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An Unscientific Look at Playing Sports and Being a Fan

By Eric Murtaugh On July - 22 - 2009
A funny thing occurred to me the other day as I surveyed the sporting landscape and thought about all of the teams my friends and people I knew cheered for. And as I thought about them I took a look at myself and wondered.
Does playing a sport make you less likely to have a favorite team in that very sport?
Perhaps some insight into my situation will illustrate my point.
From the ages of five to 19, I played hockey year-round and at some of the highest levels in North America. If you've ever played hockey from an early age or known someone who has, you'd know it is very time consuming and takes a lot of effort and sacrifice from parents and players.
In this regard, hockey really became my life, something that came to define me as a person. As a kid, I rooted for my hometown team the Buffalo Sabres and every night that I could watch a game on Empire television was a special one.
But then things started to change as I became a teenager and there was more traveling, more pressure, and more people to meet. As I grew into a better hockey player I began looking at hockey differently. Reali...

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