31 Reasons Why You Know You’re a Sports Fan From New York

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New York sports fans have a strong bond with their teams

New York sports fans have a strong bond with their teams
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New York is home to two teams in every major sport, giving New Yorkers plenty to cheer for and plenty of reasons to cry into their beers. With so many teams to choose from, New York is often torn apart in a sports civil war but New Yorkers know this is their civil war and interlopers are not welcome. New York fans hate each other on the surface but deep down inside they love each other. Sports rivalries are more like sibling rivalries in New York and outsiders are better off if they don’t get involved.

This is the home of 36 World Series trophies, five Super Bowl trophies, four NFL championships (pre Super Bowl era), eight Stanley Cups and two NBA championships. You know New York is truly title town and even if your team is down right now you know their rise is just around the corner.

As a New York fan you know the rest of the country hates you and you don’t care. In fact, you forget half the country is even part of the United States. When fans of other teams talk smack you are quick with a comeback and content in the knowledge that the other team’s fans are just jealous.

New York is home to the country’s first dedicated sports radio station, a station that only unites us in our genuine disbelief that Mike Francesca is the best it has to offer.

This is New York, the greatest city on earth with the best fans on earth. New Yorkers may boo their own from time to time but it’s because we love our teams and desperately want them to win. Do well and you will become immortal, just ask Derek Jeter and Mark Messier. New Yorkers don’t want anything but a championship; there is no second place in the best city in the world.

Without further ado, here are the Reasons Why You Know You’re a Sports Fan from New York. While numbered, they aren’t in any real particular order.

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31. Fall on the Ball, Joe!

31. Fall on the ball Joe!
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Joe Pisarcik is a source of pain all these years later. Come on, Joe! Fall on the ball! To this day Giants fans still don’t understand how it happened. It still hurts.
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30. We boo our players from time to time but because we love them

30. We boo our players from time to time but because we love them
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It isn’t like we are Philadelphia fans. We boo because we care. Philly fans are just mean. We boo because we care.
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29. You are convinced ESPN legitimately hates New York sports teams

29. You are convinced ESPN legitimately hates New York sports teams
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It doesn’t matter who you root for in New York it seems like ESPN hates your team. This isn’t paranoia, this is truth.
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28. It doesn’t matter what the facts are, you secretly blame LeBron James for the Knicks’ current woes because he should have been a Knick.

28. It doesn’t matter what the facts are, you secretly blame LeBron James for the Knicks’ current woes because he should have been a Knick.
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The Knicks spent what seemed like decades trying to get under the cap to afford LeBron James. Knicks fans will never forgive James now, much like Michael Jordan who probably cost the Knicks at least two championships.
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27. Championships

27.  Championships
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Yankees fans will get this.
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26. Wide right brings a smile to your face

26.  Wide right brings a smile to your face
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Buffalo Bills fans try to remind everyone they are the only “true” New York team but they forget they don’t count. When a Bills fan tries to talk smack “Wide right!” usually shuts them up. If that doesn’t work asking how many Super Bowls their team has won usually does. Besides, they are so far away who can hear them anyway?
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25. You get angry when the Empire State Building isn’t in your team’s colors

25.  You get angry when the Empire State Building isn’t in your team’s colors
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Let’s face it, we don’t say it but it stings a little every time we see it lit up celebrating one of the other teams in New York. And, no, you still don’t count Buffalo.
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24. Mark Sanchez will either make you laugh or cry

24.  Mark Sanchez will either make you laugh or cry
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The “Sanchize” went from potential Jets savior to the laughing stock of the NFL in about three seconds. Jets fans will either laugh or cry but either way they hate ESPN for playing the butt fumble play every week. Is that really necessary?
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23. You swear the 1994 season should count as a World Series appearance for the Yankees

23.  You swear the 1994 season should count as a World Series appearance for the Yankees
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Strike? The Yankees were the best team in the American League when that happened. Give ‘em a ring!
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22. Ray Handley’s name induces bile to rise in your throat

22.  Ray Handley’s name induces bile to rise in your throat
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From Super Bowl champions to the laughing stock of the NFL. This is your fault, Ray! For Jets fans the name Rich Kotite does the same thing. Excuse me, I don’t feel well enough to finish this slide.
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21. You are thankful the “1940!” chants are over

21.  You are thankful the “1940!” chants are over
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Nothing irked Rangers’ fans more than that damn chant. Now you realize that the 1993-94 season was 20 years ago and you need medication for depression. But hey, Potvin still sucks!
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20. You aren’t arrogant; your teams are just better

20.  You aren’t arrogant, you’re teams are just better
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Let’s face it; people outside of New York hate New York teams. We are loud and proud and always right. We thought we were wrong once but we were mistaken. If they don’t like it, fuhgeddaboudit.
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19. Willie, Mickey and The Duke debates still take place in your family

19.  Willie, Mickey and The Duke debates still take place in your family
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You might never have seen them play, but around the holidays one of your uncles, who happened to be a Dodgers fan, still debates your dad who was a Yankees fan and your grandfather who was a Giants fan over who was better. You probably wish you could join the conversation but your ammunition is Bernie Williams and Carlos Beltran and you are smart enough to shut up.
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18. You are convinced Joe Namath sold the Jets’ soul to Satan for the 1969 Super Bowl

18.  You are convinced Joe Namath sold the Jets’ soul to Satan for the 1969 Super Bowl
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What else would explain all the bad luck for the Jets since then? Ken O’Brien over Dan Marino? Kyle Brady over Warren Sapp? Mark Sanchez? Browning Nagle? Blair Thomas? Really, do I have to go on? Painful, I know, but the 1969 Super Bowl still brings a smile to your face if you are old enough to remember it. Take that Unitas!
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17. Boston? A rival? You’re kidding, right?

