A lot of people ask me who my favorite hockey team is and my first response is the Detroit Red Wings. The typical responses that I get after that are "Were you born in Michigan? Why not the Wild? The Red Wings suck. The Red Wings don't have Sidney Crosby. You're a traitor." I can answer all of these questions and comments easily and that's what I'm going to do right now. The truth is that I really do love the Minnesota Wild. I always have loved this team and I always will love this team, through all the good times and all the bad times, through thick and thin, no matter what, I will always love this team. I also love the Detroit Red Wings just as much as I love the Wild. I often say that both teams are my favorite because it's hard for me to pick an outright favorite between the two. I'm not a traitor and no, I was not born in Michigan. I was born in the State of Hockey. The reason why I usually say that the Red Wings are my favorite team is because I didn't have a hometown team to root for all my life like most hockey fans, like fans. The Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993, a few years before I started watching hockey. The North Stars are an afterthought and a forgotten memory to a person my age, especially since I never got a chance to see them play. I had to wait until I was 12 years old to see a team play in the NHL in Minnesota for the first time.
It's not a crime to like more than 1 team, but I guess it's a crime to have more than 1 "favorite" team. Lots of people have more than 1 favorite team, but when it comes to me, I get bashed for it. People say stuff about my allegiances and question what kind of fan I am just because I like a team that they don't like or because it's "wrong" to like 2 teams the way I like the Wild and Red Wings. I'm sick of the hate and the bashing, not that it's new to me at all. Besides all of the other comments that are made after I usually say the Red Wings are my favorite team, I also get asked numerous times which team I will root for when they both play each other. So I'm going to pick between these 2 teams right now and have an outright "favorite" between the two.
Out of these two teams, my favorite is the Minnesota Wild. People out there probably won't believe me when I say it, but it's the truth. If they play the Red Wings, I root for the Wild more than I do the Red Wings. I used to root for ties back when there were ties so that both teams got a point of out the games that they played against each other. Once ties were eliminated, I started to want an overtime or a shootout loss for either team so that once again, both teams got a point. Those days are over. It's still a toss up when I think about it in my mind, but I have made my choice.
So I guess the next time someone asks me who is my favorite team I will say the Wild are my favorite team and that outside of Minnesota state lines, the Red Wings are my next team. So to those that have called me a traitor, all of you are dead wrong. A traitor is someone that turns their back on someone or something that they believe in. I'm not turning my back on either of these 2 teams. My allegiance to both teams is as strong as it can be and it will always remain that way no matter what. I'm not a fair weathered fan or a traitor, and I'm not a bandwagoner that roots for the next sexy pick that get hyped up by the media or their fans on blogging sites just because a superstar player plays for that team. Those "fans" that hop on bandwagons and those "fans" that are fair weathered fans are the ones that should be getting bashed all the time. Those "fans" are the traitors and their fandom should be questioned, not mine. I shouldn't have to deal with it as much as I should and I'm not going to anymore. I've had to deal with stuff like this ever since I could remember and I usually just sat there and took it. Those days are over. I've always been told to stand up for myself no matter what, and that's what I'm doing here.
So there it is... it wasn't easy, but there you have it. A tough decision has been made, people can like it or hate it all they want. In the battle between Hockeytown and the State of Hockey, it's State of Hockey all the way for this guy. I've been a Red Wings fan for 14 years now and a Wild fan going on 9 years now. Both teams hold places in my heart. Not an easy decision for me to make since I love both teams, but I made one and I'm sticking with it.