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Outside of families, few relationships are as intense as those between sports teams and their fans. Do you agree and if so, why is that?

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Arguably more intense for some. We choose our sports teams, albeit for sometimes forgotten, idiosyncratic reasons, but not out families. They are extensions of our egos. Hell, testosterone goes down when our team loses. It's a bit silly, especially as we get older, but nonetheless, a wild ride.

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I think it depends on the individual.

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lol. Your answer is IN your question!

"...sports teams and their fans..." FAN. As in an abbreviated form of the term...FAN-ATIC.

Fanatic: 1) A person marked or motivated by an extreme, unreasoning enthusiasm, as for a cause, often with religious overtones.

To call someone a "fan(atic)" is to admit that their affection is crazy and irrational. It's right there, baked into your own unthinkingly-used terminology, for crying out loud! lol.

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lol. Your answer is IN your question!

The etymology of a word is not the same as its meaning. Otherwise, you boss could give you a bag of salt for salary next month and say "You said you wanted salary - now you've got it. Cuz salary is derived from the word "salt."

I am a fan of many performers, but the intensity of some people who support sports teams (or political teams) is the result of something lacking in their lives. If your mood is affected by whether your chosen pro athletes won or not, you care too much.

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I find it hard to understand why people go crazy over sports teams but refuse to support their teachers, social workers, and volunteers. Kind of sad actually.

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The intensity of the Liverpool KOP fans for the players and the club is one of the most intense in all of the premier league and probably many others.

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..........but the intensity of some people who support sports teams (or political teams) is the result of something lacking in their lives. If your mood is affected by whether your chosen pro athletes won or not, you care too much.

Totally agree with that. Most so-called fans not only lack something in their lives they often are lacking a brain cell or three.

I am a football (soccer to some of you) fan and enjoy a good game but I really don't care who is playing, a good game is worth watching regardless of who is playing who and I don't care who wins.

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The intensity of the Liverpool KOP fans for the players and the club is one of the most intense in all of the premier league and probably many others.

I say that's mostly drunken yobs.

Music creates a bigger emotional response than sport.

That's true. Military bands rouse the troops. Not the football squad. The intensity of the Taylor Swift tour is more seismic and far reaching than any ball game. Appeals to a lot more people too.

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Burning Bush

The intensity of the Liverpool KOP fans for the players and the club is one of the most intense in all of the premier league and probably many others.

I say that's mostly drunken yobs.

Sounds like Thatcher and Hillsborough, and the Sun newspaper but was proven incorrect by a public inquiry. Liverpool has 600 million global fans.

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Sports provide actual drama, suspense, and human interest stories. Sports fandom tends to last a lifetime, and get passed to future generations.

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Sports fandom tends to last a lifetime, and get passed to future generations.

Thanks for your opinion. I disagree but respect your point of view

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Only for FANatics

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Sports provide many millions of people with entertainment and physical activity. We all need it.

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When I was a kid I could tell you the lineups of every team, who led the league in every category, who lead the National League in hitting in 1932, and on and on.

But when I got my first job as a college instructor, I found my dream job. Sports just sort of faded away. I worked long hours and enjoyed every minute of it. I imagine I'm not the only one this happened to.

Now I can't tell you a thing about baseball. It's become too boring. So, I disagree with the question, without putting down the sports fan. It used to be my most intense relationship. I just found something I was more enthusiastic about.

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Depends on the sport but yeah, some sports fans are quite intense, especially the football ones.

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I agree, unfortunately.

I can’t understand it at all. It’s like being engrossed, buying hats and flags and cheering if MosBurger sells more than Burger King in Saitama.

Bread and circuses.

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No. All professional sports are just part of the entertainment industry, it is just as daft as becoming fanatical about a ventriloquist or magician.

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I used to be a passionate supporter, but a few years ago I realized that during my 20 years as a fan none of the teams I support have ever won anything. So I felt that what's the point, and haven't really followed sport since.

But yeah, I think for a lot of people it gives a sense of belonging and being a part of a group, which is nice I suppose.

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