Over the next three years, you'll probably see more than a few rants of how my favorite teams drive me to the point of insanity.
I love every one of my favorite teams to death, and if any of you readers ever see me around campus, there is a 95 percent chance that you'll see me rocking my teams' apparel.
Even though I have never met another human being with the same passion for their teams as I have, I catch a lot of heat from my friends because none of my favorite teams are even remotely located in the same place.
Personally, I don't think you should have to tie your allegiance to a certain region. You should be able to root for whoever the heck you want, as long as you actually care about the team.
I'm no geography major, but I do understand that where the Dallas Cowboys play is nowhere near where the Boston Red Sox do, and neither of those are relatively close to where the Oklahoma City Thunder play (Dallas is only three hours away, but whatever).
I guess I just never got the memo that it was a crime to like teams from different areas.
And I'm perfectly OK accepting the fact that none of my favorite teams are from the same city, or even in the same region ... Just never call me a bandwagon fan.
There are very few things that upset me more.
First of all, I grew up in southern Florida, home of the worst fans in the history of sports. And as bad as the fans are, the franchises are even worse. Miami teams trade valuable pieces of their team away like it is their job. Ask Dolphins fans about Brandon Marshall, or Marlins fans about Miguel Cabrera. So growing up I couldn't stand becoming a fan of an organization that couldn't care less about the franchise and their fans (except for the Hurricanes, who are my favorite college team other than the Vols).
For football, I sided with the Cowboys. When I was little I used to live with my grandparents, and my grandfather was the biggest 'Boys fan. Every Sunday we'd watch them play, so naturally that's who I rooted for. Plus, it didn't hurt that Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman signed my baby picture when I was born either.
In baseball, I chose the Red Sox because Jason Varitek was one of my favorite players growing up and I kind of just fell in love with the Green Monster in left field and the team. And yes, I was a fan before the curse was broken. I remember crying when Aaron Boone hit that walk-off homer in Game 7 of the ALCS in 2003 ... But watching the 2004 ALCS unfold was the sporting definition of poetic justice, and I don't think I've ever been as happy as I was on Oct. 20, 2004.
Now as for the Thunder, this is probably the only team I'll accept being a bandwagon for. While I have been a fan since they were in Seattle, my loyalty is 100 percent because of Kevin Durant. He is by far my favorite basketball player of all time and watching him play at Texas was simply magical. But I will ask this: I'm from Miami and I cheer for the Thunder, isn't that anti-bandwagoning? As much as I love KD and how much I've come to love this entire Thunder team, they've never won anything. But if that constitutes being a bandwagoner, then fine, I guess I'll accept it.
I guess the point I'm trying to get across is just because the teams you like are "weird" or misplaced doesn't make you a bandwagoner. You're still a fan like everyone else. Ask anybody who knows me, my teams may be all over the place but I'm as die-hard a fan as you'd ever find in Dallas, Boston or OKC.
And I know I'm not the only person who takes heat for this, so I'll say this: it doesn't matter who you root for. As long as you love the team and you are going to stick with them through all their ups and downs, nothing else really matters. Just continue to cheer because, to be completely honest, that means you're probably a bigger fan than most of these other people.
— Troy Provost-Heron is a freshman in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.