Note: I created this thread on MN back in March 2004, but a recent post by a Crew *cough* “fan” *cough* which I read on the DC supporters’ boards, reminded me of it, and thus, I have decided to re-write it and update it for the BS audience…. Who’s you 2nd favorite team? No, don’t answer that question. First and foremost: I despise the term “Second favorite team”. Especially when I hear it being used by a fellow Crew fan. I honestly do not understand how someone can use that term and seriously mean what they are stating. How can one truthfully state that DC United is their “Second favorite team” but the Crew are their “favorite” team. Basically. you are saying that you like DC. How the **** can you like a team when they are in the same league as your “favorite” team? None-the-less, the same ****ing conference… The phrase that gives me a chuckle is the one most commonly used by my brother which goes something like: “Well, I like Kansas City only when Crew are not playing them”. Well, that’s just peachy, aint it? The only way I ever root for another team is if it’ll somehow improve the Crew’s standing in the conference; A la the KC versus DC match at the end of the 2003 season. (**********ing KC…) But beyond that, I just hope all those teams tie each other or injure key players for other teams, so that Crew can have a better shot at the title. Now, please don’t interpret my ramblings to be negative, finger pointing. As I stated, my beloved brother pulls this type of crap, and I’ve learned to love him. But to me this is how one should view the team’s league: Their Team = The top club All other teams = Vermin, Scum, etc.. See, what this leads me into are those types of people who favor two clubs; then perhaps one of the clubs does poorly one season and the other does marvelous. Well, then they're like “hey, I actually really liked so-and-so all along”. ****ing pu$$yfoots. So go on, favor your two clubs, three clubs, but truly, are you really favoring anyone? Brings me back to my childhood days, when one would have a best friend, and then there’d be people who’d have 10 “best” friends…. Here’s a quote from Hornby’s Fever Pitch that I think really strikes home the point: “I had discovered after the Swindon game that loyalty, at least in football terms, was not a moral choice like bravery or kindness; it was more like a wart or hump, something you were stuck with. Marriages are nowhere near as rigid – you won’t catch any Arsenal fans slipping off to Tottenham for a bit of extra-marital slap and tickle, and though divorce is a possibility (you can just stop going if things get too bad), getting hitched again is out of the question.” That quote sort of leads me to another one I fancy in his book that says: “Disappointment because I had finally begun to suspect that some people didn’t go to football for the Right Reasons". I can admit that I have gotten quite smug over the past few years, and have tried not to associate with people who I truly feel don’t go to see Crew for the “Right Reasons”.. I guess it’s just the self-righteous a** in me.