Date:Monday September 30 2013
Personally, I think that the word 'hate' when used in a sporting context says more about the person using it than the sport, team, or sportsperson it refers to. Putting something or someone down, abusively, just to build something or someone else up, never works and usually results in losing credibility. Sport should, and often does, transcend hate, violence, and abuse between people and work to establish a common ground to meet and communicate, where otherwise this would not happen.
There is no sane reason for abuse and vilification in sport - but argument, banter, and bragging rights are a crucial part of enjoying the game. Also, I believe, when it comes to sport ... everyone has a valid opinion whether we agree or not. Anyway, let's face it, there does appear to be quite enough hate in the world already! It has often been said that, during our lifetime, we may change our address, change our occupation, change our partner, change our politics and maybe even change our religion ... but we will never change the passion we have for our football team. I believe this because, well, if I'm honest ... this has been my experience.
We do not choose the team ... the team chooses us. My father started taking me to football matches when I was 13 - one week to Spurs, the next week to Arsenal. This was 1960 and it would take little effort to understand which team chose me at that time. Realistically, three decades later may have had a different result! What goes around comes around. Many football teams have had their day, are having their day, or will have their day. That's a good thing!
Man U, Liverpool, Leeds, Arsenal, Wolves, Preston, Aston Villa, Burnley, Everton, and Chelsea, are some of the great teams, past and present. I don't hate any of them, never have and never will. But I do get a much greater enjoyment and satisfaction out of beating some teams than others. Arsenal is one, mainly due to geography. The other teams I enjoy beating are the top teams of the day (that's obvious, isn't it?). And, if I were to be honest, when facing these teams my emotions and feelings have more to do with admiration, respect, apprehension and, sometimes, fear - than 'hate'. And let's face it without all these other teams, my team would have no-one to play!!
I need them all. Many of us are lucky because we follow teams rich in history and success. I have the utmost respect for fans who follow teams such as Torquay, Bury, Southend, and Exeter ... who can relate to neither history or success on the same scale. But we share the same passion for football. So ... do I 'hate' Arsenal? No, I don't. But I love beating them! How about you?
Written by Geofspurs
Date:Monday September 30 2013
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