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What's your jersey?
« on: April 18, 2015, 11:47:10 PM »
I love that we are from all over. So,

What's your main sport to cheer for?
What's your main team?
Are there any special traditions for it?

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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2015, 02:02:47 AM »
Down here in Australia we have a summer sport and a winter sport. For the majority of people, the summer sport is cricket, although the A League (soccer) and the NBL (basketball) also have their seasons during summer so that they don't compete with the giants of winter sport (aussie rules and rugby). In winter the south and west of the country follow aussie rules and the north east like their rugby.
Being in Melbourne, Victoria I am an aussie rules supporter. I am a born and bred Richmond supporter. I was born the year before we won our first Premiership in nearly a quarter century. My parents both followed the club from at least their teens, and I naturally did the same. I've been a paid up member of the club for the last 20 or so years. We have something like 66,000 members this year. Our first game at the MCG on Easter Thursday against the old enemy Carlton drew over 80,000 people to the ground. The club is called the Richmond Tigers, the colours are yellow and black (it's even enshrined in the team song, which is the best in the league), predominantly black, with a yellow sash. Footy has a few traditions. Each club has a song, which is played when the teams run out onto the ground, the winning team gets to hear their song and sing along with it at the end. The team sing it in the rooms, and any player playing in their first win for the club stands in the middle of the circle and gets the gatorade 'shower'. The cheer squad prepare a giant banner for every game, and the players run through it at the start of the game. I think the song thing (a specific song written for the team) and the banners for every game are pretty unique to Aussie Rules. I like cricket, but very little can evoke the passion of an aussie rules game. If I come home from a game with any voice at all it wasn't much of a game.
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2015, 04:18:06 AM »
Down here in Australia we have a summer sport and a winter sport. For the majority of people, the summer sport is cricket, although the A League (soccer) and the NBL (basketball) also have their seasons during summer so that they don't compete with the giants of winter sport (aussie rules and rugby). In winter the south and west of the country follow aussie rules and the north east like their rugby.
Being in Melbourne, Victoria I am an aussie rules supporter. I am a born and bred Richmond supporter. I was born the year before we won our first Premiership in nearly a quarter century. My parents both followed the club from at least their teens, and I naturally did the same. I've been a paid up member of the club for the last 20 or so years. We have something like 66,000 members this year. Our first game at the MCG on Easter Thursday against the old enemy Carlton drew over 80,000 people to the ground. The club is called the Richmond Tigers, the colours are yellow and black (it's even enshrined in the team song, which is the best in the league), predominantly black, with a yellow sash. Footy has a few traditions. Each club has a song, which is played when the teams run out onto the ground, the winning team gets to hear their song and sing along with it at the end. The team sing it in the rooms, and any player playing in their first win for the club stands in the middle of the circle and gets the gatorade 'shower'. The cheer squad prepare a giant banner for every game, and the players run through it at the start of the game. I think the song thing (a specific song written for the team) and the banners for every game are pretty unique to Aussie Rules. I like cricket, but very little can evoke the passion of an aussie rules game. If I come home from a game with any voice at all it wasn't much of a game.
Paid-up member sounds so much better than "season ticket holder."  :)
Although I'm not a Green Bay Packers fan, what I love about that team is that it is owned by the town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and only citizens of the town can be shareholders. Though many folks can buy season tickets who don't live in the town. I sort of wish I was a fan of theirs. Great football history.
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2015, 05:10:47 AM »
I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2015, 06:41:46 AM »
Down here in Australia we have a summer sport and a winter sport. For the majority of people, the summer sport is cricket, although the A League (soccer) and the NBL (basketball) also have their seasons during summer so that they don't compete with the giants of winter sport (aussie rules and rugby). In winter the south and west of the country follow aussie rules and the north east like their rugby.
Being in Melbourne, Victoria I am an aussie rules supporter. I am a born and bred Richmond supporter. I was born the year before we won our first Premiership in nearly a quarter century. My parents both followed the club from at least their teens, and I naturally did the same. I've been a paid up member of the club for the last 20 or so years. We have something like 66,000 members this year. Our first game at the MCG on Easter Thursday against the old enemy Carlton drew over 80,000 people to the ground. The club is called the Richmond Tigers, the colours are yellow and black (it's even enshrined in the team song, which is the best in the league), predominantly black, with a yellow sash. Footy has a few traditions. Each club has a song, which is played when the teams run out onto the ground, the winning team gets to hear their song and sing along with it at the end. The team sing it in the rooms, and any player playing in their first win for the club stands in the middle of the circle and gets the gatorade 'shower'. The cheer squad prepare a giant banner for every game, and the players run through it at the start of the game. I think the song thing (a specific song written for the team) and the banners for every game are pretty unique to Aussie Rules. I like cricket, but very little can evoke the passion of an aussie rules game. If I come home from a game with any voice at all it wasn't much of a game.
Paid-up member sounds so much better than "season ticket holder."  :)
Although I'm not a Green Bay Packers fan, what I love about that team is that it is owned by the town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and only citizens of the town can be shareholders. Though many folks can buy season tickets who don't live in the town. I sort of wish I was a fan of theirs. Great football history.
We're members or supporters, not ticket holders. Used to have seasons tickets, but now they're memberships. The Tigers have a few levels. 1 - 5 years is Bronze, 5 - 10 is Silver, 10 - 25 is Gold and 25+ is Platinum. That all applies to consecutive years of membership.
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2015, 06:55:56 AM »
Paid-up member sounds so much better than "season ticket holder."  :)
Although I'm not a Green Bay Packers fan, what I love about that team is that it is owned by the town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and only citizens of the town can be shareholders. Though many folks can buy season tickets who don't live in the town. I sort of wish I was a fan of theirs. Great football history.
We're members or supporters, not ticket holders. Used to have seasons tickets, but now they're memberships. The Tigers have a few levels. 1 - 5 years is Bronze, 5 - 10 is Silver, 10 - 25 is Gold and 25+ is Platinum. That all applies to consecutive years of membership.
Sounds pretty nice. United have a "membership" system, but really it's just an excuse to get a little more cash from people.

