Image courtesy of The CommonCensus Sports Map Project
On Sunday night I watched with chagrin as my beloved New England Patriots football team forfeited all hope of a perfect, Cinderella season with a loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Perhaps the pain of envisioning Eli Manning celebrating on his way to Disney World would have been slightly less abrasive had there been a few fellow Bostonians to commiserate. Unfortunately, I was surrounded by a room full of native New Yorkers, Long Islanders, and New Jerseyites.
This fateful scenario got me thinking about the geography of sports teams fan affiliations. While the love of sport may be universal, team loyalties are decidedly regional—in most cases, that is. Of course, you have the émigrés, those of us who have relocated, whether temporarily or permanently, to a new region of the country but maintain our hometown spirit. For instance, it’s no surprise that in a
Then, there are those magical teams whose appeal somehow transcends traditional regional boundaries and manages to captivate a broader audience. My friend from Trinidad and Tobago is a diehard supporter of the Manchester United soccer club in
Here’s a website to get you started thinking geographically
about sports: CommonCensus.org is a project to effectively conduct a census of
sports fans across the U.S. They don’t, however, endeavor to provide explanations for the patterns. That
task, I suppose, will be left up to us as geographers!
Tell Us: Where is your hometown, and who are your favorite sports teams?
Sarah for My Wonderful World