Born and raised around the Boston area, I have grown up all my life watching and rooting on Boston sports teams. From major sports teams like the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics to NCAA Division 1 teams including Boston University and Boston College, you can't walk into our house on a weekend afternoon or during tournament season without seeing a game being watched on television. Call it Boston Pride, but we take our sports teams seriously. I found this out the hard way when I moved to CT with my husband several years ago from Massachusetts. I did the unthinkable and started following and rooting for the UConn's men's and women's NCAA Division 1 basketball teams. When friends and family learned of my new allegiance to these basketball teams, a rivalry began. If only my husband was into sports, he could have added to the support numbers in our house. But, instead, come tournament time, if Boston colleges go up against UConn's men's or women's team, I am left to root on my new home state favorites alone. If my teams lose, I never hear the end of it from family and friends, especially if Boston teams win.
While I still have ties to Boston, as most of my family still lives there, I have to show my support for Connecticut teams, seeing that I live here now. Don't worry, I will not be switching from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees -- it is just for the NCAA teams (mainly basketball). Have you found yourself torn between sports teams due to moving to a new state? Any fun family rivalry stories or even rituals you want to share? I would love to hear them. :-)
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