What it means to represent your team
I admire a fan's passion for the game, as anyone who is on this site are gung-ho and go team go. I am a Cowboys fan, and spoke at length on this very site to a lifelong Redskins fan about rivalries long past, and realized that, between the two of us, it was one team that elevated the other and made it relevant. Drew Pearson being covered by a rookie Darell Green, and Michael Irvin in Green's middle to late years. Randy White, LaVar Arrington, Art monk, Tony Hill, Emmitt Smith, Ernest Byner, the No-Name Defense and the Posse. While they did wonderful things in their time, being a Redskin or Cowboy is what sets them apart in the lore of other teams. This goes for any sport's rivalry. Red Sox-Yankees, Lakers-Celtics, USC-UCLA. To belittle people for such a choice is just another way of belittling your own team. Respect that team is a rival because it is, or was, good enough to be considered a threat to your team.
Ultimately, we are fans of a game. Baseball fans, football fans, basketball, or soccer fans. We are fans of the game because of the marvels of human athleticism, fortitude, and ingenuity. So, when Albert Pujols strokes a Carlos Zambrano sinker ball onto Waveland Avenue, I can only tip my cap and hope that Big Z can get The Machine next time. As a fan, sportsmanship and class are just as important as passion and intelligence. Remember, we are all part of humanity, and we are all fans of the same game, and represent the game we love as well.