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Rooting for the Local Team
Published on December 11, 2011 by Sara Foss

In my column this week at the DG, I write about taking in my first-ever local basketball game. I enjoyed it, but did reach the conclusion that, for the most part, I hate college sports.

Here's an excerpt:

"I love basketball, but I pay very little attention to college basketball, except when March Madness rolls around and I feel compelled to Get Into the Spirit of Things. My lack of knowledge results in random and fleeting loyalties: I’m partial to underdogs, but also to schools with unusual names, and schools that happen to be playing Duke. I also like to support Siena and UAlbany, because they’re local.

So when my landlord asked whether I wanted to go to the Siena-UAlbany game, I immediately said yes, despite my general ignorance about both teams. To make the event more fun, I decided to pick a team to root for, and since my landlord went to the University at Albany, rooting for the Great Danes (great mascot!) seemed like the thing to do. 'I’ve given it some thought,' I said, 'and I want the University at Albany to win.'

'I appreciate your support,' my landlord said."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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