17.  Boston? A rival? You’re kidding right?
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Let’s see, 27 World Series Championships (and counting) to eight World Series Championships. Mets 1-0 against Red Sox in World Series. Giants 2-0 against the Patriots in the Super Bowl. More like our unwanted little step-child. We only notice you every once in a while and it’s usually because Boston fans cry a lot or are just loud and obnoxious and demanding attention. As soon as you point those things out they immediately bring up the Celtics. Yawn.
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16. We hate each other but will sometimes root for each other’s teams.

16.  We hate each other but will sometimes root for each other’s teams.
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Yankees playing the Braves? Mets fans root for the Yankees. Mets playing the Red Sox? Go Mets! Giants playing the Patriots? Go Giants. Jets playing the Cowboys or Eagles? Go Jets! We may hate each other but every Yankees fan was rooting for the Mets in 1986. Every Jets fan was pulling for the Giants in 2007. It might sting but it’s better than the rival winning.
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15. You think the New England Patriots should thank Mo Lewis

15.  You think the New England Patriots should thank Mo Lewis
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Jets fans hate this but take some pride in it as well. Without Mo Lewis injuring Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady might have been nothing more than a backup who moves on to another team. Jets fans hate this but take pride in it at the same time.
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14. You don’t understand why a player would sign anywhere else

14.  You don’t understand why a player would sign anywhere else
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Robinson Cano leaves for more money? That doesn’t compute. Why would he leave New York, the greatest city on earth for Seattle that can only offer rain and Starbucks? This makes no sense. Guess Cano didn't want to win Championships anymore.
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13. Yankees’ jerseys never have to be replaced

13.  Yankees’ jerseys never have to be replaced
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If you buy an authentic Yankees’ jersey you don’t have to worry about it going out of style or the player getting traded. Oh, you bought a #25 Jason Giambi jersey? Boom! Now it’s a Mark Teixeira jersey. The only way your jersey becomes “old” is if the number gets retired and then it just becomes even better. So, leave that Kei Igawa jersey you bought while drunk in the closet and just give it a little time. It will become relevant again.
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12. You laugh at the Dallas Cowboys’ “America’s Team” claim

12.  You laugh at the Dallas Cowboys’ “America’s Team” claim
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Seriously? Five championships? That’s cute. Boy, 1995 sure seems like a long time ago. Everyone knows America’s Team plays in the Bronx.
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11. You know nothing about college football

11.  You know nothing about college football
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Let’s face it; New Yorkers barely know college football exists. Sure, Syracuse might appear in a bowl game every now and then and it’s usually Syracuse alums that pay attention to that. For those living around New York City the nearest and best college football takes place at the United States Military Academy. Uh, go Army?
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10. You don’t acknowledge the 2004 baseball season ever happened

10.  You don’t acknowledge the 2004 baseball season ever happened
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The Mets finished 20 games under .500. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series and broke the Curse of the Bambino? Funny, I don’t remember 2004 at all.
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9. You know that the 1956 Football Giants had the best coaching staff ever assembled

9.  You know that the 1956 Football Giants had the best coaching staff ever assembled
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The NFL Champion New York Giants had a coaching staff led by Jim Lee Howell and featured Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. You’re welcome Green Bay and Dallas.
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8. New York fans expect their team to sign every free agent regardless of cost

8.  New York fans expect their team to sign every free agent regardless of cost
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The word “rebuild” isn’t in a New Yorker's vocabulary. We expect our team to compete every year and win every year. After all, it isn’t our money being spent. The Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Knicks, Giants, Jets and Nets are expected to be active every offseason. The Islanders get a pass because, well, they’re the Islanders but the expectations are coming back for them these days.
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7. Everybody hates James Dolan, EVERYBODY

7.  Everybody hates James Dolan, EVERYBODY
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Knicks and Rangers fans loathe James Dolan, who seems more interested in ripping off cable consumers and playing with his band than being a good owner. Even people who don't follow sports hate James Dolan because he owns Cablevision. Dolan still thinks Isaiah Thomas did a good job and still leans on Thomas for advice. Enough said.
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6. You know the Giants and Jets play in New Jersey but don’t acknowledge it unless you live in NJ

6.  You know the Giants and Jets play in New Jersey but don’t acknowledge it unless you live in NJ
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You don’t need to hear from Buffalo Bills fans that their team is the only football team in New York. Heck, you don’t consider Buffalo to be part of the US let alone New York.
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5. “Grand slam single” Brings a smile to your face

5.  “Grand slam single” Brings a smile to your face
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Every Mets fan knows about Robin Ventura’s walk-off grand slam single in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS that beat the Atlanta Braves.
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4. Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone are immortals

4.  Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone are immortals
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The mere mention of these players’ names brings smiles to the face of Yankees fans and sends a dagger through the heart of Boston Red Sox fans which makes the Yankees’ fans smile even more.
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3. Everyone hates Alex Rodriguez

3.  Everyone hates Alex Rodriguez
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Even the majority of Yankees’ fans will acknowledge they hate A-Rod but even those haters have to acknowledge the Yankees wouldn’t have made it to the 2009 World Series without him. But, we still hate him.
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2. You genuflect at the mention of certain players’ names

2.  You genuflect at the mention of certain players’ names
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Derek Jeter, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Messier, Mike Bossy, Patrick Ewing, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Tom Seaver, Joe Namath, the list goes on and on. Every team in New York has their own Mount Rushmore and each one has their special place in the hearts of fans.
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1. 1969 was a magical year

1.  1969 was a magical year
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The Mets and Jets shock the world, even New Yorkers were surprised.

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