November 2021

I Found a Home: Why We Follow Our Team

Why did we look at a footy team and decide this was the one for me and what continues to drive us to don the colours every week?

When madame rent-a-quote Jane Caro regurgitated some words onto Twitter ahead of the AFL grand final, talking down to sports fans because perhaps J.J. Giltinan once looked at her sideways, it got me thinking.

Well, thinking as much as a sports fan can, because apparently being well-read and a fan of sports teams is mutually exclusive.

So I put down my 12th beer of the afternoon, gave up on trying to discover fire and dragged my knuckles off the ground to consider what it is about sport that encapsulates billions of people around the world.

Rugby league is a mere speck on the sporting landscape when you consider the billions that follow football and cricket alongside the behemoth that is the NFL.

But, at the end of the day many of us, whether we’re watching the Mumbai Indians, Liverpool FC, Green Bay Packers or Parramatta Eels, all share something in common.

If you’re a HSC student of the 2000s and 2010s, then the theme of belonging is going to be very familiar to you, so dust off that copy of Looking for Alibrandi or Catcher in the Rye and get reacquainted with it, for that is what sport is all about.

Why did we look at a footy team and decide this was the one for me and what continues to drive us to don the colours every week . . .

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