How does one identify with a team that they have absolutely no vested interest in?
You're not a part owner...You don't personally know anyone on the team....There are no prizes handed out to the fans of the winner... Your being a fan of a "winner" doesn't entitle you to anything tangible, or otherwise....
As a person who grew up playing Little League Baseball (regular and Summer league) & High School Football, I get the fun & emotion associated with playing sports... But I absolutely don't get the rabid fandom one carries for a team that they have absolutely no vested interest in...The giant flags waving from the bed of your truck...The silly flag you fly from your front porch.....The tattoos...... What causes one to be loyal to a certain team?...and, what does one gain by trash-talking an opponent of "your team", when their success or failure has absolutely no impact of any kind on your life?
Help me to understand. . . .