I am a Michigan fan. But, I would like to pose a question to the MGoCommunity. Is it an acceptable practice to be a fan of both Michigan and Michigan State? As usual for this site, I would like an honest debate, or a real consensus. His argument is as follows.
I like both Michigan and Michigan State athletics. My reasons: First, I grew up in West Michigan, and the area does not have a strong allegiance to either school. Sure you will find the die hards to both schools, but West Michigan does not have a strong allegiance to one over the other. Further, my parents did not have a preference either. So, I being the avid sports fan that I am, found myself enjoying every game that both Michigan and Michigan State played. When I was in Middle School I tried to like Michigan over MSU. However, I found myself still rooting for MSU whenever they played. As a result, I took this as a sign and tried to like just MSU, but ran into the same problem. I still rooted for Michigan. Even worse, I couldn't choose when they played against each other. I would have friends ask me, "well who do you want to win then?" And I would just have to say, "well I really do like both, and since I like both, and I want the Big 10 represented well in the year end tournaments, I guess I would like to see the team doing well have a chance to play in the big game." Yes, I know what you are all thinking.. This guy is a bandwagon fan. But let me assure you, its not so much that I am just rooting for the better team. Its more that I just want to see both teams do well. And if one of them has a chance to win the championship, you'd better believe I'd rather have atleast one team from Michigan representing than neither. In the end, I like both partly cause I was not brought up to like one over the other, and also because I love sports and love to watch both teams. I realize its an anomaly, but I truly have never been able to choose. Thus, I root for both teams and follow both teams well. It may be frustrating to the die hards, but its even more frustrating when I am trying to watch a Michigan game or a State game and have fans from either side telling me to shut up because I'm not a "true fan." It may be odd, but I am a true fan of both schools.
And so I ask the community? Is this acceptable, or must he choose a side?