If you are passionate about something, it can be frustrating when people don't have the same ideas. For example, I see NO reason why anybody should support Tottenham Hotspurs (AKA - 'The Scum'). They are a grossly overrated team who are the inferior London rivals of Arsenal. Whenever I meet such a misguided fan, I feel an urge to mock them. Remorselessly.
But I'm mature enough to realise that it is all banter. Some of it is very insulting, quite often abusive, but football does bring out a savage tribe mentality in its fans. (Impressively, you don't seem to get this in American sports.) So when fans say football is their 'religion', they are not far wrong.
- It sometimes requires a heroic amount of faith.
- You often deny the obvious flaws in your team's performance and blame others. (The ref being a common reciever of my displeasure!)
- Everyone else's team is rubbish!
- You spend far too much time devoted to your team which could be better spent doing many other things.
- You spend far too much money to prove your loyalty.
- You evangalise about your team to the point of obnoxiousness!
- You find yourself doing little rituals to change the outcome of the game.
- You wear clothing that identifies you with your team.
- You encourage your children to follow your team. Being a Man United fan would be a terrible, terrible crime against everything you stand for.
- No-one will ever persuade you to support anyone else.
And the scary thing is that you can't become an 'Afootballist'.
I think I am beyond saving ;-)