@dasherhalo wrote:Interesting take, OSM!
As a fiercely loyal and staunchly devoted
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iSIs wrote:Firstly, Archer and I were discussing the Townsville/Cairns rivalry the other day and Random (who lives in Townsville) didn't realise there was one. Now he is a young bloke at 24 and if you reverse that number you get my age . So maybe the rivalry isn't as strong as it used to be, but back in the 80's/90's we hated Cairns, and Cairns hated us!
With your question dasher, it's one I find really interesting as well.
I started supporting the Tigers when I was about 10, which was mid 80's. Growing up in NQ most NSWRL teams were pretty much evenly supported. Maybe a bit of bias towards Parra and the Dogs who were travelling well at the time. When the Broncos came in there was a huge shift towards them and fair enough. When the Cows came in there was a huge shift to them as well, also understandable.
But what I couldn't understand was that whenever I got asked who I supported more often than not I got "why don't you support your home town?" Because I'm fucking loyal!!! That is no sleight on those who changed teams to Brisbane or NQ because it was a new state/hometown. But the irony is I've copped it for not being loyal when I've technically been more loyal than those supporters!
Anyway, absolutely no problem personally with those who change allegiance when a new team springs up in their town. Would never do it myself though. I don't think changing your team for the sake of it is acceptable though; in fact I think it is deadset poor form.