing to do with it.

Across Amer­ica we can see many ex­am­ples of fan loy­alty. Try and walk through Colum­bus, Ohio in the Fall, you will swear that our na­tional sym­bol is the “Buck­eye” not the ea­gle. Or go to an Alabama game where any­one was hon­ored for nam­ing their child, “Paul Bear” Bryant.” Only eighty-three showed up. Try go­ing to New Or­leans when the LSU Tigers are play­ing on

Sat­ur­day night. You will hear hun­dreds stand up in ev­ery bar and sing “Hey Fightin Tigers.” Try to get a sea­son ticket for the Green Bay Pack­ers. One, most of the ticket hold­ers are proudly lim­ited stock own­ers in the team. Sec­ond, sea­son tick­ets are put in wills to be passed on to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Cheese­heads.

When all around us some­times seem like a mess, Amer­i­cans love sports. It’s part of our her­itage. We in­vented the games, play the games, and many are fiercely loyal to those that play. Sports are our out­let and our pas­sion.

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