Is It Okay To Root For More Than One Team In A Certain League?

Do you love sports?

I certainly do. I wouldn’t know where my life would be if I didn’t love sports. With sports, we can root for different leagues, teams, and players. I happen to follow all things MLB, NFL, NCAAF, NHL, NBA, and NCAAB (as well as the WWE). In each of those leagues, I happen to like different teams. The only problem is, as brought to my attention by Shawn Crull of Three4 Sports, was that I was liking more than one team in each of those leagues. This is apparently a big no-no to him, but I would have to disagree. As long as I have connections¬†to each of the teams I like, it shouldn’t be an issue, especially if I still have the one team that I can call my own. To me, it is okay to root for and follow teams as long as you still have the one that people know for a fact is yours. Let me break it down for you.


There are 30 teams in the MLB, which is the average size of a sports league in North America. My main team in Major League Baseball is the Atlanta Braves because my father grew up watching them and was a big Greg Maddux and Chipper Jones fan. Therefore, I took up on what my dad liked and I have been a Braves fan ever since, even though times are tough right now in the Peach State.

Growing up, my mom was a big Chicago Cubs fan because she spent some time living in Illinois when she was a kid. (Lord knows she wasn’t going to be rooting for the White Sox.) This, as well as the fact that every single one of my best friends is a Cubs fan has allowed me to root for them as well. Are they my #1 team? No, but I will still cheer for them because I want to support my friends and my mother.

I am also a Rockies and Orioles fan as well. My mom’s side of the family lived in Colorado for quite some time and most of the family still lives there to this day. As for the Orioles, how can you not like Cal Ripken Junior?


There isn’t anybody on this planet that can tell me that I am not a Redskins fan. I am more loyal to this team than any other team I could possibly root for. My dad grew up in the D.C. area and my grandfather was even a ticket salesman for the Redskins! The Redskins are in my blood.

I will also root for the Broncos and the Colts. The Broncos have been my mom’s team ever since she was a little girl and the Colts are our local team in the Indianapolis area, so it is awfully hard to cheer against them, although it is fun to when they are playing the Redskins or Broncos.


I have been a Michigan fan for as long as I can remember. I liked their helmets as a kid and the Maize and Blue colors are the ones that define my college football lifestyle.


My dad has taught me well to like no one in the National Hockey League, except for the Washington Capitals. So, there’s that.


I was never an NBA fan until I moved to the Indianapolis area, so I the Pacers became my team.


Up until now, you might have thought that everything was pretty normal with the way I like the teams that I do. If that is the case, be prepared to have your mind blown.

There are currently 351 teams in Division I college basketball. 351! That is mental. Out of those 351 teams, I will root for 12 of them. Those teams are listed below with the team that is in bold being my #1 team.

  • Duke
  • Butler
  • Gonzaga
  • Michigan
  • Georgetown
  • Belmont
  • Villanova
  • Creighton
  • Wichita State
  • Valparaiso
  • Ball State
  • Eastern Kentucky

That may seem like a lot, but I do in fact have connections and reasons that I like all of them. I’m not going to take the time to explain all of them because I think that you all get the gist right now. The Bottom line is that everyone should be allowed to like and root for whomever they very well please as long as they have the reasoning to back it up.

That’ll do it for my thoughts on this topic. Be sure to tell me your thoughts and why you voted the way you did in the comment section below.¬†Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, and follow our Instagram page for all of the latest news and information from Power Rankings and More.

Published on 1/16/17 at 1:24 PM.
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Matthew "Joneszee" Jones

Core Group leader at Ball State Chi Alpha. I currently do PRAM on the side for fun.

What others say about : Is It Okay To Root For More Than One Team In A Certain League?..

Ken Conklin

I think you should root for whoever you like. If your number one team doesn’t do well, then go ahead and root for your grandpa’s team. My favorite NFL team has always been the Broncos. Heck, I was in Denver before they were even a glint in somebody’s eyes. I always root for the Broncos and whoever is playing the Patriots or the Raiders. By default to family, I also root for the Colts and the Redskins unless they are playing the Broncos. This year, I’m throwing my support for the Super Bowl to the Packers — why not!
I used to follow the NBA, especially the old Boston Celtics with the likes of Bob Cousy and John Havlichec, and later Larry Bird. I adopted the Denver Nuggets when they came to town, but after Dan Issel retired I lost interest. I followed Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson for awhile and then the NBA became a game I barely recognized so I pretty much gave up on them. As for the NCAAB, I root for Kentucky, Arizona, and Colorado.
The Rockies, of course, are my MLB team, but the family’s interest in the Cubs has made them my second favorite; especially since they finally won the World Series..
Not crazy about the WWE, but will support PRAM!

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