||Sports Guy, O, Sports Guy: Why hath thou forsaken me?
I've explained to you a hundred times how I ended up with my dual allegiance to the Seahawks and Steelers, but you neglected to include that explanation in your column. So, to keep the respect of Page 2's readers, here it is for the masses:
When I first started watching football in the 1970s, Seattle didn't have an NFL team. Because the prevailing sports theme of my childhood -- at least, in my neighborhood -- was vehement hatred for the Dallas Cowboys (and because I loved the NFL), I embraced the Steelers with all the might that a plucky grade-school kid could muster.
Now, in my book, there are two rules for sports fans that must never be broken: 1. You must always root for your hometown team, unless there's some compelling reason not to; and 2. you never, ever abandon a team under any circumstances. (You address both in rules No. 18 and 19.)
So, when the Seahawks were granted an NFL franchise in 1976, I excitedly embraced the hometown squad. However, I didn't stop rooting for the Steelers team that had given me my first experiences as an NFL fan. (The Cowboys and Raiders fans in my neighborhood would have never permitted that, even if I'd tried.)
Now, I'm sure you're going to point out that the Steelers gave me the joy of two more Super Bowl wins during those early years, while the Seahawks struggled mightily as an expansion team, so you're going to brand me as a "front-runner" (the worst type of fan in my book). However, neither team has won a Super Bowl in 22 years, and Seattle has never even reached the big game.
That kind of loyalty, my friend -- even though it constitutes "sports bigamy" in your book -- is to be admired, not criticized.
At least I didn't try to claim that I was a huge Franco Harris fan, and that's why I root for the only two NFL teams that he ever played for.
-- Kevin Jackson, Page 2 editor