There are three ways to get a ticket: own a season ticket, buy a normal ticket, or pay a much higher price to use someone else's season ticket for that match. If you don't have a membership, you can only use the third option. Membership costs something like £30, and only lasts one season (if you buy it in March for example, it only lasts until the end of that football season, so it expires in May of the same year). Once you have a memberhship, you can apply to get a ticket, and if you're one of the lucky ones who is drawn from the ballot you can buy a ticket at the normal price (usually £30-£40 from what I can remember). I've only been to a couple of games in years because it's so ridiculously expensive...  :(
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2015, 08:45:24 AM »
We can do things the way we do, because we're a little smaller in terms of total supporter base, although the MCG can hold 100,000 people. I've been to a game with more than 95,000 and believe me that is packed. Once the crowd getting going particularly if they belt out 'Yellow and Black!' in full voice it can really raise the roof. I do kind of miss the old days when we could decide to go to the game in Saturday morning, rock up after 12:00, buy a bag of donuts on the way in, get a record, and a ticket, watch the twos and then the main game. Now you can still get general admission, but most people are either members, or they've booked ahead. The record costs $5 (it used to be 50 cents) and the donuts are far too expensive, you have to take out a second mortgage on your house if you want to buy food inside, and no teams have reserves sides now and even if they did it isn't played as a curtain raiser in the G. As a Richmond member if our VFL team are playing at Punt Rd before the game I can go in and have a look, but the standard's pretty low.
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2015, 11:25:51 AM »
We can do things the way we do, because we're a little smaller in terms of total supporter base, although the MCG can hold 100,000 people. I've been to a game with more than 95,000 and believe me that is packed. Once the crowd getting going particularly if they belt out 'Yellow and Black!' in full voice it can really raise the roof. I do kind of miss the old days when we could decide to go to the game in Saturday morning, rock up after 12:00, buy a bag of donuts on the way in, get a record, and a ticket, watch the twos and then the main game. Now you can still get general admission, but most people are either members, or they've booked ahead. The record costs $5 (it used to be 50 cents) and the donuts are far too expensive, you have to take out a second mortgage on your house if you want to buy food inside, and no teams have reserves sides now and even if they did it isn't played as a curtain raiser in the G. As a Richmond member if our VFL team are playing at Punt Rd before the game I can go in and have a look, but the standard's pretty low.
Er, I think there must be 83 instances of impenetrable jargon in those few sentences. Records? Is that a program in my lingo? Reserve sides = home and away sides? Twos? Curtain raiser? No clue. Standards pretty low?
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2015, 11:28:23 AM »
I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Here's what I want to know: which English teams are considered the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant? Which are the scrappy underdogs? I used to live in Chelsea, Alabama. It got my son and me somehow with a tiny scrap of rooting interest in Chelsea football. (My daughter's default Internet I'd is often "chealseainexile", because she so did not want to move back east). So where is Chelsea in the mythology of the game?
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2015, 11:31:47 AM »
I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Here's what I want to know: which English teams are considered the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant? Which are the scrappy underdogs? I used to live in Chelsea, Alabama. It got my son and me somehow with a tiny scrap of rooting interest in Chelsea football. (My daughter's default Internet I'd is often "chealseainexile", because she so did not want to move back east). So where is Chelsea in the mythology of the game?

