Angie and Niki and I started going back and forth on the Wednesday post last week about whether it is possible to be a fan of multiple people/sports teams at once. Which began to make me realize that there might be multiple ways of being fans. And I am curious, out of the 3 categories I am thinking of, which you might identify for yourself. Oh, and this is also the weekly post to bring up any general discussion topics you might want to talk about!
This is where you can ask anything from the personal (“what is your sports team?”) to the specific (“what are the sports teams in India?”) to the general discussion (“how is sports fandom different in the US versus India versus the UK and so on and so on?”)
The only rule is, you have to let me answer first! Because that way I can set the tone of the discussion. But please jump in and join the conversation once I have started it off with my answer.
Now, my question for you. Which of these descriptions best fits you?
1.1. In Indian film/sports/American film/TV/Anything, there is only one person/team that you care about and you cannot manage to care about anything else even when you try. So, for instance, someone who is a Shahrukh fan but cannot bring themselves to be interested in or care about Hindi film beyond Shahrukh.
2. There is that one true love in your life in terms of sports/Hindi film/etc., but you can also care about and enjoy the greater system around them. So, for instance, someone who is a fan of the Cubs, but can also enjoy just watching baseball.
3. You are able to hold multiple equal loves in your heart in sports/film/everything. So, root for many teams equally, follow many actors equally, and so on.
Personally, I am a strong 2 in terms of film fandom. I love my SRK, but I also love Salman and Aamir to a lessor degree and in a very different way. And I can love Nagarjuna and Madhavan and Nivin too. But overall SRK reigns triumphant forever and ever and no one else can ever come close.
But then in sports, I am a strong 1. The idea of rooting for a not-Chicago team is just unimaginable to me. What is the point of sports if Chicago is not playing?
How about you? Are you a “one true love, but I can care about other people” kind of person, or a polyamorous “I just keep falling in love” kind of person, or a “one true love and everything else is pointless” kind of person?