A house divided. That’s where I live today! Of course it could be worse, and over something serious…lol! As many of you know I am a New York Rangers Hockey fan, have been forever, but I live in Capital territory! Hold the BOO’s for later!
If you haven’t heard…we’re (both) in the playoffs! Yay! I am thrilled that Tampa beat Carolina and saved the NYR sending them to the playoffs…where they will meet and play the #1 team…the Washington Capitals! Yes, in full disclosure, moving here I have cheered for the Caps, and was a season ticket holder (before twins), but I never rooted for them over the Rangers! Never, ever! Always wear my Rangers jersey to the games, which at times can be very scary!! The hatred between these teams is unbelievable!!! Add alcohol, and its dangerous! We’re talking blood shed….and stitches! Ugly.
So, fast forward, and now the kids……being raised in Capsville going to games and riding the zamboni, naturally they are Caps fans….once I had to sit next to my daughter with her “go home Rangers” sign wearing my Rangers jersey (rofl). Yeah, that was the last time I encouraged freedom of speech by a minor…kidding! However, with my influence, I am happy to report, we have a few Rangers fans too. And my daughter is coming around as well…she will get there! They watch the games on NHL Center Ice with me so naturally they know the Let’s Go Rangers chant….and sing it very well I might add. However, when it’s the Caps vs Rangers, things get a little tricky. Umm, their dad, is not a Rangers fan. I never said he had good taste in teams, just in women:) But seriously, he’s a Sabres fan…lmao! Not even going there….but they are in the playoffs too! See, we’re transplants…supporting our local team, ever true to our home teams!
For this reason….this round of the playoffs will be interesting in our house. I am really looking forward to it personally! It will be fun, educational, and I for one really hope the Rangers win. To all my southern friends, be nice, I am not a traitor, I am a NYR fan…and you’ve always known it! And remember, the Rangers have won 3 of 4 over the Caps this season, so you never know, just sayin!
The funny thing is being so young, my kids won’t truly understand why we can’t root for both, and/or why I won’t give in….and so I think I can convince more to become Rangers fans! Woo-hoo. I have a mission and a plan….lol! Overall, it’s a great family bonding experience, and that’s going to be the best part! Getting them interested young. I am excited that my brother and his kids will also be rooting for the Rangers so I am not alone…and it will be the talk between the cousins ( started yesterday after we beat Jersey!) in the weeks to come. We’re all in this family adventure (and conversion) together! Isn’t that great:) Oh yeah, and we have plenty of friends back home who will rooting for them as well…we are connected. One big happy Rangers family!
The truth is, luckily, either way, we win….because no matter what team comes out on top (go Rangers!) some of us will be happy and move on to the next round…so that’s the icing on the cake! And my kids love cake, so when the Caps lose, I will make them a Rangers cake…lol! And if for some unfortunate, unforeseen reason the Rangers lose, then my kids can make me a Rangers cake…see a pattern here?! Oh, and yes, I will root for the caps IF I am forced to…
While we wait for the playoffs to begin on Wednesday, we will keep practicing our Let’s Go Rangers chant…and I’ll dig out all my Rangers paraphernalia! Yes, I have earrings…lol! Oh, this is going to be fun, fun, fun!
Let’s Go Rangers!
Do you have a special team you root for? Is it your “home” team? Do you believe encouraging kids in sports makes a difference? At what age do you think parents should start exposing kids to sports? Do you feel individual vs team sports matters?