"the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant": that's Manchester United ;D The good people from Manchester are all for Manchester City, apparently, hehe
Chelsea are good, so also looked down upon.

I don't get much about football, but apparently "good, successful"="only people who don't like football like this team" ;)
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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2015, 11:54:55 AM »
I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Here's what I want to know: which English teams are considered the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant? Which are the scrappy underdogs? I used to live in Chelsea, Alabama. It got my son and me somehow with a tiny scrap of rooting interest in Chelsea football. (My daughter's default Internet I'd is often "chealseainexile", because she so did not want to move back east). So where is Chelsea in the mythology of the game?
Well, focusing on the top few clubs...

Chelsea = the original oil club, bought by a russian oil tycoon who plowed money into them and quickly bought some success. Before that they were just a fairly decent club who weren't quite able to compete for titles. Unfortunately famous for the racism of a subset of their fans, cheering their convicted racist captain, and all that kind of thing. Fairly decent club other than that. They do play exceptionally boring football at times though.

Arsenal = the "always the bridesmaid" club. They won a few titles a decade or so ago, but since then they've regressed a bit. Run the way a club should be run, playing football the way it should be played, but never winning anything. Always lose their best players to other clubs. Despite their rivalry with United, I've always appreciated their approach.

Manchester United = definitely powerful and arrogant, although our legendary manager retired a couple of years ago so we had an abysmal season last year under his hapless replacement. Starting to look good again now that we've got a different manager in. Commercial and competitive juggernaut for the last 20 years, we're also famous due to the tragedy in our past when a plane crashed killing an immensely promising team.

Manchester City
= the new oil club, bought by Abu Dhabi. They used to be a bit of a joke club, but nowadays they're just a bit bland. Won a couple of league titles since being bought, but nobody seems to care really. They vehemently hate United, but are dismissed as irrelevant by United fans despite their recent success (which naturally infuriates them even more). They used to (and might still?) serve sky blue ketchup in their stadium because they couldn't abide anything with United's colours.

Liverpool
= deranged fans convinced they're the best club in the world because they were successful 30 years ago. Second most successful club in England's history, and still think they're up there despite only coming close a couple of times since they last won it. United's main rivals, our success for the last 20 years has made them completely rabid.

That's pretty much it at the top, though there are a few other clubs just below there - Tottenham, Southampton, etc.  :P


I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Here's what I want to know: which English teams are considered the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant? Which are the scrappy underdogs? I used to live in Chelsea, Alabama. It got my son and me somehow with a tiny scrap of rooting interest in Chelsea football. (My daughter's default Internet I'd is often "chealseainexile", because she so did not want to move back east). So where is Chelsea in the mythology of the game?

"the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant": that's Manchester United ;D The good people from Manchester are all for Manchester City, apparently, hehe
Chelsea are good, so also looked down upon.

I don't get much about football, but apparently "good, successful"="only people who don't like football like this team" ;)
Nah, most people from Manchester support United, the ones who support City are generally the angry antisocial people who just like to hate everyone (and I mean in a sweary fighty way rather than introverted).  ;)

Yeah, you're right there. It's pretty rare for a successful team to be popular amongst neutrals and/or rival fans. For that to happen, you basically have to play the most entertaining football imaginable, like Barcelona did for a few years recently. In Chelsea's case it doesn't help that they play the least entertaining football imaginable, but even if they just played normally they wouldn't be liked by most people. It really is a weird culture to be honest...  ???
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2015, 11:59:23 AM »
I support West Bromwich Albion....

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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2015, 12:06:52 PM »
I think we should have Photos of the Kits the Players wear and Photos of the Mascots  :)
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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2015, 12:14:29 PM »
I think we should have Photos of the Kits the Players wear and Photos of the Mascots  :)
Ugh I hate mascots, so cheesy! But yeah, kits I guess would be good...  :D



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Re: What's your jersey?
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2015, 12:14:57 PM »
I support West Bromwich Albion....

I thought maybe this was a Quidditch joke, until I looked at the Barclay's standings.
Yes, I need to the kit and caboodle for West Bromwich Albion.  ;D
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