Everyone has their favorite players on their favorite teams. Every time your favorite team is on, you seemingly root for that guy to make a play so you can rep him. You grow familiar with this certain player, but the team allows him to hit free agency. As a fan of your team, you hope your team makes a play to keep your favorite player in your team’s colors. But the reality is that the team may not want him. Free agency has changed the game over the years and players are switching teams right and left these days. But what happens when you favorite player on your favorite team joins the rival? This is the feeling that some Giants and Redskins fans may have about wide receiver Reuben Randle and running back Alfred Morris respectively. Reuben has played his entire career in New York. And although he was not a star player that many loved, he was a good piece on the Giants offense. But instead of retaining him, the Giants decided to let him hit the open market. And as a result, he signed with the rival Philadelphia Eagles. As far as Alfred Morris, he also was not going to be retained by the Redskins. He also went to a rival team to get his next contract, agreeing to a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. While there seems to be a need for both players on their new teams, it is always interesting to watch the reactions of the fans that watch these players go to their rivals.
When your favorite player is making things happen for your favorite team, there seems to be no wrong that he can do. Even when he whiffs on a block, you may let it slide just because you gave him the benefit of the doubt. And even though many may have told you that he messed up, you defiantly don’t believe a word that was said. If your favorite player could walk on water, you would say the water was wrong for getting him wet. He lets you down, you began to make excuses for him and think about what he is going to do next year. This process goes on and on until he eventually may leave your team. And when he does leave, the tone of the conversation changes. Gone are the times when you used to let some things pass. And after the initial shock, you began to reflect on all the things that he did that made you mad. At that point, your blood is boiling and you’re ready to fight him. But of course, you don’t know him at all. The only thing you know is what you have seen or wanted to see. And in your mind you start reflecting on the things that used to pass over. You are mad but you become even more infuriated at the fact that you let some of those bad things he did slide just because he was your favorite player. The anger leads to you wanting to forget this player exists and countless blowups on social media about how you cannot stand this player anymore.
That anger that you harvested in your mind only intensifies the first time your favorite team plays against your favorite player. You find yourself speaking about how you want that player to have a bad game and remind you of why the team did not attempt to bring him back. But instead of that, your former favorite player has a decent game and actually scores. You then find yourself remembering those plays he used to make for your team and what made you love him as a member of your team. Then he says something that makes you remember why he was your favorite player. And then you reach the dilemma. He never stopped being your favorite player. In fact, you have just been fooling yourself all along. You tried as you could to accentuate the negatives so you could but the positives have gotten back in your brain. You can outwardly admit that even though he left for a new team and the rival, you still hope he does well where he landed, but just not against your team. After a year or so of him being gone, the time softens the wound. Your favorite player is gone and is helping the rival you hate become better.
The rival is the rival and you hate them still. But inside your soul, it takes a tremendous will to not go for your favorite player again. So you hope for the worst and expect the best out of them. But still you shake your head at the fact that he plays for the rival. Your favorite player ripped your heart out and put it back in again while attaching all the veins and things that allow it to pump blood. The anatomy of a fan and the life of one here as well. Crazy how we react when the rival is involved with our favorite players and how some fans can explore their range of emotions.